Pews News – 20th December 2015

20th December 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome
St. Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church.You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Christmas Toys
Many, many thanks to all those who bought toys to put under our Christmas Tree. These have now been transported to the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill and will be distributed to children via there. The staff at the centre were hugely appreciative of people’s generosity. The gifts will make such a difference to many children in the area this Christmas.

Advent Reading Guide
Many thanks to Steve Warne for producing the Advent Reading Guide, which many people have found very helpful in their journey through Advent.

Laura Centre
A cheque for £800 was presented to Sue Martin from the Laura Centre at the Toy Service, money raised through the magnificent efforts of our sponsored walkers and their very generous supporters. A photo of the presentation can be seen on our website. A thank you letter has been posted at the back of church.

Coffee Rota
Copies of the coffee rota for 2016 are now available at the back of church. Please note that volunteers are still required for 6 weeks on the second Sunday of the month and 6 weeks on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We also require a new co-ordinator. Jill can provide electronic copies of the rota and details to the new co-ordinator. If you wish to know more, please speak to Jill, Sue Masters or Greg.

Social Events
Many thanks to all those who supported recent social events organized by St. Andrew’s.  Nearly 60 people attended the Barn Dance; and over 100 supported the Quiz Night and Nightingales’ Concert. Many thanks to Barbara Warner, David Griffiths and the Allesley Green team for organizing these events.

Nativity
Many thanks to all those (too many to name) who made the St. Andrew’s Nativity 2015 (Three Camels and a Baby) such a special event.

Christmas Services
Tonight sees our annual Carol Service at 6.30pm, an opportunity to hear the Christmas story told in word and song. On Christmas Eve, there will be two Crib Services at 2.30 and 4pm. The services are identical (repeated because of the numbers who enjoy coming along); a fun, interactive exploration of the Christmas story, loved equally by children and adults alike. We will also host a midnight communion service, commencing at 11pm on Christmas Eve; with Family Communion on Christmas Day at 10am. For a full list of Christmas services and events at St. Andrew’s, please see the leaflet (kindly produced by Steve Martin) at the back of church; our website or the Link.

Lantern Walk
There will be a lantern walk (with donkeys!) on Bannerbrook Park at 4pm this evening, meeting at the Penny Farthing. All welcome! Limited transport will be available afterwards for those wishing to attend the St. Andrew’s Carol Service at 6.30pm.

Christmas Draw
Tickets will be on sale after the service today for £1 per book of 5 tickets. 1st Prize £100 and over 20 other prizes. The draw will take place after the Carol Service this evening. All proceeds to Church funds. See Emma or Nigel for tickets.

Foodbank
A message from foodbank. The most urgently required items at present are nappies and personal hygiene items.

Restored Lives
St. Andrew’s will be running a further Restored Lives course for those who have been through relationship breakdown on Thursday evenings from 4th February until 10th March (poster at the back of church). For more information contact Tricia on 07919080266 or email triciapaj@hotmail.co.uk or Greg on 02476 422856 or email gregsmith31760@tiscali.co.uk or restoredlives.org.uk. Anyone willing to help cater one of the evenings should speak to Fran.

Wooden Crosses
Frank Dove is making small wooden crosses (replica of the large cross on the altar) and small holding crosses (prayer cross). The large in oak or mahogany are £7.50 each and the small £3 each. The majority of the cost is towards church funds. Please see me if you are interested in purchasing one. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Caterers Required
St. Andrew’s will be running our successful marriage preparation course on January 20th, 27th & 3rd February. This is open to all couples getting married at St. Andrew’s in the coming year. We begin each session with a meal before discussing various aspects of marriage. We are looking for volunteers to cater for these evenings, if this is something that you can help with please speak to Rebecca Martin for more information.

For Sale St. Andrew’s Canvas Shopping Bags
No need to get caught out having to pay for a carrier bag! These fold small enough to carry in your pocket or handbag. Available at the back of church £1 each, please place money in the wall safe.

Bannerbrook Park Missional Community
A new missional community is starting on Bannerbrook Park in the new year. We are looking to have fun, build community and run a small Alpha course on the estate in the near future. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact Phil on philrichardson@gmail.com/ 07747 776230.

Flower Rota
The 2016 flower rota is now at the back of church. If you would like to put your name down for a week, please do.

Tile Hill Job Club
The Church Together in Tile Hill are starting a new, friendly, independent and free job club on Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm in St Oswalds Church Hall from 28th January. Free refreshments provided. Please spread the word! We are looking for volunteers to help with refreshments or lead sessions/provide support. Please let Anne Richardson know if you can help – 07973 221635 talktoanne@gmail.com. If you would like to know more come to our interest afternoon on 7th January 2-4pm at St Oswalds Church Hall.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners is at the back of church.

Prayer before Service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group in the upper room between 9.40 and 9.50am.

Parish Administrator
Please note that I will be on holiday until 4th January 2016. Please contact Greg with any urgent enquiries, otherwise I will respond to any messages when I return to work. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Julie Crow.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hannah Miller, Frankie Tildesley, Jim Franklin, Marion Guerins, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Flix Haynes, Pauline & Colin Smith, Derek Shale, Ian Morris, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 20th Dec6.30pmCarol Service
Thurs 24th Dec2.30 & 4pmCrib Services
Thurs 24th Dec11.00pmMidnight Communion
Fri 25th Dec10.00amFamily Communion
ReadingsHeb 10.5-10 (p 1208) & Luke 1.39-45 (p 1026)
ReadersGeorge Cooke & Jeremy Thomas
PreacherGreg Smith
Led by             Sue Masters
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm AsstEmma/Harvey/Sue
CrècheGary & Becky
Readings next weekCol 3.12-17 & Luke 2.41-52

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.