Pews News – 10th January 2016 – Happy New Year!

10th January 2016 – First Sunday of Epiphany

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.

Many thanks to all those who helped to make Christmas special at St. Andrew’s, performers, readers, sidespersons, choir/band, flower ladies, technical people and so many more.

Christmas Toys
Many, many thanks to all those who bought toys to put under our Christmas Tree. These were distributed via the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill. The staff at the centre were hugely appreciative of people’s generosity. Please see the letter of thanks at the back of church. The gifts will have made such a difference to many children in the area this Christmas.

Christmas Prize Draw
Many thanks to all who bought and sold tickets for our Christmas Draw. The draw took place after the Carol Service with over 20 prizes won and £343 raised for Church Funds. Nigel Dawes.

Service for Christian Unity
The annual service for Christian Unity for our area takes place at St Oswalds next Sunday 17th January at 6pm. This is an important occasion for Christians of different denominations to express their commitment to each other as a way of encouraging each other and showing the world our unity. Please speak to Sara Parkes, our Transport Officer, or Greg if you would like a lift.

Valentine’s Night Social
Following the success of last year’s Valentine’s dinner, another dinner dance, open to all, will take place on Saturday 13th February at 7pm at Westwood Social Club. Tickets now available from Fran 76422856, Rosemarie 76679512 or Jackie 76467344.

Pram Service
Our first Pram Service of 2016 takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am when we will be thinking about praising God and making our own musical instruments to do this. All pre-school children and their carers are welcome to attend.

Coffee Rota
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for agreeing to take on the responsibility of looking after the coffee rota. To assist her, it would be really good to have a couple more volunteers to staff the rota. Please speak to Rosemarie if you would be prepared to help occasionally.

Plans are being finalized to redevelop the porch that serves as the entrance to St. Andrew’s. We have two objectives in mind: to make the church appear more welcoming and to conserve energy. Accordingly, we will glaze the porch, move the oak doors to replace the gate and install more welcoming doors that are part glazed. This project, which has been funded by a generous legacy should enable us to save on our heating consumption, given how much heat is lost on a Sunday by the doors opening and closing. At the same time, during the day when the church is open, it should be possible for people to see inside without having to open the forbidding oak doors first. Anyone who wishes to comment on this project should speak to Trevor Hill.

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 February 4th (poster at the back of church). Anyone willing to help cater one of the evenings should speak to Fran.

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 If you would like to know more come to our interest afternoon on 7th January 2-4pm at St Oswalds Church Hall.

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

Seek His Face
Our monthly evening of prayer, prophecy and worship (Seek His Face) takes place tonight in Church at 6.30pm. All welcome.

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.

Drama Club
Drama club recommences on Monday 18th January from 5.45-6.45pm at Jardine Youth Centre. Our theme this term is Star Wars: training to be a Jedi. 8-11 year olds welcome.  Please speak to Greg or Selina if you would like to know more.

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 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Marilyn Starr and last week by Aileen Barwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hannah Miller, Pam Bennell, John Mills, Jim Franklin, 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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 10th Jan6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 11th Jan7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 12th Jan9.15amPram Service
Tues 12th Jan7.30pmAllesley Green group at 27 Polperro Dv
Tues 12th Jan6.45pmChoir Practice
Sun 17th Jan6.00pmService for Christian Unity at St Oswalds
Mon 18th Jan5.45pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 19th Jan7.00pmPublic meeting re new housing on greenbelt in church
ReadingLuke 3.15-17, 21-22 (p 1029)
ReaderJohn Ross Barnard
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstNick Tooby
CrècheAshleigh & Becky
Readings next week1 Cor 12.1-11 & Luke 21.1-4