Pews News – 17th January 2016

17th January 2016 – Second Sunday after 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.

Service for Christian Unity
The annual service for Christian Unity for our area takes place at St. Oswalds tonight 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.

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.

Ladies Fellowship
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 19th January from 1.30-3pm in the church side room. Eileen and Stephen Warne will share their latest holiday experience by giving us an illustrated talk. Previously their presentations have proved very popular, being both enjoyable and informative, so please come along and bring a friend with you if you wish. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be served. Hazel Elks.

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.

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.

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 cost £20 per person and are now available from Fran 76422856, Rosemarie 76679512 or Jackie 76467344.

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.

 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.

Holiday Club
Please note that St. Andrew’s will be running a Holiday Club for St. Andrew’s and Eastern Green children on Monday 22nd February from 9am-3.15pm. This has been arranged to coincide with a Teacher Day for the two schools. For further information, please see Lesley Lee.

Allesley Green Residents Association
This term’s meeting of the Allesley Green Residents Association takes place on Tuesday 26th January at Park Hill School at 7pm. The agenda will include a presentation on the latest plans for the refurbishment of the Juniper Park playground and an opportunity to question local councilors about the green belt development in the parish.

Bannerbrook Park Missional Community
A new missional community is starting on Bannerbrook Park this 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 776230.

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.

Party in the Park
The Church Council have just agreed to sponsor Party in the Park, a fun day in Allesley Green for the third year. This will take place on Monday 2nd May on Juniper Park and will be organized jointly with Allesely Green Residents Association. The organizing committee would be pleased to receive suggestions from anyone with ideas as to how to build on the success of the last two years. Please speak to Richard Marr, Julia McNaney or Greg.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rita Muir.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hannah Miller, Pam Bennell, John Mills, 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 17th Jan6.00pmService for Christian Unity at St Oswalds
Mon 18th Jan5.45pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 19th Jan7.00pmPublic mtg re new housing on greenbelt in church
Weds 20th Jan7.00pmMarriage Preparation in church
Thurs 21st Jan7.30pmThank you party for Link delivery team
Mon 25th Jan2.00pmHoliday Club meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 26th Jan7.00pmAllesley Green Residents Assoc. at Park Hill School
Weds 27th Jan2.00pmTed Kirk’s funeral at St. Andrew’s
Reading1 Cor 12.1-11 & Luke 21.1-4
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
CrècheBecky & Victoria