Pews News – 24th January 2016

24th January 2016  – Third 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.

Choir Mistress
The PCC are delighted to announce the appointment of Dawn Easthope as the new leader of the choir. She will be ably supported by our two organists, Michael and Ben. No doubt, George will continue to be available to provide support and advice. We are very grateful to all the choir for their hard work over the last 12 months since George’s retirement, with special thanks to Sue Barnes for all her work. Any queries about the choir should be directed to Dawn in person or at

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.

Bringing hope by being on the end of a telephone, Crossline (Coventry), as part of the
National Christian Helpline, is in the business of bringing hope to all who call by listening and then praying with them. More listeners are needed to meet demand, to speak with another Christian who often does little more than listen and give reassurance and then lift them up in prayer. For information on how you can become involved with Crossline training as a listener please see the poster at the back of church.

Thank You
A very big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who gave donations towards the cost of Christmas Altar flowers. Your generosity was overwhelming. The flowers are still fresh one month on and can be seen at the back of church and over the Memorial Book. Thank you again, Ann Dove.

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

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.

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 Andrews 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 councillors about the green belt development in the parish.

Palm Crosses
In readiness for our Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on 10th February, the congregation are invited to return any palm crosses that have been saved since last Lent. These will be burnt and combined with olive oil to form the ashes with which we will be anointed at the Ashing Service. Please return the crosses to church by Sunday 7th February at the latest.

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 Norah Hall.

Prayer List
Please pray for Betty Wright, Angela Satchwell, 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
Mon 25th Jan2.00pmHoliday Club meeting at the Vicarage
Mon 25th Jan5.45pmDrama Club at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 26th Jan7.00pmAllesley Green Res Assoc at Park Hill School
Weds 27th Jan2.00pmTed Kirk’s funeral at St. Andrew’s
Weds 27th Jan7.00pmMarriage Preparation in church
Weds 27th JanHealing Team meeting
Sat 30th Jan10am-12.30pmHome Group Leaders morning in church
Sun 31st Jan12.30pmStAPH Social
Mon 1st Feb7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 2nd Feb7.30pmDeanery Synod at Berkswell
Weds 3rd Feb7.30pmPrayer meeting at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church
Readings1 Cor 12.12-31 (p 1153) & Luke 4.14-21 (p 1031)
ReadersHarvey Wyatt & Jill Joyce
PreacherJonathan Hill
PresidentJonathan Hill
Led byNick Tooby
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganistMichael Watkins
CrècheVeronika & Ashleigh
Readings next weekPsalm 100 and Revelation 22 1-9