Pews News – 31st July 2016

31st July 2016 – Tenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Family Communion
Through the summer, we will be offering abbreviated communion services, with family friendly activities and liturgy.

Summer Sermon Series
Starting this week, the focus of our services is going to be on faith:
31st July           The Basics of Faith                 Sue Masters
7th Aug             Faith in Action                         Greg Smith
14th Aug           Reasons for Faith                    Sue Masters
21st Aug           Faith in difficult times               Lesley Lee

It has been confirmed that St Andrew’s is the first church in the diocese to achieve an Eco-church Bronze Award. The certificate was presented at the June Worship 4 All service. Many thanks to Dawn Easthope for her hard work in undertaking all the administration and green championing around our gaining this important recognition. St Andrew’s is also to be presented with a Yew Tree which will be planted by the Bishop of Coventry later in Autumn. Following on from this success, we will be forming a group of people to take us forward into achieving the Silver and Gold awards. Anyone who has an interest or experience in the areas of Worship, Buildings, Land, Community and Lifestyle will be more than welcome. If you are interested in joining the group, please see Dawn Easthope or contact her on 07513 753899.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm. This is a lovely gentle reflective service, an oasis in the week. All welcome.

Gift Weekend
Thanks to those who generously gave at the gift weekend. It is not too late to contribute. We are seeking to raise £2,000 to meet a gap in the church budget for this year. In order to give, place an envelope on the plate, but mark it clearly as a contribution to the gift weekend. All contributions are very gratefully received.

St Andrew’s will be producing a Pantomime next January in conjunction with the Village Hall. Anyone who would like to be involved in this in any capacity (on stage or back stage) should speak to Greg as soon as possible.

Prayer before service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group who do so between 9.40 and 9.50am. We will be meeting upstairs to do this. Please be aware that there is always prayer available after the service for any issue of concern.

Treasure Hunt
There is to be a walking Treasure Hunt, starting in Allesley Green on Saturday 6th August between 4 and 4.30pm finishing at a local pub, with a shared meal. First prize a £25 meal voucher. Just come to Woodridge Avenue, Allesley Green, on the day and pay £1 per adult (children free). Speak to Greg or Emma Read for further details.

August 21st
Please note that the Sunday service on Aug 21st at 10am will be Morning Prayer (not Holy Communion) led by Lesley and Nick.

Tile Hill Job Club
The Tile Hill Hob Club is now running very successfully, but needs more volunteers who can help people put together a CV and look for work (training can be provided) or serve refreshments, the team is especially keen to find someone who would be willing and able to make bacon sandwiches for job seekers. If you want to know more contact Anne Richardson, or come along Thursdays 2-4pm in St. Oswald’s Church Hall.

Jean Burns
There will be a Memorial Service for Jean Burns on the evening (time TBC) of Thursday 29th September. All welcome.

Limbrick Wood Prayer Meeting
If anyone would like to join Greg at the Limbrick Wood Baptist Church prayer meeting on Wednesday 3rd August, please speak to him. Lifts are available.

Make Lunch
Please pray for the Make Lunch project that started on Tuesday last week. We are attempting to feed up to 30 children who might otherwise go hungry through the summer holidays, deprived of free school meals. This project has been the most successful to date in attracting up to 35 volunteers from 8 different local churches including St Andrew’s. Despite this, prayer remains a vital ingredient in the success of the project.

Sponsored Walk
A party from St Andrew’s will be undertaking a 26 mile sponsored walk on Saturday 1st October, walking the Arden Way, a circular route from Henley in Arden. You are welcome to join us for some or all of the route. Supporters also welcome. For further details, please speak to Greg or Veronika. We are raising funds for the church and for the HanCanFund in support of Hannah Miller, a parishioner who has become wheelchair bound following spinal surgery and needs help in raising funds towards an adapted wet room in her home.

Drama Workshop
Please note that there will a 2 day free drama workshop run by Greg, Selina and Emma at Jardine Youth Centre on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August. The theme is Pirates of Jardine Crescent, with lots of chance to dress up, play drama games and culminating in a performance for parents. Please contact them for further details.

Bottle Stall – Autumn Fayre
The choir will be collecting bottles for this event in the Autumn. When you are shopping could you please consider buying an extra bottle to support us. Please give to any choir member or contact me on the above numbers. Many thanks for your support, Barbara Warner.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by David Griffiths.

Prayer List
Please pray for James Durrant, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Peter Shale, Ian Morris, Pauline & Colin Smith, Gemma Candy, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Andrew Rennie, Rosemary Pottinger, Pam Bennell, Hannah Miller, Pete Watts and Trevor Ratcliff. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

 Diary Dates
Weds 3rd Aug7.30pmLimbrick Wood Prayer meeting at LWBC
Thurs 4th Aug7.30pmFinance & Fabric meeting at Red Lane
Sat 6th Aug4.00pmTreasure Hunt commencing Allesley Green
Mon 8th Aug7.30pmBaptism Preparation at church
Tues 9th Aug9.15amPram Service
Weds 10th Aug10am-3.30pmTwo day drama workshop at Jardine Youth Centre
Reading1 Kings 17: 1-16
ReaderTrevor Hill
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
LeaderLesley Lee
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Communion AsstHarvey Wyatt
SidespersonsTrevor Hill & Rosemarie Over
CrècheClaire & Victoria
Next week at 8amHeb 11.1-3 & Luke 12.32-40