Pews News – 7th August 2016

7th August 2016 – Eleventh 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.

To Hilary and Steve Wankling who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend.

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

Please note that Greg and Fran will be on holiday from 12th-26th August inclusive. The Church office will also be closed during this period. Urgent enquiries should be directed to the churchwardens, Emma or Mathis

Pews News
Please note there will be no Pews News for the next three weeks because of the holiday season.

Summer Sermon Series
Starting last week, the focus of our services is going to be on faith:

31st JulyThe Basics of FaithSue Masters
7th AugFaith in ActionGreg Smith
14th AugReasons for FaithSue Masters
21st AugFaith in difficult timesLesley 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.

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.

A Quiet Morning on Prayer
We are holding a Quiet Morning on Saturday 3rd September 2016 from 10am–1.30pm (Refreshments will be served from 9.30am) in the tranquillity of St John’s the Baptist Church, Berkswell. The morning will provide an opportunity to learn about different approaches to prayer and time and space for prayer. For further information, contact Lesley Lee 024 7646 0048 / Sue Masters 024 7704 4140. A small contribution of £5 per person towards costs is requested.

Bishop Certificate in Discipleship
There are several new modules being offered around the Diocese this Autumn which are open to all. The courses running from September are:

  • Mission-Shaped God
  • Jesus and the Gospel
  • Understanding Loss
  • The Bible in five Acts
  • Pauls’ Life, Mission and Letters

There is a small cost for each course payable to Diocese. Further information is available on our website: from the Diocesan website:, or you can speak with Sue Masters 07958 322026.

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.

21st August
Please note that the Sunday service on 21st August 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.

Seek His Face
The next evening of prayer, prophecy and worship takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

Make Lunch
Please pray for the start of the Make Lunch project whereby 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 Hilary and Steve Wankling.

Prayer List
Please pray for Tom Tildesley, 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
Sun 7th Aug6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 8th Aug7.30pmBaptism Preparation at church
Tues 9th Aug9.15amPram Service
Weds 10th Aug10am-3.30pmTwo day drama workshop at Jardine Youth Centre
Thurs 11th Aug7.00pmSupper n Chat in church
Sun 14th Aug6.30pmSeek His Face
Sun 21st Aug10.00amMorning Prayer
Tues 23rd Aug9.15amPram Service
Weds 31st Aug11.45amLunch n Chat leaders lunch
Sat 3rd Sept10am-1.30pmQuiet Morning at Berkswell
Readings at 8amHeb 11.1-3 & Luke 12.32-40
ReaderMaureen Hall
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 all led byGreg Smith
MusicGary Corden
SidespersonsAnn Dove & Rita Muir
Next weekJohn 4.1-30
Aug 21stJohn 6.35, 41-51
Aug 28thHeb 13.1-8 & Luke 14.1, 7-14