Pews News – 11th September 2016

11th September 2016 – Sixteenth 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.

Education Sunday
This morning, we celebrate Education Sunday. We give thanks for all those involved in education at whatever age and in whatever capacity. We especially want to use this morning’s service to welcome new families to the St Andrew’s community: those children who have just joined reception and their parents. We pray you will be truly blessed in your time at the school and will come to regard the church as a spiritual home.

Help Link Delivery
There is a round on Allesley Green – Cherrywood Grove and Juniper close (65 copies). If there is someone who lives near there who would kindly agree to take over the round I would be very grateful. Barbara Warner (07846 288036/02476 403458).

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 next Spring. Following on from this success, we will be forming a group of people to take us forward into achieving the Silver and Gold awards. If you are interested in joining the group, please speak to Dawn Easthope – 07513 753899.

To Lesley Lee who was re-licensed at Coventry Cathedral last Saturday as our Reader. We continue to be grateful to God for Lesley’s ministry.

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.

Stella Bailey
Revd Stella Bailey, who is currently Vicar of St Mary Magdalen on Hearsall Lane is to be inducted as the new Rector of St Nicholas, Kenilworth (not Nuneaton as was mistakenly advertised last week). The induction takes place on Tuesday 11th October. Anyone willing to represent St Andrew’s on this occasion should notify Julie, or 07756 918847 by 12th September.

Gladys Bostock
Please pray for the family of Gladys Bostock who died recently at the age of 96. Gladys’ funeral takes place at St Andrew’s this Wednesday at 2pm.

We are celebrating Harvest during the first two weeks of October. Volunteers are needed please to help decorate the church on Saturday 1st October at 9.15am in the side room. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Harvest flowers it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Barn Dance
A note for your diary – the Barn Dance is due to take place on Saturday 19th November. Further details to follow.

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.

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.

Pram Service
The next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 13th September at 9.15am. A gathering for pre-school children and their carers, with songs, Bible stories and craft activities. Refreshments served from 8.45am. The theme this week is: Jesus talks to God. All welcome.

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 tonight at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

For Praying Out Loud
There is to be a workshop on Saturday 24th September from 10am-12 noon in church. It is aimed at people who have always wanted to be able to pray out loud but have never quite been able to; and for those who do pray out loud from time to time, but find it uncomfortable doing so. Anyone is welcome to attend. We hope by the end of the morning, everyone will have prayed out loud, but no one who hasn’t will be made to feel bad about this. For further details, please speak to Greg.

Fairtrade at St Andrew’s
I am most grateful to Alison and Veronika for taking over Fairtrade sales while I have been ill. Now that I am much better, I hope to be back again at the sales table on Sunday 18th September. As in previous years there will be Fairtrade sales on the first and third Sundays of October and November. There will be Christmas cards and gifts as well as the usual food on sale. I look forward to seeing lots of customers on 18th September! Many thanks for your support. Flix Haynes.

Donations to Inter-Care – Medical Aid for Africa
You have probably noticed the crate at the back of church where we place items for recycling. This week I sorted the items in the crate to deliver to Inter-Care but I am afraid I could only donate the dozen new bandages that were in the box. This is because Inter-Care has changed their policy on what they can accept. Now no medicines can be accepted. Therefore please do not leave your old medicines in this crate. We can still accept donations of stamps and spectacles, bandages (as long as they are new and unopened) and plasters (new and unopened packs). Jill Joyce.

Make Lunch
Please thank God for the Make Lunch project that has run through the summer. The churches of Tile Hill fed up to 25 children who might otherwise have gone 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.

Prayer Walk
The Church Together in Tile Hill will be prayer walking the area on Sunday 18th September meeting at the Chinese Church on Lime Tree Avenue at 3pm and culminating at St Andrew’s at approx. 5.25pm with refreshments provided by St Oswalds along the way. If you are unfamiliar with prayer walking, do not be afraid! No one is required to pray in any particular way and it is possible just to do one leg of the walk. Lifts can be arranged. Please speak to Greg. For further details, please see the poster at the back of church.

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. There is a sponsor form available at the back of church. Please give generously. The final planning meeting takes place on 21st September at 7pm at the Vicarage.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Sin and Spiritual Growth Event
At St. John’s Church, Berkswell on 26th September will be one of a series of bi-monthly events at Berkswell to explore aspects of the classical and contemporary Christian tradition in greater depth than is possible in the context of an ordinary Sunday service. For further details please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

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

Diary Dates September
Sun11th6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 12th7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 13th9.15amPram Service
Tues 13thChoir Social
Weds 14th7.30pmAllesley Green group at 27 Polperro Dv
Sun 18th3.00pmChurch Together Prayer Walk at the Chinese Church
Weds 21st7.00pmWalk meeting at the Vicarage
ReadingsMark 10.13-16
ReaderNorah Hall
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
MusicBen Kimpton & Dan Smith
Next week1 Tim 2.1-7 & Luke 16.1-13