Pews News – 16th October 2016

16th October 2016 – 21st 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.

150th Anniversary of Reader Ministry
This morning, we are celebrating 150 years since the first Readers were licensed in the Church of England. We will be taking the opportunity to celebrate our own two wonderful Readers: Lesley and Sue.

Eco Church
St Andrew’s Church is hosting an event with the Diocese Environment Group, to celebrate Eco Church on Wednesday 19th October starting at 8pm. There will be some short presentations, which includes how St Andrew’s achieved the Bronze award, followed by your own local ‘stories of hope’ and discussion. Everyone is welcome, so come along and find out what Eco Church is all about. For further information see Dawn Easthope, Jill Pinks or Veronika Toor.

Help Link Delivery
I have a lady who is having knee replacement and her round will need to be taken over for about three months or so. 60 copies to deliver to Dial House Lane and the Barn, 31-89 Lower Eastern Green Lane and 481-523 Lower Eastern Green Lane. If anyone is local and happy to help it would be much appreciated. Barbara Warner (07846 288036/02476 403458).

Good Neighbours Project
A new project has been launched to find befrienders who will visit isolated older people in the area. Next Sunday, we welcome Project Coordinator, Jess Day-Pollard, who will be speaking briefly about the project and how volunteers can help.

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.

NCD Survey
Many thanks to all those who stayed behind last week to complete the survey. It will be some time before the results are published, but we will let you know what you said about us in due course!

At the end of this year, Jackie Lynch who has given many years loyal service to St Andrew’s as Treasurer will be standing down. Jackie is willing to continue some of the Treasurer’s duties and also ensure there is a good handover of responsibilities. If you have any relevant experience of bookkeeping especially using a computer, please pray about whether you can serve St Andrew’s in this way. For further information, please speak to Jackie or Greg.

Peter Watts
We are sad to announce the death of Pete Watts. His funeral will take place on Monday 17th October at 12.30pm in church. Please pray for Sandra and her family at this sad time.

Youth Café
In the final term of last year, the Church Together in Tile Hill ran a successful youth café at Jardine Youth Centre, which St Andrew’s made a significant contribution to. However, over the summer we have lost two volunteers and although we know there are young people who are keen to come, we cannot reopen until those two volunteers have been replaced. Please speak to Greg or Jill Pinks if you want to know more. We want to run late on Monday afternoons from 4-5.30pm.

Anyone interested in being confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 26th November should speak to Greg as soon as possible.

Healing Service
On Sunday 30th October, the Prayer Ministry Team will be leading our communion service at 10am. There will be the opportunity for anointing with oil for healing for any who wish it; as well as private one to one prayer.

Operation Christmas Child
We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the Christmas Shoebox appeal this year. Please see Greg if you would be willing to take this on.

Spring Cleaning
We are holding a Spring Cleaning morning on Saturday 22nd October from 9.30-11.30am. (Yes, we do know it’s Autumn!) We are hoping that there will be merry band of volunteers to help clean those parts that the regular clean can’t reach and to help with a major tidying project. Both men and women are needed for this!

Nexus Students
We are delighted to welcome Dewi Thomas and Carys Egna into the church family. Dewi and Carys are students at Nexus, the nationally celebrated music worship college in Earlsdon. As part of their course, they are placed at St Andrew’s for the next 12 months. Please do make them feel welcome when you see them at St Andrew’s. We are also looking for people to offer them a simple lunch on a Sunday. This can be done any Sunday over the coming months. Please speak to Greg if you are willing to join a rota to do this.

Please pray for Susan Barnes, Rita Muir and Shirley Lewis who will be attending Cursillo, a spiritual renewal programme for lay people, next weekend. Do take the opportunity on their return to ask them all about it.

Fish & Chip Quiz Night
St Andrew’s Church in conjunction with Allesley Green Residents Association is hosting a Fish & Chip Quiz Night at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 4th November at 7pm. Tickets costing £9 for adults and £5 for children under 12 are available from Julie at or Veronika on 76407800. Please indicate when buying your tickets whether you would like fish, chicken or pie. Teams are a maximum of 6 people, but if you come singly or in couples we will be glad to find you a team.

Barn Dance
The Barn Dance is due to take place on Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. Tickets cost: Adults £8, Children 12 and under £4. Refreshments include hot dog, tea and coffee, soft drinks. Please feel free to bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets are available from Julia McNaney, Jackie Lynch, Rita Muir, Rosemarie Over or Julie at

Blitz Night
St Andrew’s is hosting a Forties Night on Saturday 26th November at Eastern Green Club. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Rosemarie on 07778 397284 and include a fish & chip supper. Fancy dress optional but strongly encouraged.

Church Fayre
The fayre will be held in Eastern Green Village Hall on 3rd December from 1-3pm. We need lots of helpers on the day for setting up, clearing afterwards and manning stalls. We also need donations of cakes, unwanted gifts, bric a brac, chocolate and bottles for the tombolas, bottles for the bottle stall, raffle prizes and anything else I haven’t thought of! Thank you, Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
The nine strong party from St Andrew’s completed the 26 mile Arden Way walk on October 1st. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please put your donation in the basket at the back of church and cross your name from the list. 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. If you didn’t sponsor us, we would still gratefully receive all donations.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place on Sunday 6th November at 6.30pm. We will be remembering by name all those who have died in the Parish over the last 12 months. If you would like a loved one who died longer ago or elsewhere to be mentioned by name, please provide Julie with details at or 07756 918847.

Money Course
The Church Together in Tile Hill are running a 4-week Money Course on Tuesday nights which starts 8th November, 7.30 – 9.45pm (refreshments from 7.15pm) at St James’ Church, Tile Hill Lane, Coventry CV4 9DP. The Money Course seeks to provide hands-on practical advice, as well as sensitively examine our attitudes to money, taking our lead from the down-to-earth wisdom of the Bible. All welcome, however this course is not designed for those with serious debt issues. Just turn up on the night. We are still looking for volunteers to welcome people and serve tea/coffee – please let Anne know if you can help. Any questions contact /Anne Richardson 07973221635.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Marian Letton.

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

Diary Dates October
Mon 17th12.30pmPete Watts funeral
Tues 18th1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Tues 18th6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 19th8.00pmEco celebration at St Andrew’s
Sat 22nd9.30-11.30amSpring Cleaning in church
Sat 22nd7.30pmHealing service rehearsal
Tues 25th7.30pmBaptism Preparation training at the Vicarage
ReadingsRom 12.1-12 (p 1139) & John 15.12-18 (p 1083)
ReadersVictoria Kaczur & Trevor Hill
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
Led byLesley Lee
IntercessionsGreg Smith
Comm AsstLesley Lee
ChildrenLinda, Claire & Gary
SidespersonsSara & Eddie Parkes
Readings next week2 Tim 4.6-8 & Luke 18.9-14