Pews News – 23rd October 2016

23rd October 2016 – Last 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.

Special Welcome
To Jess Pollard-Day from the Good Neighbours Project, funded by Age UK and Hope Coventry. She is going to be speaking to us briefly about this exciting new project and how people can help.

Gideons Bibles
Many thanks to all those who have filled and returned to me the filled tubes for the Gideon’s Society. We have been able to give them a further £50 which they have collected with grateful thanks. A receipt is on the board at the back of the church. There are now some empty tubes on the table if anyone would like to refill them. Many pennies turn into pounds! Many thanks to you all, Barbara Warner.

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) is welcome to attend a meeting at the Vicarage tomorrow evening, Monday 24th October at 8pm.

Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship and Mission
St. Andrew’s will be hosting one of the diocesan BCDM modules in the new year. This is a five week course and open to all. There is no cost for those who attend from our congregations, but you will need to register for course (see below). Paul’s Life, Mission and Letters looks at the life of the Apostle in his context in the 1st Century world, and at the letters that he wrote, focusing especially on 1 and 2 Corinthians. You will gain an understanding of what motivated Paul, what his opponents said, and find ways of reading his letters so that they make sense! If you want to know more or are unsure about how to register please speak with Sue Masters, or email Further information about all BCDM modules are available on the diocesan website. Dates and Time: Tuesday evenings 7-9:30pm, 10th January – 7th February, venue: St Andrew’s Church. To register, please go to:<

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.

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.

NCD Survey
Many thanks to all those who stayed behind two weeks ago 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!

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. Preparation meetings will take place at the Vicarage on Sunday evenings: Nov 6th at 8pm; Nov 13th at 6.30pm and Nov 20th at 6.30pm.

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.

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 Shirley Lewis, Rita Muir and Susan Barnes who are attending a Cursillo weekend this weekend. This is a discipleship refreshment weekend that originated in the Spanish Catholic church but has renewed the life of lay people in the Church of England up and down the country.

Healing Service
Next Sunday October 30th, 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.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service continues on Tuesday at 9.15am. Stories, song, games and craft for pre-school children and their carers. Refreshments served from 8.45am. All welcome.

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 which cost £10 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, 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 1st October.  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.

Sermon Summary
God still speaks to His people as He did in Old Testament times
The Christmas story reminds us that God wants to be involved in His world
He cares about each and every individual, not just nations
Our task is to listen by:
Getting closer
Stopping talking ourselves
Being ready to be surprised

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Julia McNaney.

Prayer List
Please pray for Mary Savage, Patricia Bailey, Colin & Pauline Smith, 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/November
Mon 24th Oct8.00pmPanto meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 25th Oct9.15amPram Service
Tues 25th Oct6.45pmChoir Practice
Tues 25th Oct7.30pmBaptism Team meeting at the Vicarage
Weds 26th Oct7.30pmFinance and Fabric at the Vicarage
Sun 30th Oct10.00amHoly Communion with Healing
Tues 1st Nov7.00pmAllesley Green Res Assoc at Park Hill School
Reading1 Samuel 3.1-10
ReaderSara Parkes
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
ChildrenAlison & Ashleigh
SidespersonsGill and Rita
Next weekTBC