Pews News – 30th October 2016

30th October 2016 – Fourth Sunday before Advent

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.

Healing Service
This morning, the Prayer Ministry Team are leading our communion service. There will be the opportunity for anointing with oil for healing for any who wish it; as well as private one to one prayer.

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 asap.

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.

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:<>

Eastern Green Village Hall
Please note that the AGM of the Eastern Green Village Hall takes place on Wednesday 9th November at 8.10pm. Anyone who lives in Eastern Green, Allesley Green or Bannerbrook Park is welcome to attend.

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
Many thanks to Julia McNaney for volunteering to take on coordinating our Christmas Shoebox appeal. Leaflets will be available shortly.

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.

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. They will be joining us at St Andrew’s for the first time next Sunday. Please do make them feel welcome when you see them. 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.

Crib Service
Anyone interested in helping with this year’s crib service on 24th December should speak to Greg ASAP.

Many thanks to the small band of volunteers who helped clean and tidy the church last weekend.

Good Neighbour Project
Following on from the visit from Jess Day-Pollard to talk about the Good Neighbour Project, a Church Together project aimed at lessening the isolation of older people in the area, please note there is an interest evening on Thursday 10th November at 7.30pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church. If you missed her 5 minute talk last week, please visit the church website.

Blitz Night
St Andrew’s is hosting a Forties Night on Saturday November 26th 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.

Quiz Night
St Andrew’s is jointly hosting a Fish n Chip Quiz Night on Friday 4th November with Allesley Green Residents Association at the Massey Ferguson Social Club. Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Veronika. Tuesday will be the last chance to get tickets before the fish & chip order has to be placed. Alternatives to fish are available.

Sponsored Walk
The nine strong party from St Andrew’s completed the 26 mile Arden Way walk. 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 next Sunday 6th November at 6.30pm (and not Saturday as mistakenly advertised in the Link). 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.

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

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.

Mission Partners & Peace Walk
In the red folder at the back of church please see our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners and also a letter regarding the city’s Annual Peace Walk on 5th November.

Altar Flowers
This week’s Altar flowers were kindly donated by Val Walters.

Prayer List
Please pray for Mary Lee, 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 31st Oct7.00pmPanto rehearsal at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 1st Nov7.00pmAllesley Green Res Assoc at Park Hill School
Thurs 3rd Nov7.30pmChildren’s Working Party in church
Fri 4th Nov7.00pmQuiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club
Sun 6th Nov6.30pmMemorial Service
Sun 6th Nov8.00pmConfirmation group at the Vicarage
Tues 8th Nov9.15amPram Service
Tues 8th Nov6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 9th Nov8.10pmVillage Hall AGM
ReadingsJames 5.13-16 & John 9.1-12
ReadersSelina Toor & Lindsey Rawlings
PreacherJeremy Thomas & Jayne Nye
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsTerri Beales
ChildrenEmma, Veronika & Becky
MusicDi Fellowes & Gary Corden
Next week at 8am2 Thess 2.1-5, 13-17 & Luke 20-27-38