Pews News – 6th November 2016

6th November 2016 – Third 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.

Choral Evensong
A small group from our choir are joining choirs and singers from the Coventry Diocese to sing choral Evensong at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 19th November. They have work extremely hard learning complex pieces of choral music and in a very short space of time. The service starts at 4pm and everyone is welcome at the Cathedral to show support for our group. Many thanks, Dawn Easthope.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s
The Safeguarding policy for the Diocese of Coventry has been updated which all parishes should have now formally adopted and implemented. In line with this there are two new papers regarding ‘Safer Recruitment’. These apply to all – both paid staff and volunteers and brings about changes in requirements. Can everyone please be aware that this now includes a job description and an application form with a signed agreement. Within the next few weeks, we will be sending these forms out to whom they concern and I am asking please that they are returned promptly. Thank you, Linda Chylinski.

Advent – ‘Making Room for Jesus’
The clocks have gone back and Christmas approaches! To prepare for Christmas we are holding a four week Advent group using a book entitled ‘Making room for Jesus’ and all are welcome. We will meet on Thursday mornings from 10.30am-12 noon starting on Thursday 24th November and will meet at Rita Muir’s home, 9 Nailcote Avenue, Tile Hill. Among the preparation we make for Christmas can we make room for Jesus? If you would like to come, or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

Amnesty International Greeting Card Campaign
Wednesday 30th November 7pm Holy Communion in church, 7.30pm writing of cards to Prisoners of Conscience. Cards provided but donations towards postage (£1.05 per card most welcome). There will be refreshments, wine, mince pies etc. Do join us on 30th November, David Griffiths, Trevor Hill and Flix Haynes.

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:<>

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tile Hill Job Club
Congratulations to Dawn Easthope who has been appointed as the new manager of the job club, run by the Church Together.

Finance Appeal
Following a recent budget review, it is apparent that St Andrew’s stands to make a substantial loss this year c£5k. This is despite of a generous response to the gift day. The deficit, it should be emphasized is not caused by overspend, but by a failure for the income we had hoped for to materialise. We have had less than half the weddings this year compared to last, while we have not benefited from a legacy this year, unlike the two previous years. If you were unable to give to the gift day, but still want to do so, please put a labelled envelope onto the plate.

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.

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 are joining us at St Andrew’s for the first time this morning. Please do make them feel welcome.  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. There will be a planning meeting after the service on Sunday 20th November.

Good Neighbour Project
The Good Neighbours Tile Hill volunteer interest sessions are happening next Thursday (10th November) 7.30pm-9pm and Friday 11th 9.30am-11am. These sessions are for volunteers to find out more about befriending older people in the greater Tile Hill area including Eastern Green, giving people practical support or helping at friendship groups in the area. At the session after a short presentation about Good Neighbours, volunteers will fill out a short application form and Jess Day-Pollard who visited St Andrew’s last month, will talk to them individually about their interests and hobbies so that they can be matched to an older person. They will then be invited to a safeguarding and DBS documents session later in the month. Coming to the interest session does not commit people to volunteering – they can attend the first part and leave if it’s not for them – so it’s for any interested parties. If you are interested but can’t attend, please contact Jess 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.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12s begins again on Monday 14th November at 5.45pm.

Open the Book
Open the Book is a project adopted by many churches across the UK, dedicated to bringing Bible stories into schools. One of the staff at St Andrew’s School is willing to head up a small team of volunteers who would come into the school, perhaps once a month, to tell Bible stories in a dramatic, interactive way in school assemblies. If you would be at all interested in joining such a team, please speak to Greg.

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.

Mission Partners
Please see the latest news from our Mission Partners, in the red folder at the back of church.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

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 November
Sun 6th6.30pmMemorial Service
Sun 6th8.00pmConfirmation Group at the Vicarage
Mon 7th7.00pmPanto rehearsal at Limbrick Wood church
Mon 7th7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 8th9.15amPram Service
Tues 8th6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 9th8.10pmVillage Hall AGM
Thurs 10th7.30pmGood Neighbours Interest Session at Limbrick Wood
Fri 11th9.30amGood Neighbours Interest Session at Limbrick Wood
Sun 13th6.30pmConfirmation Group at the Vicarage
Mon 14th5.45pmDrama club at 5.45pm at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 14th7.30pmPCC meeting
Weds 16th7.30pmLeading Worship Workshop: Mark Earey
Readings at 8am2 Thess 2.1-5, 13-17 (p 1189) & Luke 20.27-38 (p 1056)
ReaderElizabeth Shelton
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 all led byGreg Smith
MusicThe band
SidespersonsRosemarie Over & Rita Muir
Next weekMalachi 4.1-2 & Luke 21.5-19