Pews News – 20th November 2016

20th November 2016 – Sunday next 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.

Children’s Church and Crèche Meeting
There will be a meeting for all St Andrew’s Crèche and Children’s Church volunteers next Tuesday, 22nd November at Hilary’s house, 538, Broad Lane, starting at 7.30pm. We do need more volunteers to help us run our activities on a Sunday morning. If you would like to join us, please speak to any of the Crèche or Children’s Church leaders for more information or come to our meeting on Tuesday. At St Andrew’s we take the safeguarding of our children very seriously. To comply with our safeguarding policy, all volunteers are required to undertake a DBS check.

Shoe Box Appeal
This years Shoe Box Appeal is gaining momentum. To those that have already sent in their boxes, many thanks. Leaflets for information are available at the back of the church. The deadline for collection is 20th November 2016. You can bring them into church and Julia McNaney will then deliver the Shoe Boxes to the warehouse.

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.

Offa House
The Diocese is exploring options for the future of Offa house, which include selling the property, as well as reopening it in one way or another. One of the options being explored, but not definite, is for reopening the house is to establish it as a centre for spiritual renewal with a Christian community living there and running it. At this stage they are looking to determine whether there would be enough people willing to volunteer at Offa House if it was to reopen. For further details of what this entails please see the information in the red folder at the back of church.

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:<>

Epson Polar Bear Printer Ink
I have some printer ink that I no longer need in the following colours, 2 x Black 26XL, Photo Black 26XL, Cyan x 3, and Magenta x 2. These are available for a suitable donation to the church. If you are interested in purchasing any of these please contact Julie at or call 07756 918847.

Decorating the Church for Christmas
Volunteers are needed on Saturday 3rd December at 9.15am to help decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to donate towards the cost of the Christmas flowers it would be much appreciated, thank you, Ann Dove.

Rock Solid
After 11 years, we have had to close Rock Solid, the youth group that has met at the Scout Hut on Sunday evenings for 10-14 year olds, playing games and quizzes while also helping young people engage with the Christian faith. Special thanks must go to Nick Tooby who was there on day one when Rock Solid started and hasn’t missed a single term in the 11 years since. Going forward, if anyone feels called to work with this age group in the future, please do speak to Nick about it.

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 a back stage capacity should speak to Greg asap.

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.

We are pleased to announce that from January 1st, Emma Adcock has agreed to take on the responsibility of church treasurer. We are enormously grateful to Jackie for all the work she has put in over the last 6 years and are grateful that she has agreed to continue to do all the day to day money handling duties.

Please pray for Dominic Read, James Durrant, Lynne Norman and Paul Crowe who are to be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral next Saturday at 4pm.

Bishop’s Visitation
The Bishop of Coventry is visiting the Deanery on Tuesday 6th December. He would especially like to see as many ordinary members of the congregation as possible at a service at St Nicholas, Kenilworth, at 7.30pm that evening. Please speak to Greg if you would like to go and need a lift.

Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who supported the Quiz Night at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on November 4th. Over 140 people attended, raising £900 to be shared equally with the Allesley Green Residents Association. Special thanks to Veronika for all her hard work in making the evening such a success.

Winter Night Shelter
Our friends and neighbours at St Oswald’s are once again hosting the winter night shelter on Friday evenings through the winter. They provide a safe and warm place to sleep for the homeless. The project always needs more volunteers. If you are considering volunteering, please speak to Greg or Anne Richardson or contact Father Nick direct.

Eastern Green Village Hall
Greg was re-elected as Chair of the Village Hall committee at last week’s AGM. Please note that to book the Village Hall, you should phone Kay on 7647 4174.

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.

Darkness to Light
Please join us for the start of Advent on November 27th for the very moving Darkness to Light service which starts in darkness at 6.30pm. All welcome.

St Andrew’s Day
We will be marking St Andrew’s Day on Wednesday 30th November with a service of Holy Communion at 7pm. This will be followed by an opportunity to write Christmas cards to prisoners of conscience, meeting in the church room, with refreshments provided. All welcome.

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. There is an interest meeting at the Bell pub in Tile Hill village on Monday 28th November at 8.45pm.

Nexus Students
Please support our Nexus students by attending their Christmas concert at the Nexus building in Earlsdon from 8th-10th December. Tickets available from the Nexus website at

Good Neighbours Project
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Good Neighbours project or would like to know more about this really important new project visiting older, isolated people in the area should contact Jess Day-Pollard at

Carol Singing in Allesley Green
We are going to be carol singing in Allesley Green on Wednesday 21st December at 6.30pm in Birch Close. Local residents are offering hospitality including hot drinks and mince pies as well as decorating the street in our honour. We just need to supply a choir and musicians. You are welcome to turn up on the night and may wish to park in the One Stop car park and walk round to Birch Close, which is just off Woodridge Avenue. However, it would be helpful to have some idea in advance who might be coming. Please speak to Greg or Richard Marr.

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 continues tomorrow Monday 21st 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Kath Houldsworth.

Prayer List
Please pray for Pauline Savage, 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 20th6.30pmDarkness to Light rehearsal
Sat 19th7.30pmConfirmation group at the Vicarage
Mon 21st5.45pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 21st7.30pmLeadership meeting at 53 Astoria Drive
Tues 22nd9.15amPram Service
Tues 22ndPrayer Ministry Team meets at 10 Stoney Rd
Tues 22nd7.30pmChildren’s Church meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Tues 22nd6.45pmChoir Practice
Thurs 24th7.30pmDeanery Synod at St Martins Finham
Thurs 24th7.30pmPantomime rehearsal in church
Sat 26th7.30pmForties Night at Eastern Green Club
Sun 27th6.30pmDarkness to Light service
Mon 28th8.45pmYouth Café interest meeting
Weds 30th7.00pmSt Andrew’s Day service
ReadingsJeremiah 23.1-6 (p 782) & Luke 23.33-43 (p 1060)
ReadersJohn Ross Barnard & George Cooke
PreacherDan Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
OrganistBen Kimpton
ChildrenLesley L, Victoria & Becky
Next weekIsaiah 2.1-5 & Matt 24.36-44