Pews News – 27th November 2016

27th November 2016 – First Sunday of 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.

Many congratulations to Dominic Read, James Durrant, Lynne Norman and Paul Crowe who were confirmed at Coventry Cathedral yesterday.

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.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place next Sunday at 10am. Please do bring new toys to place under the tree. These will be distributed to children in the area who will otherwise be without over Christmas through the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill and St Andrew’s School.

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.

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.

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 Oswalds 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.

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 very moving Darkness to Light service tonight 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.

Creation Questionnaire
You will be given a questionnaire this morning that will invite you to record your views on creation and the environment. St Andrew’s is cooperating with a national research project and it would be helpful if you would find time to complete this. The questionnaire is entirely confidential and should be returned in the envelope provided. If you have no intention of completing the questionnaire, please return it to the sidespersons with your hymn book.

Social Event
St Andrew’s would like to hold a social event in Feb/March 2017. We are looking for a volunteer or group of volunteers to plan an event for us.

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.

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.

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:<>

Good Neighbour 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

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.

Christmas Fayre
St Andrew’s Church Christmas 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.

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.

Carol Service
If you would like to read a lesson at the carol service on 18th December please contact Nick Tooby. Email

Concert of Christmas Music
A Unique Concert of Christmas Music performed by The Nightingales and Sensa None Polish Choir will take place in St Andrews Church on Sunday 11th December starting at 7pm promptly. Tickets are available from David Griffiths at Church or by telephoning him on 01675 442240.

Nexus Christmas Show
This year, Nexus ICA will be putting on an original musical called ‘Voices’. It will be playing on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December. There are three evening shows when doors will open at 7pm and the show will start at 7.30pm. There is also a matinee show on the Saturday. Doors for this show will be at 1pm with the show starting at 1.30pm for anyone who can’t make the evening showings.  You can buy tickets on<>, just search for Nexus ICA. Prices range from £7.15 for a concession ticket to £28.00 for a family of 6. If you’d like any more information then you can see our website our social media pages, or come and talk to me after the service! Carys Egner.

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.

Request from Homestay
Do you have a spare room available to host a student in your home? You will be paid for this service. If interested, please see the information in the red folder at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s Altar flowers were kindly donated by Jill Pinks.

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 Nov/Dec
Sun 27th Nov6.30pmDarkness to Light Service
Mon 28th Nov5.45pmDrama Club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 28th Nov7.00pmSleeping Beauty rehearsal
Mon 28th Nov8.45pmYouth Café interest meeting
Tues 29th Nov6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 30th Nov7.00pmSt Andrew’s Day Service
Thurs 1st Dec7.30pmSleeping Beauty rehearsal in church
Sat 3rd Dec1-3pmChristmas Fayre at the Village Hall
Sun 4th Dec10.00amToy Service
Sun 4th Dec6.30pmAdvent Ignatian Service
Sun 4th Dec7.30pmPost Confirmation Group at the Vicarage
Mon 5th Dec7.30pmPCC Social
Tues 6th Dec7.30pmBishop’s Visit to the Deanery
Readings1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 & Luke 12: 35-40
ReadersSara Parkes & Hilary Wankling
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentJonathan Hill
IntercessionsNorah Hall
Comm AsstSue Masters
OrganistMichael Watkins
ChildrenLinda, Claire & Veronika
Next week at 8amIsaiah 11.1-10 & Matt 3.1-12