Pews News – 4th December 2016

4th December 2016 – Second 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.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church closes for the Christmas holiday on 18th December. Our spring term opens on 15th January 2017. We will have more Bible stories, games and craft activities for pre-school and primary aged children. Newcomers are always welcome and parents are welcome to help, too! For more information, speak to Hilary or phone on 07980 596646.

To Phil Richardson, who will be serving his curacy at St Andrew’s following his ordination at Coventry Cathedral on July 2nd next year. Phil will divide his time 50/50 between St Andrew’s and StAPH. Do pray for him as he completes his training.

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.

Kidz Klub
The Tile Hill team are having a Christmas meal on Thursday 15th December and anyone who’s interested in finding out more about Kidz Klub is invited to come. If you think could be involved in Kidz Klub in any way (prayer, set up, PA, home visits, parent ‘cafe’ team, financial support etc) please let Julie know on 07756 918847 or

Singers Required
There will be funeral taking place in church on Monday 12th December at 12 noon and we need extra people to augment the choir on the day. There will be experienced members of the choir to help you with robes and anything that you need to know. If you would like to help, please let one of the members of the choir know, or alternatively call Dawn on 07513 753899.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place this morning. If you have not brought toys to place under the tree, but would still like to, you have until December 12th to bring them. They 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.

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.

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 especially keen to recruit people who can help with costumes. There is a meeting at the Vicarage at 12 noon on Tuesday 13th December. Please come if you are able to help.

Christmas Donation
For visitors who want to make a one-off Christmas gift to St Andrew’s, there are special envelopes in which to place your donation. Do give generously to enable St Andrew’s to continue its work in the community in the year ahead.

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.

Ignatian Service
The final Ignatian service of 2016 takes place tonight at 6.30pm with a focus on the person of Mary and her part in the Christmas story.

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.

Forties Night
Thanks to all those who supported the Forties Night at the Eastern Green Club last Saturday. We had a wonderful time, dancing, singing the old songs and royal entertainment from some great acts. Many, many thanks to Rosemarie Over for all her hard work in organising this. Thank you also to everyone who made a special effort to dress up and create a special atmosphere. The landlady at the club said that it was the best night they had ever had there.

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.

Christmas Helpers
Helpers are needed at the Midnight Communion service to read, lay up the altar and act as sidesperson. We will also need sidespersons for the Crib Services on Christmas Eve. Please see Greg or email Julie if you are able to help.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who generously supported the Arden Way sponsored walk. Greg was able to present Hannah Miller, for whom we were raising funds, with a cheque for £925 this week. Thanks again to our brave walkers!

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:<>

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.

Creation Questionnaire
You will be given a questionnaire next Sunday 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.

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 early on Monday evenings.

Pram Service
Our Christmas Pram Service will take place on Tuesday 13th December at 9.15am. All welcome.

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.

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 Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale.

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 December
Sun 4th Dec6.30pmAdvent Ignatian Service
Sun 4th Dec7.30pmPost Confirmation Group at the Vicarage
Mon 5th Dec5.45pmDrama Club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 5th Dec7.30pmPCC Social
Tues 6th Dec7.30pmBishop’s Visit to the Deanery
Sun 11th Dec7.00pmNightingales and Sensa None Polish Choir Concert
Tues 13th Dec9.15amChristmas Pram Service
Tues 13th Dec12 noonCostume meeting at the Vicarage
Weds 14th Dec7.00pmBudget meeting at 4 Seatons Field
Readings at 8amIsaiah 11.1-10 (p 696) & Matt 3.1-12 (p 967)
ReaderRichard Marr
PresidentGreg Smith
Toy Service led byGreg Smith
SidespersonsJune Orton & Sandra Watts
Next weekMatt 11.2-11