Pews News – 11th December 2016

11th December 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent 

Welcome
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.

Congratulations
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.

Toy Service
Many thanks to all those who contributed toys for our Toy Service last Sunday. We are still accepting new toys up until 10am on Wednesday 14th December. The toys will be distributed by Tile Hill Children’s Centre and St Andrew’s School to those families who might otherwise be without over Christmas.

Christmas Fayre
Many thanks to all who helped with the fayre, and to all those who came and spent their money! We made a total of £860 which will go towards much needed church funds. Jackie Lynch.

Flower List
The 2017 Flower List will be in church from this Sunday.

Thank You
A very big thank you to all the volunteers who give of their time to decorate our church at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for providing all the foliage needed, also to everyone who has donated towards the Christmas flowers. Thank you to all, Ann Dove

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.

Concert of Christmas Music
A Unique Concert of Christmas Music performed by The Nightingales and Sensa None Polish Choir will take place in church this evening, starting at 7pm promptly. Tickets are available from David Griffiths at Church or by telephoning him on 01675 442240.

Pantomime
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.

Props
Greg would like to hear from anyone who could help us source the following props: Large horn-rimmed glasses; a cradle; a spinning wheel; a blunderbuss; one man band kit; and three tankards.

Treasurer
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.

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 last week. Even better news was that Hannah has taken two steps this week, something she had been told would never happen. Please continue to pray.

Crib Set
A small crib set free to a good home is available. Please speak to Greg if you would like this.

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 want to make a special one off Christmas gift to the church, special Christmas envelopes have been produced for this purpose. These can also be gift aided to enable us to claim the tax back.

Creation Questionnaire
You will have been given a questionnaire this morning that invites 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.

Welcome Back
To Mary Lee and Doug Savage, who have returned to St Andrew’s after six months in Canada. Do continue to pray for Mary, whose health has taken a downturn while they have been away.

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 goodneighbourscoventry@gmail.com.

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.

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 susanmasters@sky.com. 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: www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister<http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister>

Mission Partners
Please see our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillpa Munday, our Mission Partners, in the red folder at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

                                      Diary Dates December
Sun 11th7.00pmNightingales and Sensa None Polish Choir Concert
Mon 12th5.45pmLast drama club of the year
Mon 12th7.00pmPanto rehearsal at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 13th9.15amChristmas Pram Service
Tues 13th12 noonCostume meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 13th5.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 14th11.45amLunch n Chat Christmas Party
Weds 14th7.00pmBudget meeting at 4 Seatons Field
Fri 16th7.00pmChristmas social for all music makers at the Vicarage
Sun 18th6.30pmCarol Service
Weds 21st6.30pmCarol singing in Allesley Green in Birch Close
ReadingMatt 11.2-11 (p 976)
ReaderAnn Dove
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsSue Masters
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
ChildrenHilary, Claire & Lesley H
Next weekIsaiah 7.10-16 & Matt 1.18-25