Pews News – 18th December 2016

18th December 2016 – Fourth 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.

Colin and Jennifer Sanders
Would like to thank all those at St. Andrew’s and StAPH who prayed for Colin. He has had a successful operation and is in good health. He felt very comforted by those prayers. Thanks too to Greg and Phil who visited at home.

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.

Thank You
From Fran for all the messages of support and prayers over the period of her knee replacement operation. All has gone well and she is making a slow and at times painful recovery.

Carol Service
Our annual Carol Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All welcome. Come early for a good seat.

Crib Services
Our very popular crib service returns this year, with a magical theme (!) There will, as always, be two identical services at 2.30 and 4pm. Please note that the later service tends to be less overcrowded.

Toy Service
Many thanks to all those who contributed toys for our Toy appeal. The toys will be distributed by Tile Hill Children’s Centre to those families who might otherwise be without over Christmas. A thank you card from the children is on its way!

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 looking for people who could paint the set. No great artistic skill is required, just a steady hand.

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.

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.

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. Even better news was that Hannah has taken two steps last week, something she had been told would never happen. Please see thank you message from Hannah below.

To Reverend Smith and all at St. Andrew’s Church
Last week Greg came to see me with a cheque of money raised from the Arden Way sponsored walk. We were completely overwhelmed with the amount raised which will help me in my recovery and adaptions I now need from a devastating spinal injury. I cannot really put into words how much we appreciate it. It is at times like this you truly see the goodness in people. We are blessed to have so many people who want to help us. Thank you to everyone involved from the walkers to the helpers with the preparations and on the day, not forgetting all the people who sponsored them. Especially as the weather was not kind to everyone on that day! Thank you so much for your continued friendship and prayers. God bless and with love from Hannah Miller and Family.

Please note that Greg and Fran will be on holiday from Boxing Day up until and including Friday 30th December. There will be no communion service on Wednesday 28th December.

New Year’s Day
Please note that there will a service of Holy Communion on New Year’s Day at 10am but not 8am service.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillippa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Prayer List
Please pray for Mary Lee, Colin & Pauline Smith, 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/January
Sun 18th6.30pmCarol Service
Weds 21st6.30pmCarol singing in Allesley Green in Birch Close
Sat 24th2.30pm & 4pmCrib Services
Sat 24th11.00pmMidnight Communion
Sun 25th10.00amHoly Communion
Sun 1st Jan10.00amHoly Communion
ReadingIsaiah 7.10-16 (p 692) & Matt 1.18-25 (p 965)
ReadersGraham & Elizabeth Shelton
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
Led byNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstEmma Read
SidespersonsJulia & Jill
ChildrenAlison & Gary