Pews News – 15th January 2017

15th January 2017 – Second Sunday of Epiphany

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.

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.

Eating Disorders – Train to become a Tastelife Leader
Tastelife’s two day residential training, which takes place in Oxfordshire in February, will equip you to run the tastelife course in your area by providing information about eating disorders plus the concepts behind the tastelife course, and skills to deliver it. The training is fully accredited by the University of Brighton Health Sciences REQ mark (Recognised Educational Quality), with continuing oversight. All refreshments, food and accommodation is included. Website:

Tickets for the pantomime are available from Julie on 07756 918847 or at a cost of £10 for adults £5 children and £7 concessions.  We are defining concessions as those in receipt of benefits or students (not pensioners sorry!) Performances take place on Friday 20th Jan at 7pm and Saturday 21st Jan at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Please don’t leave it until the day of the show to book or you may be disappointed. We are still looking for stage hands, prompters and people willing to assist with the makeup. Please speak to Greg or Selina if you’re able to help.

Prayer Workshop
Lesley and Greg will be offering another prayer workshop on Saturday 28th January from 10am-12 noon in church. This will provide another opportunity for those seeking to grow in confidence in their prayer lives. All welcome.

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.

To Revd Lynda Lilley who has just been appointed as the new Rector of Meriden. Lynda is well known to our Pram Service families. She is being inducted into her new role on Thursday 19th January at St Lawrence’s.

Finance Appeal
Many thanks to all those who made special one-off gifts to our Christmas appeal. Thanks to your generosity the £5k needed has been raised. Thank you and Praise God!

Hockley Traffic
One of our local councillors is proposing a community speed watch on Hockley Lane to monitor traffic and needs a couple of volunteers to help. You would need to commit approximately 1 ½ hours a week for three or four weeks. Please speak to Greg if you would like to volunteer.

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

Service for Christian Unity
Every year, local churches meet to celebrate our unity in Christ and to pray for a deeper level of visible unity among the churches. This year, we meet at St James on Tile Hill Lane on Sunday 22nd January at 6.30pm to worship, followed by refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to hear about some of the great successes that have arisen since the Church Together in Tile Hill came into being. It would be great to have a good turn out from St Andrew’s and StAPH. Please speak to Greg or Sara Parkes if you need a lift.

Many thanks to all who contributed to making Christmas at St Andrew’s and StAPH so special, whether it be decorating the church, performing at the crib service or extra sidespersons duties. It has been a truly special time.

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 Rosemary Pottinger.

Sermon Summary
God provides
God uses us in many cases to supply the need
As we give, so He gives to us

Prayer List
Please pray for Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, 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.

January Diary Dates
Sun 15th6.00pmFull rehearsal for Panto at the Village Hall
Tues 17th1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Tues 17thBishop’s Certificate in church week 2
Weds 18th6.45pmChoir Practice in church
Weds 18th7.00pmMarriage Preparation at Meriden church
Thurs 19thInduction of Revd Lynda Lilley at Meriden
Fri 20th7.00pmSleeping Beauty at the Village Hall
Sat 21st2.30pmSleeping Beauty at the Village Hall
Sat 21st7.30pmSleeping Beauty at the Village Hall
Sun 22nd6.30pmService for Christian Unity at St James
Thurs 26thChildren’s Working Party
ReadingsMalachi 3.6-10 (p 962) & Matt 6.25-34 (p 971)
ReadersAnn Crowley & Victoria Kaczur
PreacherGreg Smith
Led byNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
MusicMichael Watkins & Dan Smith
SidespersonsRita Muir & Kath Houldsworth
Next week1 Cor 1.10-18 & Matt 4.12-23