Pews News – 22nd January 2017

22nd January 2017 – Third 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.

Special Welcome
To Lynnette Clarke who will presiding for us this morning for the first time. Lynnette is the retired Vicar of St Albans, Stoke Heath.

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.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s
The new C1 safeguarding courses are now available. Dates and venues are now on the notice board at the back of church. A good mix of churches within each training session allows us to learn from each other by sharing best practise and experiences. Please book your place early to avoid disappointment and also let me (Linda – your PSO) know. I will then issue you with your certificate on completion.

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:

Many thanks to all those who supported the Sleeping Beauty pantomime, whether by performing or helping out backstage or by buying tickets.

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

Quiz Night
Please note that the next joint St Andrew’s and Allesley Green Residents Association Quiz Night will take place at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday March 31st. Details to follow.

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.

Hockley Traffic
There is to be a community speed watch on Hockley Lane to monitor traffic for which volunteers are needed. The first session is on Monday Feb 1st from 8-9.30am. Even if you are unable to help at that time, but are interested, please speak to Greg.

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 tonight, 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.

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.

A message from our missionary partner, Philippa Munday:
Dear Friends, I would like to invite you to participate in the Global Day of Prayer for KISC on the 2nd February 2017. This day is the school anniversary and this year we celebrate 30 years of KISC. We would like to take the time to thank God for His faithfulness to us as well as to bring some of our needs to Him in Prayer. There is a sign up system providing 15 minute slots for the 24 hour period.  Please feel free to sign up for as many slots as you would like, there can be an unlimited number of people per slot.  The hope is that we can have at least one person praying at any time, so please look for empty slots close to the time you are able to pray.
Details to sign are below:
Please sign up for Global Prayer Day for KISC 2017! 
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUP:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Please note, the times on the website are for the Nepal timezone – GMT +5hrs 45mins

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Norah Hall.

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.

Diary Dates
Sun 22nd Jan6.30pmService for Christian Unity at St James
Mon 23rd Jan2.00pmEastern Green History Group meet in church
Tues 24th Jan12.00pmFuneral of Beryl Kimberley
Tues 24th Jan7.00pmBishop’s Certificate in church
Weds 25th Jan7.00pmMarriage Preparation at St Andrew’s week 2
Thurs 26th Jan7.30pmChildren’s Working Party
Sat 28th Jan10-12 noonPrayer Workshop in church
Readings1 Cor 1.10-18 (p 1144) & Matt 4.12-23 (p 968)
ReadersAnn Dove & Pete Brueton
PreacherNick Tooby
Led byNick Tooby
PresidentLynnette Clarke
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Communion AsstEmma Read
OrganistBen Kimpton
SidespersonsJune Orton & Sandra Watts
Next week1 Cor 1.18-31 & Matt 5.1-12