Pews News – 29th January 2017

29th January 2017 – Fourth 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.

Worship 4 All
The theme of the next week’s worship 4 all is God’s love for the whole of creation. Children are encouraged to bring their favourite cuddly animal (stuffed not live!)

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:

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian service conducted by Kate and Dawn takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm.

Many thanks to all those who supported the Sleeping Beauty pantomime, whether by performing or helping out backstage or by buying tickets. The cast and crew had a wonderful time doing it, and the feedback suggests that the audience appreciated it equally. Something in the region of £1,000 has been raised towards the Village Hall development fund. £300 was raised for church funds through the raffle and refreshments.

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.

Foster for Coventry
Foster for Coventry are looking for people to support them in finding foster carers for the 601 looked after children in the council’s care in Coventry. Coventry City Council need more people to foster to make a real difference to children’s lives and give children a childhood. For more information visit or phone 024 7683 2828.

Pilgrim Course – ‘A Course for the Christian Journey’
The Pilgrim Course is designed to help you explore the journey of faith in a reflective and conversational way. We will be holding a Pilgrim Course at St Andrew’s during Lent aimed primarily at those who are enquiring about and exploring God, faith and their own journey with Jesus. It will run for six weeks on Wednesday evenings from 8th March to 12th April and the theme for these evenings is ‘Turning to Christ’. We will be meeting at the Vicarage starting at 7pm with a shared meal. If you would like to join us or want to know more, please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026) or Greg.

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. Please note that this is different from the previous date advertised in the Link. 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 1st Februaryt 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

Talent Show
The 3rd Eastern Green’s Got Talent Show will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 11th March. Cash prize of £30 for the winner, to take part please contact Victoria Kaczur at or Julie Crow at

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.
Please sign up for Global Prayer Day for KISC 2017!
Details to sign are below:
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1Go 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 Marilyn Starr.

Prayer List
Please pray for Flix Haynes, 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
Sat 28th Jan10-12 noonPrayer Workshop in church
Tues 31st Jan7.00pmBishop’s Certificate in church
Weds 1st Feb7.00pmMarriage Preparation in church
Sun 5th Feb8.00amCommunion
Sun 5th Feb10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 5th Feb6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 6th Feb7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 7th Feb2.00pmPastoral Care Committee at 9 Nailcote Ave
Weds 8th Feb6.45pmChoir Practice
Reading1 Cor 1.18-31 (p 1144) & Matt 5.1-12 (p 968)
ReadersAnn Crowley & Maureen Hall
PreacherLesley Lee
Led byLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsJeremy Thomas
Comm AsstLesley Lee
OrganistMichael Watkins
ChildrenGreg, Becky & Claire
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
Next week at 8am1 Cor 2.1-12 & Matt 5.13-20