Pews News – 17th September 2017

17th September 2017 – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

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
There will not be a Children’s Church meeting in the school hall today, but a box of craft resources is available in the side room for children to use during this morning’s service. Children’s Church will resume next week when we will begin to look at stories about Moses.

StAPH becomes St Andy’s Church
After 10 years as StAPH, the PCC has agreed to rename our church plant as St Andy’s Church.  This decision was driven by the need to ensure that outsiders understood that it was a church, and has the advantage of making the connection with St Andrew’s transparent, while pointing up the informality which is one of the hallmarks of the plant. Do pray for St Andy’s this morning at its special 10th anniversary celebration service on Bannerbrook Park over which the Bishop of Coventry is presiding.

Children’s Worker
As of 1st September Emma Wildman took up her role as our new children’s worker. She can be contacted on 07969 066979 or

Autumn Fayre
My thanks to all who helped out at the Fayre on Saturday. It got off to a hectic start when we couldn’t get into the hall, but everyone pulled together and worked hard to get the stalls ready. We made a grand total of £ 770 for church funds, so well done and thanks also to all those who came along and supported us. Jackie Lynch.

Eco Church
As part of the Eco Church awards, we needed to calculate how much electricity and gas St Andrew’s Church uses throughout the year and convert it into a carbon footprint. We then set targets to reduce the amount the following year as a way of helping to decrease the effects on the environment. Julie, our administrator has kindly provided the meter readings for our gas and electric consumption over the last few years and we have calculated that we had a significant reduction of 21% in gas usage in 2016/17 period from 2015/16 and in the same period a 9% reduction in electricity usage. This is mainly due to not having radiators turned on when the church is not in use as well as lights being turned off when they aren’t being used. We have set a target of a reduction of 5% for electric and gas usage for 2017/18. The ways that we can achieve this is by making sure that when the sideroom, kitchen or upstairs is not in use, turn the lights off or ask yourselves if you need the lights on during spring or summer periods. Another way is to turn the sockets off after use especially kettles, the organ or piano. If anyone has any other ideas about reducing energy please see either Dawn, Greg, Veronika, Selina, Gill or Paul because we feel that this is everyone’s responsibility as Christians to preserve God’s creation

Barn Dance
Saturday 28th October in Eastern Green Village Hall. Tickets £8 adults £4 children (13 and under). Includes hot dog, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Tickets available early October to be announced. A great fun evening and arranged again by popular demand!

Link Deliverer Needed
A volunteer to deliver the The Link is needed – Upper Eastern Green Lane (192-230, 240-288, 294-298), 55 copies. Please contact Barbara Warner if you can help, or telephone 02476 403458/07846 288036.

Open the Book
The Open the Book team who perform bible stories in St Andrew’s School for their assemblies are looking for practical support from a costume maker and/or props maker. Anyone interested should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Lunch n Chat
Lunch n Chat has just celebrated its 11th anniversary of helping those who have been bereaved. Providing lunch and a listening ear to those who have lost loved ones for more than a decade in the church room. Thank you so much to all our wonderful volunteers who make the group possible. If you know anyone who might benefit from this group, please speak to Rita on 024 7646 0744.

To Mike Lynch who has done a wonderful job of levelling the church path.

Congratulations to Sue Masters
Sue was relicensed as a Reader yesterday at Coventry Cathedral at 4pm to continue to minister at St Andrew’s. We are so grateful to God for her.

Dementia Support Group
The PCC have agreed to set up a Dementia Support group for sufferers and their carers. Further volunteers are welcome. No experience necessary, just an ability to listen and care for those in need. Please speak to Greg or Rita.

Cathedral Liaison Officer
Norah Hall, after years of loyal service, has stepped down as our Cathedral Liaison Officer. We are therefore looking for someone to take on this role, which is primarily about disseminating messages from the cathedral to the wider congregation on an occasional basis. Anyone interested in the role should speak to Greg.

Kidz Praise
Please note a new service titled ‘Kidz Praise’ starts on Thursday 21st September at 3.45pm. The service is aimed at Primary School aged children and their families. Refreshments will be available from 3.15pm with craft activities for the children. The service will consist of stories, songs and prayers. It will continue every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. All welcome.

Diocesan Vocations Evening
Where do I fit in God’s Story? Are you or someone you know interested in exploring God’s calling? On Wednesday 4th October we are running another Vocations Evening. These sessions aim to enable participants to consider God’s calling within a wider understanding of vocation as well as discovering more of their own calling in mission and ministry. All are welcome to these sessions which are held at 7.30-9.30pm (including refreshments) at All Saints Church, Emscote (Warwick CV34 5NL). To find out more see the link below or to book your place please contact Sarah Palmer on or 02476 521316. Website:

Dates for your Diary
Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 13th Oct
Barn Dance at Eastern Green Village on Saturday 28th Oct
60s/70s Night at Westwood Social Club on Saturday 25th November (replacing the The Blitz Ball on Saturday Nov 18th).

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who generously sponsored the group who walked 45 miles of the Heart of England Way on Sept 2nd to raise funds for the church and Archie’s Smile, a charity working with children with Down’s Syndrome. Please place your donation in the basket at the back of church or hand to one of the walkers. All donations gratefully received even if the form wasn’t filled out in advance.

Village Fete at the Hall
There is a Fete run by the Eastern Green Village Hall committee at the Hall this afternoon,17th  September from 2-6pm with live music, games, stalls etc. All welcome.

Drama Club
Drama club for 8-12 year olds will start up on Thurs 21st September from 6-7pm at St Oswald’s Church. This term will have a Harry Potter theme. If you want to know more, please speak to Emma, Selina or Greg.

Nativity 2017
It’s a long way off, but plans are afoot for a live nativity in December 2017. Anyone interested in being involved in this should speak to Greg. We are especially seeking practical people, stage hands and a carpenter.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sandra Watts.

Prayer List
Please pray for Darren Lee, Ann Dove, Jill Pinks, Emma Read, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Mary Lee, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, 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
Mon 18th Sept7.30pmNativity meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 19th Sept1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Thurs 21st Sept3.45pmKidz Praise
Thurs 21st Sept6-7pmDrama Club at St Oswald’s Church
Tues 26th Sept9.15amPram Service
ReadingsRomans 14.1-12 & Matthew 18.21-35
ReadersElizabeth & Graham Shelton
Morning PrayerSue Masters
SidespersonsKath Houldsworth & Rita Muir
Next weekPhilippians 1.21-30 & Matthew 20.1-16