Pews News – 24th September 2017

24th September 2017 – Fifteenth 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.

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. The new St Andy’s faces an additional challenge following the immediate closure of the sixth form centre at Woodlands, where it has worshipped for the last 3 years because it failed its dilapidation survey. Please do pray.

Please note that Fran and Greg will be on holiday from 2nd-8th October inclusive (not again!)

Autumn Fayre
My thanks to all who helped out at the Auturmn Fayre. 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.

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

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.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
We will be praying for Allesley Green this Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Drive. All welcome.

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 last week at Coventry Cathedral 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.

This year’s Harvest appeal is in support of Water Aid, which provides clean water to the developing world. Gifts should be in clearly marked envelopes. Non-perishable goods may be given to the Foodbank in the box at the back of church. Fresh produce gratefully received for our harvest display.

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.

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

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!

Kidz Praise
We had a lovely start to Kidz Praise which happens on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 3.15pm. We are looking for a volunteer to join the team to make tea and toast. Please speak to Phil or Becky Crowe.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday morning at 9.15am. A service of craft, stories and song for pre-school children and their carers. All welcome.

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.

Link Deliverers
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery … many thanks. Barbara Warner.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who generously sponsored the group who walked 45 miles of the Heart of England Way on 2nd September 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.

Anyone interested in being confirmed this year at Coventry Cathedral should speak to Greg. Preparation will start soon.

Drama Club
Drama club for 8-12 year olds commenced on Thursday 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 Margaret & Derek Shale.

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
Tues 26th Sept9.15amPram Service
Tues 26th Sept7.30pmAllesley Green prayer group at 14 New Ash Drive
Thurs 28th Sept6-7pmDrama Club: ‘The wizarding world of Jardine Crescent’ at St Oswald’s Church
Sun 1st Oct8.00amSaid communion
Sun 1st Oct10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 1st Oct6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 2nd Oct7.30pmBaptism preparation in church
Tues 3rd Oct6.45pmChoir practice
Weds 4th Oct7.30pmDeanery Synod
ReadingsPhil 1.21-30 (p 1178) & Matt 20.1-16 (p 987)
ReadersJeremy Thomas
PreacherGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
SidespersonsStan Cooper & Gill Tunnicliffe
ChildrenLinda, Lesley & Gemma
Next week at 8amPhil 2.1-13 & Matt 21.23-32