Pews News – 1st October 2017

1st October 2017 – Sixteenth 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 Andrews 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.

To Anne Richardson, who will serve a placement at St James, Styvechale, starting soon and then as their curate following her ordination next summer. Please pray for Anne as she takes up this exciting new post.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. A meditative service including candlelit compline. All welcome

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

Church Flowers
Whilst I am recovering from my operation Fay Gibbs has kindly offered to do the altar flowers. If you contact Fay, let her know what week and/or what colour(s) etc you would like and please pay Fay. I hope to be back soon, Ann Dove.

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.

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.

Memorial Service
Our annual memorial service takes place on Sunday 5th November at 6.30pm. We will be remembering all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months as well as any others for whom we’ve been given names. Please send names of loved ones to Julie at or 07756 918847.

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. We celebrate Harvest today at Worship 4 All and again next Sunday at Parish Communion.

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. A great fun evening and arranged again by popular demand! Tickets now available from Fran Smith or from Julie on 07756 918847.

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.

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.

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. We have already raised in excess of £1700. It would be great to make it up to £2k.

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

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm in church. All welcome. Please do join us.

Drama Club
Drama club for 8-12 year olds will continue on Thursday evenings from September 6-7pm at St Oswalds 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.

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
Sun 1st Oct6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 2nd Oct7.30pmBaptism preparation in church
Tues 3rd Oct6.45pmChoir practice
Weds 4th Oct7.30pmDeanery Synod
Thurs 5th Oct3.45pmKidz Praise
Thurs 5th Oct6-7pmDrama Club at St Oswald’s
Sun 8th Oct10.00amHarvest Communion
Sun 8th Oct6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 9th Oct7.30pmPCC in church
Tues 10th OctPrayer Team at 22 Hathaway Rd
Tues 10th Oct7.00pmAllesley Green Residents Association
Readings at 8amPhil 2.1-13 (p 1179) & Matt 21.23-32 (p 989)
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 AllNick Tooby
Next weekMatthew 21.33-46