Pews News – 8th October 2017

8th October 2017 – Seventeenth 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.

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

Sponsored Walk
So many thanks to all those who walked the Heart of England Way to raise money, supported the walkers on the day and the generous sponsors. In total, £1952.50 was collected for St. Andrew’s and the charity Archies Smile to be shared equally.

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

Parish Safeguarding Course 0 (the basic module)
Everyone who has a volunteer role at St Andrew’s Church should now have received a letter from Greg regarding the completion of Parish Safeguarding Course 0. If you have not received this then please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or The Course can be completed online by visiting and clicking on “online basic safeguarding awareness training”. This should take approximately an hour to complete, at the end of which you will be invited to download a certificate. When you have done this, please email a copy of the certificate to Julie who will forward this to Linda Chylinski (our Safeguarding Officer). Please do this by 11th November. Alternatively, you may attend one of three two-hour sessions that Linda has kindly agreed to provide for us at St Andrew’s.  We are very blessed to have Linda who has been authorised by the Diocese to provide this training and issue you with a certificate at the end. The sessions are: Monday 16th October at 7pm, Wednesday 18th October at 7pm and Saturday 11th November at 10am. Please let Julie know which course you would like to attend. Thank you.

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.

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.

60s/70s Night
Saturday 25th November at 7.30pm ’til late at Westwood Club. Live entertainment. Fancy dress optional but preferred. A fun night not to be missed! Tickets are £12 per person and include a fish ‘n’ chip supper. Tickets now available from Fran, Rosemarie, Linda and Jackie. Also available from Julie on 07756 918847 or

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.

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 today 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.

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).

Prayer List
Please pray for Darren Lee, Ann Dove, 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 8th Oct6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 9th Oct7.30pmPCC meeting in church
Tues 10th Oct10.00amPram Service
Tues 10th OctPrayer Team at 22 Hathaway Rd
Tues 10th Oct7.00pmAllesley Green Residents Association
Thurs 12th Oct6-7pmDrama Club at St Oswald’s Church
Fri 13th Oct7.00pmQuiz Night at Massey’s
Mon 16th Oct7.00pmParish Safeguarding C0 training in church
Tues 17th Oct1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Tues 17th Oct6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 18th Oct7.00pmParish Safeguarding C0 training in church
ReadingJohn 7: 37-44
ReaderSara Parkes
PresidentLynnette Clarke
PreacherSue Masters
Led byLesley Lee
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm Asst.Sue Masters
SidespersonsHazel Elks & Trevor Hill
ChildrenHilary, Gary & Claire
Next weekPhilippians 4.1-9 & Matthew 22.1-14