Pews News – 15th October 2017

15th October 2017 – Eighteenth 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 is currently meeting in members’ homes following the closure of the 6th form block at Woodlands. There will be a service for the whole St Andy’s congregation at St Andrew’s on Sunday 29th October at 4pm, a good opportunity for St Andrew’s people who have always wondered what happens at StAPH to come along.

Children’s Church at St Andrew’s
As half term begins next week, Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall. A craft box will be available in the side room for children to use during the service. Children’s Church will be open as normal on Sunday, 29th October.

Coffee Rota
Do you enjoy a nice cuppa after the service? If so, it’s thanks to a great team of faithful volunteers offering an extra hour or so after service every Sunday. We are now looking to put together a rota to ensure we have sufficient people to serve coffee and tea. If you currently volunteer, please could you let Rosemarie know your availability. If you do not currently volunteer but would like to, we’re looking for new people to join and would really appreciate your help! Please see or telephone Rosemarie Over on 07778 397284. And remember – if we don’t have volunteers, there won’t be any coffee/tea!!

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.

Growing Leaders Course 2018
We have successfully run this course over recent years at St Andrew’s and we are starting a new Growing Leaders Course in January 2018. This is a course designed for anyone currently in leadership in the church or at work; or for anyone who is considering that they might be at some point in the future, whether that is working with a small group of children or adults, or taking on a specific responsibility in the church, at work or the community. The course publicity says:It’s our hope that Growing Leaders will help equip leaders at every level of church life to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus.’ Interested? We are holding a social evening on Tuesday 7th November at the Vicarage from 7.00 to 8.30pm to introduce the course programme to people. If you would like to come and find out more please speak with Greg or Sue Masters (07958 322026)

Prayer Team Training
There will be a training day for members of the prayer/healing team on Saturday 28th October from 10am-3pm in church. Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome to come along and find out more. Please speak to Lesley Lee for further details.

Healing Service
On Sunday 29th October there will be a special service led by members of the healing team where there will an opportunity for prayer and anointing with oil for yourself or loved ones.

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.

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!

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.

Allesley Green Prayer
A small group meet to pray for the Allesley Green estate at 14 New Ash Drive. The next gathering takes place on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm. All welcome. If you would like to know more, please speak to Veronika.

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.

Quiz Night
Many thanks to all those who supported Friday’s Quiz Night.

Dates for your Diary
Barn Dance at Eastern Green Village on Saturday 28th October
60s/70s Night at Westwood Heath Social Club on Saturday 25th November
Nightingales Concert in church on Sunday 10th December

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise happens on 19th October and then the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. This week’s theme is Noah and his ark. From 3.20 until 4pm there is craft, songs and toast!  At 4 p.m., the 20 minute service starts with stories, activities and prayers. Guests are welcome to arrive any time between 3.20 and 4pm. We are looking for a volunteer to join the team to make tea and toast. Please speak to Phil or Becky Crowe.

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. We are hoping a representative of Archie’s Smile might visit us to collect the cheque.

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

Juniper Park
Volunteers are being sought to help clear undergrowth and plant bulbs in Juniper Park, off Woodridge Avenue in Allesley Green on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October. If able to help, simply turn up at the park at 10.30am with wellies, gloves and secateurs.

Welcome Team
There will be a brief meeting of the Welcome Team after the morning service on Sunday 29th October. If you would like to join the team or want to know more, please come along.

Nativity 2017
St Andrew’s will be staging a live nativity on Bannerbrook Park on 14th and 15th 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 Norah Hall.

Prayer List
Please pray for Paul & Zelia Woodley, 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
Mon 16th Oct7.00pmSafeguarding Training in church
Tues 17th Oct1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in church side room
Tues 17th Oct6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 18th Oct6.30pmNativity meeting on Bannerbrook Park
Weds 18th Oct7.00pmSafeguarding Training in church
Thurs 19th Oct3.20pmKidz Praise in church
Thurs 19th Oct7.30pmChildren’s Council Meeting in church side room
Tues 24th Oct9.15amPram Service
Tues 24th Oct7.30pmAllesley Green prayer at 14 New Ash Drive
Weds 25th Oct7.30pmBaptism Team meets at the Vicarage
ReadingsMalachi 3.6-12 (p 962) & Matthew 6.19-24 (p 971)
ReadersGraham & Elizabeth Shelton
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsJeremy Thomas
Comm AsstLesley Lee
ChildrenLinda, Veronika & Alison
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
Next week1 Thess 1.1-10 & Matt 22.15-22