Pews News – 29th October 2017

29th October 2017 – Last 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.

Healing Service
This morning, 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 Warden
Sadly, after 18 months serving St Andrew’s as church warden, Mathis Baumert has had to stand down due to pressure of work commitments. We are immensely grateful to Mathis for all his hard work over that time. We are pleased to announce that Stephen Warne has agreed to take on the role of acting church warden until our AGM next April. Please note that one of the chief tasks of a church warden is to act as liaison between the congregation and the leadership of the church.

Barn Dance
Thanks to all those who supported last night’s Barn Dance at the Village Hall. A good time was had by all. Special thanks to Barbara for all her hard work as organiser.

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.

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 this afternoon, Sunday 29th October at 4pm, a good opportunity for St Andrew’s people who have always wondered what happens at StAPH to come along.

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).

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.

Memorial Service
Our annual memorial service takes place next 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. We also need two volunteers to serve refreshments after the service. Please speak to Greg if you are able to help.

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

Date for your Diary
Nightingales Concert in church on Sunday 10th December.

Sunday Service Volunteers
If you receive rotas by email you should have received a letter regarding an evening meeting in November. For others, there will be a named envelope at the back of church ready for you to pick up. For any queries, please contact Steve Wankling – 02476467332, mb. 07973459073.

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!!

Spiritual Gifts Workshop
There will be a Spiritual Gifts workshop led by Revd Steve Burch, Vicar of St James, on Saturday 4th November from 9.30am-1pm in the church upper room. Anyone welcome to attend. Please speak to Greg for further information.

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
Our next Kidz Praise service takes place this coming Thursday. Doors open at 3.15pm with craft, songs and toast. The short 20 minute service will start at 4pm with stories, games and prayers. The service is aimed at Primary School children and their families. We will be continuing this week with another favourite Old Testament story.

Eastern Green Village Hall AGM
Anyone who lives in Eastern Green, Allesley Green or Bannerbrook Park is entitled to attend, vote and stand for the committee at the AGM of the Eastern Green Village Hall. This takes place on Wednesday 8th November at 8pm in the hall. Do come along for an hour’s meeting and hear about our exciting plans for development.

Drama Club
Drama club starts up again this week following the half term break. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, our work on Thursday evenings at St Oswald’s Church from 6-7pm will focus on preparations for the Nativity.

Welcome Team
There will be a brief meeting of the Welcome Team after this morning’s service. 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 December 14th and 15th 2017. Anyone interested in being involved in this should speak to Greg. We are still looking for male cast members as well as seeking practical people, stage hands and a carpenter.

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 our training session on Saturday 11th November. Please let Julie know if you will be attending the training session. Thank you.

Job Vacancy for Church Administrator at St James Church Styvechale
This role would ideally suit a person with broad experience in administration; a person who can quickly assume responsibility for running the operational aspects of our thriving church. The person would also be willing to support the Church’s Vision and Values. £19,000-£21,000 pro rata – 30 hours per week – Closing date 31st October. Full details and application form at<>

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Val Walters.

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 29th Oct4.00pmSt Andy’s meets at St Andrew’s
Tues 31st Oct6.45pmChoir Practice
Thurs 2nd Nov3.20pmKidz Praise
Thurs 2nd Nov6-7pmDrama Club at St Oswald’s Church
Thurs 2nd Nov7.30pmConfirmation Preparation
Sat 4th Nov9.30amSpiritual Gifts workshop in church until 1pm
Sun 5th Nov6.30pmMemorial Service
Mon 6th Nov7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 7th Nov7.00pmGrowing Leaders information evening at the Vicarage
Weds 8th Nov7.30pmChildren’s Council Meeting in side room
ReadingJohn 6.28-35
ReaderJeremy Thomas
PreacherKate Dagger
PresidentGreg Smith
SidespersonsKath Houldsworth & Rita Muir
ChildrenGreg, Veronika & Chris