Pews News – 12th November 2017

12th November 2017 – Third Sunday before Advent / Remembrance Sunday

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.

Remembrance Sunday
An especially warm welcome to you if you are joining us this morning to mark Remembrance Sunday.

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. St Andy’s will meet in St Andrew’s through November at 4pm, a good opportunity for St Andrew’s people who have always wondered what happens at StAPH to come along.

Eastern Green Residents Association
There is an exploratory meeting at the Eastern Green club on Wednesday at 7.30pm to discover whether there is any scope to form an Eastern Green Residents Association. If you live in the area, please do come along. Local councillors will be in attendance to field your concerns and requests.

Deanery Synod
For the first time in five years or more, St Andrew’s will be hosting Deanery Synod on Wednesday 29th November. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to serve tea and coffee from 7-7.30pm. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg.

Please Help
Tako N’gambi, an 11 year old boy from Eastern Green is undergoing temporary treatment for a rare disease, aplastic anaemia. A desperate search for a bone marrow donor is being made as he urgently needs a transplant. Tako was admitted to University Hospital in July, but is now undergoing treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. A justgiving page has been set up by the Firefighter Junior Football Team which Tako plays for and is raising money to buy something to help pass the time while Tako is in hospital and to support his family whilst they have to take time off work and help with travel costs:

You can also help by joining the Anthony Nolan register, which is a charity that helps find bone marrow matches.

Christmas Hampers for Deprived Families
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, Kidz Klub Coventry are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. If you would like to help to put together a hamper please see the letter and information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Shoebox Appeal
The Shoebox Appeal is running again this year and the closing date for collection is 25th November 2017. Instructions for assembling the shoeboxes, contents and labelling can be found at the back of the Church. Julia McNaney is coordinating the collections so if you have any questions please feel free to contact her on 07872 614688.

Advent Course
Is it that time already? The clocks have gone back, the shops have been decorated for Christmas and the merchandise displayed to start us thinking about Christmas. At St Andrew’s we too are preparing for Christmas by holding a four week Advent group and all are welcome. We will meet on Thursday mornings from 10.30-12 noon starting on Thursday 23rd November, and will meet at Rita Muir’s home, 9 Nailcote Avenue, Tile Hill. Among the preparation for Christmas can you make space to meet with others to look at the Bible and think afresh about the meaning of Advent and Christmas. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters

Volunteers Wanted
The church is being decorated on Saturday 2nd December for Christmas. Please spare half an hour to come at 9.15am and help make our lovely church look even more beautiful. Thank you, Ann Dove.

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

Dates for your Diary
60s/70s Night at Westwood Heath Social Club on Saturday Nov 25th
Nightingales Concert in church on Sunday December 10th
The Nativity on Bannerbrook Park Thursday Dec 14th and Friday Dec 15th

Seek His Face
Our next gathering (the last of 2017) for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place tonight at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

City Praise
The biannual gathering of all Coventry churches takes place next Sunday 19th November at the Welcome Centre in Parkside. City Praise brings together up to 70 different churches and hundreds of people to praise God and pray for the city. If you would like to go and need a lift, please speak to Greg.

Nativity 2017
St Andrew’s will be staging a live nativity on Bannerbrook Park on December 14th and 15th 2017. Tickets are available from Julie at or 07756 918847 at a cost of £5 adults and £2 children. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

St Andrew’s Day
There will be a special service on St Andrew’s Day, Thursday 30th November to celebrate our patron Saint at 7pm. If you would like to help at the service with sidespersons duties, leading intercessions or doing a reading, please speak to Greg.

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise service for primary school children and their families takes place on Thursday 16th November. Doors open at 3.15pm, with refreshments, craft and songs until 4pm when a short service consisting of activities, stories and prayers takes place. 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl and Stan Cooper.

Prayer List
Please pray for Tako N’gambi, 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 Nov
Sun 12thCrib Service meeting after morning service in church
Sun 12th6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 13th7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 14th9.15amPram Service
Tues 14thChildren’s Church leaders at 538 Broad Lane
Weds 15th7.30pmEastern Green Res Assoc at Eastern Green club
Thurs 16th3.15pmKidz Praise
Thurs 16th6.00pmDrama at Oswald’s Church
Thurs 16th7.00pmRota helpers thank you evening in church
Sat 18th10am-12 noonWorship 4 All team meeting in church
Sun 19th6.30pmCity Praise at the Welcome Centre
Mon 20th7.30pmLeadership meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Tues 21st6.30pmNativity planning meeting at the Penny Farthing
Tues 21stHome Group Leaders meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Reading1 Thess 4.13-18 (p 1188) & John 15.9-17 (p 1083)
ReaderJill Joyce & Peter Bruton
PreacherSue Masters
Led by            Lesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
SidespersonsJulia McNaney & Stan Cooper
Next week1 Thess 5.1-11 & Matthew 25.14-30