Pews News – 9th September 2018

9th September 2018 – Fifteenth 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.

Ella Joy Richardson
A baby girl, Ella Joy, was born to Phil & Anne Richardson in the early hours of Monday 27th August at 9 lbs 7 ½ ozs. Phil’s paternity leave continues until October 6th.

The Font
You will see that the 1975 font has now been removed from the church. The top section has been retained and it is hoped may be used as an ornamental feature in the churchyard. The new carved oak font will be dedicated by the Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm at a special Songs of Praise service. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to help lead worship. Please do make a note in your diaries of this special occasion. We would like to provide refreshments to mark this special occasion. If you are willing and able to volunteer, please speak to Greg.

We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more.If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Harvest Flowers
Volunteers are needed please to help decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 6th October at 9.15am in the side room. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Harvest flowers it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Introductory Morning to Crossline Listener Training
Could you help by giving 2 hours a week to listen, pray and give hope to people over the phone? Come and find out more at an Intoductory Morning on Saturday 22nd September. Crossline, (part of the National Christian Helpline) receives over 400 calls per day between 9am and Midnight. New listeners are needed to meet the demand (50% of calls are not answered), especially during the daytime between 2 – 6pm. Find out more: or ring 02476 615931.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers undertook the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on August 11th, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water. There were many joys along the way: seeing the sunrise over the Cotswolds, enjoying wildlife (foxes, hares and grouse) that only come out in the early hours, the wonderful fellowship as we faced up this challenge; the selfless devotion of the support crew; and hearing a 7 year-old complain because he was only allowed to walk 7 miles. There were also trials along the way: having a blister after only 4 miles; getting drenched during the final third of the walk when we were most tired; and getting lost because the Vicar misremembered the route. It has all been worth it because of the incredibly generous response of our sponsors and the excellent cause we are supporting. We are raising funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. The good news is that it’s still not too late to sponsor us.

Tots Praise
Our next Pram Service (now known as Tots Praise), specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday, September 11th at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service. This week’s service (led by Greg) is Joseph goes to Egypt.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Fish n Chips Quiz Night
There is another Quiz Night co-hosted by Allesley Green Residents Association at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 21st September at 7pm. Tickets, which include a choice of Fish n Chips, Chicken n Chips, veggie burger n chips or pie n chips, cost £9 and are available from Rita. We would be grateful for the donation of a couple of raffle prizes for the occasion.

In case you hadn’t heard the news, admission to Coventry Cathedral is now free, although donations are invited. If you’ve never taken the opportunity to look round this historic building, why not take the chance.

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two-course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets which are in very limited supply cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at

Drama Club
The drama club, run by All Star Theatre Company (Selina, Emma and Greg) starts up again for a new year, on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church on Tile Hill Lane. The group is for 8-12 year olds.  Please contact Julie on 07756 918847 to book a place.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Harold Latham, Hayley Moore, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, Flix Haynes, Lara Santostefano and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates September
Mon 10th7.30pmPCC meeting in church
Tues 11th9.15amTots Praise
Tues 11th6.00pmDrama at Our Ladies
Sat 15th9.45am – 4pmGrowing Leaders Away Day at Berkswell
Tues 18th7.30pmLeadership Team meets at 180 Dunhill Ave
ReadingsIsaiah 35.4-7 (p 719) & Mark 7.24-37 (p 1010)
ReadersTrevor Hill & Angela Lamb
PreacherKate Pearson
PresidentKate Pearson
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
MusicSue Hill
Next weekIsaiah 50.4-9a & Mark 8.27-38