Pews News – 16th September 2018

16th September 2018 – Sixteenth 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. Do continue to pray for them as a family. 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 is now in situ and will be dedicated by the Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, next 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 Fran.

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.

We regularly review our work and as part of this process, I have updated our Safeguarding children’s policy and written a new policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults. These policies have now been formally adopted by the PCC, and are available for all to read. They are pinned at the back of church on the notice board. Lin Chylinski.

Fundraising for Selah
A 9-year-old girl, Selah, a pupil at Eastern Green Junior School has recently very sadly been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation and Neuro-Cranio-Vertebral Syndrome (Filum Disease). This is a rare and complex condition, causing numerous neurological and structural problems related to her brain and spine. Heartbreakingly, this condition has dramatically affected Selah’s mobility and has meant that a once very active, vibrant child, who has a passion for dancing and singing, has to now greatly depend upon a wheelchair to get around. The condition has left her suffering with constant pain, which sometimes becomes excruciating. The hope of her family is that they can raise enough funds to be able to take Selah over to Barcelona, in order for her to have life changing treatment, restoring her health and giving her back her mobility. Further details and access to the fundraising page can be found at:

We are looking for people to write devotions for us to post on our Facebook page. We would like to be posting more regularly and feel this would be something to engage people and encourage everyone to take some time out of their busy lifestyle and sit and reflect. If you are interested or would like some more information, please e-mail Carys on or speak to Greg.

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
We are nearly at our target of £2,500 raised through our sponsored walk last month. If you have been kind enough to sponsor us, please settle up as soon as you can. If you didn’t, additional gifts will still be gratefully received.

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. Please ensure you provide your meal choice at the same time as you purchase your ticket.

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.

There is a stairlift free to a good home available, with the offer of help with fitting. Please ring Andrew on 07940 023732.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund too address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope.

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 Irene & Maurice Jelfs.

Prayer List
Please pray for 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
Tues 18th6.00pmDrama club at Our Ladies
7.30pmLeadership Team meets at 180 Dunhill Ave
Fri 21st7.00pmQuiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club
Sat 22nd10.00amSafeguarding briefing for leaders in church
Sun 23rd6.30pmSongs of Praise
Mon 24th7.30pm10am Communion Review meeting at 180 Dunhill Ave
Tues 25th9.15amTots Praise
2.00pmForget me Not
Weds 26th7-9pmChildren’s Ministry Thank You Evening in the side room
ReadingsIsaiah 50.4-9a (p 737) & Mark 8.27-38 (p 1012)
ReadersPeter Bruton & Sara Parkes
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsJeremy Thomas
Comm Asst.Emma Read
MusicMichael Watkins
Next weekJeremiah 11.18-20 & Mark 9.30-37