Pews News – 4th November 2018

4th November 2018 – The Fourth Sunday before Advent

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.

The Cross of Nails
The world-famous cross of nails is touring the Diocese during its centenary year. This weekend until Tuesday morning, it is being hosted by St Andrew’s. We give thanks to God for the reconciliation ministry associated with the cross of nails that has touched many in the city of Coventry as well as churches across the world.

Michael Bublé
Many thanks to all those who supported the Michael Bublé tribute evening last Saturday. A tremendous £785 was raised towards church funds. Special thanks to Rosemarie Over for all her hard work in organizing the evening.

To Daniel Wakefield who is being baptised this afternoon.

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.

Tots Praise
The next Tots Praise service takes place on Tuesday 13th November at 9.15am telling the story of the Burning Bush. Songs, craft and biscuits all part of a very informal gathering for pre-school children and their carers.

Family Tea with Santa Saturday
The children’s team have invited Santa to tea on Saturday, 8th December at Eastern Green Village Hall, 3.30-5pm. There will be games, afternoon tea and Santa has promised to bring a gift for every child. We hope you will want to come too. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and anyone young at heart! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Hilary, Becky and Emma.

St Oswald’s Christmas Fayre
Will take place on Saturday 24th November at 11am. Please do go along and enjoy the festive fun.

A 6-week version of the Alpha course will be taking place at the Vicarage on Wednesday evenings starting Weds 7th November at 7pm. This is an excellent way to learn about the Christian faith, with no prior knowledge expected. It’s also a good chance to get to know others in church. For further information, please speak to Greg or Dan Smith.  To register a place, contact Dan at or 07918 550210.

Alpha Caterers Needed
We are looking for volunteers cater for the November sessions of the Alpha Course, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. If you would be willing to cater for one evening (or more) please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or

Board Game Night
Friday 9th November at 7.30pm, held in the side room at St Andrew’s. Bring a friend!

An Act of Remembrance – 100 Years on. A Weekend of Commemoration
St Andrew’s Church will be marking the centenary of World War 1 with a special exhibition on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 4pm, leading then in to our Act of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November within the Communion Service at 10am. The exhibition will be divided into three important elements.

1)            The contribution made by people from our parish, who are remembered on the plaque in church, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. It will build the link between Eastern Green and the wider conflict.

2)            We will remember the role played by the people of Coventry – The Home Front. Focusing especially on the impact of the war on the women of Coventry.

3)            There will be an opportunity for people to take time to remember and commemorate with their own personal act of remembrance on the day.

On this special anniversary, this will be a unique opportunity for everyone to commemorate and learn a little more about how World War 1 touched the lives of those we remember each year.

We want to create a living wall to those who fought in WW1 and survived. On the plaque in church there are 30 soldiers who we believe returned and we want to appeal to anyone with information and a photo of them to bring them along to be included in the exhibition. The soldiers names are: L CPL H.J. ARNOLD, PTE W.J. MALLIER, L CPL G.E. BAND, PTE A. MOTT, PTE E.J. BLOXHAM, GNR W.B. NEAL, PTE G. BRITTAIN, SPR ALEC B. PLANT,  CPL A.T. CLAPTON, PTE ALF B. PLANT,  RM A.COOPER, PTE A.M.S. POPE, L CPL A.G. EDEN, L CPL J. PRICE, PTE J. GLOVER, QM SGT H. SAMMONS, L CPL A. HADLAND, PTE E.W. SWEATMAN, PTE W. HARRAD, PTE G. SWEATMAN, PTE A.J. HIRONS, GNR G.U.W. TOWNSEND, PTE T. HOUGHTON, CPL C.A. TURNER, WHEELER F. KENDALL, SGT C.M. WALSHAW, PTE W. LOWE, L CPL T.E. WARD, PTE R.T. MALLIER, L CPL F. WRIGHT

Anyone who can provide information please contact Nick Tooby (

 Job Vacancy – Property Records Clerk
The Intercontinental Church Society, a Church of England Mission agency is looking for a Part-time (15hrs/week, one-year fixed term contract) Property Records Clerk to work as part of the Coventry team. Who will bring order to the ICS property portfolio records, reporting to the Mission Director. This post would ideally suit a person with an eye for detail and a passion for good organisation. Relevant experience in legal or business filing would be advantageous. ICS is based in Westwood Business Park Coventry. For further information please contact Jeannette Spaanderman at or phone 024 7646 3940.

Volunteers needed to help decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday 1st December at 9.15am. Donations towards Christmas flowers would be much appreciated. Thank you, Ann Dove.

St Andrew’s Church Christmas Fayre
The event will take place in Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 1st December from 1pm to 3pm. We would be grateful for donations of bottles, chocolate, cakes, bric a brac, books, nearly new items, raffle prizes, etc, anything else you can think of! Thanks, Gill Tunnicliffe & Jill Pinks.

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. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place tonight, 4th November at 6.30pm. At this very special service, we will be remembering by name all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. If your loved one died more than a year ago, we would still be pleased to read their name. Please give this in writing to Greg or Phil this morning.

We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator.  She can be contacted at We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

All Star Theatre Company
Our drama group for 8-12 year olds continues this Tuesday from 6-7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Tile Hill Lane. All welcome. For further information, please speak to Selina, Greg or Emma.

Seek His Face
Next week’s gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy will focus on Worship as its theme. All welcome for this hour-long event led by Dan and the band.

Anyone wishing to be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 24th November or who would like to know more about what Confirmation entails should speak to Greg by 11th November.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

Prayer List
Please pray for Dennis Sinclair, Ann Crowley, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Bette Thorpe, Darren Lee, Norah Hall, Beryl Lee, Andrew Rennie, Flix Haynes and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates November
Sun 4th8.00amSaid Communion
10.00amCross of Nails Worship 4 All
5.00pmYouth confirmation class at the Vicarage
6.30pmMemorial Service
Tues 6th6.00pmDrama club at Our Ladies
Weds 7th7.00pmAlpha week 1 at the Vicarage
Thurs 8th1.00pmFinance Committee at the Vicarage
Sat 10th10am-4pmRemembrance Exhibition in church
Sun 11th10.00amRemembrance Day Service
6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 12th7.30pmPCC in church
Tues 13th9.15amTots Praise
2.00pmForget me Not
Readings at 8amRev 21.1-6 (p 1249) & John 11.32-44 (p 1078)
ReaderHilary Wankling
PresidentPhil Richardson
Worship 4 All led bySue Masters
SpeakerGreg Smith
MusicThe band
Next weekJonah 3.1-5,10 & Mark 1.14-20