Pews News – 11th November 2018

11th November 2018 – Third 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.

Remembrance Sunday
A special welcome if you have come to mark Remembrance Sunday with us on the centenary of Armistice Day. Thank you to all who came to see and participate in the centenary exhibition that the church hosted yesterday. Grateful thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful exhibition together.

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

We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. 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.

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.

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.

Kidz Praise
Our next service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 15th November. Doors are open at 3.15pm for refreshments and crafts. The service will start at 4pm with stories, songs and prayers. All welcome.

Seek His Face
Tonight’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.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

A 6-week version of the Alpha course starts tomorrow at the Vicarage and continues on Monday nights until December 17th. 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.

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.

The Annual Shoebox Appeal
Has begun in Coventry. The last date for boxes to be transferred to the collection point is 29th November but I will start taking them over on Wednesday 14th November. Leaflets with instructions and labels will be at the back of the church ASAP. Please leave your boxes in the side room for collection.  If you need any shoes boxes, we usually have a few to spare. Have a look at the videos on ‘You Tube’ to see the faces of the children when they receive the boxes if you haven’t already seen them, absolutely wonderful. St. Andrew’s always supports this appeal generously and I’m sure I can rely on you again this year. Many thanks, Julia McNaney.

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.

Alpha Caterers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to cater for the Alpha Course, on Mondays 12th November and 10th December at 7pm. If you would be willing to cater for one of these evenings please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or

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 & Jackie Lynch. We have been donated some bicycles to raise funds for the Fayre and currently have 1 BMX Alley to suit a 6-9 year old and 1 little girl’s Princess Bicycle to suit a 2-3 year old. If anyone is interested please see Gill for details.

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 today.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Kath Houldsworth.

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 11th10.00amRemembrance Day Service
6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 12th6.00pmConfirmation group at the Vicarage
7.30pmPCC in church
7.00pmAlpha week 1 at the Vicarage
Tues 13th9.15amTots Praise
2.00pmForget me Not
6.00pmDrama Club
Thurs 15th 3.15pmKidz Praise
Mon 19th 7.30pmGrowing Leaders
Thurs 22nd7.30pmChildren’s Church Meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
ReadingsJonah 3.1-5,10 (p 928) & Mark 1.14-20 (p 1002)
ReadersPeter Bruton & Harvey Wyatt
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
Led byNick Tooby
IntercessionsNick Tooby
OrganistDi Fellowes
Next weekDaniel 12.1-3 & Mark 13.1-8