2nd December 2018 – The First Sunday of 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.
A special welcome this morning if you have come especially for our annual Toy Service. Many thanks to those who have brought toys to place under the tree. They will be distributed to children in the city who would otherwise go without at Christmas, via Coventry City Mission. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be willing to transport the toys to the Mission in the next few days. Please don’t bring toys after today without first checking that it’s not too late.
Seek His Face
Next Sunday, Greg will be speaking at Seek His Face on the theme of Incarnation. The service starts at 6.30pm and usually lasts an hour.
The new flower list for 2019 will be in church from the middle of December. Unfortunately, the cost of the flowers will be £12 per week, £10 is no longer feasible. I am sorry about this. Thank you, Ann Dove.
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery.
With Christmas fast approaching why not take time out of the busyness to meet with others to look at the Bible and share the Good News of Christmas? At St. Andrew’s we are preparing for Christmas by holding a four-week Advent group and all are welcome. We will be meeting on Tuesday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Tuesday 27th November and the sessions will run from 10-11.30am. We would love you to join us. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.
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.
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.
Many, many thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful remembrance exhibition together. It was enjoyed by hundreds of people, church members and non-church members alike; and will live long in the memories of all those who saw it.
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 to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.
Amnesty International Card Writing
There is an opportunity to send Christmas cards to prisoners of conscience this Christmas. A group of us will be doing this as a collective exercise, eating mince pies and having a seasonal drink as we go at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December. Anyone is welcome to join. No previous experience is necessary. The guidebooks make it clear what to say. Donations towards postage will be gratefully received even if you’re unable to come.
Our fortnightly service for primary school children and their families (Kidz Praise) next takes place on Thursday 6th December at 4pm with doors open for refreshments, craft and games from 3.15pm. All welcome. Our theme this week is ‘The Wise King’.
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at email@example.com. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.
Our next Tots Praise for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am. Our craft activities, songs and story will be themed around the nativity.
Darkness to Light
This evening, we will have our candle-lit Darkness to Light Service, which many find to be a very moving start to Advent.
Thank You Evening
All those involved in the ministry on Sunday mornings (readers, altar servers, sidespeople etc.) should have received an invitation to attend a wine and cheese thank you evening at church on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm. If you do help out on Sunday mornings and for whatever reason haven’t received an invitation, please do come along.
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.
Warwick University are looking to recruit a Chaplaincy Coordinator. The closing date for applications is 12th December. Full details can be found at: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1780422&vt_template=1457&adminview=1
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale.
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07756 918847.
|Diary Dates December|
|Sun 2nd||6.30pm||Darkness to Light Service|
|Mon 3rd||7.00pm||Alpha week 3 at the Vicarage|
|7.30pm||Thank You Evening|
|Weds 5th||7.30pm||Prisoners of Conscience card writing in church|
|Thurs 6th||11.45am||Finance Committee at the Vicarage|
|Sat 8th||3.30pm||Tea with Santa at the Village Hall|
|Sun 9th||11.30am||Crib Service meeting|
|6.30pm||Seek His Face|
|Mon 10th||PCC Social at the Village|
|Tues 11th||9.15am||Tots Praise|
|Readings at 8am||1 Thess 3.9-13(p 1187) & Luke 21.25-36 (p 1057)|
|Worship 4 All||Phil Richardson|
|Next week||Phil 1.3-11 & Luke 3.1-6|