Pews News – 16th December 2018

16th December 2018 – Third 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.

Brandon Gurney Award
This morning we will be presenting the Brandon Gurney award in memory of Brandon, a six year old boy from Eastern Green who died on this day last year. The award will be presented to the child considered by Children’s Church leaders to be the brightest star of the year!

Toy Service
What a fantastic response to our Toy appeal this year (special mention to Martin Neale, who brought hundreds of toys). These have now gone to Coventry City Mission to be distributed across the city to children who otherwise would have little or nothing at Christmas.

Christmas Fayre
Many thanks to the organizers of the Christmas Fayre (Jackie & Gill) which raised £1,000. Thanks to all who came and staffed stalls and to those who supported the Fayre by spending their money.

Christmas Services
Our annual Carol Service takes place tonight December 16th at 6.30pm. We will also be hosting Crib Services on Christmas Eve at 2.30 and 4pm, a very popular family occasion. This year, the theme is: Who is the Saviour of the World? Later, on Christmas Eve, there will be service of Holy Communion at 11pm to welcome in Christmas Day, with a shorter communion service the following morning at 10am.

Boxing Day
There will be no midweek service on Boxing Day.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2019 is now at the back of church. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible to get the date you want. 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.

Christmas Flowers
The Christmas flowers will be in church from 22nd December which will last all over the Christmas period to the new year.

Forget me Not
I would like to give a big thank you to the team who put on our first fantastic party for the visitors to Forget me Not. We had wonderful food, crackers and lots of laughter. Also, so a big thank you to Phil Richardson for supplying the music so they could sing carols. Everyone had a lovely time and declared it a big success, Rita Muir.

Safeguarding Training in Coventry Diocese
The Safeguarding Courses, C1, C2 & S1 are now on the diocesan website for the next term. If you have not completed Safeguarding Training in the last 3 years and you are required to undergo C1 or C2 training for your role then please go to:

  • Click on C1 or C2 tabs on the right-hand side as appropriate
  • Scroll down to pick the date you want to come on
  • Complete the registration form on the Eventbrite system

Please note before you come along to:

  • C1 training you will have to complete the C0 – please see your parish Safeguarding Officer for details of how to do this.
  • C2 training you will need to have completed C1 first.
  • S1: Safer Recruitment training is for those involved in the recruitment of staff or volunteers.

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.

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 to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
A small group of Allesley Green residents meet once a month to pray for the estate and each other. Our Christmas gathering takes place on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Close.

Kidz Praise
The final Kidz Praise of 2018, our fortnightly service for primary school children and their families takes place on Thursday 20th December at 4pm with doors open for refreshments, craft and games from 3.15pm. All welcome. We will be telling the nativity story and having a Christmas party.

Carols in the Close
There is communal Carol Singing led by the Coventry Rock Choir and St Andrew’s band on Wednesday 19th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green.

Carols around the Tree
A carol event is scheduled at the Sutton Avenue shops on Saturday 22nd December, with communal singing at 1pm and 6pm around a community sponsored Christmas Tree. All welcome.

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.

Service of Prayer for Christian Unity
It is St Andrews’ turn to host the annual service for Christian Unity which will take place on Sunday 20th January at 6.30pm. If you are willing to volunteer to act as sidesperson, read, play/sing or provide refreshments, please speak to Greg.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Sermon Summary
Advent is not a time for telling God what we want.
Advent is a time for God to tell us what He wants.

Prayer List
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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 16th3.00pmCrib Service Rehearsal
6.30pmCarol Service
Mon 17th 7.00pmAlpha week 5 at the Vicarage
Tues 18th7.30pmAllesley Green prayer group
Weds 19th6.00pmCarols in the Close
Thurs 20th3.15pmKidz Praise
Sat 22ndCarols around the Tree in Sutton Ave
Sun 23rd11.30amCrib Service rehearsal
Mon 24thCrib Services at 2.30pm and 4pm
11.00pmMidnight Communion
Tues 25th10.00amHoly Communion
ReadingsPhil 4.4-7 (p 1181) & Luke 3.7-18 (p 1029)
ReadersVictoria Kaczur & John Ross-Barnard
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstLynnette Clarke
MusicBen Kimpton
Next weekHeb 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45