Pews News – 22nd December 2019

Posted on 19 December 2019Categories Pews News

22nd December 2019 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

Happy Christmas
A very Blessed Christmas and Peace-filled New Year to all our readers. There will be no Pews News now until January 12th.

Holiday and Pews News
The Parish Administrator is now on holiday until Monday 6th January. Any urgent enquiries should be addressed to the Vicar or Church Wardens.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school today (22nd December). Colouring activities are available in the side room for children to use under the supervision of parents. The Children’s Church Christmas party will be held next Sunday (29th December) during the morning service. All members of Children’s Church are invited, but please let Becky know if your child would like to come. The new term for Children’s Church will begin on 12th January with more stories from the Bible, crafts and games. We would love to welcome more children. Phone Hilary on 07980 596646 if you would like more information.

Holiday Club 2020
Following the success of our two previous holiday clubs, we are planning to hold this event again in 2020 on 20th, 21st & 22nd July. We need a minimum of 6 volunteers each day to help with crafts, games and serve drinks and fruit. We currently have 4 volunteers, so if you can help, even if it is only for one day, please contact Hilary on 07980 596646. A decision as to whether we can run the holiday club will be made in the new year, so please get in touch asap. You will not be expected to run any activities single handedly and full training and information will be given. At St Andrew’s we are committed to safeguarding all our children and young people, so we will safely recruit all volunteers and expect a DBS check to be completed with the help of our Safeguarding Officer.

Donation
Through her talent for crafting, Rebecca Martin has raised a great total of £235.60 for much needed church funds. A great deal of patience is required to make such lovely items, and she informs me there will be more for sale throughout 2020, so please continue to support her. Well done!

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Norah Hall
We are extremely grateful to Norah, who has given a much appreciated legacy to St Andrew’s.

Nativity 2019
Many thanks to all those who supported the Nativity, whether by performing in it, helping out behind the scenes or by coming to watch it. Special thanks to Rob Shaw for the scenery and to Paul and Ying for the Alpacas.

Wednesday Communion
There will be no mid-week communion service on 1st January.

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Carols in Sutton Avenue
The church, working in conjunction with the My Eastern Green Facebook group will be providing carols in Sutton Avenue by the shops on Monday 22nd December at 6pm.

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

Crib Service
As in previous years, our Crib Service which seeks to bring the Christmas message to all ages will run twice over on Christmas Eve at 2.30 and 4pm. If you are willing to act as welcome/sidesperson for either of these services, please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.

Toy Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have so generously supported our Toy Appeal this year. The toys were taken to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to children in the city who will otherwise have little or nothing to open on Christmas morning.

Catering for Marriage Preparation
We need two volunteers to provide up to 12 meals for our marriage preparation course in January; either 15th or 22nd. Please speak to Rebecca Martin if able to help.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds has finished for the term. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on January 14th. All welcome.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2020 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. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Christmas Services
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Service of Contemplation
From the new year, what was formerly known as the Ignatian Service has been rebranded as a Service of Contemplation. The format won’t change, with 20 minutes of reflection, exploring different spiritualities e.g. Ignatian, Julian, Benedictine, followed by 20 minutes of socialising with refreshments being served, followed by a candle-lit compline service. All welcome.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.  his message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Prayer List
Please pray for Jane Caswell, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December – January
Mon 23rd6.00pmCarols in Sutton Avenue
Tues 24thCrib Services at 2.30pm & 4pm
11.00pmMidnight Communion
Weds 25th10.00amParish Communion
Sun 5th Jan8.00amCommunion
10.00amWorship 4 All
6.30pmService of Contemplation
ReadingsRomans 1.1-7 (p 1128) & Matt 1.18-25 (p 965)
ReadersPeter Bruton & Vicky Yardley
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
PrayersSue Masters
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganistDi Fellowes
Next weekHeb 2.10-18 & Matt 2.13-23

Photos from the Nativity

Posted on 13 December 2019Categories News

No Room at the Inn
St Andrew’s Nativity is a retelling of the age-old story of how the world was changed by a tiny baby. A live action, child-friendly, sing-a-long, animal-packed adventure for all the family. Ordinary people at the mercy of politicians. Wise men who don’t appear to have any better idea of what’s going on than the rest of us. And there’s always someone with an eye for an opportunity, ready to make money out of other people’s pain. Sounds familiar? At least this story is guaranteed a happy ending.

Here are some photos from our first performance.

Pews News – 15th December 2019

Posted on 12 December 2019Categories Pews News

15th December 2019 – The Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Norah Hall
We are extremely grateful to Norah, who has made a much appreciated legacy to St Andrew’s.

Nativity 2019
Many thanks to all those who supported the Nativity, whether by performing in it, helping out behind the scenes or by coming to watch it. Special thanks to Rob Shaw for the scenery and to Paul and Ying for the Alpacas.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2020 will be at the back of church this weekend. 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. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Wednesday Communion
There will be no mid-week communion service on 1st January.

Children’s Society Boxes
As I previously mentioned, I will be retiring from collecting the boxes in the new year, but I am really pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me in April, so there will be no need to concern yourselves. It is a great relief for me to know that it will continue in the parish and is in safe hands. Jackie Lynch

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 19th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. This will be our Christmas service.

Carols in the Close
What has now become an annual tradition, Carols in the Close takes place on Wednesday 18th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green. Carol singing will be led by Soulful Gospel Choir, with free mince pies and mulled wine served.

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

Crib Service
As in previous years, our Crib Service which seeks to bring the Christmas message to all ages will run twice over on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm and 4pm. If you are willing to act as welcome/sidesperson for either of these services, please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.

Toy Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have so generously supported our Toy Appeal this year. The toys were taken to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to children in the city who will otherwise have little or nothing to open on Christmas morning.

Catering for Marriage Preparation
We need two volunteers to provide up to 12 meals for our marriage preparation course in January; either 15th or 22nd. Please speak to Rebecca Martin if able to help.

Carols in Sutton Avenue
Following the success of last year’s event, there will be community carol singing at Sutton Avenue shops on Monday 23rd December at 6pm.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds has finished for the term. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on January 14th. All welcome.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 15th10.00amParish Communion
6.30pmCarol Service
Weds 18th6.00pmCarols in the Close in Allesley Green
Mon 23rd 6.00pmCarols in Sutton Avenue
Tues 24th Crib Services at 2.30pm & 4pm
11.00pmMidnight Communion
Weds 25th10.00amParish Communion
ReadingsJames 5.7-10 (p 1216) & Matt 11.2-11 (p 976)
ReadersVictoria Kaczur & John Ross-Barnard
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentLynnette Clarke
PrayersLynnette Clarke
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
OrganistDi Fellowes
Next weekRomans 1.1-7 & Matt 1.18-25

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Nativity

Posted on 6 December 2019Categories News

No Room at the Inn
St Andrew’s Nativity is a retelling of the age-old story of how the world was changed by a tiny baby. A live action, child-friendly, sing-a-long, animal-packed adventure for all the family. Ordinary people at the mercy of politicians. Wise men who don’t appear to have any better idea of what’s going on than the rest of us. And there’s always someone with an eye for an opportunity, ready to make money out of other people’s pain. Sounds familiar? At least this story is guaranteed a happy ending. Make the St Andrew’s Nativity part of your Christmas preparations.
Performances on Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December at 6.30pm
and Saturday 14th December at 2.30pm.
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.
Tickets available from Greg or from Julie on 07756 918847 or
administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or online at https://www.wegottickets.com/location/23082

Pews News – 8th December 2019

Posted on 5 December 2019Categories Pews News

8th December 2019 – The Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Ann Crowley
A reminder that Ann’s funeral takes place tomorrow, Monday, at 1.30pm. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church is holding their annual Lantern Walk today, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-6pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us.

Thank You
A very big thank you to all the volunteers who give of their time to decorate our church last weekend. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for providing all the foliage needed, also to everyone who has donated towards the Christmas flowers. Thank you to all, Ann Dove.

Last Week’s Flowers
Were donated by Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale. Apologies for omitting Betty’s name.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Children’s Society
I have come to a decision, that after next February, I will no longer be collecting the Society boxes. I will have done it for 22 years and feel I have served them well. I would like to think that someone will come forward to carry it on. It is collected once a year over about a month, counted and banked. If you feel you could do this and would like any further information, please let me know. Thank you everyone who has supported this worthy cause over the years, and you can still do this independently. Jackie Lynch

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Nativity 2019
St Andrew’s Church Presents No Room at the Inn. A retelling of the age-old story of how the world was changed by a tiny baby. A live action, child-friendly, sing-a-long, animal-packed adventure for all the family. Ordinary people at the mercy of politicians. Wise men who don’t appear to have any better idea of what’s going on than the rest of us. And there’s always someone with an eye for an opportunity, ready to make money out of other people’s pain. Sounds familiar? At least this story is guaranteed a happy ending. Make the St Andrew’s Nativity part of your Christmas preparations. Live action, live animals, donkey rides and refreshments all included.
Thursday Dec 12th at 6.30pm
Friday Dec 13th at 6.30pm
Saturday Dec 14th at 2.30pm
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. Tickets available from Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or online at https://www.wegottickets.com/location/23082

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 19th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. This will be our Christmas service.

Carols in the Close
What has now become an annual tradition, Carols in the Close takes place on Wednesday 18th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green. Carol singing will be led by Soulful Gospel Choir, with free mince pies and mulled wine served.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for pre-school children (Tots Praise) next takes place on Tuesday 10th December at 9.15am. Doors are open from 8.45am after school children have been dropped off. The service lasts approx. 30 minutes. The focus will be on Christmas.

Crib Service
As in previous years, our Crib Service which seeks to bring the Christmas message to all ages will run twice over on Christmas Eve at 2.30 and 4pm. If you are willing to act as welcome/sidesperson for either of these services, please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.

Toy Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have so generously supported our Toy Appeal this year. The toys will be taken to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to children in the city who will otherwise have little or nothing to open on Christmas morning. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY MORE TOYS AFTER LUNCH TIME TODAY. They will not get to where they need to go.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds finishes for the term on Tuesday. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on Jan 14th.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Praying for Allesley Green
A group of us meet to pray for Allesley Green each month. We meet at 14 New Ash Drive on the estate. Anyone who wishes to is welcome to join us.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk.  It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 8th4-6pmLantern Walk on Bannerbrook Park
5.30pmNativity Rehearsal
6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 9th1.30pmAnn Crowley’s funeral
PCC Social
Tues 10th9.15amTots Praise
8.00pmAllesley Green prayer group
Weds 11th6.00pmDress rehearsal for Nativity
Thurs 12th6.30pmNativity in church
Fri 13th6.30pmNativity in church
Sat 14th2.30pmNativity in church
Sun 15th10.00amParish Communion
6.30pmCarol Service
Weds 18th6.00pmCarols in the Close in Allesley Green
ReadingsRom 15.4-13 (p 1141) & Matt 3.1-12 (p 967)
ReadersJeremy Thomas and Jill Pinks
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
PrayersNick Tooby
Comm AsstEmma Read
OrganistMichael Watkins
ChildrenLinda & Jill
Next weekJames 5.7-10 & Matt 11.2-11

Pews News – 1st December 2019

Posted on 28 November 2019Categories Pews News

1st December 2019 – The First Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley
We are sad to announce the deaths of both Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley this week. Gill’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s tomorrow Monday 2nd December at 10.30am. Ann’s funeral will take place the following Monday at 1.30pm. They will both be much missed. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Darkness to Light
We begin Advent with a candlelit service of praise: Darkness to Light this evening at 6.30pm. All welcome to this very powerful start to the Advent season.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us.

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December at 6.30pm and Saturday 14th at 2.30pm. We need volunteers to serve refreshments and act as front of house. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Christmas Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or hayleyhedges@hotmail.com

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church will be holding our annual Lantern Walk on Sunday 8th December, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-6pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 5th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. Do join us as this week we think about Advent.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for pre-school children (Tots Praise) next takes place on Tuesday 10th December at 9.15am. Doors are open from 8.45am after school children have been dropped off. The service lasts approx. 30 minutes.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place this morning. We will be pleased to still receive new, unwrapped toys to place under the tree for the remainder of this week. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who might otherwise be without this Christmas.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds finishes for the term on Tuesday. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on January 14th.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Praying for Allesley Green
A group of us meet to pray for Allesley Green each month. We meet at 14 New Ash Drive on the estate. Anyone who wishes to is welcome to join us.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – Dec 7th (tickets cost £5 – available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital, will launch on Monday December 2nd. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove.

Prayer List
Please pray for Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 1st8.00amSaid Communion
10.00amToy Service
6.30pmDarkness to Light
Mon 2nd10.30amGill Tunnicliffe’s funeral
1.45pmParty in the Park planning meeting
Tues 3rd6.00pmDrama Club at Our Ladies
Weds 4thNativity full rehearsal
Thurs 5th3.15pmKidz Praise
Sat 7th4-6pmNightingales Concert (tickets on the door)
Sun 8th4-6pmLantern Walk on Bannerbrook Park
6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 9th1.30pmAnn Crowley’s funeral.
PCC Social
Tues 10th9.15amTots Praise
8.00pmAllesley Green prayer group
Weds 11thDress rehearsal for Nativity
Readings at 8amRom 13.11-14 (p 1140) & Matt 24.36-44 (p 994)
ReaderElizabeth Shelton
PresidentPhil Richardson
Worship 4 All led bySue Masters
SpeakerGreg Smith
PrayersGary Corden
Next weekRom 15.4-13 & Matt 3.1-12

Pews News – 24th November 2019

Posted on 22 November 2019Categories Pews News

24th November 2019 – The Sunday next before Advent

Welcome
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.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley
We are sad to announce the deaths of both Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley this week. Gill died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Her funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Monday Dec 2nd at 10.30am. Ann died on Thursday morning. Details of her funeral will be available next week. They will both be much missed.

Farewell
We are saying goodbye to David Griffiths this morning. Dave has been a member of St Andrew’s for the last 14 years, but has decided that the time is right to return to his Parish church in Hampton-in-Arden. We wish him every blessing in this next phase of his life.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

Christmas Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th November at 9.15am to decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church will be holding our annual Lantern Walk on Sunday 8th December, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-5pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm. We need volunteers to serve refreshments and act as front of house. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Tea with Santa
30th November, 3.15-5pm in the village hall, £5 per person. Tickets for Tea with Santa will be on sale in church today and next Sunday. Alternatively, contact Hilary (mob: 07980 596646 or email: hilaryjw538@gmail.com). After 24th November tickets will be £6 per person. To help Santa bring appropriately aged gifts, please buy your tickets early. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles! Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun!

 The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or hayleyhedges@hotmail.com

Advent Course 2019
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 Monday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Monday 18th November and the sessions will run from 10.30am to 12 noon. 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

Christmas Hampers
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tuesday 26th November at 9.15am, with doors open and refreshments served from 8.45am. Story, song and craft on the theme of friendship. All welcome.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place next Sunday at 10am. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to place under the tree. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who might otherwise be without this Christmas.

Darkness to Light
We begin Advent with a candlelit service of praise: Darkness to Light next Sunday at 6.30pm. All welcome to this very powerful start to the Advent season.

Generous Giving
This Sunday, we complete our series on generous giving as Greg speaks to us about being generous with our money.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues on Tuesdays at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets on sale at £5 – see Hilary Wankling)
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert (tickets cost £5 – available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital, will launch on Monday December 2nd. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates November – December
Sun 24th2-4.30pmThank you afternoon for Children’s team
4.30pmNativity filming
Mon 25th7.30pmEastern Green History Group
Tues 26th9.15amTots Praise
6.00pmDrama Club at Our Ladies
7.00pmAllesley Green Residents meeting at Park Hill School
Weds 27th7.30pmWorship 4 All review meeting in church
Thurs 28th11.45amBudget meeting at the Vicarage
6.00pmNativity rehearsal
Sat 30th3.15pmTea with Santa at Eastern Green Village Hall
Sun 1st8.00amSaid Communion
10.00amToy Service
6.30pmDarkness to Light
Mon 2nd Dec1.45pmParty in the Park planning meeting
ReadingsMal 3.6-12 (p 962) & Luke 21.1-4 (p 1056)
ReadersSara Parkes & Victoria Kaczur
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganDi Fellow
Next week at 8amRom 13.11-14 & Matt 24.36-44