Pews News – 20th January 2019

20th January 2019 – The Third Sunday of Epiphany

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 Link Magazine
On Monday, the PCC reluctantly took the decision to bring to an end the Link as a paper magazine. Therefore, the February magazine will be the last in the current format. From March 1st onwards, the Link will be published online in a full colour digital format, which will be easily accessed directly through the St Andrew’s website, Facebook, My Eastern Green or the Allesley Green Residents Association website. It will contain all the usual content, except the advertising. We understand that this is a sad moment in the history of the parish and that not necessarily everyone will be able to access the new format. However, at a time when the church is struggling to make ends meet, we simply cannot afford to run a magazine, making a loss of £1500 per year and rising. Do pray for the continued success of the Link in reaching a new audience without losing its old. Finally, eternal thanks to the Link Team of Tracey, Richard and Barbara; and to all the faithful deliverers of the magazine.

To all who took on extra duties at Christmas: cleaning, reading, offering refreshments, acting as sides people etc.

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. 80 families in the local area received presents through your generosity.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The week of prayer for Christian unity climaxes tonight with a special service hosted by St Andrew’s at 6.30pm. Please make every effort to support this. We still need cakes and someone to host the making of tea and coffee.

Children’s Council
The next meeting of the Children’s Council is on Wednesday 23rd January at 7.30pm in the side room. We will be discussing how we can make provision for our 10-13 year olds. Please speak to Hilary if you are interested in leading or supporting activities for this age group or if you have any ideas you are willing to share.

Elvis Tribute Act
Tickets have now sold out for this event. Please note that admission will be only be available where pre-purchased tickets are shown at the door. Thank you.

Quiz Night
Another fun Quiz Night is planned for Friday1st March at the Massey Ferguson Social Club at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita Muir on 024 7646 0744 or from Ann Smith on 07717 330415. They cost £9 adults and £5 children, including a fish & chip supper. The event is jointly organised by the church and Allesley Green Residents Association.

BCDM Module on Prayer
St Andrew’s Church is hosting a BCDM Module again this year and the theme is Prayer. This interactive module will give opportunities to learn about as well as participate in different styles, methods and experiences of prayer. It will look at prayers in the Bible, different types and styles of prayer, the links between different spiritualities and methods of prayer and active methods of praying such as ‘prayer walks’ and ‘prayer stations’. Running during Lent this is an opportunity open to everyone to focus on prayer and on ways to develop your prayer life.  Dates and Time: Thursday evenings 7:00-9:30pm, 7th March – 4th April. If you want to participate you need to register If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters.

Carol Singing in Sutton Avenue
Thanks to all those (300+) who attended the carol singing in Sutton Avenue the Saturday before Christmas. £472 was collected for Coventry Mind.

Healing Service
A special service of prayer and anointing with oil for healing takes place on Sunday 27th January at 10am including Holy Communion.

This morning, we start a series on the book of Isaiah, the most important of the Old Testament prophets.  You may find it useful to read the book over the course of the series. Sue Masters has produced a booklet to help with this. Please get your copy this morning.

Jan 20thIsaiah 6.1-8Greg
Feb 10thIsaiah 53.1-12Phil
Feb 17thIsaiah 40.21-31Nick

Tots Praise
The next Tots Praise service takes place on Tuesday 22nd January at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am with refreshments. All pre-school children and their carers welcome. Craft, stories and songs for little ones.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we are launching a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on 26th February. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2019 is now at the back of church with only a few spaces left. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the cost of the flowers will be £12 per week, £10 is no longer feasible. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

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 January 
Sun 20th6.30pmService for Christian Unity
Mon 21st2.00pmParty in the Park planning group
Tues 22nd9.15amTots Praise
2.00pmForget me Not
5.30pmDrama Club at Our Ladies
7.30pmAllesley Green Prayer
Weds 23rd7.30pmChildren’s Council Meeting in the side room
Sun 27th10.00amHealing Service
Mon 28th1.30pmSocial Committee meets at the Vicarage
Weds 30th7.30pmSt Andy’s/St Andrew’s Liaison Ctte at the Penny Farthing
ReadingsIsaiah 6.1-8 (p 690) & John 2.1-11 (p 1064)
ReadersJill Pinks & Harvey Wyatt
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentLynette Clarke
IntercessionsLynette Clarke
Comm AsstLesley Lee
OrganistMichael Watkins
ChildrenVictoria, Claire & Jill
Next weekRomans 12.1-2 & John 1.1-3