Pews News – 4th August 2019

4th August 2019 – The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

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.

Seek His Face
Please note that Seek His Face next week has been cancelled. The next gathering will be on 8th September.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 5th September 2019 7.30-9pm in church and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is Pheobe by Paula Gooder and the evening is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. In this, her first novel, Biblical scholar and popular author and speaker Paula Gooder tells Phoebe’s story – who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith – and in doing so opens up Paul’s theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul’s thinking, and the faith of the early church. Rigorously researched, this is a novel for everyone and anyone who wants to engage more imaginatively with Paul’s theology – from one of the UK’s foremost New Testament scholars. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to read it before we meet. If you are interested, please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

This week, we had 21 people through the door in 2 hours! That is the most we have served at St Oswald’s since it opened. We ran short of almost everything on the list, most of which are basic everyday items. I implore you to pick up a few items each time you shop, to help those who are in need and often Desperate. Unfortunately, we have no facility for fresh or frozen foods. It is all tins and packages. Tinned fruit, meat, fish and vegetables are especially needed. Other items include Milk, juice, tea, coffee, cereals, pasta/rice, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauces, biscuits. All basic everyday items. If everyone just brought to church, just one item every week, think how much that would amount to. Just a thought! Please, please help. Thanking you in anticipation. Jackie Lynch, Jean Richardson and Charley Watts.

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.

Carys Egner
Carys has now begun her role as St Andrew’s/St Andy’s Youth Worker (working with 9-14s), covering for Emma Wildman, during her maternity leave. Please pray for her as she gets to grip with her new responsibilities.

Altar setting up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. This is a time of quiet reflection, followed by Compline to which all are welcome.

Shawl Ministry
After many years of loyal service, Jackie Page has decided to lay down responsibility for coordinating our Shawl Ministry. We would like to find a replacement as soon as possible. If you would like to know more about what this entails, please speak to Jackie or Lynnette. The person who takes this on doesn’t necessarily have to be a knitter themselves.

Nativity 2019
Plans are afoot for a live Nativity at Christmas. Anyone who would like to help as part of the planning team should speak to Greg.

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.

A reminder of the benefit of giving by Direct Debit. It means being able to support the work of the church even when you’re not able to be here. It means not having to search for money to put on the plate just before leaving home on a Sunday morning. It means the Church can budget with much more confidence, knowing what money is coming in. It really does make a huge difference! We are also wanting to encourage people to consider remembering St Andrew’s in their wills. Even a small percentage of your estate could make a huge difference to the ongoing mission of the Church.

Drama Workshop
All Star Theatre Company are running a 2-day drama workshop tomorrow and Tuesday. On day 1 at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church and day 2 in the theatre of West Coventry Academy 10am-4pm for 10-14 year olds. £10 for 2 days including lunch/refreshments provided. For further information, contact Julie on 07756 918847 or

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we have been able to complete a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. There will be an official opening of the kitchen on 7th September, but it is already in use.

Sponsored Walk
This year’s sponsored walk is ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way and visiting 8 different churches, entailing a total of 34 miles of walking country lanes and fields. We will be raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Anyone is welcome to join us even if only to do one leg of 3-4 miles. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Social Calendar

Proms in the Vicarage GardenAug 31st – (tickets now on sale at £6)
Quiz NightSept 20th
Queen TributeOct 5th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Jonathan VeiraNov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with SantaNov 30th

Tots Praise
The next Tots Praise service will take place on August 13th. This is an informal gathering for pre-school children and their carers, with songs, craft and stories. Doors open at 8.45am, with the service starting at 9.15am. We will be telling the story of Samuel.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in the autumn, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital. In order to do this, we need volunteer drivers who would be willing to help out on an occasional basis with a lift to the hospital or doctors. Full training and briefing will be provided. Any expression of interest will not be taken as a firm commitment at this stage. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please contact Julie 07756 918847 or

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jill Joyce.

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Dove, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, baby Austin, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates August
4th Aug6.30pmIgnatian Service
5th Aug10am – 4pmPlay in 2 days 10-4 at Our Ladies
6th Aug10am – 4pmPlay in 2 days 10-4 at West Coventry Academy
8th Aug1.15pmEddie Parkes funeral
20th Aug7.30pmBaptism Team meeting
Readings at 8amCol 3.1-11 (p 1184) & Luke 12.13-21 (p 1045)
ReaderJill Joyce
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led byGreg Smith
Next weekHeb 11.1-3, 8-16 & Luke 12.32-40