Pews News – 18th August 2019

18th August 2019 – The Ninth 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.

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.

Eddie Parkes
I would like to thank everyone who came to say a final goodbye to Eddie on the 8th August and help to make it such a fitting celebration of his life. We even made his sisters laugh instead of cry which is quite an achievement! Thank you and God bless you all. Sara

Ladies Fellowship
The Ladies Fellowship will be meeting at the Mocha Lounge this Tuesday, 20th August at 1.30pm.

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.

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.

In recent weeks we have 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.

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.

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.

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 Sept 7th, 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 (Tickets now on sale at £10)
Queen TributeOct 5th (Tickets now on sale at £15)
Games NightOct 25th
Jonathan VeiraNov 16th (Tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with SantaNov 30th

Open the Book
A team of 10 of us deliver assemblies into two primary schools in the area, entertaining children while telling bible stories. We would especially like to supplement the Wednesday morning team who take assemblies at St Andrew’s. You would need to be available from 8.30-9.30am. You wouldn’t need to be available every Wednesday. Even once a month would make a big difference. To find out more, please speak to Hilary, Kate or Greg.

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. A meeting has now been arranged for Wednesday 25th September at 7pm at the Vicarage. To register your interest please contact Julie 07756 918847 or

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl Lee.

Prayer List
Please pray for Maureen Regan, 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
Tues 20th7.30pmBaptism Team meeting
Weds 21st3.30pmSocial Committee at the Vicarage
7.30pmChildren’s Council at 538 Broad Lane
Tues 27th9.15amTots Praise
12.00pmLight Lunch
2.00pmForget me Not
ReadingsHeb 11.29-12.2 & Luke 12.49-56
ReadersVicky Yardley & Jill Pinks
LeadSue Masters
PreacherLynnette Clarke
PresidentLynnette Clarke
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstEmma Read
MusicDaniel Smith
Next weekHeb 12.18-29 & Luke 13.10-17