Pews News – 25th August 2019

25th August 2019 – The Tenth 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.

Next Sunday
We have our usual range of first Sunday services, said communion at 8am, Worship 4 All at 10am and Ignatian Service at 6.30pm.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will open for the Autumn term on 8th September with lots more stories, games and craft activities. The term will start with stories about Joshua, so prepare for some noisy feedback sessions later in September! We meet each week during term time except for the first Sunday in the month and we have room for more pre-school and primary aged children. Parents are welcome to join us to help their children settle in.

Children’s Church volunteers
Can you help us? We are looking to recruit one or two more volunteers to help out at Children’s Church. If we have sufficient helpers, you would only be called on about twice a term. We have a termly rota so you would know well in advance which Sunday you are needed. There would be no planning or preparation to do, we just need people to help supervise the children as they listen to stories, play games and do craft activities. At the moment I am looking to fill gaps on 29th September and 8th December. If you are a regular church member and would like to help out on one of these dates or for more information please speak to Hilary or phone on 07980 596646.

Thank You
I would like to say a very big thank you to my family and friends for the masses of cards, flowers, gifts, cakes, visits and phone calls following my operation (which was a success). And to my St Andrew’s family for their prayers, which at my lowest point when things were going wrong, I felt their love and prayers. To know that people are thinking and praying for you is such a gift. Thank you to Gill for taking over the flowers and Rita for the Remembrance book. Once again, thank you and God bless you all. Ann Dove.

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

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.

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.

Baby Austin
We are pleased to report that baby Austin (who has now finally reached his due date) has made a full recovery from meningitis and that the brain damage he sustained is expected to repair itself in due course. Many thanks for all the prayers for him. Please do continue to pray for Sean and Emma who have been through a traumatic time.

To baby Ella Richardson who will be celebrating her first birthday (can you believe it?) on Tuesday.

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 Andrews in their wills. Even a small percentage of your estate could make a huge difference to the ongoing mission of the Church.

Kitchen and Gift Day
There will be a grand official opening of our newly refurbished kitchen on Saturday 7th Sept at 10.30am. Tea and cake will be served, with Jose England kindly officiating. The event will double as a Gift Day, when congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts.

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 (tickets on sale soon at £10)
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.

Tots Praise
The next Tots Praise service will take place on August 27th. 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. Greg will be telling the story of David the Shepherd.

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. A first meeting for anyone interested will take place on Wednesday 25th September at 7pm in church. 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

Holiday and Pews News
The Parish Administrator is now on holiday until 2nd September. Any urgent enquiries should be addressed to the Vicar or Church Wardens. Please note that notices for next week’s Pews News should be sent to Steve Martin at

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rita Muir.

Prayer List
Please pray for Maureen Regan, 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-September
Tues 27th9.15amTots Praise
Sat 31st7.30pmProms at the Vicarage
Sun 1st8.00amCommunion
10.00amWorship 4 All
6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 2nd7.30pmBaptism Preparation
Tues 3rd7.30pmLeadership meeting at 22 Hathaway Rd
ReadingsHebrew 12.18-29 (p 1211) & Luke 13.10-17 (p 1046)
ReadersVictoria Kaczur & Ann Crowley
PreacherGreg Smith
Led byLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstLesley Lee
MusicBen Kimpton
Next week at 8amHeb 13.1-8, 15&16 & Luke 14.1, 7-14