Pews News – 15th September 2019

15th September 2019 – The Thirteenth 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.

To Jayne & Terry Nye on becoming grandparents for the first time to baby Eliza. She has not had the easiest of starts with the need for a brain shunt. Please pray for her.

Harvest Flowers
We will be celebrating Harvest the first two Sundays of October. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers please see Ann Dove. Volunteers will be needed to help decorate the church. If you can spare half an hour on Saturday 5th at 9.15am please let Ann Dove know.

Rock Solid
Rock Solid is back and bigger than ever! Launching on Sunday 15th September, Rock Solid will run on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 6-7.30pm for 9-14 year olds at Kenthurst Scout Hut. Each session we’ll have lots of fun and learn a lot about ourselves and faith. There will be some food provided so we are asking for £1 entry fee. Please e-mail: to receive an online registration form. Paper copies will be available on the night. If you are a child at heart but don’t quite fit the age group, then why not volunteer and help lead the sessions with us? To get further information on this please e-mail:

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. All needs prayer. As from Sunday 15th September at 6.30pm, we will be having a monthly time in Church (on 3rd Sunday in month) called “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.”

Steve and Eileen Warne
Have left Eastern. There will be an opportunity to say farewell to them at a special service on Sunday 29th September at 4.30pm followed by refreshments. Anyone who wishes to contribute to a leaving gift should give donations to Rita or Lesley.

Stories needed!
Do you have a story or tribute for Stephen and Eileen at their farewell service on 29th September (4.30pm at St Andrew’s)? We need people to tell stories of how the Warnes have blessed them or how God has used them in your life. Funny anecdotes also welcome! Contact if you are able to help.

Quiz Night
We are hosting a quiz night, jointly organised with Allesley Green Residents Association, on Friday 20th September at 7pm. In a change to our customary format, the venue will be the Jaguar Social Club on Browns Lane and a buffet meal will be provided (instead of Fish n Chips). Tickets are available from Rita at a cost of £10 per ticket. Tickets are £6 quiz only. Today is the last day to book.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
A small group meet to pray for the Allesley Green community on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 14 New Ash Drive at 7.30pm. All 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.

Drama Club
A new term begins on Tuesday 17th September from 6-7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption on Tile Hill Lane. Cost £1 with all 8-12 year olds welcome. Drama, games and food. To find out more, please speak to Greg or Selina.

Many thanks to Jose England who wonderfully officiated at the grand official opening of our new kitchen last Saturday. Thanks also to those who turned out in support.

Gift Appeal
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. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

An annual clearance of the churchyard three weeks ago saw the removal of quite a large number of unauthorised objects. Removed items have been placed along the wall of the church facing the churchyard. A reminder that only fresh flowers are allowed (no artificial flowers or ornaments).

Sponsored Walk
At the time of writing, we don’t know how many walkers successfully completed the challenge of walking ‘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 are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings. You can give by placing cash at the back of church or through our Just Giving page

Social Calendar

Quiz NightSept 20th (Tickets now on sale at £10)
Queen TributeOct 5th (Tickets now on sale at £15)
Autumn FayreOct 12th
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 24th September. 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.

Kidz Praise
Our bi monthly service for primary school aged children and parents takes place next on Thursday 19th September at 4pm. Drinks, toast, games and craft from 3.15pm. All welcome. This week’s theme: the feeding of the 5,000 led by 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. 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

Empowered – a conference to support and inspire those working with children
To take place on Saturday 12th October. Please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church for further details.

Altar Flowers
The week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jane Bant.

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 September
Sun 15th6.00pmLaunch of Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout Hut
6.30pmPraying Together in church
Tues 17th6.00pmDrama Club at Our Ladies
7.15pmWorship 4 all review in church
Weds 18th2.00pmPastoral Care Committee in church
7.30pmDeanery Synod at Stoneleigh
Thurs 19th12.45pmNev King’s funeral at Canley
3.15pmKidz Praise
Fri 20th7.00pmQuiz Night at the Jaguar Social Club
Tues 24th7.30pmAllesley Green prayer group at 14 New Ash Drive
Readings1 Tim 1.12-17 (p 1191) & Luke 15.1-10 (p 1048)
ReadersPeter Bruton & Sara Parkes
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstLesley Lee
MusicBen Kimpton
Next week1 Tim 2.1-7 & Luke 16.1-13