Pews News – 10th November 2019

10th November 2019 – The Third Sunday before Advent

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.

Remembrance Sunday
This morning marks Remembrance Sunday. Our Parish Communion service will include the Act of Remembrance at 11am.

City Praise
This evening, the biennial City Praise service takes place at the Welcome Centre in Parkside, where several hundred Christians come together to worship God and pray for our city and nation from 60-70 different churches. We have cancelled Seek His Face in order to support this. If you would like to go and need a lift or are able to offer someone else a lift, please speak to Greg.

Norah Hall
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to you all for your cards, phone calls and messages of sympathy following the loss of our wonderful Mum. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for Mum’s beautiful funeral service and for donations received for the Palliative Care Team’s charity. Thank you too for all your prayers for Mum throughout her illness; they really did bring her comfort. A special thank-you to Greg, Lesley, Kath and Joan for your ongoing visits and support to Mum over the past two and a half years; it meant so much to her and to us all. Love Liz, Deb and families xxxx

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Coffee Rota Volunteers Needed
Do you enjoy a nice cuppa after the service? If so, it’s thanks to a great team of faithful volunteers offering an extra hour or so after service every Sunday. We are now looking to put together a rota for 2020 to ensure we have sufficient people to serve coffee and tea. If you currently volunteer, please could you let Rosemarie know your availability. If you do not currently volunteer but would like to, we’re looking for new people to join and would really appreciate your help! Please see or telephone Rosemarie Over on 07778 397284.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Advent Course 2019
With Christmas fast approaching why not take time out of the busyness to meet with others to look at the Bible and share the Good News of Christmas? At St. Andrew’s we are preparing for Christmas by holding a four-week Advent group and all are welcome. We will be meeting on Monday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Monday 18th November and the sessions will run from 10.30am to 12 noon. We would love you to join us. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came and decorated the church. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for the foliage and the beautiful dahlias from her garden. Finally, a very big thank you to everyone who donated towards the cost of the flowers, your generosity is much appreciated. God bless, Ann Dove.

Eddie Parkes
It is with great pleasure that I am able to confirm that the final amount collected in memory of Eddie and forwarded to Parkinson’s UK was £764. I would like to express my grateful thanks to all those who helped to raise this fantastic amount. Sara

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s on 30th November in the Village Hall from 3.15-5.00pm. This event is for the whole family – children, parents and grandparents. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun! Tickets will be on sale from 3rd November until 24th November at a cost of £5.00 per person (adult and child). Any tickets bought after 24th November will be £6.00 per person. Numbers are strictly limited so please buy your tickets early. If you would like to register your interest now, please text Hilary on 07980 596646 or email me at, stating your name, number of tickets required and a contact number. Thank you.

Children’s Hamper Request
We will be holding a raffle at Tea with Santa and are requesting items for a Children’s Hamper. The Children’s Team would be grateful if you could help us by donating suitable small items (packet of crayons/felt tip pens, colouring book, sweets, Christmas chocolate, Christmas stickers, skipping rope, paper chains, small craft set, small toy, Playdo, etc etc….) A box will be put at the back of church for any donations. Any spare ends of ribbon which can be used for a craft activity will also be gratefully received as will offers of cupcakes for the tea and help on the day. Very many thanks in advance from the Children’s Team.

Praying Together
“Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held next Sunday, 17th November at 6.30 pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.”

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

Nativity 2019
The dates for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’ have been set. Please put these in your diaries. Tickets will be on sale next week. Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm. We are still looking for people to help paint the scenery. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

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.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tuesday November 12th at 9.15am. Craft, song and story for the whole family. All welcome.

Jonathan Veira
Please see the Jonathan Veira leaflet which details how to get tickets for this unique event, St Andrew’s principal fundraising event of the year.

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.

Generous Giving

This Sunday, we continue a series on generous giving:

Nov 10thGiving our LivesNick Tooby
Nov 17thGiving our moneyLesley Lee
Nov 24thGod’s generosity to usGreg Smith

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues this week on Tuesday 5th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tue Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on Sept 14th. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list. If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late! Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar
Jonathan Veira – Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets now on sale at £5)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets now on sale at £12)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in mid-November, 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 speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jan Tuson.

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Crowley, Gill Tunnicliffe, Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates November
Sun 10th10.00amRemembrance Day service
6.30pmCity Praise
Mon 11th7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 12th 9.15amTots Praise
6.00pmAll Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Weds 13th6.30pmNativity Rehearsal
7.30pmSt Andy’s Prayer
Thurs 14th7.30pmLeadership Team meeting
Sat 16th9.30amBook Group
6.45pmJonathan Veira at Massey Fergusons
Sun 17th6.30pmRock Solid
Tues 19th7.30pmChildren’s Church meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Weds 20th6.30pmProduction meeting
ReadingsIsaiah 6.1-8 & Romans 12.3-8
ReadersSteve & Hilary Wankling
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentLynnette Clarke
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
Next weekEphesians 1; 3-14 & John 17; 20b – end.