Pews News – 17th November 2019

17th November 2019 – The Second 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.

Generous Giving
This Sunday, we continue a series on generous giving

Nov 17thGod’s generosity to usLesley Lee
Nov 24thGiving our moneyGreg Smith

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 tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

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
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.

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

City Praise
Thanks to those who attended City Praise last Sunday, representing St Andrew’s. Over 700 people were present, worshiping and praying together. More than £2,000 was raised for charity by the congregation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deanery Synod
Anyone is welcome to attend Deanery Synod, which takes place at St Mary Magdalen, Chapelfields on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Revd Kate Pearson, chaplain at the University of Warwick will be speaking on student ministry.

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.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026,

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues this week on Tues 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.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Christmas Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th November at 9.15am to decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on 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.

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
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Volunteers needed for Midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or

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.

Tea with Santa
30th November, 3.15-5pm in the village hall, £5 per person. Tickets for Tea with Santa will be on sale in church today and next Sunday. Alternatively, contact Hilary (mob: 07980 596646 or email: After 24th November tickets will be £6 per person. To help Santa bring appropriately aged gifts, please buy your tickets early. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles! Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun!

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.

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.

Social Calendar
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets on sale at £5 – see Hilary Wankling)
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert (tickets cost £5 and are available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospitals, will launch on Monday December 2nd.  To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor
Are looking for a part-time administrator (7 hours per week). If interested please see the job advert and job description in the red folder at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Crowley, Gill Tunnicliffe, Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Beryl Poppitt, 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 17th6.30pmRock Solid
6.30pmPraying Together in church
Tues 19th6.00pmAll Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
7.30pmChildren’s Church meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Weds 20th6.30pmProduction meeting
7.30pmNativity rehearsal
Thurs 21st7.30pmDeanery Synod at St Mary Magdalen
Sun 24th2-5pmThank you afternoon for Children’s team
2.00pmParty in the Park planning meeting
Tues 26th7.00pmAllesley Green Residents meeting at Park Hill School
ReadingsEphesians 1; 3-14 (p 1173) & John 17; 20b – end (p 1085)
ReadersVicky Yardley
PreacherLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLynnette Clarke
Comm AsstLesley Lee
OrganSue Hill
ChildrenGreg, Veronika & Claire
Next weekMal 3.6-12 & Luke 21.1-4