St Laurence Church

Coventry Diocese E-Bulletin – 7th November 2015

eBulletin from the Diocese of Coventry

Graeme Pringle 07/11/15  Latest information about Offa House

On 20 October, it was announced that: “The suitability of Offa House as short-term welcome accommodation for Syrian refugees is currently being investigated with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Warwick District Council.”

Since then, further information has been published on a new page of the diocesan website (click the link below). This page will be updated as new information becomes available.


Claire Strachan 03/11/15  National Maintenance Week: 20th – 27th November

It is that time of the year again when we get our churches ready for winter. SPAB’s annual National Maintenance Week campaign is being spearheaded by Neil Oliver and encourages owners of all sorts of buildings to be aware of the importance of regular care. For top tips on how to ‘stave of decay by daily care’ (in the words of William Morris) go to the website below or call the Church Buildings Office.

And don’t forget National Gutters Day on the 27th November! Just a few minutes spent clearing weeds and debris, or just a few pounds spent to mend a leaky gutter can save many hundreds, or possibly thousands of pounds in the long run.


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Graeme Pringle 07/11/15 Letter  Preparing for the U N Climate Change talks

Please read the attached letter relating to the U N Climate Change talks in Paris December 2015.

Graeme Pringle 07/11/15  Human Chain of Peace and Light – 14 Nov

Come along and join His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC and VIP guests and remember what happened to the city of Coventry this night, 75 years ago, during the Blitz. Stand shoulder to shoulder with the person next to you and create a human chain of light using a torch or your mobile phone. Listen to survivors speak about their experience of that night and why we need to remember.

• Location: Outside Coventry Cathedral • Date: 14 November 2015 • Time: 18:30 – 19:15

For further details, please click the link below.

Website:  Coventry City Council

Graeme Pringle 07/11/15  News Story – Bishop pays tribute to Cllr Phil Townshend

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth has paid tribute to the late Phil Townshend ahead of his funeral at Coventry Cathedral on Monday 9 November. Cllr Townshend was the deputy leader of Coventry City Council until he passed away suddenly at the age of 57 after a short illness.

To read the full story on the diocesan website, please click the link below.

Website:  Diocesan website

Ryan Finnegan 05/11/15 Poster  Create for Christ Drop in Day – Offa House – 14 December

Rosa Wain invites you to come and enjoy exploring creative prayer for as long or as short a time as you wish. No experience is needed and all materials provided.

Tea and coffee will be available and donations on the day will be welcome. Please bring a packed lunch if you intend to be present at that time. For more information please see the attached poster.

If the refugee project goes ahead, it is possible that the venue may change, so please let Kerry know if you plan to attend so that she can keep you informed. You can contact Kerry by calling 02476 412 627 or email her using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 05/11/15 Poster  Mozart Requiem and Solemn Vespers – 14 November

This event will take place on Saturday 14 November at 7:30pm in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC. Coventry Cathedral is the venue for this historic performance by Saint Michael’s Singers, The Parliament Choir, internationally acclaimed soloists and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Leddington Wright.

Ticket prices are £25, £20 with £15 Concessions. For more infomration including ticket prices for over 60’s and students please see the attached poster. Tickets can be purchased by calling 0844 477 1000 or by visiting their website using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 05/11/15 Leaflet  Healing Training Course 2016

This course aims to give a biblical framework for healing prayer. There will be a mixture of teaching, Bible input, the theory and principles of prayer, practical demonstrations and plenty of hands-on experience. Bilton Evangelical Church will be sponsoring and hosting this event.

Part one of this two session course will be held on Thursday 21 January from 7:15pm till 9:45pm and part two will take place on Saturday 30 January from 9:15am till 4:15pm.

For more information please see the attached leaflet. The full cost is £45. There is an early bird price of £35 if booked before 30 November.

Ryan Finnegan 05/11/15  Room at the Inn? – A Christian Presence in the Holy Land

Join Bishop John Stroyen and Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) to hear about the reality of life for a small but resilient Christian population in the Holy Land including their daily challenges and the support FHL provide to the most needy families in the Christian communities.

View the 20 minute DVD made in the Holy Land last year, hear from Vice Chairman Peter Rand recently returned from Israel and Palestine, and meet FHL Diocesan Coordinators, Andrew and Chris Haines. This will take place on 28 November, 9:30am till 12:15pm at St John’s, Warwick Rd, Kenilworth.

To book a place please call 01926 512 980 or email them using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 05/11/15  Reader Fellowship Evening – Alcester Deanery

Alcester Deanery Readers will be meeting for fellowship, sharing and prayer on 26 November at Claverdon Church Centre, Church Road, Claverdon CV35 8PD at 7:30pm.

All Readers and those interested in Reader ministry are very welcome. Please let the Warden of Readers, Heidi Cartledge know if you would like to attend by calling 01926 641 751 or email her using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 15/10/15 Poster  REMINDER – Kings Chamber Orchestra – 20 November

The Kings Chamber Orchestra, a group of professional musicians, come together in this their 30th Winter Anniversary Tour to share their faith through presenting a musical journey through time and space searching for the real Christmas.

‘Following the Star’, a family concert at 4:30pm, traces the journey of the Magi to the original Christmas and at 7:30pm ‘Silent Night’ contains a programme of works ranging from Tchaikovsky to Raff with plenty of seasonal surprises.

Following the star tickets cost £10 per family or £5 per individual. Silent Night tickets cost £12. Tickets available online using the link below or by calling 01926 338 572.


Ryan Finnegan 08/10/15 Flyer  REMINDER – A Quiet Morning for Beginners – Offa House

Are you a Churchgoer but wary of silence? Roderick Clark aims to gently introduce you to the benefits of silence with this Quiet Morning at Offa House on Thursday 19 November from 10am until 12:15pm.

You are welcome to stay for the short communion service at 12:30pm and a chat over your own packed lunch at 1pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. This event is free, but donations on the day would be welcome.

For more information please see the attached flyer. To book a place or for further details, please call Kerry Vanston-Rumney on 02476 412 627 or email her using the link below.


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