St Laurence Church

Coventry Diocese E-Bulletin – 11/02/2016

eBulletin from the Diocese of Coventry

Claire Strachan 11/02/16  Wolfdon Foundation Fabric Repair Grant

Churchcare’s Wolfson Foundation fabric repair grant applications close on 29 February and churches listed Grade I and II* may wish to consider applying to this as source of match-funding for the Roof Repair Fund (which would be noted in their application form as ‘unsecured’ income). Parishes that have less than £10,000 worth of repairs needed, so are not eligible for the Roof Repair Fund, can also apply for a Wolfson grant.


Claire Strachan 10/02/16  National Churches Community and Repair Grants

The NCT’s 2016 community and repair grants programmes are now open. Repair Grants – £10,000+ and above towards the cost of urgent essential structural repair projects. A small number of grants are available at £40,000 and above. Community grants – £10,000+ and above for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. All types of community projects will be considered, but should include lavatories or catering facilities. Please visit the website for more details about the grants, eligibility and how to apply.


Claire Strachan 10/02/16  Roof Repair Fund – deadline approaching!

If you intend to apply for funding in the second round of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, the deadline is Friday 26 February. If you require further information or guidance on your application, there is an extremely helpful explanation on the Church of England’s ChurchCare website about the scope of the Fund and how to go about applying to it. You will need a supporting letter from the Archdeacon to go with your application. Please complete the survey at by 23rd February at the latest in order for Claire Strachan to arrange this for you.


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Ryan Finnegan 12/02/16 Flyer  Out of a Dark Wood – An introduction to Dante

Tim Brooke is leading a workshop at St John’s Church, Berkswell on Saturday 19 March. He will look at how Dante’s pilgrimage from Inferno to Paradise in the Divine Comedy can make an important contribution to 21st century spirituality.

The workshop is designed both as an introduction for those who know nothing at all about Dante and as an opportunity for others to share how Dante has changed their view of this world and the next.

For more information please see the attached flyer.

Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16  Bishop John is Relocating to Offchurch

Bishop John’s home and office are relocating next week beginning 15 February. Please be aware that there is likely to be some delay in responding to email and telephone messages during that time.

With effect from 17 February, the following contact details will apply: Warwick House, School Hill, Offchurch, Leamington Spa CV33 9AL

Tel: 01926 427465

Emails remain unchanged: and

Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16 Forms Letter  Easter Eve Confirmation

There will be a Vigil and First Mass of Easter with Confirmation at All Saints, Emscote on Saturday 26 March 2016.

Please see the attached letter for details of the procedure for registering candidates and all relevant forms.

Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16 Flyer  Christian Faith Centred Coaching – Introductory Evening

At this introductory evening to a new Foundation programme in Christ centred Coaching, you can discover more about the nature and value of a Christian faith centred approach to Coaching.

It takes place on Friday 11 March 2016 from 6:30pm till 9:30pm at St Mary’s church, Leamington Spa and is of value to those with a heart for discipleship and releasing Christian impact in all areas of life.

For more information please call 01564 336 325 or visit their website using the link below. Please also see the attached flyer.


Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16  Feba Spring Tour

Feba is a Christian mission agency focusing on the use of radio and other media, working with partners and communities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Their partner from the Horn of Africa is visiting the UK next month and they’ll be going to Red Hill Christian Centre on Monday 7 March for three events.

At 10:30am there will be morning coffee then at 2:30pm there will be afternoon tea followed by evening supper at 7:30pm.

This is a rare opportunity to find out about Feba’s ministry and hear first-hand stories they can’t normally share. For full details and an online booking form, please visit their website using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16 Booking Form Leaflet  Coventry Pentecost Festival with Mike Pilavachi

Hope Coventry are planning their biggest ever Pentecost Celebration weekend in Broadgate. Mike Pilavachi of Soul Survivor will speak at the dedicated Youth Evening (11-19 years) on the Friday night at 6:30pm as well as the all-age gathering on the Saturday evening at 7pm.

A Soul Survivor band, led by Tom Smith, the main worship leader at Soul Survivor 2015, will lead worship on both evenings, as well as taking part in the free Big Birthday Bash event during the day on Saturday.

For more information please see the attached leaflet and booking form.

Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16  Reader Fellowship Meeting

All are invited to a Reader Fellowship meeting in Warwick and Leamington deanery. They will share ministries, resources prayers and stories.

All are welcome to join them on 24 March from 7:30pm till 9:30pm at St Marks Church, Rugby Road, Leamington Spa CV32 6DL.

Please call Heidi Cartledge on 01926 641 751 or email her using the link below for more details.


Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16  Reader Event – Working with People with Dementia

All are warmly invited to a Reader Event led by Reader, Margaret Douglas, entitled ‘Working with People with Dementia’. It will take place on Tuesday 10 March from 7:30pm till 9:30pm at St Marys Church, Ansty Road, Walsgrave, Coventry CV2 2AW.

To book a place please call Heidi Cartledge on 01926 641 751 or email her using the link below. Parking is available in the Red Lion pub.


Ryan Finnegan 11/02/16 Flyer  Caring for God’s Creation Through Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage represents just one of the many ways of demonstrating our love for our creator God. Planning and completing a pilgrimage is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with God’s creation, to enjoy a meaningful journey to a sacred place and to be a visual presence to those who may not experience Christians demonstrating their faith.

The Diocesan Environment Group invite you to email Dick Withington, using the link below, if you would be interested in learning more about this. For further information please see the attached flyer.


Sarah Palmer 08/02/16 Flyer  “Leading a Big, Anxious Family” Training Day – 8 June 2016

A Bridge Builders Open Workshop 8 June 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm in York This workshop is designed for anyone in church leadership, but is especially relevant to those in a position of overall oversight. It offers an introduction to insights from family systems theory, coupled with reflection on the character of Jesus, and it can be usefully followed up by attending the Bridge Builders three-day course, Leading With Emotional Maturity. The cost of the event is £60 and full details are given in the attached flier. To book, visit the website.


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