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Coventry Diocese E-Bulletin – 07.09.16

eBulletin from the Diocese of Coventry

Claire Strachan 08/09/16  Ride and Stride – 10th September 2016

The annual Ride and Stride event run by Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust takes place on Saturday 10th September so do get involved if you can! There are lots of example routes for walking and cycling on the website.


Claire Strachan 07/09/16  Grants for the conservation of manuscripts

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. The next deadline for the submission of applications is 1st October 2016 and the results will be announced in early December. If you want to plan ahead, the deadline after that is 1st April 2017. Manuscripts and archives held by churches and cathedrals can be considered. Grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project). For more information please visit the website.

Website:  National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Claire Strachan 07/09/16  Project viability and development grants

Additional rounds of this new National Churches Trust grant scheme have been announced for 2017. The closing date for the first round is 12 Sept 2016, and the subsequent round closes on 29 November. This scheme will be helpful for churches in initial stages of developing projects that are likely to lead to bids for substantial funding.


Claire Strachan 07/09/16  Commissioning new art in churches

Commissioning a new piece of art or commemorative stained glass window for your church can be an excellent way to engage with the community and enhance your building for the glory of God. Whether it is a temporary exhibition engaging with local art lovers or a major new addition to commemorate an anniversary or aid with pastoral mission, visual art has always served as a powerful and effective tool. Before beginning your commission or exhibition you can read through Churchcare’s guidelines on Commissioning New Art For Churches where you will find a step-by-step guide to help you plan for and deliver your new artwork.


Claire Strachan 07/09/16  Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Churchcare are currently asking for comments or concerns over the operation of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, so that they may raise them with the DCMS. If you would like any issues to be raised please email them to Claire by Friday 30 September and she will forward them on.


Claire Strachan 07/09/16  Church Plans Online – back online!

The Church Plans Online website (which has been unavailable for a few years) is now back up and running after being integrated into Lambeth Palace’s image management system. You may be able to find historical plans and information about your church building there.


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Ryan Finnegan 09/09/16  Maasai Warriors Concert – St Peter’s, Wellesbourne

The Osiligi troupe of Maasai Warriors will perform at St Peter’s Church Wellesbourne at 7pm on Saturday 1 October. The troupe’s music is incredible, mesmerising to hear and fascinating to watch. Craft and wares will be available to purchase.

Admission is free but tickets must be reserved by calling 01789 841 359 or by emailing the church using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 09/09/16  Leadership Training for Rural Ministry

The challenges facing rural communities and churches require imaginative responses. “Germinate Leadership” is an exciting 18 month personal development programme that helps lay and ordained leaders develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership.

The programme includes training days and a 3 days residential at Stoneleigh, a personal mentor, work shadowing and peer group support. The fourth national programme starts in October. The programme is subsidised and further bursaries are available.

For more information please visit their website using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 09/09/16 Flyer  Programme of Autumn 2016 retreats

There are several upcoming quiet days which will be taking place throughout the Diocese.

All days begin at 10am, with refreshments from 9:30am, and end at 4pm. The cost is £20 per person per day. Please bring a packed lunch.

For more details please see the attached flyer. To book a place please email Mary Crameri using the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 09/09/16  Bishop of Salisbury calls for Prayer for the Environment

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, has made a YouTube video calling for Christians, especially in the Church of England, to pray for the environment during Creationtide, which runs from 1 September until 4 October. He says: “The care of creation is a top priority for every Christian disciple in our day. It’s clear in Scripture that God wants us to steward this beautiful Earth we’ve been given. We need to take care of it at a time when global warming and climate change are creating enormous pressures. We all know there is no planet B”.

To watch the video please click the link below.


Anna Laycock 05/09/16  News Story – The future of religious freedom in Britain

In this post, originally published on the faith and theology blog ‘Psephizo’, Dr Will Jones (who works in the Diocesan Offices) questions whether religious freedom requires a secular public sphere.

To read the article please click the link below.

Website:  Diocesan Website

Anna Laycock 03/09/16 Poster Flyer  Reconciling a Wounded Planet event, Harbury – 7 October

All Saints Supporting Communities Group, Harbury and Harbury Energy Initiative host ’My Life in a Freezer’: a chance to hear first hand experiences of polar exploration on Friday 7th October at 7.30 pm in Harbury village hall.

Mark Wood, polar explorer, speaks and shows images of his recent expedition to the North Pole. All proceeds to Harbury e-Wheels and Hire a Hero UK (

Harbury Energy Initiative is a village volunteer-run group that aims to save energy, to reduce household costs and to cut carbon within our community.

Tickets £10 and £5 for u-16s from Bob Sherman (01926612277) or Liz McBride (01926612421).


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