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Coventry Diocese E-Bulletin 05/04/2017

eBulletin from the Diocese of Coventry

Claire Strachan 05/04/17 HLF update  HLF Grants for Places of Worship fund CLOSING

You may already be aware that the Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) programme is closing. The final application deadline for GPOW is 14 August 2017. After this date, no further applications will be accepted. The change has been made as part of HLF’s decision to streamline and simplify their funding. HLF will continue to support places of worship after this date with applicants being directed to apply under the other open programmes, primarily Our Heritage (grants of up to £100k) and Heritage Grants (grants of over £100k).

Please see the attached briefing note for further information, and follow the HLF website for updates.


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Graeme Pringle 07/04/17  New Story – Bishop calls for cooperation in Syria

Following the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on Tuesday 4th April, the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, called for international cooperation in Syria.

To read the full story, please click the link below.

Website:  Diocesan website

Ryan Finnegan 07/04/17  Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust AGM

The AGM of the Trust will be held at St Nicholas’ Church, Warwick at 7pm on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. The objectives of the Trust are the maintenance and preservation of churches, together with their fittings, monuments and furniture etc. within Warwickshire and the Coventry Diocese.

Following the AGM Robert Perkins will speak about the restoration work that has been carried out at St Nicholas’ over a number of years. Everyone is most welcome to attend this meeting, after which light refreshments will be served.

Ryan Finnegan 07/04/17 Flyer  The Church and Human Sexuality: Reconciliation Roundtable

St Michael’s House at Coventry Cathedral will be hosting a roundtable conversation on ‘The Church and Human Sexuality’ on the 9 May at 6pm.

Roundtable conversations are an opportunity for intentional reflection and dialogue on topics that matter. Participants are encouraged to speak their own truth and listen for understanding to those who may be different.

If you are interested in joining this conversation or would like more information, please see the attached advert or email the reconciliation team using the link below.


Anna Laycock 07/04/17  Spiritual Direction

Looking for help in growing a deeper relationship with God, or needing help with praying or understanding something about the spiritual life?

Why not contact Mary to put you in touch with a trained soul friend/ accompanier on the way? There’s a number of ways of doing this and she can put you in touch with someone who can help.

Contact: or phone 0779 6174792 for more info.

Anna Laycock 07/04/17  The Soul in the Machine, Albany Theatre – 12 May

YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire are delighted to be hosting the production, The Soul in the Machine, the story of how YMCA began, for one night only in Coventry at The Albany Theatre on the 12th May 2017.

Performed by Saltmine Theatre Company, the play tells the story of George Williams who moved to London to work at 14 and was inspired by God to start the YMCA.

Readers of the eBulletin are offered two free tickets each!

Watch the trailer here and book your tickets online by following the link below.

Website:  Tickets for The Soul in the Machine

Anna Laycock 05/04/17  News Story – Get involved with Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come 2017 is less than two months away. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishop’s of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Christians across the globe are invited to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (25th May – 4th June) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This invitation is for every tradition and expression of church, chaplaincy and praying community, every family, home group or young people’s group, every Christian to join our brothers and sisters to pray ‘your way.’

To read the rest of the story, click the link below.

Website:  Diocesan Website

Sarah Palmer 03/04/17  Vocations Sunday (7 May) Resource Pack

This pack brings together sermon plans, worship ideas, dramas, reflections, art, small group studies and courses, all relating to Vocations Sunday on the 7th of May. Ministry Division hope that this material will prove useful in helping parishes to preach on vocations, both for Vocations Sunday and indeed all year round. They would also love to hear what parishes are up to! Share what you are doing for Vocations Sunday by tweeting them at @CofEcalling. To download the pack, please click on the link.


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