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Anna Laycock 26/05/17  News Story – Ascension Day at St Mark’s, Coventry

On Ascension Day 2017 a small group from St Mark’s, Coventry and diocesan staff gathered together with Bishop Christopher in the soon-to-be restored St Mark’s Church for an Ascension Day Eucharist and the licensing of Phil Atkinson as vicar.

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

Website:  Diocesan Website

Anna Laycock 26/05/17  Ignatian Spiritual Exercises: enquire now for Autumn 2017

A school of prayer, a methodology for discernment: the full Spiritual Exercises involve an extended commitment to prayer in which the pilgrim explores God’s loving creativity; human brokenness; and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as an invitation to a deepening of relationship with him.

The Exercises are done in the context of daily life – action and contemplation in tandem – with regular meetings with a guide. This thirty week (19th Annotation) format of the Ignatian Exercises is being offered in Warwickshire again starting in the Autumn. Expressions of interest:


Anna Laycock 26/05/17  Meet Linda Ngamlana from Amasango School – 15 June

On Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm join us at St Peter’s Wellesbourne for a thoroughly inspiring and uplifting evening with Linda Ngamlana, Principal of Amasango School for street children in South Africa.

St Peter’s really benefits from our links with Amasango, and we would love more people to know about this deeply Christian work, and maybe for other churches in Fosse Deanery to get involved themselves. Come and find out more over a glass of wine and some nibbles. If you can’t make this, Linda will also speak at 7pm on 22nd June at St Michael’s House.


Anna Laycock 26/05/17  Transforming children’s lives – 22 June

On Thursday 22nd June at 7pm at St Michael’s House, Coventry, come and be inspired by Mrs Linda Ngamlana, Principal of Amasango School, Grahamstown, South Africa. Linda will be speaking about the work of this CCN partner which transforms the life chances of young street children.

Any church looking to form real links with Christian ministry in another culture should meet Linda. Wellesbourne Church enjoys their ongoing relationship with Amasango; all money given goes directly to feed and clothe children. You can hear more about Wellesbourne’s link on 15th June at 7.30pm at St Peter’s, Wellesbourne.


Anna Laycock 26/05/17  Open Farm Sunday – 11 June

11th June is Open Farm Sunday when many farms are open to the public. This is a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate God’s creation, and learn more about where our food comes from and how it is produced.

There are many farms open in Warwickshire and adjoining counties who will welcome all visitors young or old.

Details of farms open can be found at or from Barbara Clutton,


Anna Laycock 26/05/17  News Story – Local faith leaders stand together

The leaders of faith communities in Coventry and Warwickshire have expressed their solidarity in response to the Manchester attack by issuing a joint statement.

To read the full statement, click the link below.

Website:  Diocesan Website

Anna Laycock 26/05/17 Flyer  Open Day for church placements in Youth Ministry

Are you a member of a church looking to develop its youth ministry? Consider becoming a placement church for a youth ministry student for three years. Come along to our open morning to find out more about what’s involved and to explore the potential benefits.

Thrive Youth Ministries has teamed up with Reign Ministries to offer a youth ministry degree BA(Hons) in Theology & Mission. You can find out more about the course by visiting Reign Ministries’ website.

The day takes place on Saturday 10th June 2017, 10am-12pm, at St Paul’s Church, Leicester Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4TE.


Anna Laycock 26/05/17 Flyer  Mental Health and Faith at St Mary Magdalen – 10 June

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people live with mental health issues. This means that within our churches and communities we have a significant number of people for whom this is a concern – for our congregations and our clergy.

You are invited to attend a Mental Health and Faith Session from 10.00-13.00 on Saturday 10 June at St Mary Magdalen Church (‘The Church with the Blue Roof’).

The Rev’d Alison Hogger-Gadsby, Director of Keeping Health in Mind, will discuss what it is to be mentally healthy/unwell, common issues, dementia, a theological perspective, what to do in a crisis and then hold a Q&A. All are welcome!

Anna Laycock 22/05/17  Thy Kingdom Come in Charlecote – 29 May

Wondering what to do on Bank Holiday Monday?

The Field Community, a community of 20s-30s seeking to re-imagine rural ministry through generous hospitality invite you to Charlecote Vicarage (opposite Charlecote Park, National Trust) for afternoon tea, and a creative trail encouraging mindfulness and prayer through the walled garden and orchard. This event is part of a mini Open Gardens event in the village of Charlecote.

All welcome on Monday 29th May from 2-5.30pm.


Graeme Pringle 21/05/17  Offa House sold subject to contract

In December 2016 the Bishop of Coventry announced that, with a heavy heart, the decision had been taken to sell Offa House. He also promised to keep people informed of any significant developments.

We can now announce that the House has been sold, subject to contract, to a family who would like to use it as a family home.

Nothing further can be said at this stage because, as with the sale of any property, much can happen between the acceptance of an offer and the exchange of contracts.


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