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Winter Night Shelter celebrates success!
Coventry Winter Night Shelter is drawing to a close for this winter, with its fantastic volunteers having served more than 6,500 hours and 1450 shifts. Many people have been moved on from sleeping rough into better situations, including Sean:

Back in December, we found Sean living on the streets, reluctant to get help. It took some convincing to bring him to the project, but soon he started a journey of recovery from his drug addiction, with our support in the Night Shelter that gave him a place of welcome and rest, and with the help of other services in the city like CGL and Arc.

Today we are proud to say that through our constant care and support, he has reconnected with his family, is engaging in his recovery, is looking after himself better and we have connected him to the Council. He has finally been accepted into a hotel, and the Council are designing a personalised plan with him to continue the work we started four months ago.

To new beginnings - perseverance pays off!

Winter Night Shelter volunteer celebration and feedback

All WNS volunteers are invited to a celebration of their hard work this winter on Thursday 11th April from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Methodist Central Hall, CV1 2HA. For catering purposes, please book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

Feedback from volunteers is really important, so if you have volunteered with WNS this year, please let us know what it was like via this short form.

Fancy a gap year with a difference?
Are you passionate about inspiring and investing into the next generation? Then maybe the YFC gap year internship is for you! Join the team of seasoned youth workers as they deliver class lessons, assemblies, clubs, monthly youth leader gatherings and so much more. They work with 5 schools per week and teach young people how to play instruments and sing in their 'Rock Up project'. They currently have 4 'Drench Youth Cafes' running across the City with 3 more setting up soon, where young people can learn new skills and have fun with their mates in a safe environment. They are passionate about investing into young people, making a difference and seeing young people's lives changed by Jesus. For more information, email dave@covyfc.org.
Free concert in aid of Tearfund
Date: Friday 22nd March
Time: 7.30pm
Place: St Mary Magdalen church, Chapelfields, CV5 8DR
Details: Join the Chapelfields Community Choir and the Finham Choral Society for an evening of varied music. Free entry with collection for Tearfund.

The Wisdom House
Date: Thursday 28th March
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Place: The Welcome Centre, CV1 2HG
Details: Join Care for the Family Founder Rob Parsons as he tells stories about the importance of sharing our stories with others. Tickets £4/£7 from the website.


Family film night
Date: Saturday 30th March
Time: 3.30pm-6pm
Place: St Laurence's Church Hall, 142 Old Church Road, CV6 7ED

Details: Join an INCREDIBLE movie night to help fundraise for the Form mission trip! Tickets £2 each, plus food, snacks and drinks available to buy.

Forward conference for Christian leaders in commerce, church and community
Date: Saturday 30th March
Time: 9.15am-4pm
Place: IM Group, Manor Drive, Coleshill, B46 1DL
Details: This conference features presentations and interviews with influential speakers and explores the opportunities and issues that arise when church, commerce and community connect together. The keynote speakers, networking and open dialogue are starting to shape the way the Christianity is moving forward in this country. Tickets for 150 leaders, and more details are available on the website.

Hymns of Praise with Pam Rhodes
Date: Sunday 31st March
Time: 4pm
Place: Coventry Cathedral
Details: Come and sing for Mothering Sunday! Arrive at 2pm for the Singers rehearsal (£3), or 4pm for the main Hymns of Praise (free). Pam will introduce the hymns with stories and anecdotes in her own engaging style. The music will be led by the Coventry Cathedral Chorus plus additional singers. For more, see their leaflet.

Help the homeless evening
Date: Sunday 31st March
Time: 7pm
Place: Walsgrave Baptist Church, CV2 2EX
Details: A chance to come together to find solutions to homelessness in Coventry. Presentations from Hope into Action, the Jesus Centre and music from Rob Halligan. For more details of the plan, see the attached document.

Trafalgar Square rally against violent crime
Date: Saturday 6th April
Time: 2pm-4pm
Place: Trafalgar Square, London
Details: Coventry Street Pastors will be attending this event to stir up people to stand with bereaved families. For more information, or to help steward the event, see their poster and their prayer points, or email rally@ascensiontrust.org.uk.

Genexis - scientific arguments for a creator God
Date: Monday 8th April
Place: Mallory Court Hotel, Leamington Spa
Details: A launch dinner for church leaders (and plus ones) for 
Genexis (from the Latin for “meaning”) - a 7 part series of talks advancing scientific, philosophical and historical evidence for the Christian faith. Perfect for those who think that science has proved there is no God. The topics are: Big Bang, Numbers, Life, DNA, Ethics, Consciousness and The Resurrection. Contact paul@genexis.org for further details.

Barn dance
Date: Friday 10th May
Time: 7pm doors/7.30pm start
Place: Jesus Centre, CV1 4AE
Details: Live music from Ock'n'Dough and BBQ food on sale at this fundraising barn dance, fun for all the family. Early bird ticket purchase by 10th April for only £6 (child £4.50), otherwise £7.50/£5 online or £10 on the door. 

City Praise and Prayer
Date: Sunday 19th May
Time: 6.30pm
Place: The Welcome Centre, CV1 2HG
Details: City Praise and Prayer is a gathering of Christians from all across the city of Coventry (plus some from further afield) to worship Jesus together and to pray for His Kingdom to come in our city and nation. If you need promotional materials, email martin@clmchurch.co.uk
Knife crime - come and tackle it together this weekend

Bishop Christopher invites you to a gathering this Saturday 23rd March in Coventry Cathedral called Hope Rising: changing the story on youth violence in Coventry, from 2pm-4pm. Coventry Christians must stand ready to do all we can to address the causes and effects of this serious problem in our city. Please book your free place via the Eventbrite page - hrc2019.eventbrite.co.uk.
 
The event will include leaders from Christian and other communities to work with others for the good of our city and the safety of our young people. It will include brief presentations, as well as plenty of opportunity for group discussions and deciding outcomes. 
 
From 4pm-4.30pm, there will also be an opportunity to reflect together and make a Declaration of Hope for a safer city that will take place around the Knife Angel statue.

Lent with a twist of kindness

The 40acts Lent kindness challenges help thousands of people to live life a bit more generously this season, with ideas ranging from washing up for someone else at work all the way to donating blood. It's not too late to sign up for their daily emails. Good Neighbours Coventry will be holding a volunteer information session on Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm-9pm, at St Columba's, CV1 4BX, for anyone who wants to befriend a lonely elderly person as part of their Lent kindness. People are very welcome to simply turn up, or they can email goodneighbourshelen@ hopecoventry.org.uk beforehand.
Christ in the Precinct

Some churches will be joining together this Easter in Shelton Square in Coventry City Centre for an Easter festival, running from Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th April from 10am-3pm. It will include music, drama, face painting, and free tea, coffee and Easter eggs. There will also be a Good Friday Walk of witness this year, including a few hundred Asian Christians who will be walking from Foleshill to Shelton Square from 10.45am-11.45am; ending at Holy Trinity church. For more information, see their leaflet and poster.
Do you have spare furniture?

Carriers of Hope are in need of furniture to give to local refugees, including beds, chests of drawers, small wardrobes and small sofas. If you have something you no longer need, contact Neal to arrange collection: 07712 661314/ neal@carriersofhope.org.uk.
Free Easter magazines

If you would like to give away some glossy Easter magazines, HOPE Together has produced an excellent 32 page magazine which explores the theme of forgiveness with lots of stories from ordinary people and celebrities. You can order paper copies or view it online on their website.
Nominate your space

If you would like to nominate a space to hold a Coventry City of Culture 2021 event, contact the team with the space's details via this form.
Job Opportunities
Church Buildings Funding Support Officer
21 hours/wk, £18,835
Diocese of Coventry

The Officer will assist parishes by signposting them to sources of funding support and providing hands-on assistance throughout the applications process. More details are on the website. Closing date: 22nd March.

Volunteer Support Officer
St Francis of Assisi
 
This role is for up to 25 hours a week supporting volunteers as they gain the skills and confidence to enter employment. For more details, see the job description.
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