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Freedom from debt and abuse
 
One of HOPE Coventry's projects is the Coventry branch of Christians Against Poverty, a project which not only helps people out of debt, but also provides a listening ear to those in difficult situations. It is a great way to connect with non-Christians, as it is frequently recommended by secular organisations such as Martin Lewis' Moneysavingexpert.com. Ian, the Centre Manager, shares the story of a recent person in need:

"When we first met Jan, she was very open about the abuse she was suffering from her ex partner and another family member. She also shared about her depression after her sibling’s recent death and how that had led her to financial difficulties, directly (having to pay for the funeral) and indirectly through depression. Two CAP workers spent time getting her paper work together, so we could understand her income and expenses, as well as the debts she had accumulated. In doing that we built up her trust and confidence in our ability and our desire to do the right thing. 6 months on, Jan is slowly paying off her debt, has recommitted her life back to Jesus and has allowed us to help her declutter her house, so that she can move house, away from those abusing her. Jan still has a long way to go but she is moving forward and very much enjoying church life."

To find out more about Coventry CAP's work, or to volunteer your time, see hopecoventry.org.uk/projects/christians-against-poverty/. To donate financially, visit hopecoventry.org.uk/donate/. Ian is also happy to speak at church services about CAP's work.

Coventry Prayer House changes

Jo Ognjanovic stepped down from her position as Director of Coventry Prayer House at the end of March, and most of the core team have been called into new ministries. HOPE Coventry wants to thank Jo and the team for their commitment, dedication, faithfulness, leadership, creativity and vision.  Without them, and especially Jo, the Prayer House would not be the wonderful, welcoming place it is now.

The Prayer House continues to serve the call to prayer in our city; it is growing, with new leadership and several new initiatives, and we are very excited about this new phase in the life of the House! We have put together a management team, who will ensure that prayer continues at the heart of the city by gathering more hosts and people to help practically as we move through this exciting time of change. 

Cath Henzell will be heading up the team, providing day to day management; Gina will continue as Booking Secretary, and others will be responsible for some of the practical aspects of the House. Dave Butler has joined us to provide overall guidance, direction and to lead the prayer effort. Dave was part of the leadership of Coventry Christian Fellowship and City Vision, which did so much in the nineties and early noughties to bring Coventry churches together in prayer, worship and mission. He brings a wealth of experience and wisdom and we are so excited to have him on board.

Please keep the House and the team in your prayers. We believe that the Lord's hand is in all of this and that he is calling us to deepen our prayer for Coventry, our nation, Europe and beyond.

Men's breakfast and HOPE@Motofest
Date: Saturday 21st March
Time: 9am
Place: St Margaret's Wolston
Details: Enjoy a great English Breakfast and good company. The speaker is Angus Ormes from Streams of Life Church, His topic is HOPE@Motofest. For more, email church.office@wolston.net.

Bollywood Night - Spark in the Park fundraiser
Date: Saturday 21st March
Time: 7pm
Place: Bethel Church Hall, Spon End
Details: Come and enjoy an evening of music, dancing, a full Indian buffet, and soft drinks, for only £5 per adult or £15 per family. All money raised will go towards running Spark in the Park. For more information, or to let them know you are going (for catering purposes), comment on the event page facebook.com/events/207547420016548/.

Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum
Date: Wednesday 25th April
Time: 2pm-4pm
Place: Coventry University
Details: Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum meets to discuss a diverse range of issues facing religious practitioners and community workers, such as community relations, Brexit, poverty, violence, and the ways in which faith and religion affect and interact with them. The forum is free to attend but please confirm attendance by emailing charlotte.martin@coventry.ac.uk

Pilgrimage Walk part 2
Date: Saturday 28th April
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: Burton Green Village Hall to St Mary's Stoneleigh
Details: A 5.6 mile countryside pilgrimage from Burton Green Village Hall at 10am, with a noon stop to say the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation together, and then St Mary's, Stoneleigh, open for refreshments 12.15-1.30 pm. All are welcome to come for as much or as little of the walk as they would like. For more details, see the information sheet.

Coventry Retreat in Daily Life
Date: Sunday 29th April
Time: 4pm
Place: St Andrew's Eastern Green
Details: This Retreat in Daily Life offers an opportunity to commit to a 6 week period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. It starts with an introductory gathering as an ecumenical group of participants and prayer guides (on 29th April), then participants spend half an hour privately each day reflecting on a bible passage or with other prayer material, plus 30-40 minutes once a week with a prayer guide reflecting on what happens in their prayer. There will be a concluding gathering, drawing together the ‘retreat’ as individuals and as a praying community. You choose the time and place of your private prayer, and negotiate when and where to meet your guide. For more information, see dioceseofcoventry.org//images/articles/attach_2492.pdf.

Community Fusion event planning meeting
Date: Wednesday 1st May
Time: 10am-12pm
Place: Coventry Central Police Station
Details: The Community Fusion event's aim is to divert youths from violent crime and Anti Social Behaviour in Coventry. Faith groups and youth clubs in the city have a vital role in tackling these problems. There is a proposed event on 28th July in Broadgate with different stalls to engage with the youth and the diverse community Coventry City Centre serves. Faith and youth group leaders are invited to the planning meeting to discuss what they can offer to young people. For more information, or to confirm attendance, email Wayne via  w.pamire@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or call 101 ext 8313028.

Building Bridges with the Archbishop
Date: Wednesday 2nd May
Time: 7pm
Place: Belgrade Theatre
Details: The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in conversation with artists from Coventry’s rich cultural scene in an evening of entertaining and challenging ideas, and performance. ‘Building Bridges - How can arts and culture contribute to a city of peace and reconciliation?’ is open to all who want to see arts and culture fulfil their potential in making this a truly inclusive city for all. For tickets, see plumb-line2018.co.uk/product-page/building-bridges-at-b2-belgrade-theatre.

Centenery Celebration
Date: Saturday 5th May
Time: 10.30am-4pm
Place: Coventry Cathedral
Details: The day will include bouncy castles, songs, drama, exhibitions, worship, prayer stations, refreshments, children’s activities, messy church and much more. The day will appeal to people of all ages, Christian or not. The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joining the celebration for the entire day. Free hot and cold drinks will be served throughout. For more, see cov100.org/centenary-festival/. Join and share the Facebook event via facebook.com/events/735091946879764/.
City Praise and Prayer next Sunday evening
 
Psalm 127 says: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain; Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” For all our efforts missionally, for all our work of discipleship in local churches, for all the expressions of unity among us, for which we thank God, we must also PRAY! We are His people, this is His work and our city is His city.

This will be our tenth gathering in 5 years as “City Praise and Prayer” – churches from many Coventry locations, denominations and streams, gathering together for prayer and worship. On Sunday 29 April, at 6:30-8:30pm, at the Welcome Centre (CV1 2HG), we will come together again. It may not be a new idea, but we are believing for God to do a NEW THING! We look forward to a significant time in God’s presence as His united Church worships together and as we pray with one voice for His Kingdom to come here. We look forward to seeing you there. Share the event with your friends and congregations via facebook.com/events/171132893571001/.
Winter Night Shelter Volunteer Celebration

Last night we had an amazing event to celebrate all our volunteers who have put such a great effort into the Night Shelter this winter. It was wonderful to give thanks to them, and to God, for a very fruitful project, with incredible people who have given their time and efforts so generously. Around 100 people packed out the Salvation Army church for an evening full of laughter, anecdotes and emotions, with some of the guests coming expressly to say their particular thanks.

After food, the volunteers were invited into the church, where Helen and I led with highlights of the project, videos, audios and lots of pictures. Chris Edwards and HOPE Coventry trustee Esther Storey finished the evening with a beautiful thanksgiving reflection that will surely give us food for thought for many days. We look forward to welcoming all our volunteers again for the next winter, and we will be contacting them again in September. So rather than a good bye, let us just say: see you soon!

Bernardo Cañas - Project Coordinator
Justin Welby describes how friends prayed for him to know Jesus.
Prayer resources in schools for Thy Kingdom Come
 
Thy Kingdom Come is now only a month away (10th-20th May), with churches around the globe pledging to run Pentecost prayer activities. They have put together interactive prayer resources for use in schools, as well as others on the website. Add your church's celebration to the map: thykingdomcome.global/events.
Call the Nation to Prayer

Call the Nation to Prayer (CTNTP) is an invitation to everyone who recognises that this is the time for us as a nation to turn to God in prayer, to call out to him for salvation, healing and transformation of the UK. CTNTP has a small national steering team (just ordinary Christians) who believe that the Lord has given this directive, and who sense He is asking His church to respond to this call to prayer as follows: 

1. To prayer walk the nation - soaking the land of the UK in prayer. 
2. To release a 'heavenly sound' that resonates over the UK - a sound of praise, worship, blessing and godly declaration as we prayer walk together. 
3. To come together and pray 'As One' - a national prayer gathering in the centre of the nation (details tbc) - during which there will be a prophetic act of reconciliation and unity, symbolically uniting the Word and Spirit strands of the Christian faith (towards the fulfilment of historic and current prophecies). 

CTNTP invites you to: Commit to pray; Gather others to pray; Be part of the 'heavenly sound'; Join them and others in the nation to test and develop this vision; Tell them how they might support your organisation's prayer initiatives; Sign up on the CTNTP website for email updates. See the website for full information about the vision and its background, or email ctntp@outlook.com.
Buy bread for refugees

Proof Bakery is a new venture by Chernise Neo and Stacey Williams, Christians in Coventry aiming to create jobs for refugee women through the baking and selling of artisanal bread. They are looking for churches that might want to become community collection points for people's weekly bread deliveries -- and offering a free bread tasting after your Sunday morning worship. Interested? Dates can be booked from June 2018 - just email proofbakerycov@gmail.com. (They also offer free bread tastings in schools, workplaces, community centres -- wherever there is sufficient demand; simply contact them.)
Job available
2018 Reconciliation Interns

A Volunteer Reconciliation Internship at Coventry Cathedral is for those seeking to develop their understanding of reconciliation and peace building as part of Christian mission community. The internship offers the opportunity to gain experience in a working environment; develop skills in project management, research and group facilitation and learn and explore a range of issues in relation to the theology, practice and spirituality of reconciliation. The closing date for applications is Thursday 3 May. For more information please see the attached advert.

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