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A letter from Bishop Christopher
"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings in Christ!
I hope 2019 has begun well for you. I usually only write to church leaders and pastors across the city to send my good wishes or to let you know about a particular event. This is slightly different.
Over the years I have tried to keep in contact with the Chief Superintendents of Coventry. We have been blessed by a succession of good officers in this important position. You may know Mike O’Hara, the present Chief Superintendent. 
Among several other matters, Mike and I talked about knife crime in Coventry, a particularly terrible form of violent crime that threatens the lives - literally - of many young people in Coventry, as well as putting our Police Officers in great danger. Mike has taken a number of initiatives to combat knife crime in Coventry, including trying to galvanise the community, its groups and leaders, to play their part.
Perhaps like me, the scourge of knife crime, especially as it affects young people, has been on your hearts as you have heard the reports of attacks and murders. Two of my own clergy - Ali Hogger and Gareth Irvine - have ministered over recent months to families who have lost loved ones and taken their funerals.
I assured the Chief Superintendent that the churches and their leaders and pastors, would want to join other groups in Coventry in doing our part in not only caring for the bereaved but in trying to build the sort of culture which eradicates the causes of this serious problem. I’m conscious that between us, and our various ministries, we probably have more contact with, and more influence over, the young people of our city than any other group of agency apart from schools themselves. Our young people are not immune from the dangers of being drawn into and being affected in some way by - whether indirectly or indirectly - the evils of violent gang culture.
We discussed the idea of some sort of community event in which community leaders such as ourselves might come together with the police and other statutory agencies to see how we can best play our part. I assured Mike that the churches would be keen to be part of this, and I know the same applies to other Faith Communities. I also assured him that the churches would want to pray for him, his officers and staff in their work to protect the community and safeguard the city’s young people. 
With my prayers as ever, in Christ, 
+ Christopher"

HOPE Coventry is fully supportive of initiatives against knife crime in this city.

Embrace: working with women in prostitution

HOPE Coventry has recently affiliated with Embrace, a project which works with women caught up in on-street prostitution in Coventry. Their aim is to show them the love and hope that we find in Jesus, to believe in them, and walk with them into freedom through weekly evening outreach, and offering hot drinks, food, warm conversation and prayer on the streets.They build up a relationship with the women and earn their trust. Throughout the week they offer support, such as to appointments, going for a coffee to talk, helping them move house etc - all based around their needs.

The women Embrace work with are strong and courageous. Often they have experienced serious abuse on multiple occasions from early childhood, continued into adulthood. Such a deep level of abuse without support can leave someone feeling hopeless and alone, so Embrace walk with these women in the same way that Jesus walks with us. The consistent, far reaching love that Jesus shows to us daily we aim to demonstrate to the women we work with through never giving up on them. Gemma*'s story can be read via this link - a woman once defensive to anyone reaching out to her, but God is clearly working in her life. Embrace would love for more people to get involved, and there are many way to support their work. They are also recruiting for a Project Manager – please get in touch for more details via or

Leaders' Lunch on 7th March - last few spaces remaining!
The response to this March's church Leaders' Lunch meeting with City of Culture 2021 has been huge, and there are few spaces remaining. If you have not booked your tickets already but are intending to come along, PLEASE book in via the Eventbrite link. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 7th March from 12pm-2.30pm.
Saturday lunchtime recitals
Date: Saturday 9th February
Time: 1pm
Place: Holy Trinity Church, centre of Coventry
Details: The popular free lunchtime recitals resume on 9th February, with the first including vocal soprano Jinny Yoon, joined by cellist Bora Kim from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Donations towards the restoration of the organ are encouraged. For more details, see the full listing.

Free afternoon tea
Date: Tuesday 19th February
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Place: St George's, Barker Butts Lane, Coundon
Details: Come along for fun and food!

Free prophetic art day
Date: Saturday 23rd February
Time: 10.30am-3pm
Place: Hope Centre, Vauxhall St, Hillfields
Details: Have you ever wanted to be creative? Dance? Sing? Paint? Play an instrument or simply write creatively? At this event, you can. Find out more on the website or book your free place here.

Good Neighbours Coventry afternoon tea
Date: Tuesday 26th February
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Place: Hearsall Baptist Church, Chapelfields
Details: A free afternoon tea for older people and anyone accompanying them. For more details, email

Mission Champions - HOPE Together
Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 10.30am-4pm
Place: Westminster Central Hall
Details: HOPE Together is recruiting Mission Champions; every church will have a Mission Champion who will inspire and equip fellow church members to reach out, making Jesus known. At this event, you can hear more about this equipping role and how you might bring this concept not only to your church but to your area. To book a place or to find out more, email or phone 01788 542782.

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.
We need night owls!

Coventry Winter Night Shelter are running very low on volunteers to cover the night shifts at the shelter. If you could stay awake from 9.45pm-7am just once or twice between now and 31st March at one of our shelters, your support would be very welcome. Please email cwns.helen@ to offer your help. If you could also drive a minibus from Coundon to Tile Hill on a Friday evening or a Saturday morning, that would be highly appreciated by our guests.

Thank you again to the amazing donors of clothing for the shelter's guests - the clothes have really boosted the guest's self-esteem. If you would like to donate a t-shirt or two, see our Amazon wishlist.

Befriending with dementia - a wonderful tale

Good Neighbours Coventry, the befriending project for Coventry elderly people, had a highly successful training session on the topics of dementia, scams and engaging cross-generational conversation earlier this week. Particularly moving was a talk by an existing volunteer who visits a lady with late-stage dementia; in spite of her almost non-existent short-term memory, the befriender makes a huge difference to this lady's life. Existing volunteers will automatically be emailed the resources from this session shortly, but if you would like to be sent these resources, email goodneighbourscoventry

Volunteer information sessions will be held on Monday 11th February at 7pm at Christ the King, Coundon, and on Thursday 21st February at 7pm at St Barbara's Earlsdon. Any interested parties are very welcome to these events.
Carrier bag appeal

Do you have a pile of spare carrier bags at home? Coventry City Mission's Foodbank needs more bags to give food out to its clients. If you have spares, please take them along to the centre in Deedmore Road.
Trailer for Risen! The Musical
Free musical!

If you love a good singalong or performance, you can now enjoy a professional recording of Risen! The Musical on Youtube. You can hold free screenings of the musical in your church, community centre, home, school - wherever you like! For more details, see their website.
Use Lent for kindness

Do you like a challenge, or an excuse to be nice? 40acts have free resources for schools, families, churches and groups to help them focus on acts of kindness and service during Lent. You can download the resources here, or sign up for free individual daily challenges here.
Looking for landlords

Coventry Refugee and Migrant centre is helping its clients find private rented accommodation, and supports its clients to sustain their tenancies too through financial management assistance and help with understanding tenant responsibilities. If you are or know a private landlord with properties to rent in Coventry who might engage with this scheme, contact
Job Opportunities
Families Worker
20 hrs/wk, £11,000-£13,000
Meredith Road Baptist Church

Meredith Road Baptist Church is looking for a Families Worker to engage with parents of children who attend their many regular activities and to help organise the activities. More details are available from Revd Mike Asbery on 024 7798 8035 or Closing date: 31st March.
Volunteer Charity Shop Manager
3 half days/week
St James Fletchamstead
Have you ever fancied running a shop? St James Fletchamstead has a Community Charity Shop on Nickson Road (Tile Hill) which exists to raise funds to support local groups, individuals and events, and gives for customers a place to find a listening ear. The shop wants to grow the volunteer team and the impact of the good work it can do in the community, particularly in conjunction with local churches. If you could be the person to lead this venture, please get in touch! Download the role description, application form, and confidential disclosure, or contact the church office via for more information, or a paper copy of the application pack. Closing date: 14th March.
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