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Happy Advent

From all at HOPE Coventry, we wish you a happy Advent. However you prepare for Christmas, whether decorating your tree, filling a reverse advent calendar, or lighting your advent candle, we pray your preparations will be blessed and you will know the presence and peace of God with you.

Gift of friendship this Christmas

Good Neighbours Coventry's December campaign is to find 50 local people willing to give the gift of friendship to an older person. In from just 30 minutes per fortnight at a time to suit the befriender, a little chat & company will bring much more joy than chocolate or bath bombs. Adults of all ages & backgrounds are welcome.

A drop in session for anyone who's got a random question about Good Neighbours, needs signposting, wants to know what being 'a befriender' means, or who just fancies a cuppa is being held on Thursday 9th December between 11am-12:30pm at Jubilee Crescent Community Centre.

Befriending information sessions are throughout December across Coventry. Let us know when you're coming here.
 Community Christmas cafés

St Christopher's church Allesley Park have a Community Christmas Café on Saturday 4th December from 10am-2pm. There's a Santa's Grotto, coffee, cake and the chance to win a raffle! Buy tickets online here or see more here.

Or visit Lawrence Saunders Road church in Radford for their free Santa Christmas dinner cafe, also on Saturday 4th December, from 11.30am-1.30pm.
Bless CAP clients with a hamper

At Christmas we send a hamper to each family Christians Against Poverty are working with in the city. Hampers are a huge blessing to recipients at this stressful, expensive time.

Would you consider making one for a family or an individual this Christmas? If you can help provide a hamper, please email Ian Burton here. You will be provided with a list of suggestions to include in your hamper. 
We enjoyed meeting so many Coventry changemakers at ROC Conversation last week! Here's a highlights reel; the report will be out soon.
Christmas theatre & music
 
Join festive silliness at an out-of-this-world Christmas party - but will a strange glowing space rock ruin all the plans? The Satellite before Christmas play is on at St Mark's Church on Saturday 4th December 10am - 11am. Adult £5, Child £3.50, Under 3: Free, Family: £15. Book here

At Holy Trinity church, three local choirs will sing at the Christmas Festival of Trees concert sponsored by the Rotary Club. Tickets free, concert on Saturday 18th December 7pm.
Including single people at Christmas

Christmas can be difficult for single people of all ages. Here are some ideas for including and praying for single people over the festive period.

This Christmas daily examen for singles focusses on seeds of hope and new life in different areas of our lives.
Changing Church report

The latest results from the Changing Church report show the pandemic has impacted churches. 95% of churches are back to in-person services, but a majority continue to offer online services too. Average in-person attendance has dropped by 32%, partly offset by the online rise. 60% of churches are seeing less volunteering. Read the full report here
Get a grant to look after refugees

Allchurches Trust has launched emergency grants to help churches and Christian charities support Afghan evacuees resettling in the UK, giving them a better fresh start.
Xmas week volunteering

Can YOU help? Coventry Open Christmas need more volunteers for their shelter, 23rd-29th December. Sign up for a shift or two: tinyurl.com/covopenxmas21 or attend an info session on Monday 6th Dec 7pm at Queens Road Baptist Church.
Ready to sing?

MotoFest's Christmas Carol concert is outside Coventry Transport Museum on Sat 11th & Sun 12th December 6:30pm. Last few tickets for a joyful singalong here.
Advent magazine
 
Read the latest copy of The Sower, the free magazine from the Archdiocese of Birmingham, featuring local people and places.
Christian business people

Hope4Business is open to all Christian business leaders who would like to seek afresh God’s exciting purpose. Join at Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday 18th January, 6.30pm. Free tickets here
The Knife Cross

On Saturday 4th December at 11am, join the merchandise launch around the Knife Cross which is displayed at Central Hall. Profits to Fridays, a youth group which gives teens a safe space off the streets. The project raises awareness of knife crime, and how to tackle this before it grows.
Creative Christmas

Enjoy a Christmas Fayre at Methodist Central Hall featuring artists and makers of Coventry with live entertainment from local bands & poets. Enjoy performances, crafts, drinks and mince pies. Happening on Saturday 11th Dec from 10am - 3pm, more here
Jobs

Church Partnership Worker
Coventry Youth for Christ
37.5 hours p/w
£19,000-£21,000
Deadline: Sun 12th Dec
More info here 

Youth and Families Worker
St Oswald's, Tile Hill
40 hours p/w
£23,000
Deadline: Mon 13th Dec
More info here

Cleaner
The Light House
2 hrs p/w (Friday preferred)
Apply here.
Pastoral resources

Many need counselling, coaching, spiritual, and mentoring services. Oscar have some newly researched services to help you through the current tough times here.
Youth wellbeing
 
1 in 6 young people need emotional / mental health support. Kooth is free across Coventry & Warks for 11 to 25s, with peer support, advice, activities, virtual counselling.
Streetwatch

StreetWatch is community-run, police-supported. Volunteers patrol communities - preventing crime and anti-social behaviour. More here.
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