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#covcreates for City of Culture
#covcreates – “blessing our city inside out”

Over 30 people came together to share their great ideas for City of Culture 2021 last week. We have collated the main ideas from this session - attached here

We want to follow up to determine exactly what Coventry Christians are prepared to offer and what we should focus on, so all are welcome to a second meeting on Monday 15th July at 7pm at the Henry Fry Centre CV1 3JZ (

Please let us know if you can come, and bring a friend, a church leader, and anyone else you think could contribute. At this next session we will:
     1 Propose and decide the doable.
     2. Determine next steps to action
     3. Identify who can do what and when.

You can also join our Facebook group, where discussion will continue.
Foodbank stores running low

Coventry Foodbank stocks are at a record low - they have had a 68% increase in people needing food parcels this year, and are giving out 3 tonnes more each month than is coming in.

If you can donate, they particularly need: TINNED MEAT, TINNED FISH, COOKING SAUCES, TINNED VEGETABLES (not baked beans), TINNED RICE PUDDING, COFFEE, UHT MILK.

Good news stories! 

Fancy reading some local stories of hope about how God has transformed local lives? That's My King is an inspiring resource of ordinary Coventry people speaking out about what God has done for them. You can check them out on Facebook and on Instagram.
Equip your young people - youth conferences 
The Message's Midlands Youth Conference is geared towards young people, to help them to encounter Jesus, be equipped and grow in their Christian faith. It costs just £5, is designed for secondary school and university students, and is on Saturday 6th July from 11.00am – 8.30pm at Lifecentral Church, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 3AJ. Tickets and more details from the website.

Thrive Youth Ministries are inviting new applications from Christian teenagers for their next Youth Growing Leaders course in Coventry,which starts in September and runs monthly until April. Young people need to apply by Sunday 21st July. This is an exciting opportunity for 14-18 year olds to learn about leadership, gifting and character, and to grow and lead more like Jesus. For more, see the website.

Advance 2020's Amplify programme is offering free residentials to youth evangelists aged 11-18. starting in October. For more details, see their website.

Rob Halligan concert

The Rob Halligan concert at Lawrence Saunders Road Baptist Church on Saturday 22nd June HAS BEEN POSTPONED. You can catch Rob at some of his other tour venues - see his website for details.
Local events in the coming days
The Coventry Dresden Art Exchange exhibition, Condition Humaine, in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, runs until June 30th. More details on the website.

Windrush Generation Special commemorative service
Coventry Cathedral, Sunday 23 June 2019 at 4pm

To acknowledge our Caribbean elders who have given so much. A service of Remembrance Jubilation and Critique of the here and now. Telephone 07799 521844

Share Your Coventry Stories
Coventry Central Library, Tuesday 25th June, 
Two sessions: 10am to noon, 1-3pm
Memories and Peace: Join us for a creative session that responds to Coventry's history, and the story of the loss and reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral. Share your memories of the city and the cathedral, and contribute some lines towards a communal poem we are making. All welcome – come along for free! 

Kairos Connexion training taster session
St John's Westwood, Wednesday 26th June, 1-4pm

Kairos supports leaders and equips churches to be effective in mission, discipleship, community and growing leaders. If you are interested in attending the 'Taster Afternoon' 1-4pm on 26th June at St John's Westwood, please click here.

Prayer for Christian Service
Monday 1st July, 4 – 5 pm, Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral
Come and pray for/hear about the project developments of Good Neighbours Coventry, serving over a thousand older people in Coventry. Contact John Lloyd (Co-Chair, Chapel of Unity Joint Council) for more details about the session: 02476 413004

'The Hiding Place' - theatre story of Corrie Ten Boom
Monday 1st July at 7.30pm,
All Saints Leamington
Oddments Theatre Company brings the inspirational and heart-wrenching story of Corrie Ten Boom to life in their latest production. Corrie and her family demonstrated God's love in the face of Nazi evil; their faith shone out amidst the darkness and brutality. Suitable for 12+ years and adults. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door, from church or here.

Barn dance - fundraiser for Spark in the Park
Saturday, 6 July 2019 at 19:00
, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queen's Road, CV1 3EG
Barn dance to raise money for this year's Spark in the Park (5th-7th August 2019 in Memorial Park). Tickets are £5 each which includes a hotdog or jacket potato and a drink. For more, see the event.

Mark Ritchie comedy show - Bob's Not My Uncle And Other Devastating Facts
Sunday, 7 July 2019 from 18:00-19:30,
 CLM Church, Parkside, CV1 2HG
This is Mark's latest show, as seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed across the world. For 30 years, he has been using his unique brand of humour and story-telling to present the life-giving Christian message in an accessible and relevant way. This event is free of charge, with free refreshments and free parking.
A dog makes all the difference

HOPE Coventry's Good Neighbours Coventry project continues to link up isolated older people with friends who can make a difference. At assessment, Betty*’s only request was to get out of her flat - as a child, she lived on a farm. Betty was matched to a volunteer befriender, Janet*, who owns a dog. Janet says that Betty visibly relaxes in the dog's presence, so they walk the dog together each week and then have a coffee. Betty has mild dementia and can appear a bit on edge in her home but outside she is a different person. She is much calmer after the visit and sleeps better too.

If you could be the Janet to another Betty, please get in touch with us. We are particularly keen to have more male befrienders too.

10p magazines available

HOPE Together has produced yet another fantastic magazine with stories of hope, science, loss and change which you can give away at events during the summer. For a free preview of the whole thing, see and to order your copies, visit

Jobs available

Events and Programme Coordinator (0.5FTE) and Events and Admin Assistant (14 hr/wk)

Coventry Cathedral are looking for 2 event professionals who have experience in delivering a diverse range of events. The ideal candidates will be organised and process driven. Closing date: Noon Monday 8th July - for more details, see the website.

Fly the Flag week

At this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights and Coventry will be flying this alongside an exciting programme of free events between 24-30 June. For more details, download the full guide of film screening, art, discussions and more.

Coventry City Mission - Tesco tokens

If you shop at Tesco branches in the north of Coventry before the end of June, you will be able to vote for Coventry City Mission's Giving Tree Project Christmas present project. Please ask for a token and use it to vote for the Giving Tree Project. They could receive as much as £4,000 towards the project which will make a real difference to the people of Coventry at Christmas time. 
Amazon shopping

If you will be using Amazon for shopping anyway, why not make sure HOPE Coventry receives 0.5% of the proceeds? Simply visit instead of the usual link every time you shop, having selected HOPE Coventry as your chosen charity via this link.
Remembering Srebrenica genocide

Many churches may mark the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide either during their Sunday service on 7th July or 14th July, or by lighting a candle on Memorial Day (11th July). Ready made resources to mark this event can be downloaded here.
Wood End regeneration

The last piece of renovation of St. Chad's Community hall and outdoor space has been completed, with a high quality lawn protection mesh for secure, on site, off road parking for up to 25 cars. The mesh also provides a stable surface for people with mobility issues and can still be used for child's play and outdoor activities. St Chad's are grateful to all who have supported them in this venture.
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