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Free food, toys, and toiletries for charities

Does your church run a project for parents in need, the homeless, people who need computing help, or any other vulnerable group? 

The company In Kind Direct takes 'seconds' from companies like Adidas, Boots and Mothercare, and provides them for free to charities (plus delivery costs). They include toiletries, toys, computers, clothing, cleaning products, food, and more. Their website tells you a bit more about them, and has the full catalogue of what is available. You can also read their latest impact report here.

Singing for those with dementia

The Salvation Army has launched a programme called ‘Singing By Heart' for people with dementia which uses singing to help them connect with others and evoke memories. The scheme uses a mixture of popular songs like Moon River and hymns such as Joy in my Heart, which span the decades. Music can trigger past memories and feelings in those living with dementia, so the sessions are designed to encourage communication, recollection of memories, and happy thoughts for those taking part, as well as giving an opportunity to worship. Carers will also find the sessions beneficial through enabling time for them to relax, make friends, and share experiences.

‘Singing By Heart’ is being launched at Coventry City Salvation Army on 10th April; the group will meet once a month, is free of charge, and open to all who wish to attend. Attached is a poster with contact details for publicising.

Good Neighbours Coventry volunteer training session
Date: Wednesday 16th May
Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Place: St Osburg's, Barras Lane, CV1 4AQ
Come along for a hot drink and to find out more about befriending an older person this spring. Would you like to make a huge difference to someone local's life by being a friend to them? This event will equip you for befriending an older person in your part of Coventry from 30 minutes per week with confidence and safety. 

Community mediation service in Coventry set up
Date: Tuesday 22nd May
Time: 7pm-9pm
Place: St Michael's House, CV1 5EX
Could you be part of a community mediation service in Coventry? The next Associates’ Programme will explore what it might mean to set up and work with a community mediation service in this city of peace and reconciliation. Guest speaker, Stephen Ruttle QC, who established a community mediation service in Wandsworth will talk us through what such a service could look like, who it might reach, and how you could be involved.

Coventry Pilgrimage Walk part 3
Date: Saturday 26th May
Time: 10am
Place: meeting at 
St Mary's Stoneleigh, CV8 3DN
Details: A peaceful and prayerful 5.8 mile walk from St Mary Stoneleigh via St Giles Bubbenhall to St Leonard Ryton on Dunsmore. All welcome to join for all or part of the walk. Details at or download the walk poster.
Help - can you give an hour or two at Motofest?
HOPE@Motofest - 2nd & 3rd June 2018

COMING SOON - great opportunities to show Jesus' love at this massive Coventry city centre event organised by Jubilee Church to bless our city and celebrate its heritage. Could your bible study group, children's team, or friendship group volunteer for just 1 hour?

Volunteers still needed for:
Set-up of our large tent, chairs & tables, and HOPE Coventry banners in the HOPE Arena and on our Activity tent. 8 more people on Saturday 2nd June from 7.30am-9.30am - Greyfriars Green (Warwick Road)

Take down for of all the above. 8 more people on Sunday 3rd June from 4pm - 5.30pm - Greyfriars Green (Warwick Road). To volunteer for either/both, text Andrew Hillier on 07733 600611 with name, church, email address & availability. 

Children's craft helpers - good at working with and supporting children with craft activities (already set up by team). 15 more people to help out for 2 to 4 hours on Sat 2nd June and/or Sun 3rd June (between 12noon and 4pm). To volunteer, email Carol Hillier: with name, church, phone no. and times you can do.

Face Painters - we desperately need people with the skills to use face paints. If you are good at make up, the skills are transferable! It's great fun, making lots of kids happy. Face paints will be provided. 20 more people required to help out for just 1 hour on Sat 2nd June and/or Sun 3rd June. To volunteer, text Sally Ormes on 07935 932202 with name, church, email address and times you can do.

Healing on the Streets 10 more trained volunteers (training evening on Wed 23rd May*) needed to pray for at least 1.5 hours on Sat 2nd or Sun 3rd June (between 12noon and 3pm) *Contact/text Ian Jenkins on 07877 935545 for training venue and time, or to volunteer if already trained.

Ambassadors: Be a friendly face and a helping hand to guide visitors to Motofest, giving out programmes and information (training on the day). Jubilee Church would like help with this as they need 100 volunteers! Contact with availability on either/both days (2 to 3 hour sessions).

All we do is FREE!

Finally, HOPE@Motofest invites you to join seven city churches for an open-air United Worship Gathering in the Hope Arena, Greyfriars Green, Sunday 3rd June 10.30 - 11.30am.
'Thy Kingdom Come's this week
Thy Kingdom Come carries on until this Sunday, 20th May. Churches all across Coventry are running events, including a day of prayer on Saturday 19th from 10-5pm at St Mark's, CV1 5FX broken down into hourly sessions - each with its own focus from journalling to lament to virtual prayer walk, or a prayer labyrinth with chip supper on Friday 18th at 7pm at St James Fletchamstead, CV4 9DP, or a prayer walk and picnic on Sunday 20th at West Orchards URC, CV3 6FP. For help on finding an event for you, get in touch with us.

There are excellent resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website (see photo above) - simply download from the website.
National Dying Matter Week

This year, the theme of National Dying Matters week (14th-21st May) is “What can you do?” - helping you think about how you could help someone who is dying, or has a loved one who is dying or someone who has been bereaved. There are practical ways in which we can help such has making meals, doing some errands, sitting and listening to them, helping them make things, days out, to show that we care for other people. Attached are some events locally on the topic.
Welcoming international students?

If you have international students attending your church, there are resources available that can help them prepare for returning home. Andrew Smith from OMF’s Diaspora Returnee Ministries team works specifically with students returning to China, and has colleagues with similar expertise with Japanese and Thai students. Working together with Friends International, who work with a broader range of students, he is trying to identify churches in Coventry that welcome students from overseas. Coventry & Warwick International Student Welcome (CWISW) is an informal network of churches that share fellowship and cooperate in initiatives reach and disciple students. To find out more, contact or call 07746412190. 
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