Friday 1 May

Thought for the day from Jill Tucker

We have been thinking about lament. I hear stories of fear, frustration, concern and sorrow.  People openly talk of their mental health, especially when things point to a lockdown of unknown length.

God encourages us to take all this to him.  It is OK to cry, be angry, or express our frustrations to him.  More than anything God wants us to come and talk to him about our deepest concerns and sorrows. It is prayer, pure and simple. 

It is lament, that unique gift that God gives to us, and that we can give to our world. It is the prayer language of the Bible for our journeys through this troubled world. Turning to him, talking to him, and asking him boldly for his help. It is daring to hope in his promises, choosing to trust him for our futures, and placing ourselves in his sovereign care.

It is not to deny the pain we feel, but to know that we can take it to God, and place it at the foot of the cross – a place where we know that he understands and suffers with us.

And from which he says: ‘Come unto me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ Matthew 11:28

Jill Tucker is the Dean of Self Supporting Ministry and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

National requirements and guidance

The Church of England website has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.

Yesterday, the guidance entitled "Can weddings go ahead?" was updated (FAQ number 3).

Equipping disciples

A 'social needs' section has been added to this website.  This has three objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the ways the church is responding
  • To inform people about how they can volunteer in their own communities
  • To signpost people in need to where they can find help and support

There are separate pages for:

Latest stories

  • Social needs during coronavirus
    How churches and christian organisations are working to alleviate the social impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • Hope Hub at St Laurence’s Church
    The team at St Laurence's Church have worked together to create an emergency hub based at the Church Hall to support those in need of extra help during COVID-19.

VE Day service - Friday 8 May at 12 noon

Coventry Cathedral is in the final stages of planning a service a VE Day service with a particular focus on the Litany of Reconciliation.

It will involve the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Bishop Christopher and the Dean. It will be live-streamed to the Cathedral Facebook page at 12 noon on 8th May.

Further details will be announced next week.


I hope you have a good weekend,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications