Friday 15 May

Thought for the day from Jill Tucker

‘They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus: finding no way, they went up on the roof………….. and let him down with his bed……….in front of Jesus.’  Luke 5:19

Familiar words from Wednesday’s Morning Prayer.  Through the determination of his friends, the man was able to be part of the crowd seeing Jesus, and came face to face with him.  One of the many joyous things we have seen recently is that many who have long wanted to be part of the crowd in our churches, but who could not, are now included.  Zoomed and streamed worship knows no walls, or steps, or barriers, intended or unintended. Equally, of course, some are now excluded because they cannot access or feel comfortable with prayers beamed from a kitchen.

I wonder if God is challenging us to take up the role of the paralytic’s friends right now, determined to fathom out how to get our friends to Jesus?  God has given us new and surprising tools and gifts: with them, as we go forward, how do we take up the challenge of getting ­all of our friends to the feet of Jesus, so that each of them can stand before him, and go in freedom glorifying God, with nobody excluded?

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

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Growing Faith

Growing Faith Coventry have launched a Facebook page and Twitter feed to support churches, schools and families during lockdown and beyond.

The Diocese of Coventry is a Growing Faith trailblazer diocese. The aim of Growing Faith is to find ways for churches, schools and families to work together in supporting the faith development of children and to celebrate and recognise their place as fellow disciples in God’s family. A group from the diocese have been working on this since last year but, now we are in lockdown, our focus has moved online.

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Thy Kingdom Come

It is just under one week to go until this year’s Thy Kingdom Come!

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension (21st May 2020) to Pentecost (31st May 2020) for more people to come to know Jesus.

How can you get involved?

·        Pray for five – Ask God to give you five people to pray for and commit to lift them in payer over the 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost (21st May – 31st May).

·        Encourage church participation – Thy Kingdom come is for the whole church to join together and pray for our world.

·        Involve all ages – We have created some great family resources to encourage and involve all ages to join in and pray for our friends.

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Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications