Thursday 14 May

Thought for the day from Bishop John

Today we celebrate, Matthias, the apostle chosen by lot after the suicide of Judas. Acts 1.15-26. Chosen by lot because this was not to be a human decision, but God’s. Peter and the apostles were clear, though, that whoever it would be should have been with and around Jesus from the days of the baptism of John all the way through to His ascension. In other words, an apostle must be a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. So it is that Paul can claim his own apostleship to the sceptics in Corinth ‘Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen the Lord?’ 1 Cor.9.1. Apostolein in the New Testament means to send or to commission.

But apostleship was too important to leave with those first apostles. The life, character and identity of the whole Church is to be apostolic. Each one of us is both called and sent, to play our unique part in the mission of God.  For this we need the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us. My prayer is that each of us personally, and all of us corporately, may grow in that longing for and asking for the Holy Spirit. God says to us, through Jeremiah, ‘When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.’ 29.13.

Bishop John is the Bishop of Warwick and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

National guidance from the Church of England

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

I've been told that new guidance is being prepared in response to the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday, but there have been no updates today.

Open Heaven

Open Heaven is an initiative in the city of Coventry, uniting churches from every denomination, network and stream, to prayer-walk every street during the month of June 2020. 

The initiative follows many years of prayer-walking in Coventry by many, and over 12 months of prayer and conversation among a number of church leaders who have sensed God prompting them to launch Open Heaven as the next step of united prayer. The initiative builds upon the existing work of unity among the churches of the city, exampled by prayer gatherings such as City Praise and Prayer, and a significant number of inter-church compassion and outreach projects that serve the city. 

The Open Heaven app will be available from 6pm on Wednesday 20th May. On the app you will be able to select streets to pray for and mark when you have prayed for them. The plan is that every street in Coventry will be prayed for by the end of June.

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Diocesan Pentecost Praise

A special Pentecost Praise service is being planned for Sunday evening on Pentecost Sunday (31 May).  The service will start at 6:00 pm, and will include contributions from the cathedral and other churches thoughout the diocese.  Further details will be published soon, but please share the date and time with others.


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications