Wednesday 20 May


Thought for the day from Tim Cockell

“I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly”  John 10.10

I am not alone in spending a lot of my time thinking about what kind of world we want to be as we gradually see the easing of lockdown restrictions.  Talking with colleagues and friends there seem to two different approaches to what they want the future to be like; some want to get on with things and are desperate for things to return to normal; others are far more cautious and want things to move much more slowly.  I am a little torn on this as my heart says one thing and my head another. 

We all know that however fast things move, whenever we can have people in church again, see our relatives in person and no longer have to give others a wide berth in the street, that the world we are about to emerge into will be a very different one from the one we have been avoiding these past weeks.  But we know that there is more to life than what the world does around us.  Our life in Christ gives us so much more than this world can give, and in living our lives for him we find true meaning and purpose and know what kind of world we should be building.

Tim Cockell is the Area Dean of Rugby

National guidance from the Church of England

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

A new FAQ has been added, entitled Can construction work be carried out?  This makes reference to two papers that can be downloaded:

  • Guidance for opening church buildings for works to the building and interior including by professional contractors
  • Guidance for access to churches and cathedrals buildings for construction work

I'm told that the national church is currently working on several more papers that cover a wide range of topics.  These will be published during the coming weeks.

One day until Thy Kingdom Come 2020

Tomorrow marks the beginning of this year’s Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension (21 May) to Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

We are living in times of uncertainty. People across the world are feeling anxious and disoriented. In March and April, Google noticed a spike in the search request “how to pray?” There is an openness to faith and spirituality that we have not seen for a long time.

Thy Kingdom Come presents us with an excellent opportunity, to unite as God’s church and committed ourselves to praying for our world to know the hope and good news of Jesus.  You can get involved by:

  • Praying for five – Ask God to give you five people to pray for and commit to lift them in prayer over the 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost.
  • 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.

For more information and resources check out our website.

A new online retreat offered by Bishop John

Bishop John is offering an online retreat on Saturday 6 June from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The retreat is entitled: Being real with God and letting God be real with us.

It is open to all, but you must register at https://coventrydtp.typeform.com/to/Z7UOF4

Bishop John says:

“This short retreat will run from 10am to 3pm.
There will be three reflections offered at 10 am, at 12 noon and 2 pm and a closing prayer at 2.55.
As it is a retreat, not a conference, it is hoped that you will be able to keep the times between the reflections just for you and God and free from emails, screens and work.
Dedicated time for God and with God is never wasted.
"

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,

Graeme

Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications