Wednesday 22 April

Thought for the day from Jill Tucker

Speaking of Jesus’ encounter with Thomas, John writes: ‘Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them.’

Our doors are firmly shut. Nonetheless, Jesus comes and stands among us, bringing us the gift of hope. Just as he did for Thomas and the other disciples.  .

Long ago, when Brexit loomed, we lit candles of hope in our churches. On Mothering Sunday, we were invited to light a candle in our windows; many of us continue to do that, every evening, as a sign of hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished, and as support and prayer for those who are sick and those who are caring for us, in our NHS and across our communities.

We have adapted the original Candles of Hope Prayers for use today; at the start of every Zoomed service, we light our own candles and say together:

We light this candle for our neighbours –
those who are alone or vulnerable,
those who are struggling, those who are weeping.

We light this candle for ourselves,
our hopes or fears, our worries and griefs

We light this candle for our
community as we care for each other.

Although your doors are shut, may Jesus come and stand among you.

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

Sky News video featuring Bishop Christopher and the Good Neighbours project

Yesterday, Sky News broadcast the following video about Coventry and Warwickshire...

They also published an article entitled: Coronavirus: Coventry's cathedral is a symbol of hope and defiance once more.

Appeal for PPE support

Steve Tash (Chaplain at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust) says, "If any members of the public, companies and organisations wishito offer PPE support, there is a new email address "

National guidance

The Church of England website has been updated with a new FAQ entitled: How can we help people to give financially to the church during this time?


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications