Wednesday 6 May

Thought for the day from Archdeacon Sue

"We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." (2 Corinthians 4 verse 7)

Before coming to Coventry, I served on the Bishop’s Staff in Leicester and one member was someone who lived with a degenerative and physically-limiting illness. By her presence and her words, I learned a little about what it is like to live within limitations and we were much the richer for her presence.

Many of us live with comparative freedom but, in these strange times, we find ourselves locked down in a way that was unimaginable even two months ago. We are no longer in control and the immediate future is uncertain. We will react to that in different ways. Some have likened it to a process of grief and we might be experiencing anger, depression, disorientation. Others have written about the effects of such a trauma on our lives.

Paul, in chapter 4 of 2 Corinthians, reminds us that we are jars of clay – fragile and breakable – but within this and through faith in Jesus Christ, we know that the light of the glory of God can and will shine through that fragility, pain and brokenness. This is the treasure we have as we hold our limitations in the light of God’s constant presence, love and light.

Sue Field is the Archdeacon Pastor 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.

Last night a new page was added regarding a phased approach to revising access to church buildings.


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications