CATHEDRAL MATTERS - Coventry Cathedral

From the Friends of Coventry
Caring for the Cathedral
Sign up today to reserve a seat for the first
Friends ‘Friendly Monday’ of the New Year,
when our Cathedral Architect, Michael
Clews will be sharing his experiences of
looking after the old and new buildings, for
the last 16 years.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Michael
Clews talk about ‘The challenges of caring
for our ancient and iconic buildings’.
His illustrated presentation will offer a
unique insight into the glories and great
responsibilities of maintaining Britain’s
favourite modern building. Michael Clews
will be speaking in the Under Croft Lecture
Room, on Monday 9th February at 11am.
Tea and Coffee from 10.30am.
Pick up the February Bulletin
Hard copies of the latest e bulletin are
available today, to pick up from the
Community Table, for those without
Internet access.
Andrew Paine, Chairman of the Friends
Dean’s CCN visit to New Zealand
I will be travelling in New Zealand for three
weeks from February 23rd, taking a Cross of
Nails to the new cathedral of Taranaki,
preaching in Christchurch, and also visiting
CCN partners or contacts in Auckland,
Wellington, Dunedin/Otago, and Napier. I
know we have had several NZ links, and if
community members have stories or history
to share before I go, please drop me a line.
Dean John
Monday 2nd February at 2.30pm Volunteers Monday in the Lecture Hall.
Monday 2nd February at 5.45pm Remember our Child service in the Chapel of
Sunday 1st March - Foodbank Sunday
Monday 2nd March at 2.30pm Volunteers Monday.
Monday 2nd March at 5.45pm Remember Our Child service in the Chapel
of Unity.
Friday 5th March - Women’s World Day
of Prayer.
Sunday 8th March 12.15pm-2.15pm
- quiz with Bring and Share Lunch
Thursday 12th March at 12.10pm Prayer Service for the Christian Service
Thursday 2nd April at 10.30am Chrism Eucharist
Thursday 2nd April - 7.30pm The Liturgy
of Maundy Thursday
Friday 3rd April - 2pm Stations of the
Friday 3rd April - 6pm Bach St John
Sunday 5th April - Easter Day and
Foodbank Sunday.
Please send items for inclusion in the next edition of Cathedral Matters
by end of TUESDAY 3rd February 2015.
Tel: 02476 521200 or email: [email protected]
Website address:
1st February 2015
Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Sunday 1st February
Holy Communion
The Cathedral Eucharist
Choral Evensong
Later: Breathing Space
Sunday 8th February
Holy Communion
The Cathedral Eucharist
Choral Evensong
Later: Cathedral Praise
Welcome to the Cathedral on this traditional feast of Candlemas – the formal
end of our Christmas Celebrations!
It was on this day in my first year here that Bishop
Christopher welcomed all faith leaders in Coventry to the
Cathedral for a beautiful small evening reception, when we
shared the word of the Nunc Dimittis and lit candles as a
sign of shared prayer. Some of you will have heard me
mention in last week’s sermon that I am helping lead a
shared witness to peace with some other Faith Leaders in
London on Thursday 19th February.
The details are:
11am - Pilgrims to gather at Regent’s Park Mosque.
12.15pm - arrive at the Central Synagogue in Great Portland Street
1.30pm - arrive at Westminster Abbey
2.15pm - arrive at the Houses of Parliament
3.15pm - arrive at St Thomas’ Hospital
For more information see the leaflet insert into this edition of
Cathedral Matters.
Please pray, and come if you can – this sort of shared
witness is so very important at this time in our troubled
Every blessing
The Diocesan Readers assisting at the
Eucharist today are Helen Allred from St
Mary’s, Nuneaton and Wendy O’Brien
from St Mary and All Saints, Fillongley.
Stations of the Holocaust – Invitation to
the opening
Monday 16th February at 6pm at
Coventry Cathedral
You are warmly invited to attend the opening
of a new exhibition at the Cathedral titled
‘Stations of the Holocaust’. Jean Lamb, the
artist and priest, has created 14 Stations of
the Cross which illustrate the last few hours
of Jesus’ life alongside the plight of the Jewish
community in the Second World War. Please
RSVP to [email protected]
or call our offices on 024 7652 1200.
Dean John
“LATER” – Whatever happened to
“Cathedral Praise”?
The Sunday evening service is something
special…Though it may not necessarily be
the big buzzing seeker service that was
originally envisaged, it consistently provides a
place of encounter, where the presence of
God is very tangible, spilling over into a
model of Christian care and community that
many congregations struggle to offer.
People speak of the value they place on the
teaching offered, and the importance of the
centrality of Christ in the service – but on
the whole the current pattern seems to be at
odds with, rather than exploiting, the
potential of an amazing building, which is itself
designed to draw people into an experience
of the holiness of God. This “relaunch” of the
service is an attempt to balance this, with the
new title “LATER” giving us the flexibility to
vary the form of service to encompass
diverse styles and spirituality, including on
some occasions more contemplative worship
which might make positive use of the
Cathedral as sacred space.
in your diaries - all men and women are
welcome - details nearer the time. Mavis
Sunday 8th March 12.15pm-2.15pm
A fun quiz with Bring and Share Lunch
in the Lecture Hall.
The first of a new series of social events for
members of the Cathedral Community, their
family and friends. Sign up on the
Community Table from 15th February.
Details from Ann Finlayson (7667 8083) or
Tim and Gill Brooke (7667 9126).
Mothers Union
The Mothers Union will meet on Thursday
5th February at 10.30am in the Lecture Hall,
anyone who is interested in joining us would
be most welcome. Evelyn Warwick
Would you like to be a delegate at our
Sunday Eucharist?
Perhaps read the Lesson or the Prayers. Or,
if you feel this is not for you, carry up the
Bread and Wine. Have a word with Gill
Shorthose or another of the Churchwardens.
Thanks, Gill Shorthose.
Coventry Foodbank
Last week I took 499 packets and tins of food
to the Foodbank warehouse. These included
items bought with your cash donations of
The existing “Cathedral Praise” format will
£154 from the Big Christmas Card and £125
be retained for at least two Sundays each
in January. This means that the total number
month, and this style may also encompass the of items sent to the Foodbank since it started
monthly Eucharist…but once a month we
in April 2012 stands at 8,207. Thank you for
will opt for a different approach, “Breathing
your continuing support over the past 34
Space”. Canon Kathryn
months. The next Foodbank Sundays are
today, 1st March and 5th April. Richard
The Women’s World Day of Prayer
The City Centre Churches have arranged a
service at the Methodist Central Hall on
Cake Today!
Friday 6th March at 11am uniting people all
There will be a cake sale after morning
round the globe in a service written by the
service. Thank you.
women of the Bahamas. Please put the date
Clayre Coopey
The Millennium Chapel:
Would you like to add a name to
the glass panels?
The Millennium Screen Appeal has been
re-opened to enable additional names to be
included on the glass panels. As we plan the
celebrations of our 75th anniversary of peacebuilding, we continue to focus upon healing
the wounds of history, learning to live with
difference and celebrate diversity and building
a culture of peace. This is the DNA running
through the life blood of the Cathedral, but
behind the scenes the cost of caring for both
the ruins and the new Cathedral, continuing
to deliver our ministry and work in peace and
reconciliation is substantial so the generosity
of our donors remains critical.
To find out more about the appeal and how
you can support it please contact Christine
Doyle on 024 7652 1200, email
[email protected] or
pick up a leaflet from the Community Table.
Canon Stephen
February's walk. Details are on the
Community Table; please let me know if you
are coming to walk, for lunch, or for both.
Dave Goodall, [email protected], 024
7646 1946
Radio Plus Licence Renewal Fundraising
Campaign: £30,000 target
Please consider becoming a “Friend of Radio
Plus” as part of their campaign to raise
£30,000 towards their licence renewal from
February 2015. Radio Plus now reaches
12.5% of 16-35 year olds across Coventry
each month, that’s around 13,000 people
each month who are hearing good news in
their homes or cars. The city-wide ministry
has already made progress towards its target
but would like to invite you to make a
minimum donation of £5 per month. For
more information or to donate go to or ring the
Radio Plus office on 02477712401.
Tim Coleman
The Prayer of Stillness in South
Many people today feel the call to deepen
their understanding and experience of prayer
but are uncertain how to go about it. The
Prayer of Stillness (or contemplative prayer)
is a practical way to begin.
You are invited to reserve a place now for a
quiet day arranged by The Fellowship of
Contemplative Prayer at the House of Bread
at The Mill (near Shipston-on-Stour) on
Monday 2nd March 9.30am to 3.15pm
For further details or booking please contact
The Reverend M Tunnicliffe. Phone: 0121
Cathedral Walkers
745 6522 Email:
Wednesday 11th February
[email protected]
My apologies to the Lacey family for the clash Space is limited, so early booking is advisable.
with Penny's funeral, but it proved impossible Canon Kathryn
to change the date previously agreed for