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Lent Course: Living as Disciples

URC Ministers in Coventry will be delivering a Zoom Lent course every Tuesday evening, 7.00 – 8.15 from 23rd February to 23rd March. Zoom link details will be available in due course.

Christmas Gifts for the homeless

On Tuesday 22nd December, Ministers Bill and Debbie, along with Elders Sue and Jill, handed a consignment of Christmas gift bags containing toiletries to a team from the Salvation Army Life House in Wyken. Many thanks to Sue who co-ordinated this project, to Elders Jill and Margaret who received donations along with Sue, and to all who donated gifts to make this possible.

Ann Campbell, Facilities Administration Coordinator for the Salvation Army at Axholme House emailed :

On behalf of The Salvation Army l would like to say a big “Thank You” for the kind donations we collected from Holyhead Road United Reformed Church. Thank you to everyone who organised/donated items, it has been overwhelming, especially with the restrictions placed upon us with COVID19! These gifts will be distributed to homeless people who access our service and will make a difference to the lives of others, especially at Christmas. This can be a difficult time for people who are homeless, not having a home of their own or a family to celebrate with. However, these lovely gift bags will help lift their spirits…so l thank you for thinking of us.   

Merry Christmas…God Bless 

Christmas Tree Appeal

A message from the church’s Elders…At HHRURC we know how difficult this year has been and with the new lockdown and dark nights we want to bring some light in the darkness. We’re planning on putting a Christmas tree outside our church on the corner of Holyhead Road and Moseley Avenue. If anyone is able to provide – or knows somewhere we may be able to get – a good sized discounted tree (10-12’) please let us know by commenting on this post – via any of the Elders or Ministers (contact details for Ministers can be found on the Church website).Also, if anyone feels able to contribute even a small amount towards the cost of the tree, lights and decorations that would be amazing…

Halloween done differently

A different slant on Halloween!Did you know that:

* Its real name is All Hallows’ Eve?

* Hallow means HOLY and here it refers to the saints…so it is talking about all saints (that’s ALL people of faith)?

* It was the night when people prayed for the souls of their loved ones who had died.

* Several hundred years ago on this day, children and beggars would ask people for cake in exchange for prayers for the souls of their loved ones. The special flat cakes produced for this were called SOUL CAKES. Some places still make and give them out today. Of course, we had to include a photo – you can’t ignore cake!

So…given that this day is actually more about a celebration of faith than ghouls and ghosties, local churches – and the Girls’ Brigade at HHR – have been doing something a little different. 16 churches have been collaborating to create the ‘Light Trail’ mentioned in earlier posts…

HHR Elders Sue and Jill completed the Light Trail on October 30th, finding all 16 pictures and bible verses – well done, both!

They took photos of all – here are a few. Jennifer from Girls’ Brigade has also been doing the trail with her Mum.

Girls’ Brigade are also doing a ‘share your light’ pumpkin carving competition. Aren’t they great?

So – a bright, light and blessed All Hallows’ Day to you after a TRUE halloween!

Lucy receives Robert Lundie Memorial Award

It was great to be able to celebrate with Lucy on Wednesday 25th September as she received her Robert Lundie Memorial Award.
The award – £100 that Lucy has chosen to spend on something exciting for Girls’ Brigade members, plus a certificate, a voucher for Lucy herself and a chocolate medal – was presented by Richard Knott, Synod Youth Development Worker in the United Reformed Church.

Girls’ Brigade leaders and two members with their parents were joined by our Minister, Rev. Debbie Brown and members of Lucy’s family.

The United Reformed Church award is designed to spotlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect within their church, their community, their URC synod or even nationally. Seventeen-year-old Lucy has contributed to 7th Coventry Girls’ Brigade Company by planning and leading badgework, organising new games and craft and supporting Team Leader, Karen Adams. Lucy’s passion for Girls’ Brigade – the wearing of uniform, the living to our motto and our respect and care for each other is contagious – she is an asset to 7th Coventry and the award is well deserved.