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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.

An alternative to Hallowe’en

A group of Coventry churches are looking to celebrate a DIFFERENT view on October 31st! Here’s what they are saying…

As an alternative to Hallowe’en – a night that celebrates darkness – we celebrate the light of the world (Jesus) and the hope that he brings. We usually hold a popular light party but this year we are doing things differently! A number of churches (at least 16) around the city will be displaying pictures of light in their windows.You need to find out which picture is displayed in at least 10 of the churches to complete the trail. The pictures will be displayed from 24th Oct – 31st Oct, so you have the whole half term week to complete the trail.
If you complete the trail you will be able to collect a goody bag* from Queens Road Baptist Church car park on Saturday 31st October (2-4pm).
Nearer the time you will be able to view (and download) the list of churches taking part, a map and a trail sheet activity pack, on the Queens Road Website (
[You do not need to download these items to take part, you are welcome to just write down the pictures and where you found them.]
Not just for children – although we are offering goody bags to the children we hope that all ages will get out there and complete the trail, we are keen to hear your stories afterwards.
*Goody bags are available while stocks last and are aimed at primary school children. They are not suitable for those under 3 years due to small parts.

Introduction to Human Trafficking

Just before joining the North Coventry Group of URC Churches, Revd Debbie Brown undertook a period of sabbatical study into modern slavery and human trafficking. A summary of her conclusions can be found with the church weekly newsletter for 20/09/2020, available here:

Click on this link to explore resources from the Stop The Traffick website.

Save your empty inkjet cartridges!

Holyhead Road URC’s Girls’ Brigade have signed up to the Recycle for Charities scheme.  They are collecting used inkjet cartridges.

There will be a box in church where empty inkjet cartridges can be dropped off.   If you cannot yet get to church, the group’s captain Karen Adams asks that you hold on to them, as each one donated will raise £1 for funds! Here is what Karen tells us that the scheme will accept:

Original (Genuine/Virgin) Cartridges if:    They were purchased new; have not been previously refilled; still have the original manufacturer label.

Cartridge brands you can recycle which will generate a donation:
     Pitney Bowes
Epson and Brother cartridges are not included in the programme so please do not send them. 
Only inkjet cartridges from the wanted list have a donation value. Ink tanks will not generate a donation.
Only inkjet cartridges with circuit boards have a recycling value when empty.


Rev’d Bill Young Announces Retirement

Bill has announced this week that he will be retiring from the URC pastoral ministry with effect from the end of this calendar year.

After a short break in early 2021, he will continue to be active in leading worship as a retired minister within our Area. The URC requests its retired ministers to withdraw from activity in the churches where they have served and Bill has consulted on what this means for someone who has held both local church and Area-wide roles during the last 24 years since ordination; it will be appropriate for he and Erica to move their membership away from Holyhead Road URC after over 30 years.

Bill wanted to give everyone six months’ notice of this change – due to the current pandemic he is saddened to be doing this as he describes it “rather impersonally, and at a time when many aspects of church life already seem to be in the melting pot”.  Bill commented, “Who knows what the next six months will hold? We will pray and hope for a continuation of the imaginative prayer and faith-filled response that has characterised church life since the beginning of the crisis.”

Holyhead Road will be very sad indeed to see Bill’s (and Erica’s) departure but we are immensely grateful for the many years of faithful and faith-filled service we have received. This is a well-earned retirement – and we are SURE that it will not be a lazy one!