Category Archives: News

Reform Magazine available for FREE

Check the tabs at the top of the page – the national URC has made REFORM magazine available for free during the Covid-19 crisis.

Why not take the opportunity to have a look?

Worship during the Covid-19 restrictions

Although the church building has had to close, worship is NOT closed!

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

The building is bricks and mortar; the church is the people. To ensure that we maintain our fellowship, Rev’d Bill Young has created a podcast which provides bible study and reflection. You can find it here: https://revdbill.uk/worship-material

The URC Daily devotions link (see the Welcome Page / Contacts Page) now also offers weekly Sunday worship in a radio-broadcast style at 10am.

Please contact your Elder if you wish us to hold an issue in prayer. GDPR restrictions mean that we cannot publish such prayers on the website, but with your permission we could share such requests with the Eldership.

Covid-19 (Corona virus) – things to help you in Lockdown

There are all sorts of pieces of advice to be found flying around on social media – with contrasting opinions and suggestions. Scroll down to find useful live links and some suggestions for those who will be at home with children.

Below is the link to the NHS webpage dedicated to information about the virus.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Because of concerns for the wellbeing of those who attend worship and activities at Holyhead Road we are following guidelines which advise that all group activities are temporarily suspended.

Please be mindful of others at this difficult time – keep in touch with each other, help others where and when needed and as you are able.

 

 

 

 

Check out the suggestions below (and visit the Community Page) if you have children who will not be attending school for the foreseeable future…

 

The BBC are launching more programmes to support families with children at home. See the press release below for details

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/coronavirus-education

 

For those of you who like a bit of structure in your lives; here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your children (for free) daily, to help with their education while schools are closed:

9.00am – PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman http://www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am – English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm – History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Non-daily events include:

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
9.30am Wednesday 25 March – Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385

For older kids, here are free revision resources for age 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:

http://www.eparenting.co.uk/education/50_free_revision_resources_for_gcse_a_level_11_plus_and_sats.php

https://revisionworld.com/  – this is a very helpful site!

And for more general resources, have a look through:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for reflections / challenges throughout Lent 2020?

 

Coventry Cathedral’s website says this about Lent: 

Why keep Lent at all?
Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter, is traditionally a period when Christians are invited to take time to strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, through a blend of prayer, simple living, and study. John Chrysostom said “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others.
So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great”. This is a particular challenge if we think that Lent is mostly about reading a Lent book or giving up a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
The way we keep Lent should make a difference for others too – but ceaseless activism is not the key building our relationship with God either. It follows, then, that a good starting point would be to ask God to help you discern how best to use this time in which your relationship with God is your priority.
Lent is both private – for it focusses on the spring-cleaning of your soul – and corporate, for, as the Ash Wednesday liturgy reminds us, it is the season when together we learn to be God’s people once again.

If you are looking for ways to reflect / act during Lent, why not take a look at these webpages?

 

40Acts is a challenge to do a good deed each day, with a bible-themed outlook: https://40acts.org.uk/

Christian Aid Count Your Blessings challenge: adult’s version available to download:    https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-02/Lent%20Easter%202020%20Count%20Your%20Blessings.pdf

Lent 2020 reflections from the Church of England – link to add your details to receive a daily email with bible readings, reflections and prayer: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/lent-2020-church-resources

 

New Minister for the North Coventry Group – update

The North Coventry Group of URC churches – which includes Holyhead Road – will welcome Revd Debbie Brown to stipendiary ministry within the group next month. She joins us following a period of ministry in The Wirral, and will work alongside our non-stipendiary minister, Revd Bill Young.

Due to current restrictions, the service to celebrate her Induction which was to be hosted at Holyhead Road (with all four churches involved) on Saturday, 4th April at 3pm can no longer take place, but Debbie will still be able to commence her post within the group.

We are all greatly looking forward to welcoming Debbie and her husband Clive into the church family and the local community!

Please pray for Debbie and Clive as they move to Coventry and as they take up their new lives here.

2019 project total

The Church’s 2019 project to raise funds to support the refurbishment of Sherbourne Fields School hydrotherapy pool ended in the new year.

FINAL total raised: £5000!

Well done to all who worked so hard to raise this fantastic result!

2020 Charity Project – Coventry Street Pastors Initiative

At the Church meeting on November 21st 2019, it was decided that the charity to be supported throughout 2020 was to be Coventry Street Pastors Initiative. Two of our church members are Street Pastors and another is a Prayer Pastor.

Keep an eye on our Charity Project Page for more information