24th October

St Philips News for the Parish

24 October 2020


Sunday 25 October 2020, we will have said Holy Communion at 5pm in church (observing COVID 19 restrictions including face coverings). Please keep your distances especially at the end of the service and do not sing. Do not congregate in the doorway, people need to leave safely, THANKS..


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK            Psalm 51:12

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.


Answers to last week’s crossword:

ACROSS: 8, Prince of Peace. 9, INF. 10, Unmarried. 11, Gulag. 13, Treason.       16, In aid of. 19, Arena. 22, Calvinist. 24, Pad. 25, Moses and Aaron.

DOWN: 1, Spring. 2, Sinful. 3, Scourged. 4, Commit. 5, Spur. 6, Matins. 7, Feed on. 12, Urn. 14, Erastian, 15, Own. 16, Income. 17, At last. 18, Friend. 20, Empire.      21, Adding. 23, Inst. (“inst.”, abbreviation for instante mense, meaning a date of the current month, such as “the 5th inst.”)


Crossword Clues



1  The sixth disciple (Matthew 10:3) (11)

9  ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the — — ’                  (Matthew 6:13) (4,3)

10 Love intensely (Song of Songs 1:4) (5)

11 From Mt Carmel to Jezreel, Elijah — all the way (1 Kings 18:46) (3)

13 One of the Midianite leaders who was captured and killed after Gideon’s victory in the valley near Moreh (Judges 7:25) (4)

16 Metallic element (4)

17 At line (anag.) (6)

18 ‘Cursed is everyone who is — on a tree’ (Galatians 3:13) (4)

20 Where Samson killed a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone       (Judges 15:14) (4

21 He succeeded Moses (Deuteronomy 34:9) (6)

22 ‘When he saw him, he took — on him’ (Luke 10:33) (4)

23 ‘For — is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction’            (Matthew 7:13) (4)

25 ‘The god of this — has blinded the minds of unbelievers’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) (3)

28 Fear or terror (Psalm 31:22) (5)

29 ‘We, who are many, are one body, for we all — of the one loaf’                           (1 Corinthians 10:17) (7)

30 Assyrian ruler assassinated by his sons while worshipping his god Nisroch          (2 Kings 19:37) (11)


2  ‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made — ’ (1 Corinthians 15:22) (5)

3  ‘After supper he — the cup’ (1 Corinthians 11:25) (4)

4  The request of a man of Macedonia in Paul’s vision: ‘Come — to Macedonia and help us’ (Acts 16:9) (4)

5  He disobeyed his father Judah by refusing to impregnate his dead brother’s wife (Genesis 38:9) (4)

6  I veto me (anag.) (7)

7  Fourth king of Judah (1 Kings 15:24) (11)

8  Priest of God Most High, who blessed Abram (Genesis 14:18) (11)

12 ‘I have made you — — for the Gentiles’ (Acts 13:47) (1,5)

14 Implore (1 Samuel 15:25) (3)

15 ‘Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the — , something sweet’            (Judges 14:14) (6)

19 ‘I am the most ignorant of men; I do — —

a man’s understanding’ (Proverbs 30:2) (3,4)

20 ‘Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under — , but under grace’ (Romans 6:14) (3)

24 Native of, say, Baghdad (5)

25 The last word in the Bible (Revelation 22:21) (4)

26 Heroic tale (4)

27 ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you — ’ (John 8:32) (4)


Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom; Latest: Tom seems to be making good progress after his treatment, although his doctors have put back his scan due this month until next month to see how well the treatment has worked, they are pleased with how well Tom has responded to possible side effects of the treatment which is good news!


Rod’s son Steven. Latest: Will go into hospital on Monday for his surgery.


Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis has been placed into a nursing home temporary until she fully recovers from her broken leg, but unfortunately this hasn’t done her mental health any good and the family say she is finding it very difficult.


For 4-year-old Asher, in the USA (Ann Westerman’s family friend) and his mum and dad


For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob, who has liver cancer.

Pray for Val’s auntie Helen.


Chris Foxton’s (Sunday evening congregation) nephew Russell and his wife Rosio. Rosio is blind therefore they are both in isolation.


Barry’s (Sunday evening congregation) brother-in-law Roger and wife Kathleen.


Local Clergy

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

Malcolm (Vicar at St Mary’s, Walsgrave) and Frances (Hospital Chaplin) Tyler.

Brian Nash (Vicar at St Chad’s, Wood End)

George Bennett (Priest at St Patrick’s RC, Potters Green)


Please pray for:

Mike, Marjorie, Mignon, Zena, Ruth, Felicity, Addis and the Oromo people, Beryl, Bill and Celia, Ken.


All our local businesses, that they may survive through this difficult time. Give thanks for all who work in them and their families.


Pray for all the front-line workers who are enabling our lives to progress in these difficult times.



Quiet Morning at the Well on line using Zoom

Thursday 5th November 10am – 12.45pm.


Letting God speak to us through the Sky!


10.00 am Welcome, Intro and preparation for silence

10.15 am Talk

10.40 am Individual quiet reflection using an optional Well Handout

11.25 am Talk Two

11.50 am Individual quiet reflection using an optional Well Handout

12.35 pm Conclusion

12.45 pm End

Please book a place by contacting Jim on 01926 888003 or emailing him office@wellhealing.org or book via our website www.wellhealing.org



THE GIVING TREE PROJECT runs each year to provide Christmas presents to those children in Coventry who otherwise wouldn’t receive them. Last year (2019) we were able to give presents to 896 children from 362 families!

The families in need are referred from agencies or self-refer and we register them at locations across the city to receive presents. This year we are having to do things differently and are registering families with as little face to face contact as possible. We are still looking to receive new families though and please do spread the word if you know anyone who will struggle to buy Christmas presents for their children.

Many people help us by donating gifts and money to ensure that each child who is registered receives a gift. This year that is slightly harder so we are asking for gifts to be donated via our Amazon Gift List


and money to be given via our Go fund me page (https://covcitymission.org.uk/)

– this way we can still pass the presents on without the concerns about quarantine and social distancing of those delivering to us. A number of individuals, churches and organisations are involved each year in order to make sure this project happens, we are so grateful to you please continue to give this year in spite of the strange circumstances.

This is an amazing opportunity to share God’s love with the people of Coventry. If you would like more information, please contact Sarah White (sarah@covcitymission.org.uk).



In the darkest times, it’s important to come together as one city and pray.

We are excited to announce City Praise & Prayer for Coventry and beyond, on Sunday 22nd November, via Zoom.

This will be an opportunity to gather hundreds of Christians, online, to pray together and to worship – scattered, but gathered, from 7:00-8:15pm.

The giant Zoom Prayer Meeting will include worship; prayer together; short sections led by leaders in Coventry including Bishop Christopher Cocksworth; and some prayer in breakout rooms.

Please save the date and look out for the Zoom details which will be released nearer the time.


No one likes to talk about death. Especially during a pandemic that’s impacting everyone on the planet. And yet for some people, death is their life’s work. It’s their vocation.

In fact, helping bereaved families and friends say a personal goodbye to their loved ones is what motivates them, day after day.

They are the funeral directors and the staffs of our local crematoria and cemeteries. Often forgotten or out of mind, the men and women who arrange and service funerals perform a vital role.

Vicars and other ministers of religion work closely with these key workers. We see the care they take to help families arrange the funerals they want for their loved ones. We see the strict health regulations they have had to follow during this pandemic and the increased pressures on them. We see the long hours and dedication.

Yet, after one funeral, an undertaker confided to me how useless he felt while NHS staff were at the frontline of fighting coronavirus. I replied that what he did was essential too, and massively important during these difficult days.

Another undertaker told me how he helped families cope with the restrictions on the numbers of mourners at funerals, currently set at 30. He had slowly driven his hearse past golf clubs, pubs and old people’s homes where friends – unable to attend the services – had said their goodbyes.

In the funerals taken during the pandemic, I have been much impressed by the care and sensitivity shown by funeral directors and crematorium staff. Often, while they have been under much stress themselves.

I applaud the way that crematoria have made it easier for mourners who cannot attend funerals to view the services via the internet. This seems to have become common practice across the country. During the pandemic, this ‘optional extra’ has become a key part of the service.

The feedback I have had from mourners watching from just outside the chapel, or across the world, has been very positive.

Christian ministers work closely with the bereaved family and the funeral director to ensure each funeral is very personal to the deceased, and an occasion they will remember long after the day has passed.

We want to bring a message of hope at funerals. I like to say that love never dies, and that the love we have for someone goes on beyond the grave.

As the funeral section on the Church of England website states: “When someone dies, although we can’t see the person we love anymore, Christians believe that through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will see that person again. It might be in a very different form, in a very different way, but that is the Christian hope, and that is the message everyone will hear when they come to a Church of England funeral.”

Meanwhile, it’s the care of undertakers and all those who arrange and conduct funerals that help us say our goodbyes.




I love to wander through the woodlands hoary,

In the soft light of an autumnal day,

When summer gathers up her robes of glory,

And, like a dream of beauty, glides away.

By Sarah Helen Whitman


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Yours in Christ