31st October

St Philips News for the Parish

31 October 2020

Sunday 1 November 2020, we will have said Evening Worship 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.


On Sunday 8 November 2020 at 10.30am we will have a service of Remembrance 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.


On Sunday 8 November there will be no evening service in church.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK           Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.



Honey is far more likely to do you good than antibiotics if you have a cold and cough this autumn.  That is the recent new guidance from the NHS.  Research has found that honey significantly reduces the frequency and severity of coughs.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) are urging us to buy ‘self-care’ products such as honey, herbal remedies and cough medicines instead of asking our doctors for antibiotics.  Only if coughs get very bad and prolonged, or if you feel really unwell and breathless should you consider antibiotics.



Answers to last week’s crossword:

 ACROSS: 1. Bartholomew. 9, Evil one. 10, Adore. 11, Ran. 13, Oreb. 16, Zinc.     17, Entail. 18, Hung. 20, Lehi. 21, Joshua. 22, Pity. 23, Wide. 25, Age. 28, Alarm. 29, Partake. 30, Sennacherib.

DOWN: 2, Alive. 3, Took. 4, Over. 5, Onan. 6, Emotive. 7, Jehoshaphat.                 8, Melchizedek. 12, A light. 14, Beg. 15, Strong. 19, Not have. 20, Law. 24, Iraqi.   25, Amen. 26, Epic. 27, Free.


Crossword Clues


1 and 20 Down Lord of all …, Lord of all…, whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy (11,3)

9  Moses’ question to a fighting Hebrew labourer: Why are you … your fellow Hebrew? (Exodus 2:13) (7)

10 Acclaimed cellist who contracted multiple sclerosis at the height of her fame, Jacqueline … (2,3)

11 At even … the sun was set, the sick, O Lord, around thee lay (3)

13 A descendant of Gad (Numbers 26:16) (4)

16 Do not leave Jerusalem, but … for the gift my Father promised (Acts 1:4) (4)

17 Clambers (Jeremiah 48:44) (6)

18 Peter’s response to questioning by the Sanhedrin: We must …God rather than men! (Acts 5:29) (4)

20 Christian paraplegic author, artist and campaigner, …  Eareckson Tada (4)

21 Bird partial to the nests of other birds (6)

22 Such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat … (Matthew 13:2) (2,2)

23 Infectious tropical disease (4)

25 Tree (3)

28 No fear of me should … you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you               (Job 33:7) (5)

29 For example, to Titus, Timothy or Philemon (7)

30 Week beginning with Pentecost Sunday, according to the Church’s calendar (11)


2 O Jerusalem, how … I have longed to gather your children together            (Matthew 23:37) (5)

3  Way out (4)

4  Exhort (Romans 12:1) (4)

5  Done (anag.) (4)

6  Highest of the four voice-parts in a choir (7)

7  Concerning the study of God (11)

8  Uniquely, it has Abbey, Cathedral and Chapel (11)

12 Admonish (Matthew 16:22) (6)

14 Frozen (3)

15 Established form of religious ceremony (6)

19 Inscription often found on gravestones (7)

20 See 1 Across

24 Behaved (Joshua 7:1) (5)

25 Time (anag.) (4)

26 Lists choice of meals (4)

27 For the wages of sin is death, but the … of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23) (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: Went 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, and his mum and dad in the USA (Ann Westerman’s family friend)

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

Pray for Val’s auntie Helen.

Pray for Mignons daughter Andrea suffering with breast cancer

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.



During the Second World War, Winston Churchill was Britain’s Prime Minister. At the same time, William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury. While Churchill led the country against Germany, Temple encouraged the British people to trust the Lord for their deliverance and strength. Like Churchill, Temple was a great leader, a gifted orator and a prolific writer. He was also a theologian and social activist.

Temple was born on 15th October 1881 in Exeter, Devon. He was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford, from 1900 to1904. He loved the music of Bach; the poetry of Browning and Shelley, and Shakespeare. He was an avid reader and possessed a near-photographic memory.

He became president of the Oxford Union and after graduation, was a lecturer in philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford. He was a member of the debating society and was a skilled and balanced debater. Following his ordination in 1909, and priesting in 1910, Temple was headmaster of Repton School for four years. He married Frances Anson in 1916. They were childless.

From 1921-29 Temple was Bishop of Manchester. During this time, he was seen as a pioneer of the Ecumenical Movement and gradually became a national figure. In 1926 he urged the British government to seek a negotiated agreement to the General Strike.

Temple excelled as a moderator; a teacher and a preacher and his appointment as Archbishop of York (1929-40) was a popular one. His influence also led to the formation of the British Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. During the 2nd World War he jointly founded the Council of Christians and Jews to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice in Britain.

As Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44) Temple became an outspoken advocate of social reform and became involved in the campaign against unemployment, poverty and poor housing. He believed in the rights of all people, whether rich or poor, and was a leading force for social justice.  He was grounded in the problems of the working man and in his book Christianity and Social Order (1942) he shared his vision for all to have access to healthcare, education and decent housing. His radical thinking and activism played a foundational role in the formation of the British Welfare State.

Temple died aged 63 at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent on 26th October 1944. He was the first Primate of All England to be cremated and his ashes were buried in the cloister garden of Canterbury Cathedral. He is the last Archbishop of Canterbury to have died while in office.


The list of nominees is the same for almost everyone: income, health, family, success.

Results of a Harvard study, however, indicate that the answer is none of the above.

What is it, then?

Volunteering to help others. Another way to say it: Serving.

Research conducted by Dr Eric Kim concludes that people over the age of 50 who volunteer to help others for at least 2 hours a week have a higher sense of well-being than those who don’t.

And it goes beyond a sense of well-being. Helping others is a catalyst toward other lifestyle benefits, such as lower risk of death, a lesser chance of health-related complications, and increased physical activity.

Dr Kim says that serving others doesn’t just strengthen communities, it also “enriches our own lives by strengthening our bonds to others, helping us feel a sense of purpose and well-being, and protecting us from feelings of loneliness, depression, and hopelessness.”

Maybe this is one reason why Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than receive: Your gift of service to others come back your way, in full measure, even running over. [Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38]

In the words of King Solomon…

25 A generous person will prosper; (Proverbs 11:25)



In my twenties I learned about Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century French monk. Born to disadvantaged parents, to escape poverty he joined the army where he was guaranteed his meals. While there, he experienced God and following injury, retired and eventually joined a monastery in Paris. Brother Lawrence was given work in the kitchen that was mundane, tedious, and repetitive. As he continued his chores of cooking and cleaning, he developed the ability to change his attitude to do all his jobs as if doing them for Jesus. Brother Lawrence turned every act he did into worship: from peeling potatoes, to washing pots, to picking up straw. There was no longer any mundane for him. From that moment on, he did everything out of his love for Jesus, for God’s presence. This became known as ‘practising the presence of God’.

While learning about Brother Lawrence, we were challenged to find our own simple and mundane moments and change them to become opportunities to practise the presence of God. I chose two things. Every time a phone rings, I allow the first two rings to centre me, to give me a chance to pray for God’s presence in my conversation. The second thing is that every time I see a tree, I imagine the stretched-out branches are praising the Lord, and I join in, practising the presence. Other suggestions people came up with were putting dot stickers around their house, car or workplace, so every time they saw them, they were reminded to practise the presence. Since building these triggers into my life, I am grateful they have become firm habits.

By Diane Regan

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Yours in Christ