7th November

St Philips News for the Parish

7 November 2020


Sunday 8 November 2020, there will be no evening service in church.

At 10.30am there will be an online Service via Zoom.


We have received an anonymous gift of £20,000 for the church. We give thanks to God for this great generosity.


On Wednesday 11 November at 11am – Please stand at your front door and keep the 2 mins of silence as we remember those who gave their lives for us.

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK           1 Peter 2:9

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.


Military men should make ideal husbands –

they’re in good health, they can cook, sew, and make beds,

and they’re already accustomed to taking orders.


In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
I don’t approve of political jokes…I’ve seen too many of them get elected.

I love being married.  It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

I married my wife for her looks – but not the ones she’s been giving me lately!

The next time you feel like complaining – remember: Your rubbish bin probably has better food in it, than 30 percent of the people in this world.



Answers to last week’s crossword:

 ACROSS: 1, Hopefulness. 9, Hitting. 10, du Pre. 11, Ere. 13, Ozni. 16. Wait.

17, Climbs. 18, Obey. 20, Joni. 21, Cuckoo. 22, In it. 23, Yaws. 25, Elm. 28, Alarm. 29, Epistle. 30, Whitsuntide.


DOWN: 2, Often. 3, Exit. 4, Urge. 5, Node. 6, Soprano. 7, Theological.

8, Westminster. 12, Rebuke. 14, Icy. 15, Ritual. 19, Epitaph. 20, Joy. 24, Acted.

25, Emit. 26, Menu. 27, Gift.


Crossword Clues



1  He was replaced as king of Judah by his uncle Mattaniah (2 Kings 24:17) (10)

7  ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus… who for the joy set before him — the cross’ (Hebrews 12:2) (7)

8  Relieved (5)

10 Impetuous (Acts 19:36) (4)

11 Surprised and alarmed (Luke 24:37) (8)

13 ‘It is — for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God’ (Mark 10:25) (6)

15 Directions for the conduct of a church service (6)

17 One of the acts of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19) (8)

18 and 20 Down ‘She began to wet his — with her tears. Then she wiped them with her — ’ (Luke 7:38) (4,4)

21 ‘We will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an — , — the last trumpet’ (1 Corinthians 15:51–52) (3,2)

22 ‘But he replied, “Lord, I am — — go with you to prison and to death”’             (Luke 22:33) (5,2)

23 Third person of the Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:14) (4,6)




1  He betrayed Jesus (Matthew 27:3) (5)

2  Paul’s assurance to the Philippian jailer: ‘Don’t — yourself! We are all here!’    (Acts 16:28) (4)

3  ‘Fear God and keep his commandments, for this — the whole — of man’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13) (2,4)

4 The sort of giver God loves (2 Corinthians 9:7) (8)

5  Sun rail (anag.) (7)

6  Naboth, the ill-fated vineyard owner, was one (1 Kings 21:1) (10)

9  Paul said of young widows, ‘When their sensual desires overcome their — to Christ, they want to marry’ (1 Timothy 5:11) (10)

12 This was how Joseph of Arimathea practised his discipleship ‘because he feared the Jews’ (John 19:38) (8)

14 Mop ruse (anag.) (7)

16 Foment (Philippians 1:17) (4,2)

19 Where Joseph and Mary escaped to with the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:14) (5)

20 See 18 Across



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom; Latest: Tom continues to be getting stronger and is being really positive about things, he has his PET scan this Wednesday (4th Nov) which will tell us if the treatment has been a success, so prayers that it has been would be much appreciated.

Rod’s son Steven. Latest: Steven had the operation in the afternoon (19 October) and it was a success, the doctors now believe he should be able to live a normal life now without any further problems which is great news.

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 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.

Carol and Jim’s grandson Reiss – he is going to Sheffield hospital for treatment of a pigeon chest.

Local Clergy

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

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




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. 

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My intention is that this will be a weekly edition, if you have any thoughts, prayer requests or things you would like to share, please get them to me by Thursday.

Yours in Christ