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Operation Christmas Child


ust off the Christmas wrapping paper, get those empty shoeboxes out of the loft and start filling them with gifts for a child who may otherwise receive nothing this Christmas! Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan’s Purse. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Leaflets will be available in church. You will need to specify whether the box is for a girl or boy and a £3 shipping donation is needed. There is a list on page 3 of the sort of items suitable for inclusion.

If you can't manage to fill a shoe box you can make a donation online. For more details see their website:

October 2013 50p

The Bible is meant to be bread for our daily use, not just cake for special occasions. Anon

Boxes need to be returned to St Thomas church by Sunday 3rd November.

Saturday 12th October 9.30-11am

Our Community

Inside this issue: Parish Calendar


Local News


Local Planning Consultation


Whole life discipleship


A labour of love


From the archives– 1907 Choir trip to London


Parish Register


Children and Young people


Mouse page


Do you believe in answers to prayer?


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Services at St Thomas’ and Keresley Village Community Church October Sunday 6th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Service. All age team 10.30am KVCC Harvest Festival and Holy Communion. Carol Hamilton-Foyn Saturday 12th 9.30am KVCC Messy Breakfast Sunday 13th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am ST Thomas Family Communion.. Mark Norris 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Steve Medley Sunday 20th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Worship and Baptism. Claire McArthur and Mark Norris 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. Steve Medley Sunday 27th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion. Mark Norris and Pete Hudson 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Hugh McRedie and Steve Medley

November Sunday 3rd 9am St Thomas Holy Communion 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion and Baptism. Mark Norris. NOTE THIS IS NOT THE FAMILY SERVICE THIS MONTH 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. Steve Medley Sunday 10th This will be Remembrance Sunday and the Family Parade service will start at 10.15am

Jo has jumped! “The sparrow has landed!,” so writes Jo after a successful jump. “Wing walking next!” If you still haven’t sponsored her on this magnificent effort then go to:

or leave a donation with the parish office. Messy Church The next Messy Church is on Sunday 17th November at 2pm. The theme will be Light Memorial Service

Our annual Memorial service this year will be on Sunday 24th November at 3pm.

Refreshment for all

Tuesday afternoons, 1.30-2.30pm in the Galilee Room. Fortnightly from 24th September If you need transport or would like to request prayers, please contact Margaret Bosworth on 7633 7932 leaving a message if necessary with your name and telephone number and she will ring you back.

Sunday Morning Activities at St. Thomas’ Church at 10.30am for Children and Young People (during term time) 1st Sunday Family Service in Church 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays 3-11s, Sunday School in Galilee Room, 11+, Pathfinders in the Church Hall. All join the service at the Peace 3rd Sunday All ages start in Church



Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre Dear Friends,

Operation Christmas Child What to pack

I am writing to you from Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre in hope that you may be able to help us. I work as a housing officer and I’m involved in a housing project that provides accommodation and support to refugees and destitute asylum seekers. We have recently received funding to run a cooking group in one of our properties to enable our tenants to get together and cook, share food, learn, and generally have a good time together. We already have a gardening project running at the property and we are hoping to use the vegetables and fruit from the garden in the cooking sessions. It is our hope that we can share some of this food with the local neighbours in order to help build community and help our clients to integrate into society more effectively. The reason I am writing to you is that we are looking for one or two people who would be willing to run the group on a voluntary basis. The sessions will be about two hours long but the time and day are flexible depending on when the volunteer can offer their time. The volunteer will not need to be an excellent cook, just enthusiastic and willing to learn because we will provide regular support to them through a local cooking group. This group can provide them with support and tips and we will pay for the volunteer to get a Level 2 food safety certificate which is a day of training. We will also pay volunteer travel expenses. The property where the group will be held is in the Coundon area. Hannah Laing Housing Officer, Tel: 02476227254 ext. 255

Yes Please! We’d love you to choose from each of these 4 categories: Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instrument, trucks, cars, dolls, clip on earrings, etc... Educational Supplies: Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, etc. Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of soap, flannel, etc. Other Items: Sweets (sell-by date to be at least March of the following year), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces etc.

All gifts should be new, please include items from each category.

No Thanks! Please note the items we do not wish to be included in the shoeboxes: Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g) Jam

Fruit juice (carton)


Tinned:  soup  baked beans  tomatoes /veg  MEAT/FISH  fruit  sponge pudding  rice pudding

Rice Pasta Instant noodles

Biscuits or snack bars

Tea bags (40 or 80) Instant coffee

Instant mashed potatoes Pasta sauces

 No Food - particularly chocolate (non-chocolate sweets are allowed)  No medicine - or vitamins of any kind  No war related items - toy guns, play soldiers or knives of any kind  No clothing - other than listed above  No fragile items - e.g. glass containers, mirrors  No liquids - including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols  No dangerous items - sharp objects, scissors or razors  No books with many words  Nothing of a political nature  No hand-made stuffed toys without a CE mark.

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Local Planning Consultation Pegasus Planning Group have plans to build 800 houses on the green belt in Keresley. Back in 2012 they sent a 'scoping option request' to Coventry City Planning Department. This asked whether they needed to do an Environmental Impact Assessment for their plans to build 400 houses between Bennetts and the Tamworth Road. Tracy Darke, the Head of Planning, told them that they did, and also warned that this was in the Green Belt and was unlikely to obtain planning permission. They have now submitted another similar request for a revised plan which now covers 43 hectares and 800 houses. They intend to put leaflets through 8,500 doors in the area. If you have not received one then they have created a website,,.uk where you can see most of the leaflet and give your feedback. They have arranged an exhibition on Wednesday 16th October from 1pm to 8pm at the Hare and Hounds on Watery Lane where people ‘can discuss the proposals, ask questions and make comments and suggestions directly to members of the project team.’

Keresley Parish Council is focusing its efforts on fighting this proposal to build on Green belt land. Whether you are completely opposed or do not have a strong opinion, this will affect all aspects of the local area considerably, so have a look and give your feedback. Consultation closes Sunday 27th October.

Whole Life Discipleship: ‘Growing Up Normal’ like the cartoon caption that says: ‘Even if I grow old, I’ll never grow up!’ Even though we know that this isn’t ‘normal life’, when it comes to our spiritual lives this is how it often works out! Our Christian experience has not changed a lot from when we were much younger or first became a Christian. Yet growth should be a normal part of our Christian life and God intends us to be mature whole-life disciples. As Paul writes: ‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.’ (Colossians 2: 6,7). Just as plants need healthy roots and buildings firm foundations, so we need the right basis or conditions to encourage growth. Paul shows that spiritual growth is not automatic; we have to make a daily choice to grow! The numbers 1 and 2 are significant in helping us to understanding how this can take place in our lives: ‘1’ reminds us that, as individual disciples, we need to take responsibility for our growth. We cannot live off second hand Christian experience or simply turn up at church and expect it to all

happen! We need to exercise the spiritual disciplines personally on a regular basis, especially personal Bible reading, prayer and listening to God. ‘2’ tells us how important it is to have somebody (a friend or mentor) who we see regularly and to whom we can be accountable for how our spiritual journey is going. It’s like having a ‘running partner’ who helps us to train for running a marathon! We give them permission to ask the difficult questions about our Christian life eg What do you think God is doing in your life right now?; Is there a particular area that you need to focus on?; and What is the one thing that you will intentionally do this week to allow God to grow you in this area? In what ways can we ensure that we are taking these things seriously in our lives? In the film Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) finds himself living the same day over and over again. As somebody asks him in the film: ‘What did you do today?’ Phil replies: ‘Oh, same-old, same-old.’ Let’s make sure this is not true of our own whole life discipleship!!

Rev Paul Hardingham, Rector of Bolton




A Labour of Love


s a new graduate, moving out of the freedom and fluidity of student life into the real, grown-up world, I've made a discovery. When you come home from a full day of work, cooking dinner feels a lot like a chore. I struggle to find the motivation. But I've also discovered that when I have friends over for dinner, or if I cook for my housemates, it feels easier. It's not a chore, there's purpose to it. We like to feed those we love.

I imagine it's something to do with how much they love their kids. We feed those we love. When we pray 'give us today our daily bread', we're not asking for food from a vending machine, or even from a checkout assistant in a supermarket. We ask our Father. The prayer that Jesus taught us to pray is a bold one in many ways. But he assures us we can pray it with confidence because we're asking a Father who loves us, who loves to give good things to his children. What about those we struggle to love? ‘In efforts to rebuild relationships and foster reconciliation, food is the best catalyst.' I think the connection between love and food is so strong that it works the other way around, too. We feed those we love, but we also come to love those we feed. There's something about pouring our time, energy and resources into enabling someone else to eat that can have a big impact on how we feel. Feeding people changes us.

marginalised and the poor in our communities, the people we walk past on the street without noticing. Would we be motivated to love them more actively if we shared food with them first? Or maybe they are those in need in our global community, people too far away to be on our radar, who are too easy to forget as soon as we sit down at our own tables in comfort and with plenty. As we ask our loving Father for our daily bread this week, and as we go about sharing food with family and friends, the challenge is to find a way to love the annoying neighbour, the socially awkward colleague, and those on the margins we would otherwise forget about.

I can't speak for parents, not being one, but it amazes me how day in, day out, they find the energy to cook for their children, on top of everything else they do.

We feed those we love, and we love those we feed. Claire Jones, digital and events intern, Christian Aid youth team.

Walsgrave Baptist Church Hinckley Road, Walsgrave Coventry CV2 2EX

Touching Heaven– Changing Earth Prayer and Prophecy Conference

It's a tough thing to do, but I'm sure it changes how we feel towards people we find irritating, people we'd rather not give away our precious free time to, even people who've hurt us. In efforts to rebuild relationships and foster reconciliation, food has got to be the best catalyst. It softens us and helps us to see another person's humanity.

Our desire is that the people of God in Coventry know how to prayer for an outpouring of God’s Spirit, healing and evangelism. This conference is designed to enable us to go deeper in our relationship with God through prayer and the prophetic and for our churches to be enriched as a result.

Sometimes, though, it's apathy that is the barrier to love. Most of the people we don't love are the people we don't remember. Maybe they are the

For further details, contact 02476612565 or visit our website Conference fee: £15 (refreshments provided, bring a packed lunch).

with Rachel Hickson & Helen Azer 9.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday, October 26th 2013


Jane Holloway is author of Prayer—a beginner’s guide, BRF, £4.99

From the November 1907 issue, a prizewinning account of the Choir trip to London.

(Continued from page 7) Growing in Prayer

Make friends with stillness and silence. Turn off the radio, TV, computer and ipod - and listen to the sounds around you. Rest in God’s love. Try praying ‘as you go’. As you walk out of the house ask God to walk with you through the day. As you meet people through the day pray for God to bless them. Reflect by taking a few minutes to run through the day in your mind, learning to recognise and give thanks for where you can see God at work, as well as saying sorry for when things didn’t go as planned. This simple discipline really helps me to grow in prayer. Let’s remember ‘The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with’ (James 5:16, THE MESSAGE).

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Parish Register

Children and Young People


First Steps . . . with Jesus

22nd September Isabelle Rose Ward

B URIAL 30th August Stanley Hughes aged 94 of Cottage Farm Road, interred at St. Paul’s 10th September Derrington Arthur Sherlock aged 78 of The Scotchill, interred at St Paul’s

For babies and preschool children with their parents and carers, weekly in term time Mondays 1.30-2.30pm Meets in the Galilee Room, Wednesdays 1.30-2.45pm. Meets at Keresley Village Community Church

20th September Alice Margaret Mary Williams aged 100 of Swindon, interred at London Road

Trailblazers Children's Club

Growing in prayer

Thursday at St T’s

Prayer is essentially all about our relationship with God, and it is this relationship that is at the heart of the Christian faith. Prayer should be one of the easiest things in the world—after all, it is surely only a matter of talking to God—and yet many of us struggle with it. How can we grow in prayer? If we take the example of a tree, we find that it grows from a small seed to a large tree if the roots are in good soil, are watered by the rain and receive light from the sun. We need the same things to help us grow in prayer—food, water and sunlight. Our food will include having a time with God each day on our own to talk about what is on our heart as well as meeting to worship and pray with others weekly. Our water will be the nourishment we receive from reading the Bible and making it part of how we live our lives. Our light comes from God’s love as we open our lives to the fullness of all that God wants to give to us as we pray and care for those around us. God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—will provide all that we need to help us grow in our relationship with him through the ups and downs of life.

Here are some suggestions: Try starting with five minutes on your own with God—it could be in the car, in the bathroom, on a walk. Mull over a Bible passage, for example Psalm 42:1–2, or a hymn/song or recent talk/sermon. Talk it through with him. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. (Continued on page 6)

Mondays 5-6pm at Keresley Village Community Church Thursdays From 6pm to 7pm For 5-11 years Meets in the Galilee Room

Youth Essence Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm in the Galilee Room, School year 9 upwards

Uniformed Groups Meet in the Church Hall : 9th Rainbows, Mondays, 6-7pm 13th Brownies, Mondays, 6.00 - 7.30pm 9th Brownies, Wednesdays, 6.00 - 7.30pm 9th Guides, Thursdays, 6.30 - 8.30pm Meet in the Scout Hut: 41st Cubs, Mondays, 6.45 - 8.30pm 41st Scouts, Tuesdays, 7.00 - 9.00pm 41st Beavers, Fridays, 6.00 - 7.30pm (for 6-8 year olds ) Regular Activities in the Church Hall NB the Church Hall is not usually available for late night Discos

Pre-school Playgroup: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 11.30am and 12.30pm – 3pm Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts meet on weekday evenings. See above for details.

Our Community October 2013