The  Parish  Church  of  St  John  the  Baptist, Coventry

2017 Events

 
-- FUTURE EVENTS --
 
 The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament are holding their NATIONAL FESTIVAL here at St. John's 
further information about the Confraternity appears below the following poster.
 
 
 
 
 
June 24th is a special day to mark the Feast of St John the Baptist,
Coventry based charity Unlock the Music Concert Making (UMCM) will once again offer an all day festival of music and entertainment within the church’s historic walls. There is a free concert given by musical and other learners associated with UMCM in the afternoon, followed by an evening event featuring some of the very best students of classical music, jazz and musicals in Coventry.

Last year’s spectacular concert was filled to capacity, and received the support of Councillor Lindsley Harvard, Lord Mayor of Coventry, and Pru Porretta as Lady Godiva.

This event is presented in association with The Rotary Club of Coventry, and is in aid of the restoration of the church’s beautiful and very rare 1878 Bechstein piano, and the creation of a library in Lokiliri in South Sudan. 
Afternoon performances start at 2.30, and the evening show at 7.30 (£6 evening only)
www.umcm.org.uk / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07880 898119.
 
 --- PAST EVENTS  ---
 
BABLAKE CONCERT. The next Bablake concert is at 1.10 p.m. on Friday 5th May. Cathy Scott-Burt writes “The senior string quartet from Bablake School will play a selection of classical favourites, including Mozart Divertimento in D major and the famous Nocturne from Borodin's second string quartet as well as some lighter music. The quartet have been playing together for a year and are all music scholars at Bablake; they are very much looking forward to sharing this lovely selection of quartet music”
 
 
 
 
Sunday April 23, 11.30am - 4pm.

St George's Day Open Day.
 
 

Come and see the unique 14th century sculptures either side of the great East Window of St George and his dragon at St John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, Coventry.
It dates from the time in the late 14th century when the monks of the great churches in Coventry were beginning to suffer being in the pilgrim shade when compared to those visiting Canterbury, Lincoln and Lichfield.

 
Up to the right of the East Window - St George - also a closer view below
 
 
 
 
The Dragon to the left of the East Window is not quite so clear.
 

 


Church warden Ann Tuesley takes up the story.
"So they came up with a great piece of spin, that St George, whose reputation of being England's patron saint was flourishing due to his winning appearances via banners and shields on French battlefields,was born in Coventry!
Caludon Castle in fact!
A load of hokum, but chapels and statues were soon blossoming in the city!
Very few have survived, but those two in St Johns survived and in a very competant state.
These can be see next Sunday as well the many other grotesques that are such a vibrant visual part of this beautiful church.
Throughout the day sample the superb acoustics of this medieval gem with organ music and recorder recitals.
Meet Queen Isabella, the founder of the church, and be amazed by the stories of St Johns origins.
There will be exhibitions, guided tours, and refreshments all day.

UPCOMING and CURRENT EVENTS

In addition to the services shown, the Church will also be open
for visitors and Private Prayer at the following times :

 


Second Sunday of Easter and St George's Day - 23rd April
11.30am - 4pm.

St George's Day Open Day.

Featuring the 14th/15th century carvings of St George & the Dragon and the many other grotesques that are such a vibrant part of this beautiful church.
Throughout the day sample the superb acoustics of this medieval gem with organ music and recorder recitals.
Meet Queen Isabella, the founder of the church, and be amazed by the stories of St Johns origins.
There will be exhibitions, guided tours, and refreshments all day.

Monday 24th April
10am - 12noon

 

PALM SUNDAY 9th April
Our service begins at 9.45am when we assemble at the fountain in the Precinct 
for the Distribution and Blessing of the Palms and then our traditional Procession to the church.
At 10am there will be a Sung Parish Mass with the Dramatic Reading of the Passion Gospel.
The church will be open for silent prayer and guided tours from 11.30am until 3.30pm.
Then at 3.30pm we have The Cross of Christ - a devotional service for choir and congregation.

 

 

 

BABLAKE SCHOOL CONCERT

The Brass Ensemble will give a concert at 1.10 p.m. on Thursday 30th March.

NB The Church is Open for visitors:-

Tues 28th.   10am - 12 noon
Wed  29th.   10am  - 12 noon
Thurs 30th.  10am -2pm.
This includes a free lunchtime concert at 1.10pm by the Bablake School Brass Ensemble.
Fri  31st.     10am - 12noon
Sat  1st.      10am - 1pm
Sun  2nd.    11.15am - 12.30pm
Mon  3rd.    10am - 12noon

 

Sunday January 15th 2nd Sunday of Epiphany - Canon David Tilley

Sunday January 22nd 3rd Sunday of Epiphany - Canon John Eardley 

Friday January 27th at noon Service of Reflection followed by lunch 

Sunday January 29th Candlemas - Fr Norman Stevens

The traditional in-house Christmas Lunch will be in the Hall at 12:30pm on Friday December 16th. As we are catering for a maximum of 50, check with Ann L or Sheila to see if there are any places still available. NB 3 courses for £6.

Christmas Fayre - Saturday 3rd December - 10am until 2pm - Tombola, Jams, Cakes, crafts, etc.

NB light refreshments available

COVENTRY PEACE FESTIVAL   1st - 14th November - We have a busy first week for the Peace Festival, with our Peace Garden at the back of the church, with the option to place a pebble or candle in the Garden. The Coventry Litany of Reconcilliation will be said at noon. The Peace bell will be sounded on the hour and half hour followed by a peace hymn. There will be a Peace Trail through the Church and in the Walshman Aisle we will be displaying the 1000 year history of Coventry tapestry kindly loaned by Pru Poretta. (alias Lady Godiva) 

'Unlock the Music' will give a Peace Concert: Peace in Harmony on Sunday 6th November from 2.00pm.

Also see the following about Cam from our choir :-

From a Post on Facebook late on 1st Oct 

WELCOME BACK CAM

"To all who wondered why my #BlackDogCampaign #Camino posts stopped - the friend I went with and I ended up parting ways and he had the phone, so I have been incommunicado throughout. I will try to do something retrospectively - as I arrived in Santiago on Wednesday at 11.15 am a day and a half early an got back to Coventry Saturday afternoon (1 October). Still can't believe I did it!"

 

Ian, another member of our congregation is also on the 'Camino' but had to rest up for some days to recover from blisters, but is now back walking again. Last information is that he was near Saria, with 100 kilometres to go.