Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Coventry Diocese

As part of the centenary celebrations for the Coventry Diocese you are invited to meeet the Archbishop:

Coming Home with the Archbishop

Join us on Thursday 3rd May at 6.30pm at Highfield Farm in Frankton for a free hog roast (or vegetarian paella), music from Christian singer-songwriter, Paul Bell and teaching from the Archbishop of Canterbury about the Prodigal Son.

Ringwood Ice Cream will be selling their locally produced ice cream and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

This will be an exciting and unique event as the music and discussion will take place in a barn. Some seating will be available if needed and you are also welcome to bring your own chair.

For more information see

Ask the Archbishop

On Friday 4th May at 7.30pm the Archbishop of Canterbury will be returning to All Saints Church, Chilvers Coton where he was curate from 1992 to 1995 for a special event where the audience will have the chance to pose questions to him.

‘Ask the Archbishop’ is organised by the leaders of the Acceler8 project who work specifically with people in their 20s and 30s.The evening is particularly aimed at people in this age group. Those of other faiths and none are especially welcome.

Ask the Archbishop is an ideal opportunity to explore or even challenge Christianity at an open, down to earth and fun evening. The night will include music and relatable, authentic stories from young Christians on how they came to know Jesus.

For more information see

Centenary Festival

The main highlight is the Archbishop’s visit will be a Centenary Festival at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 5th May. The festival will run from 10.30am to 4pm and will include songs, drama, exhibitions, worship, prayer stations, refreshments, children’s activities, messy church and much more. The day will appeal to adults, young people and children of all ages.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joining us for the entire day. He will be taking a leading role at various points, but most of the time he will simply be enjoying the festival and chatting with people.

Free hot and cold drinks will be served throughout the day, and there will be opportunities to purchase food in and around the cathedral site. Alternatively you are very welcome to bring a picnic, or make use of the many nearby food outlets in the city centre.

Here is a timetable for the day:

10.30 – Welcome in the Ruins

From 10.30 –    Guided tours of the Cathedral from the West Screen (all morning)

Exhibitions in the Ruins and the Nave (all day)

Baby and Toddler Zone in the Lecture Hall (all day)

St Clare’s open as a place of quiet prayer (all day)

Artist-in-residence Marilyn Hall in the Chapel of Christ the Servant
(10.40-11.40 & 12.30 -1.30)

‘We are 100’ in Chapel of Unity (all day)

Bouncy Castle on South Grass (all day)

Refreshment Stalls and Ice Cream Van (all day)

Messy Church (all day)

10.30 – Archbishop’s Question Time for teenagers in the Nave

11.45 – Worship Songs in the Ruins

12 Noon – Litany of Reconciliation in the Ruins

12.10 – Drama Presentation in the Ruins

12.20 – Archbishop Justin and Bishop Christopher in open discussion in the Ruins

12.45 – Break for Lunch

13.30 – Worship songs in the Nave

13.40 – Stories of ‘When I got out of the Boat’ with a focus on reconciliation in the Nave

14.00 – Motionhouse dance performance in the Nave

14.10 – Messy Church, Prayer stations, Labyrinths, Prayers of Wandering, Prayer Ministry in Chapel of Christ in Gethsemane and also in St Clare’s

14.40 – Gathering Song and Sharing of the Peace in Nave

14.50 – Eucharist in Nave

15.15 – Blessing of Cross of Nails in Nave

15.20 – Cutting of centenary cake and announcement in Nave

15.30 – Blessing and Closing Song in Nave

15.40 – Distribution of cake

16.00 – Motionhouse dance performance in Ruins

For more information on the Centenary Festival see:


We hope to see as many of you as possible at the three events for the Archbishop’s visit.

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