The  Parish  Church  of  St  John  the  Baptist, Coventry

  Dates for Your Diaries in 2019 - More details will appear as the events approach
 
 
 
Sunday 10th November - Remembrance Sunday 10am Sung Requiem Mass
                                         - Service of Remembrance for the departed at 4.30pm
 
 
Saturday 30th November 10am to 2pm
 

 All are welcome to come and join us for our Christmas Fayre in church. We will have a host of stalls provided by various groups selling a variety of goods and crafts, including jams & preserves, glass gifts including personalised items, jewellery, knitwear, wooden gifts, handmade craft items, St John’s merchandise, handmade cards, homemade cakes, community stalls, raffle, tombola and festive music.
Food and refreshments will be on sale in the church hall. Free admission.

Monday 9th December - Immaculate Conception 
Walsingham Cell Mass at St Luke's at 7.30pm

Sunday 22nd December - Community Carol Service at 6pm

Tuesday 24th December - Christmas Eve
Christingle and Crib service at 2pm
Midnight Mass at 11pm

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day
Mass with Carols at 10am

 

-- PAST EVENTS --
 
Friday 1st November 7.30pm Sung Mass  
 
               
 
Saturday 2nd November 9.15am Requiem Mass
 

Experience the haunting beauty of Gregorian Chant - July 13th 

Coventry Chant Collective will be singing Gregorian Chant in the beautiful setting of St John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, on Saturday July 13 from 7 pm.

Gregorian Chant is a rarely heard form of music nowadays but experienced live and in a medieval church, with the voices echoing from the stone walls, its beauty is like nothing else. More like prayer or meditation than music, it can help to connect you with the divine and with your own inner spirit, whether you are religious or not. Sit back, relax, and let time stand still.

The event is in two halves with refreshments in the interval, the first half being the Gregorian Chant and the second half being instrumental music from local musicians and / or community groups.

Free (donations invited).

 Summer Fayre - August 3rd

The parish and collegiate Church of St John the Baptist will be staging a Summer Fayre on Saturday August 3 from 10am until 2pm.
There will be several stalls featuring a wide range of arts and crafts,potatoes and vegetables donated from local allotments, cards, cakes, childrens trail, a visit by our founder Queen Isabella, an art exhibition by Coventry artist Chiara Grant in the church, a photographic exhibition by local photographer Richard Pearce, and music and poetry readings.
The hall will be serving summer delicacies  and hopefully we will be joined by the sun!

 

Midsummer Festival of music - June 22nd

 

Coventry's World Cusic choir, Worldsong, presenting a concert at 4.15. 

AND

Antoine Mitchell with soprano Wendy Whyte in Part Two of our evening present a concert of French song at 7pm.

Starting at 10.00am in the morning there will be many short performances and concerts throughout the day, featuring all sorts of music to celebrate the Church's patronal feast and 675th birthday.

Performances in the church will include: Adam Hibberd with piano interludes, a concert from Craig Holmes with his Coventry Sax, Clarinet and Flute Choirs, a recorder concert,  Favaio Baroque Ensemble, Welsh choir Cor Cymraeg, Latin music specialist Guitarist Marcellus and the Coventry Plainchant Collective. In the cafe there will also be some music making during the day, including a first concert from George Allen, singer song writer. 

There will be opportunities for exploration of the historic church and people on hand to give some guidance on the special aspects of interest in its history.

At 4.15pm, sees Worldsong perform in the church.
WorldSong is a choir with a difference: stunning harmonies, uplifting songs, inspiring rhythms, music for the soul. They sing harmony songs from the world music repertoire, specialising in traditional songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, Britain, America and beyond. With harmonies drawn from centuries-old oral traditions; from gospel to work songs; from haunting chants to rousing celebration — there is something here for everyone! 

In the evening UMCM will be holding a concert at 7.00 of "Eight Songs for the Summer" followed by a very special performance from guest and patron of UMCM, Antione Mitchell with soprano Wendy Whyte, performing French Song, including some of Antione's compositions. 

In 1996 Antoine founded the ensemble Oriflamme of which he is director. Over the years he has developed Oriflamme into one of the leading orchestral ensembles in the country giving a regular series of concerts in Warwick including annual performances for Amnesty International and the Mayor of Warwick.

We hope you will join us for this exciting and packed community aimed day. Refreshments available in the cafe up to 3.00 and full up to date information on times of events will be posted on the church's website. Tickets will cost £8 for the evening concerts. Tickets will be available from the church directly and online ticket information on UMCM's website for the evening www.umcm.org.uk

 

 

BABLAKE SCHOOL RECITALS

We look forward to welcoming Bablake School to St John’s twice in the coming weeks.

This Thursday, the 2nd of May, we welcome A-level students giving a recital as part of their coursework,
and on Thursday 9th of May, we welcome members of the school String Quartet.

All are welcome to come and hear these recitals.

 

 

Also on Thursday, the 2nd of May, in the evening :-

 
 
 
HOLY WEEK 
 

PALM SUNDAY - 14 APRIL

10.00am Procession of Palms and Parish Mass
(Gather in the Lower Precinct for the start of the procession)

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week
6.30pm Stations of the Cross and Mass

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 17 APRIL

11.30am Chrism Mass at Lichfield Cathedral

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 18 APRIL
7.30pm Sung Mass of the Lord's Supper followed by the Watch

GOOD FRIDAY – 19 APRIL
10.30am Children's Workshop and Stations of the Cross
2.00pm The Good Friday Liturgy

HOLY SATURDAY – 20 APRIL
8.00pm The Easter Vigil

EASTER DAY – 21 APRIL
10.00am Parish Mass with blessing of the Easter Garden

 
 
 
St George's Day Celebrations.
 
Tuesday April 23,
10am - 4pm

Celebrate our national saint's day with family entertainment at Coventry's medieval gem with a day of music, exhibitions, readings, guided tours, a folk recital and very English refreshments in the hall.
Our founder, Queen Isabella will be at hand to show off our 14th century carving of St George and his Dragon and other grotesques.
Guides will show off our stained glass memorial window featuring St George, and there will be prizes for children who can find all the historic artefacts in our unique children's trail.
There will also be a chance to see our array of rare Victorian prints and photographs.

Our Rector, Father Dexter is available for interviews.
 

 

 

 

LENT

This year, Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, falls on 6 March.
Mass with imposition of ashes will be offered at 1.00pm and 7.00pm that day.
Please bring old palm crosses back to church so that they can be burnt to make the ash for that day.

 

During the course of Lent, there will be a sermon series on the disciplines of the Christian life:

Sunday 10 March - prayer

Sunday 17 March - almsgiving

Sunday 24 March – fasting

Sunday 31 March – repentance and confession

Sunday 7 April – works of charity

During the weekdays of Lent there will be a series of sessions exploring prayer, and particularly the Lord’s Prayer. These sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm and Wednesday lunchtimes at 1.30pm.

There will also be opportunities to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. NB Not Saturday 23rd March

Bablake School Concert in Church THURSDAY 14th MARCH at 1.10pm

 
One of the longest relationships between two major institutions in the city's history continues this Thursday  at 1.10pm when the Bablake Music, the music arm of Bablake School, take part in a Lunchtime at St John's Concert at St John the Baptist Church at Fleet St, Coventry.
Mike Polanyk, the Visitor Liaison Officer of St Johns revealed the extent of this long relationship.
" We are talking hundreds of years of history here. Our beautiful collegiate church was founded by King Edward II's widow Isabella in 1344.
She endowed the Guild of St John with the Bablake land ( or Babbelak in Middle English) on which was founded the original St Johns chapel.
Through further royal patronage, the Bablake buildings extended into a school linked to a church, now known as St John's.
The school may have moved away, but their music programme is still held in our church every year, a custom which has continued since medieval times."

Bablake Music, under the guidance of group directors Mrs Cathy Scott - Burt, Ms Nicky Brass and Mr Stephen Cooper, will be performing free (with a retiring collection) at 1.10pm with three Ensembles.

The Senior String Ensemble will be performing the Capriol Suite - Peter Warlock, with Movements Basse - Danse, Pavane, Pieds -en - l'air, and Mattachins (Sword Dance).

The powerful and exotic Edward Grieg classic In the Hall of the Mountain King will be performed by the Woodwind Ensemble utilising the Alfie Pugh arrangement.


Finally the Brass Ensemble perform Music from the Sixteenth Century - Villanella Giovanni by Gastoldi, The Earl of Salisbury's Pavan - William Boyd, ending with The Battle by Tilman Susato.


"I'm always happy to welcome Bablake Music to our medieval gem of a church. Their enthusiasm and standard of playing is a joy to behold." beamed Father Dexter Bracey, Rector of St John the Baptist.

Father Dexter is available for interviews. 
St Valentine's Day Festival.

Thursday February 14 - Sunday February 17

With romance in the air at this time, St John the Baptist Church in Coventry City Centre will be celebrating the life of the patron of courtly love, with four days of music, recitals, readings, exhibitions and services.
Every day sees a rare chance to see our famed relic of St Valentine on show in St John the Baptist chapel. Guides will offer up our story of how this church obtained this holy and rare artefact.
There will also be a chance for engaged and married couples to get their rings blessed by our rector, Father Dexter Bracey, who will be on hand from time to time to offer his thoughts on the relic's journey to this church.
Saturday includes refreshments on sale on the Hall, readings by acclaimed Coventry poet, Paul A Palmer and recitals.
Thursday opening times. 10am - 1pm & 4pm - 6.45pm. Friday 9am - 2pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm, Sunday 11.15am - 2pm.
 
Saturday 24th November The Diocesan Pilgrimage will pass St John's

Saturday 1st December - The Christmas Fayre
 
Friday 7th December - 7.30pm 'Raise your voices with Church Urban Fund' see www.raiseyourvoices.org.uk

O come, all ye faithful and Raise Your Voices this advent in aid of Church Urban Fund. 

O come, all ye faithful and Raise Your Voices this advent in aid of Church Urban Fund. Cathedrals, churches, schools and community projects are hosting events all around the country so there are plenty of opportunities for you to join the fun. There is a cacophony of amazing Raise Your Voices events going on, everything from sing-along-spectaculars, to classically choral concerts to bucket-bearing buskers…  and all to help transform lives and communities. 

Raise Your Voice this Advent and help change the lives of people who find themselves voiceless. Book your ticket now by clicking below.
It's £25 plus a booking fee. Click here to book

 
Friday 14th December - Christmas Lunch at 12.30

Sunday 23rd December - Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday 24th December - Christingle Service

Thursday 1st Nov until Wednesday 14th November Coventry Peace Festival

At St John the Baptist Church, Fleet St, Coventry, the beginning of November until Wednesday  November 14 sees the Church open every day (times vary) for prayer and reflection as it celebrating the Coventry Peace Festival.


It will be a chance to see a copy of the Black Prince prayer, our superb Stations of the Cross which were commissioned from a firm in Bavaria after WWII and a chance to see our magnificent War Memorial Window.

 

One of the Stations of the Cross

The War Memorial Window


There will be a flower Peace Trail, a Deadman's penny in flowers, exhibitions and a poppy sculpture suspended from the pulpit, which an eight foot structure full of poppies dedicated to the men dedicated in our War Window. 

  

Deadman's Penny click Dead Mans Penny for 
wikipedia information on this


The weekend of Saturday Nov 10 and Sunday November 11 sees the church open until 4pm for our
World War I Memorial Day on Saturday and Remembrance Day on the Sunday.


Both days will see recitals, dramatic readings, prayers, a chance to hear our striking Bechstein piano now fully restored and an exhibition taking place in this beautiful medieval church.


The Rector, Father Dexter Bracey will be conducting a special service on the Saturday
which will include a roll call of the men listed in the
window at 1pm with poetry readings before and after.


Our Sunday November 11 Remembrance Day Service begins at 10am, and is scheduled to end at 11am to the strains of the Last Post.
There will be another service at 6pm for people who have missed out during the events of the day in the city.


As we mark the centenary of the Armistice this year, St Johns Rector Father Dexter Bracey feels " it is important to remember all those who paid the ultimate price of the First World War, and to honour them, particularly those from this city and our parish which includes some of the city centre, Spon St, Spon End and the Albany Road end of Earlsdon"
During the weekend you can just turn up for guided tours and the Church also will be staging mystery trails, WWI poetry readings
and a family walk.

If radio conditions are good, one of the visitor team, a member of WACRAL ( World association of
Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners), with the help of some others from CARS (Coventry Amateur Radio Society) and RAYNET (Radio Amateurs Emergency Network) will be operating as
radio hams, trying to contact radio hams worldwide as we commemorate those brave men and women who gave up their lives in such a bitter struggle.

We acknowledge the support of the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) and OfCom (the UK's communications regulator), in allowing the use of a special callsign at St Johns' Church, for the period of the Coventry Peace Festival GB4CPF ; primarily over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November.

A stunning photographic exhibition of the church is on permanent
display in the hall, which will be open for refreshments on both days.

Fr Dexter Bracey, will conduct services each day in our side chapel,
and will be on hand most of the time.

"We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our church, but during this weekend we particularly welcome everyone to experience the great sense of peace  that the building has." 


Church open for prayer and reflection and a chance to see our magnificent War Memorial Window.

There will be a Peace Trail and Weeping Window
 
Saturday November 10.
Church open 10am - 4pm with a special service at 1pm
World War I Memorial Day
 

We are staging a day of Remembrance for all those brave
men and women who lost their lives in the First World War
and in particular the ninety eight men of the parish who are
commemorated in the church's awesome War Memorial
window. 
There will be recitals, dramatic readings, prayers
and an exhibition taking place that day in this beautiful
medieval church, 
The Rector, Father
Dexter Bracey will be conducting a special service
which will include a roll call of the men listed in the
window at 1pm.
 
Sunday 11th November Remembrance Sunday
10am Remembrance Day Service

Rector, Fr Dexter Bracey says "As we mark the centenary of the Armistice this year, it is important to remember all those who paid the ultimate price of the First World War, and to honour them. There will be many large national commemorations this year, but we must also honour our own local war dead on this day as we pray for peace in the world."


Thursday 1st November - All Saints Day

Friday 2nd November - All Soul's Day

Sunday, Sept 30th - HARVEST THANKSGIVING and LUNCH
- also Freshers' weekend at Warwick University

Friday 29th June has two musical events:-

At 1.10pm until about 1.50pm a FLUTE RECITAL by ENYA BOWE of Bablake School

£2 at the door Benefiting SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru) 

Programme - Hamburg Sonata by CPE Bach - Cantabile and Presto by Enesco -

Danse de la chèvre by Honegger - Sonata for Flute and Piano by Hindemith -

SKIP is a non profit organisation helping economically disadvantaged children in the impoverished districts of Trujillo.
They aim to provide a quality education and counselling to children and their families, strenthening social ties and inclusion in the local community.

And at 7.30 pm

Haverfordwest Ladies Choir for a Summer Evening Concert
Tickets, at £5 each, will be available at the door.
All proceeds are going to the St John the Baptist Bechstein Restoration Fund.

Haverfordwest Ladies Choir

with music in our hearts

About us

The Haverfordwest Ladies Choir was formed in 1991. Since that time the choir has performed in a wide variety of venues in Pembrokeshire and beyond, including St. David’s Cathedral, Pembroke Castle, Brecon Cathedral, St David’s Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, and Truro Cathedral, raising funds for local and national charities such as the RNLI, Prostate  Cymru, Pembrokeshire Carer’s Outreach, Shalom House, Pembrokeshire Counselling Service, Christian Aid, Tŷ Hafan, Tenovus. Cruise and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Musical Director Dr Nancy Mann 

Nancy Mann was appointed musical director of the choir in January, 1999. A native of Knoxville,Tennessee, her career in the United States included the production of musicals and operas as well as teaching and performing. In addition to Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music, she holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in opera production from the University of Texas at Austin. Nancy moved to Pembrokeshire from Southport, Merseyside, where she was active as a private piano and singing teacher as well as serving as the associate conductor of the Crosby Capriol Singers. Nancy also plays viola with the Teifi Chamber Orchestra.

Pianist Gerald Nicholas



Gerald resides in Haverfordwest and has been accompanying the choir since 1998.

A Pembrokeshire native, he is involved with several area musical organisations, including Cantorion Tyddewi, Voices of Pembroke, St. David’s Cathedral Festival Chorus and the Haverfordwest Operatic Society.

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arol Mayhew; Jenny Hart; Hillary Price; Rose Goodall; Beryl Porter; Gyll Nisbet.

Second Soprano



SSandra Davies ; Kim Frank ; onia Phillips; Frank ; Janice Goodwin ; Margaret Mills  Price; Maggie Dash ; Sonia Phillips; Fran Price; Maggie Dash.

 

Alto

 

Jan Morgan; Frances Oates; Linda Fowler; Tina Jones; Helen Sutherland; Angela Preston; Anne Davies, Sandra Davies.

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The choir is made up of around 34 ladies ranging in age from 20 to 80+. Choir members come from all over Pembrokeshire to learn and perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical pieces to traditional and popular songs, and those with a fun element like ‘Big Spender’ & ‘All that Jazz’.  In addition to their formal concerts, the choir regularly sing for residents at area nursing homes and provides music for weddings and corporate events.

The choir has sung outside of Wales on several occasions, performing in Bruges, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland. In May 2009 they travelled to Oberkirch, Germany, to celebrate twenty years of Oberkirch’s twinning with Haverfordwest, returning in October 2014 for the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The choir has been invited on several occasions to sing for various Civic Services, including a service for the Annual Meeting of The National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales held at St. Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest in 2007.

New members of all ages are welcome at any time. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30 pm in The Albany Chapel Hall, Hill Street Haverfordwest. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement – what is required is a love of singing and the willingness to work together towards the common goal of performing to the highest possible standard

 
St John the Baptist’s Day – 24 June - Patronal Festival

Recital Thursday 21st June by Anna White at 1:15 pm to 1:45 

 

Celebratory Concert - 23 June at 7pm - Eve of St John the Baptist Day - using the the repaired/refurbished Bechstein piano organised by the 'Unlock the Music Group' Click for their website

Pentecost – 20 May

Corpus Christi – 31 May, which falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, is a day when Christians give thanks for the gift of he sacrament of Holy Communion. A celebration of the Mass is followed by a procession of the sacrament and benediction, whereby people are blessed by Jesus present with us in the sacrament. Come and join us for this joyful celebration.

St George's Day - 23rd April

A chance to 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.
This 670 year old city centre church is the parish church for Spon End and the lower part of Earlsdon.
The unique sculptures date from the time in the late 14th century when the great churches in Coventry losing pace with the Cathedral cities of York and Lincoln and Lichfield.
Visitor Liaison Officer Mike Polanyk believes it was an inspired piece of early marketing.
"The church authorities came up with a great piece of medieval spin, putting out a story 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!"
Mike admits it was a load of hokum, but chapels and statues were soon blossoming in the city!
Very few have survived, but those two in St Johns are in a very competant state.
These can be seen on St Georges Day 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 music 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 in the hall most of the day.

Ascension Day – 10 May

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th of Holy Week
6.30pm Stations of the Cross and Mass

CHRISM MASS

Bishop Jonathan will celebrate his Chrism Mass at Lichfield Cathedral on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 28 March, at 11.30am. Lifts can be arranged. Please speak to Fr Dexter about that.  

Maundy Thursday – 29 March

Bishop Christopher will celebrate the Diocesan Chrism Mass in the Cathedral (Coventry) at 10.30am.

Good Friday – 30 March

10.30am Stations of the Cross for the Family
2pm Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday – 31 March

8pm Easter Vigil

Easter Day – 1 April

10am Sung Mass with Procession and Easter egg hunt

Palm Sunday - 25th March
10am Procession from the Lower Precinct and Sung Mass

 
Ash Wednesday – 14 February
 
Thursday 14th December 1pm
Bablake School Christmas Concert
 
Friday 15th December 12.30pm
Christmas Lunch in Church Hall
 
Sunday 24th December Advent 4 and Christmas Eve
 
10am Mass
NOTE Mass every day over the Christmas Octave
 
Tuesday 26th December - St Stephen - 1pm Mass 
Wednesday 27th December - St John the Evangelist - 1pm Mass
Thursday 28th December - The Holy Innocents - 1pm Mass
Friday 29th December - St Thomas Becket - 1pm Mass
Saturday 30th December - in the Christmas Octave - 9.30am Mass
Saturday 31st December - The Holy Family - 10am Mass
Monday 1st January - Mary, Mother of God - 12noon Angelus and Mass
 
 
 
PAST EVENTS
 
Saturday 2nd December 10am - 2pm

 
 
 Monday 30th October to Tuesday 14th November
Coventry Peace Festival - At St John's
 
 
Much of the focus will be on areas dedicated to peace and reconciliation in the Church, from the prayer of forgiveness from one of the church's earliest patrons, the Black Prince, to the famous War Memorial Window, which honours 98 of the Spon End parish who died in the First World War.
 
 
Less well known are the extraordinary Stations of the Cross which were commissioned by the congregation post WWII to be made in Bavaria as part of Coventry's determination to foster renewed relationships with the German nation.