The  Parish  Church  of  St  John  the  Baptist, Coventry

Dates for Your Diaries in 2018 - More details will appear as the events approach

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

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

Ascension Day – 10 May

Pentecost – 20 May

Corpus Christi – 31 May

St John the Baptist’s Day – 24 June

Advent Sunday – 2 December

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
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.
Services include:
Requiem Masses for all the Faithful Departed on Thursday November 2 at 1pm and 7pm,
A Service of Remembrance on Sunday Nov 5 at 4.30pm,
Prayers for Peace on Saturday Nov 11 at 11am, followed by poetry readings from a  local poet.

There will be a Sung Requiem for the War Dead on Sunday Nov 12 at 10am, and
a Procession of the Stations of the Cross on that Sunday at 4.30pm.

A local artist will be showing his various impressions of the church,
the chapel of St John the Baptist will be open for private meditation and prayer,
there will be a peace garden, a floral peace trail, a carpet of flowers, a children's path,
and daily readings and recitals from the local community.

Our Rector Fr Dexter Bracey has devised the programme:

" As a longstanding place of Christian worship, St John the Baptist is a building which speaks of peace and tranquility, and members of the congregation seek to work with other Christians and others in the community to foster a culture of reconciliation."

"The programme of activities planned for this festival offers opportunities to experience the peace and tranquility of the building and, in different ways, to reflect upon past conflicts, remember those who have suffered as a result of them, and to pray for peace."

Saturday 30th September

The 1st Festival of Christian Orthodox Choral Music in the UK
at St Johns 7pm - Tickets £10 Refreshments Available - pay at the door or ....
Use the link below for tickets :-

Sunday 24th September 12 noon 
Harvest Thanksgiving Bring and Share Meal

THURSDAY, 7th. Sept to Sunday 10th. 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Church open all day

     includes :-

          Friday 8th      - 1pm Bablake School Recital

                                 - 6pm Coventry Street Pastors Commissioning Service

          Saturday 9th - 7pm 'Unlock the Music' present
                                    The Thrup'nny Bits (folk music) and
                                    Harim Oh (Opera Singer)

Concert featuring a cappella singing group Thrup'nny Bits and operatic soprano soloist Harim Oh.

Thrup'nny Bits are a three voice harmony group incorporating folk songs, music hall and early music. They are big favourites in Coventry and have sung at festivals all round the country.

Harim Oh is a soprano soloist who has performed in major operas throughout Britain including with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She starts a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September.

Donations received will go towards the restoration fund for the church's vintage 1878 Bechstein piano. Enjoy some wonderful music and the beautiful acoustic of this lovely church.

SATURDAY, Sept 9th is the 50th Anniversary of the Parish of St Mary and St John, Camp Hill, Nuneaton - Celebratory Mass at noon.


The Scott Burt Piano Trio will be giving a lunchtime concert on Friday 1st September at 1pm. For those who have been to the Bablake School concerts in St John’s, Cathy Scott Burt will be familiar as the conductor, Dr Nicholas Scott Burt as their organist and Harry as their cellist son. This is free concert with donations towards the Benslow Hills Instrument Loan Scheme.

SATURDAY, Sept 2nd. 10.30am - 4pm

Ebsfleet Lay Congress in Coventry Cathedral

SUMMER FAYRE . This will be on Saturday 8th July. There will be various stalls including jams, cakes, gifts, books, vinyl, greeting cards and artefacts made in Palestine as well as entertainment, photographic and historic exhibitions, tours, children’s way, walks in the grounds and a viewing of the church's Green Man door. Refreshments will be available from 10am until 2pm in the hall. Speak to Mike and Sheila if you can help on the day or if you can provide cake, jam or other items to sell.
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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) / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07880 898119.
 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.
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.


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


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.





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 


"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.


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