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St. John's Church Participates in Coventry Peace Festival 2017

St John's Church

The beautiful medieval church of St John the Baptist in Fleet St, Coventry will be celebrating 16 days of peace and reconciliation events and services from October 30 until November 14 as their contribution to the Coventry Peace Festival 2017.

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.

Stations of the Cross at St. John's

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 off 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 childrens path, and daily readings and recitals from the local community.

Rector Fr Dexter Bracey has supervised the programme. " As a long-standing 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 communiry 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."

Memorial window at st. Johns

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