CW75: Fresh air, fields and friendship

‘A trip to Sutton-under-Brailes is always a good one! Being in the open fields and fresh air is amazing and very different to Coventry.’

St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor is in an urban priority area of Coventry. The church was planted on the Aldermoor estate about seventy years ago and has recently moved from an old redundant church to temporary buildings on a piece of land in the centre of the estate. The congregation is a mix of all ages. In addition to bible and prayer groups the building is used daily for a variety of activities including the foodbank, cooking club, youth activities, parent and toddler groups, a weekly welcoming group for anyone who feels isolated. It is a very welcoming church, full of friendship and love.

CW75: Growing a rural church

For years, Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre CEO Jerry Marshall has been enthusing about our resource Equipping for Rural Mission but had never actually done it. Then an opportunity arose to work through it with his village church, stimulating a fresh initiative based on hospitality and welcome.