Tickets: FREE
Various locations
Sat 11 Sep 2021 @ 09.00

Faith: Open House

Sat 11 Sep 2021 @ 09.00
Various locations
Duration: 8 hours
FREE
 

The Open House is a chance for faith centres and spaces across Coventry to open their doors and welcome in audiences, offering them a chance to experience their faith.

This will be a chance for those who might not usually visit places of worship to spend time with someone’s faith, in whatever shape that might take, and to learn more about their beliefs, practices and work in the community. Whether through a performance of sacred music, a shared cup of tea, a chance to observe prayer, or simply the discovery of a space for quiet reflection, this event is sure to open hearts and minds. 

Faith is co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company with City Voices and Coventry faith communities.

Supported by Backstage Trust and David and Sandra Burbidge

The City Voices programme was devised and created by Theatre Absolute in 2019, in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust

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Theatre designer Tom Piper, famed for his poppy memorial at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will create an evocative visual representation of the existing ties and connections between the different faith groups. Faith communities across Coventry will join together physically, with Coventry’s places of worship set to be tied together with Coventry blue ribbons - a nod to the city’s silk industry - creating a beautiful temporary tapestry through the city. Coventry-based composer Sayan Kent (Maggie May, Liverpool Royal Court, Calcutta Kosher, Kali Theatre) will compose an original score to accompany the whole project.

OPEN HOUSES

St. Mary and Benedict RC Church
52a, Raglan Street Coventry, CV1 5QF.
9am – 4pm

St. Mary and Benedict Church is the Second Catholic Church to be established after the Reformation in Coventry. It was originally built to accommodate Irish Immigrants who came into the city in search of work but wanted somewhere to practice their faith. The building offers to the public Catholic worship with Holy Mass daily at 9:30am and Sunday Mass at 9:30am and 11:30am respectively.

On the day the Parish priest will be giving guided tours of the church and is happy to answer any questions. Refreshments will also be provided.

All of the Catholic churches in the City are opening the doors for Open House from 10am to 4pm. If you wish to visit a church near your home you are very welcome


Queens Road Baptist Church
Queens Road, Coventry, CV1 3EG
10am - 2pm

Queens Road Baptist Church will have an exhibition-style display covering our heritage (since the 17th Century) and present worshipping community as a city-centre church. The chapel, including the baptistry, will also be open for visitors.


Gujarati Hindu Satsang Mandal
Shree Krishna Temple, Harnall Lane West, Coventry, CV1 4EZ
10am - 2pm

Shree Krishna Temple is a well-attended Hindu temple in Coventry. We have a Bramhin (Maharaj/Panditji ) who performs daily ritual twice called Pooja. This ritual involves prayer and offering food (mainly fruits and dry fruit) called Bhog. The Bhog is distributed as prasad amongst Devotees who attend.

On the day, guests can enjoy an exhibition exploring the Hindu religion and Rangoli, as well as refreshments.

Further information
The temple has a carpark facility for six cars, alternatively guests can park in Halford carpark which offers nearest to parking to the temples.


Methodist Central Hall
Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA
10am - 3pm

Central Methodist Hall is an inclusive Christian church with a congregation consisting of many different cultures and backgrounds. The church was built in 1932 to service the people of Coventry.

Our mission statement is Nurturing and Celebrating Faith, Hope and Love. We will be offering poetry, origami, and access to the Art Trail: Stories of Change: hope, faith and love.

Access our video on our home page: http://centralhall.info/


Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Friends Meeting House Hill Street, Coventry, CV1 4AN
10am - 4pm

Quakerism grew out of Christianity, but today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there's something transcendent and precious in every person. Different words may be used to describe this, but often we speak of "that of God in everyone". Our meetings (worship) are largely silent. We use this to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. We have no ministers or priests and anyone can offer ministry if moved to do so. 

As part of Open House we welcome you to our meeting house and garden. In the garden we will be serving refreshments and giving s short introduction to Quakerism, followed by the opportunity to experience silent worship inside in the quiet.


The Church of St John the Baptist
Fleet Street, Coventry, CV1 3AY
10am - 4pm

Visitors will be able to see the inside of this Christian church, and there will be information describing aspects of the Christian faith and worship. We will set up prayer stations that will enable people to participate in prayer if they wish to do so.


St Osburg's Catholic Church
Barras Lane, Coventry, CV1 4AQ
10am - 4pm

Come and visit St Osburg's, the historic Mother church of the Roman Catholics church, for guided tours and history exhibitions. There will also be an opportunity to experience Holy Mass at 11.45am.


Coventry House of Prayer
5a Priory Row (Old Bluecoat School), Coventry, CV1 5EX
10am - 4pm

Open doors, discussion and prayer


Broadgate National Spiritualist Church
73 - 83 Eagle Street, Coventry, CV1 4GP
10am - 4pm

Broadgate National Spiritualist Church welcomes you to enjoy an exhibition, share stories and engage in conversations about Modern Spiritualism.

Visit Guidelines

  • No smoking or consumption of alcohol is permitted in or around the church
  • No food is to be consumed on the premises
  • One free bottle of water will be provided per person
  • Children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult

St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church (Polish)
Springfield Road / Harnall Lane West, Coventry, CV1 4GR
10am - 4pm

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church opens its doors for those who wish to enter as part of Open House. Guests can enjoy a guided tour exploring the history of the Polish community in Coventry, delicious, authentic Polish food prepared by the onsite Cracovianka restaurant and a performance by the Senza choir.


Coventry Cathedral
Priory St, Coventry, CV1 5FB
10am - 5pm

Explore the heritage of the spectacular Cathedral and enjoy a day of free activity. Alongside staff tours, the Blitz Museum will be open from 11-3 pm. In addition, there's a free 'Let's Make' family craft workshop from 10am-12pm and a live performance of 'From Ghost to Queen' by Navkiran Mann in the Cathedral Ruins at 12pm and 2pm.

There will be an audio installation featuring a recording of A Coventry Compline by Christine Foxon at 3pm, archive recordings from the Faith Project and a special performance of Father Forgive, by Duke Ellington with words by the Coventry Cathedral Litany of Reconciliation sung by Coventry Cathedral Choir, under the Cathedral Canopy at 5pm.


Noor-ul Islam Jamia Masjid
Eagle Street, Coventry, CV1 4GY
11am - 2pm

Noor-ul Islam Jamia Masjid welcomes guests to gain a deeper insight into the Islamic Faith. The mosque was established in early to mid- 1960s and was one of the earliest, purpose built Masjids in the country. Guest are also invited to observe midday prayers at 1.45pm. Displays and refreshments will also be available. The Mosque is located within close proximity of Zeenat Ul Islam, on Cambridge Street, which is also part of the ribbon tapestry.

The format of the day will be:

  • Welcome
  • Tour of Mosque
  • Refreshments
  • Presentation
  • Q&A
  • Guest at Mosque at 1.45pm will have opportunity to view Zuhr prayers taking place at Masjid

Do’s and Don’ts for guests:

  • Dress modestly
  • Be prepared to remove shoes at entrance
  • Head covering not necessary

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry
Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX
11am - 2pm

The members of Coventry’s oldest parish church are excited to welcome visitors to our Open House from 11am – 2pm. It’s a great opportunity to find out about the aspects of the Christian faith that are most important to us by participating in some simple activities. Our theme is ‘God welcomes everyone’.

The Prayer Zone: Try out some creative ways to pray

The Bible Zone: Reflect on a selection of Bible extracts as they are depicted through some famous and not-so-famous art works

The History Zone: Find out about Holy Trinity’s history and explore its beautiful building

The Music Zone: Have fun finding out what it’s like to sing in a church choir by joining in a short singing workshop – repeated throughout the three hours

The Messy Zone: Get creative with some simple art and craft activities

All zones will have something for young and old alike. No need to book, just come along and stay for as long as you want. Refreshments provided.

Accessibility Information Disabled access is through the front door, using the ramp which is accessed from Trinity Walk, to the right of the building.


CLM Church
The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG
11am - 3pm

Christian Life Ministries (or ‘CLM’ as we are usually known) is a vibrant, multi-national, Pentecostal church, with over 50 different nationalities represented, from across all age groups. Come to along to learn about the church's 85 year history, share free refreshments from our diverse community and find out about our vibrant expression of Christian faith.


Christ in the Precinct, Warwick Road United Reformed Church
10 Warwick Row, Coventry, CV1 1EX
11am - 3pm

Christ in the Precinct, originally a Congregational Church, became united with the Presbyterian Church in 1972, to form the United Reformed Church. The Building is 130 years old this year. Its prominence can be easily recognised by its front steps into the sanctuary, opposite the Quadrant. It is a Grade 2 listed building, erected to house 300 worshippers.

The day will consist of displays, history talks and discussion, children’s arts and craft activities, a musical performance and refreshments. Please see schedule below.

Tea and coffee will be served throughout. 

11.00 am - Piano/Organ recital by Tim Sheasby
11.30 am - Talk: History and Outreach at WR URC
12.00 noon - Bears and Prayers - story, action singing for pre-school
12.30 pm - World Day of Prayer - talk and visuals
1.00 pm - Christ in the Precinct - ecumenical outreach
1.30 pm - Coffee Shop Sunday - talk with visuals
2.00 pm - Christ in the Precinct - music/talk/prayer

Further information & Accessibility
From this courtyard there is a level access to the side of the church, as well as to the Centre rooms and toilets.

There is disabled parking for four cars and there is street parking at the Quadrant that allows car parking at a small charge.


St Mark's Coventry
Bird St, Coventry, CV1 5FX
12 - 2pm

St. Marks is a lively, city centre Church of England church. A Grade II listed building, built in the Gothic Revival style in 1868. Though the building was closed in 1972 and not used as a church for more than forty years, it was reopened in 2017 and is now home to a growing Christian faith community which seeks to engage with its community and the city as a whole.

The church received its listed status, in part due to its floor to ceiling mural by Hans Feibusch, a Jewish artist who sought refuge in the UK after being listed by the Nazi regime as a ‘degenerate artist.’

Tea, coffee and a warm welcome will be on offer on the day, an informal tour and faith discussion. In addition, we will put on three small presentations: about the worship music we have released (12.30), about our work with refugees (13.00) and about the Hans Feibusch mural (13.45).

We cannot offer parking but there is metered short-stay parking on both Bird Street and Stoney Stanton Road, and a number of more long-stay car parks within walking distance.

The building is accessible via ramp and toilets will be available for that guest use.


Guru Nanak Parkash Gurdwara
71 Harnall Lane West, Coventry, CV1 4FB
12pm - 3pm

Guru Nanak Parkash Gudwara weclomes visitors to take a guided tour of the Gudwara, its architecture, its artefacts and the contributions made by different generations of our faith community. Visitors will be able to observe live worship ( taking place in the Diwan Hall), learn about the creation of the Religious square mile, visit the gallery and be able to partake in Langhar - a vegetarian meal.

Visitors need to pre book to take part in tours by emailing [email protected] or calling 024 7622 6057

Advice:
Visitors will need to cover their heads and dress modestly. Trousers /leggings are preferred. There are toilets , including a changing area for babies. You may park in Lincoln Street Car Park opposite Halfords.


Swanswell Park
Stoney Stanton Rd, Coventry, CV1 4FF

Several communities who do not have a space of their own in Coventry will be welcomed to Swanswell Park –visit them for conversation, displays and music.

Coventry and Warwickshire Humanists
10am - 2pm

Exhibition, installation and Children's game

Baha'i community
10am - 4pm

Exhibition and Discussion

Zoroastrian community
11am - 1.30pm

Discussion, artefact exhibition and literature

Confraternity of the Rose Cross
1pm - 4pm

Exhibition and storytelling

IACF International Asian Christians Front
2pm - 3pm

Exhibition, Discussions, Punjabi Songs and Prayers

Take a look around some of the places of worship taking part

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash

Holy Trinity Church

Jamia Mosque Eagle Street

Broadgate National Spiritualist Church

Shree Gujarati Hindu Satsang Mandal Shree Krishna Temple