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22nd May 2020

Open Heaven is an initiative in the city of Coventry, uniting churches from every denomination, network and stream, to prayer-walk every street during the month of June 2020.

As we unite together in prayer, we believe we will see God move here for His glory. 

We invite you to be involved!

Some members of the fellowship of QRBC are planning to take part and we welcome and encourage others to do so.

Prayer-walking will be done as individuals or pairs in strict adherence to Government safety guidelines, and you can choose to cover as few or as many streets as you like. You can even be involved if you are in isolation at home or are otherwise unable to go out.

If you are interested and would like more information about what is involved, please contact Sandra Hobley or Jan Fisher or email

Full details are available on the Open Heaven website


1st November 2019

The Light Party, an alternative to Halloween is one of the most attended events of the year at QRBC.  Once again the event was brilliantly imaginative and well organised by the team. So many people were involved in making it happen, and it was lovely to have so many of the young people helping too. With a Glow Disco, Face painting, hot dogs and drinks, biscuit decorating, many crafty activities, apple bobbing and other activities there was plenty to do. Over 300 people came along - it was great to celebrate the light rather than the darkness together.



18th April 2019

Last Saturday we held our Love Event with activities for all of the family. Number attending were, in all honesty, a bit disappointing but those who were there  report having had a very good time. The creations in the photo were by Collins Chabala, one of our Deacons.


25th March 2019

Please note that there will be no service at 6.30pm next Sunday ( 31st March 2019) due to a significant part of the usual evening congregation being at the Church Weekend Away.

15th March 2019

Rev Neil Martin writes:- I begin this article with a confession that I believe is appropriate at this time. My confession is that, at times, I fall into the category of a walking stereotype of a man. When I'm in the kitchen, I'll walk around, open all the cupboard doors to find something, and then yes, I do, I wander off, and leave them all open. I can spend 20 minutes looking through cupboards for something, only to have Liz wander in, look in the first drawer I was at, and produce the searched-for item. You see, I am a cliché: without someone to help organise me, I would have no social life. So, with that in mind, I have drawn together a group of fellow sufferers of Male Stereotype Syndrome (MSS), to organise social events that men who suffer with the awful stigma of stereotypitus may attend. (Please note all men are welcome, including those who do not suffer with MSS.) Please find the dates of planned activities below, with the names of the relevant organisers. Please come and talk to me  or email if you have any questions. The first dates are:-

Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm                              The Old  Windmill pub

Monday 8th April at 7.30pm                                    Curry House (contact Iain Colville)


15th February 2019

Just a few weeks ago we launched an appeal to raise money to buy a motor bike for one of the workers at Acts Chapel, Kakata, Liberia - one of our partners overseas. An amazing £798.50 was collected by QR to send to the church to purchase a motorbike for £640.00. The appeal is now closed. The extra monies will be use towards replacing parts, fuel etc. Thank you for your support.

21st December 2018

As usual in the period before Christmas lots has been happening.  At a recent Girls Brigade event the audience were treated to some music items and a poem acted out by the Explorers. Then the older girls performed 'Babushka'  - a Russian tale about a grandma who met the Three Wise Men and then went on her own quest to find the Christ child.

Well done everyone!


20th December 2018

In the run-up to Christmas over 100 children from three schools have beento the church to experience "Rewind to Christmas"
The children meet and can talk to the characters in the Nativity story as they learn what happened around Jesus birth.

The children also engage in creative activities.

16th December 2018

Lots going on in this pre-Christmas season - you can see some of it in this Gallery of photos.

20th November 2018

Hundreds of shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child appeal have been collected from the church today and taken to the processing centre in Whitley where they will be checked and packed into cartons and ultimately shipping containers that will take them to children who have very little.

The shoeboxes were from the church community and others, including schools, who used QRBC as the collecting point for their boxes.

17th November2018

The service of Ordination and Induction has been held, conducted by Regional Minister, Rev Adrian Argile with Rev Prof Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon's College preaching. Photographs of the occasion can be found here.


11th November 2018

27th October 2018

Another wedding between QRBC members with Rev Graham Banks conducting the service. More photos can be found here


29th September 2018

Very longstanding QRBC members Graham and Brenda have been married with Rev Graham Banks conducting the service. More photos of this happy event can be found here

15th July 2018

We were looking forward to the service in celebration of 100 years of Girls Brigade at Queens Road Baptist Church and it did not disappoint!
Click the link to see some photos from the occasion.

29th April 2018 

For the 134th Anniversary of moving to the present building we welcomed a choir and musicians from Georgia USA. They are on a UK tour and those that came to us were from a group known as 'the Sons of Jubal' and also from the Truett McConnell University. They led the morning service and the preacher was Dr J Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Some photos of the visit can be seen here

30th March 2018

Two busy days of "Rewind to Easter" saw approaching 200 children and their teachers visiting the church to experience the Easter story. Importantly they reported that they enjoyed it and they kept our team on their toes with some great questions.

Team briefing Palm Sunday
Pertinent questions Warming himself by the fire

To all at Queens Road Baptist Church,

Thank you so much for inviting us to your church and educating us about the Easter Story. We really appreciate the effort you put into making it so interesting and interactive for us. It must have taken so much time and preparation and we are really thankful!

We especially liked meeting the disciple characters and sharing food with them. We also liked the eggs and crafts you provided. We felt that everyone involved was really helpful and friendly.

We hope to visit again one day,

Year 5, Southfields Primary School



14th March 2018

We were delighted (on 13th March) to welcome Ishmael back  for his "Glorie Days" concert.  More photosd can be found here

14th December 2017

This week we have had the pleasure of welcoming people from various schools to our "Rewind to Christmas" event. At the end of Sunday (17th) morning's service please stay a bit longer and visit the various “stations” set up around the church this week to bring the story of Jesus’s birth alive for local year 6 schoolchildren. The children became “Stable Detectives” and travelled with the wise men (and women) searching for the new baby, they visited the shepherds, the angel, a scary King Herod, before finally arriving at the inn and meeting a grumpy innkeeper, (although he did provide refreshments!) Please come and see what the children saw and enjoy for yourself “Rewind to Christmas!”

King Herod The Inn The Stable

30th November 2017

Church Secretary Jan Fisher made a presentation to Graham Carpmail to thank him for his service as Centre Manager over the last 7 years. Jan also thanked Graham's wife, Yvonne, for supporting Graham in his role.

Graham has developed excellent links with many organisattions who have used our rooms and catering facilities bringing the premises alive during the week. Although he has retired from this post, Graham will continue to work with our Foodbank on a voluntary basis.


29th November 2017

Thank you to all who came along to the Christmas Crafternoon last Saturday. Joy Knott who organised the event says "We had a lovely time and raised £322.30 for breast cancer research. People enjoyed it so much that they have already asked me if we can do it again next year. What an encouraging response!"

8th November 2017

The red poppies to remember the fallen turn to white to symbolise our hope for peace.

A cascade of poppies is in place inside the Chapel ready for the Remembrance Sunday Service (10.30am).

10th October 2017

On Saturday the Global Care Bake-off was held at the church - a very enjoyable event and more importnatly it raise over £2000 (with the help of match funding from Barclays Bank) for work with some of the world's most deprived children. You can see some photos here.

11th September 2017

Next Sunday (17 September), Coventry hosts HSBC UK City Ride Coventry. As part of a day of traffic-free cycling designed to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, Coventry City Council will be closing roads (More details) between a maximum period of 6.00am and 6.00pm. Roads will re-open as soon as all equipment is taken from the route after the event finishes at 3.00pm and it is safe and feasible to do so. The Ring Road clockwise will remain open throughout so full access to the church will be maintained throughout the day. Some buses will be re-routed - details will, apparently, be on bus stops. We cannot find the detials of this at the time of writing.

7th July 2017

An invitation for you to share with the children you know. (To print it right click and "save image as" [any name you like] onto your computer from where you can print it by opening the file and right clicking again on the image and selecting "print")

3rd July 2017

Since July last year we have been following the progress of and praying for the Delhi Action - Kirsty, Grace, Helen and Sara. And now after their time in Delhi and 8 weeks travelling round the country telling about what they had done, the end of their time as a team has come. You can read their final blog here.

5th May 2017

Our good friends at Spark in the Park are well ahead with planning for the event for children and their families. This year it will run from Monday  to Wednesday, 7 - 9 August.  Lots of fun is to be had by all.  There are a lot of activities available (some are weather permitting)  including inflatables, craft, sport, tattoos and time to find out what it says in the Bible about the Superheros that can be found there. More immediately they are fund raising as the event is free. This weekend they have quiz and disco - full details here

7th February 2017

Lent Bible Studies led by Rev Ralph Hanger

Lent is a period in the church calendar which is intended for thoughtful reflection and prayer to prepare us for the Easter season – both the drama of Good Friday and the thrill of Easter Sunday.

Many of us will be using a Lent Journal which Rev Graham Banks has produced for us to assist us in this thoughtful preparation.  As we go through this, he has touched on a number of issues which we might like the opportunity to think about more and talk about with others.

This year’s Lent Bible studies will give the opportunity to do just this.  We have picked out themes from the journal like – Creation – Suffering – Lamentations – Sacrifice – Abiding in Christ – Gethsemane.  We will look at major passages relating to the theme in hand, giving time for all involved to voice their experiences, difficulties or questions or just to listen to what others are saying.

Why not come and share in these studies?  We will meet on Thursdays 9th,16th,23rd and 30th March and Wednesdays  5th and 12th April – normally in the church lounge from 7.30- 9.00pm.

30th January 2017

During 2016 our food bank team distributed 907 three day food parcels to a total of 2311 people. This number included 1310 adults and 1001 children. A total of 18,650 kgs (or 18.65 tonnes if you prefer) of food was given out from our store, plus over 100 soft toys. This supported people who are finding life tough going in a practical way. In addition to this our fellowship distributed 68 Christmas Hampers to people who needed a bit of support or came to our food bank centre during the Advent season.


The Ministry Team, Church Officers and Deacons wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas



Throughout the year the Queens Road Foodbank team distribute literally tonnes of food to people who are in need (for a whole variety of circumstances) as one of the operating centres of Coventry Foodbank.

At Christmas, as a church, we like to make an extra gift to those in need, mostly those we have served through Foodbank but also others we know. These hampers (66 this year) contain more than just the basics, perhaps some nice biscuits, some cheese, some Christmas crackers, a toy or two for the children, sweets and so on. These are being distributed in the next few days.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the hampers with requested items (or cash to buy them), Thank you to the team who have put them together and also to those who have volunteered to deliver the hampers to homes around the city.



Something for the New Year? The Marriage Course was developed in 1996 by Nicky and Sila Lee (authors of The Marriage Book) for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. It is for couples who are in a married or cohabiting* relationship and seeking to strengthen their relationship. Some couples do the course to invest in their relationship, others need more urgent help. Either way, the course offers a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep your relationship strong.
*The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.
Each session consists of a meal, a practical talk and a time for private discussion between you and your partner.
We plan to run The Marriage Course over seven evenings from February 2nd 2017.
For more information or to register interest contact Jo and Dan Simonds.
Further details can be found on the Marriage Course website


Some documents to help with our prayers over the Advent season can be found here.


Our All Age services are an important part of our programme of worship services. Recently they have been on the first Sunday of each month but we are now making this more flexible to include key dates. The dates for the first half of 2017 are:-

29th January; 12th February; 26th March (Mothering Sunday); 16th April  (Easter Sunday); 21st May  (Communion);  18th June  (Fathers Day)


Rev Graham Banks has been inducted as our new minister in a service attended by people from QRBC and many visitors from Graham's previous church in Bognor Regis and other friends from Coventry and around the country. The service was conducted by Rev Anthony Orr who has acted a Moderator during the Pastoral Vacancy. The induction was carried out by Regional Minister Rev Niel Le Tissier and the address was given by Jamie Fredricks, Minister in Training at Opengate Church in Bognor. The service was followed a by tea with masses of food. Photos of the occasion can be found here


We are an Action Team Training Church for the BMS Gap Year project for young people who want to do a Christian gap year and/or explore what God might be calling them to in the future.

This year we are working with the India Delhi Team (Kirsty, Helen, Grace and Sara) who have already visited us for two weekends in September. In early October they set off for Delhi to work with a project called Anusaran, which means "following the example" (of Christ). Here they will be helping at a non-formal school for children who don't have the opportunity to go to school. Anusaran also provides a women's empowerment project that we will be contributing too. On return to the UK we will be doing a 2 month tour of the UK, sharing our experiences in churches, schools and youth groups.Anusaran also provides a women’s empowerment project that the team will be working with. The team also hopes to get involved in the life of a local Church in Delhi.

You can keep up with their news by signing up for their blogs (contact the Church Office) or following their Facebook page Delhi: Action Team 2016-17.

They will return to us in April 2017 to share some of the experiences and what God has been teaching them, before going on a 2 month tour of Churches in the UK.


From the beginning of September until mid October our Sunday morning services will be following the theme of prayer. The feedback from the fellowship meeting held in March showed that almost every discussion group shared some concern about prayer whether as individuals or corporately as a church. As Christians we want to continually draw closer to our Heavenly Father, and like any relationship with someone we love, we need to be able to talk to Him, honestly and openly and to listen and hear from him accurately.  So it seems appropriate that we should follow this topic of prayer through into our Small Group bible studies which will be beginning in the autumn.

The material we are offering is entitled   “Prayer – An Adventure with God” and it’s part of the Scripture Union Lifebuilder bible studies series.  If you are part of a Small group and you use the material we hope that you will find it helpful, and if you are currently not in a Small Group but would like to get involved, please contact Anna Grimshaw

8/8/16  The service to mark the beginning of Rev Graham Banks ministry with us (known as an Induction service) will take place on Saturday 12th November at 2pm. It will be led by a new member of the Regional Ministry Team, Rev Neil Le Tissier and be followed by refreshments.




We are delighted to announce that Rev Graham Banks has accepted a call from the church to become its next Minister. He and his wife Chris will be moving to Coventry from Bognor Regis, probably in the Autumn. Further details will be announced as they become available.


From 1982 to 1986 Rev. Graham Banks was Associate Minister at Queens Road - his first post after college. Since then he has had long pastorates in a church near Leeds and another in Sussex.

Graham will be leading worship on 10th July and we will be exploring the possibility of him joining our Ministry Team. More details for Members can be found here.


Over the period from last September we have been having (limited) news of the BMS Kosovo Acrtion Team and praying for them. Since they returned to the UK and visited us in April, they have been touring the country telling of their experiences. You can learn more about this here  Please continue to pray..


Below are few photos of Keith Parr's induction service at Maghull Baptist Church in Liverpool. Over 70 people travelled from Coventry to support Keith and Karen. They were very warmly welcomed by the people at MBC. Rev Phil Jump led the service and Rev Adrian Argile preached. The tea afterwards was exceptional.

  The Church Secretary of Maghull B.C. explains how they came to call Keith. The Minister of Maghull Baptist Church!


As part of the Parade Service four young men of the Boys Brigade were awarded their Presidents badge. Great to see their dedication and achievement - Congratulations!!!


On Sunday 20th December we have our traditional Carol Service where Christmas Carols are interspresed by readings related to Christmas from the Bible. But on Sunday 13th we had an "Alternative Carol Service". This was in the large hall with the congregation sat around tables, food to nibble on and drinks at any time. Some newer Christmas songs and older carols with different arrangements, some poems and some Bible readings topped off with a thought provoking talk.
One of the poems was "Christmas" by John Betjeman read by Michael. He helped us by explaining that a "Tortoise stove" was an early type of slow burning stove and that Crimson Lake and Hooker's Green are not places but names for the colours in the stained glass. You can read the poem here.


It has been announced that our Minister, Rev Keith Parr, has been called to be Minister of Maghull Baptist Church, Liverpool. He will leave Coventry at the end of February. Many people, both inside and outside the church, will be sorry to see him go but recognise that when God calls, it is good to obey!


The shoe boxes that were collected at QRBC for Operation Christmas Child have started their journey. Two consignments from QRBC have already gone to the Warehouse in Warwick (see photos) - the rest will go on Wednesday. When they reach the Warehouse they are sorted into Boys and Girls and then checked to ensure the contents are not going to cause any problems. The donations towards transport costs are separated at this point. As the team try to clear the pile the van keeps arriving with more. The checked boxes are sealed with security tapes before being put in large boxes for transportation. Next week they will be loaded into containers for their onward journeys. It is anticipated that up to 15,000 shoe boxes will go through the Warwick Warehouse.
Thank you again to all who supported the project.


Coventry Open Christmas will be held at QRBC again this year. Coventry Open Christmas is a voluntary organisation managed by the "Grub & Gab" club.They provide shelter and food to the homeless and lonely over the Christmas holiday when they are open 22 hours a day for five days. (24th to 28th December). In those five days it is etimated that they will provide over 600 meals and serve over 3,000 cups of tea and coffee. Offers of help, either on the open days or in the couple of days before and after (for set-up/breakdown) should be directed to Graham Carpmail, our Centre Manger on 024 7652 0621.


This year some of our Harvest Thanksgiving Offering (4th October) will be going to Operation Agri’s (OA) work in Bangladesh. You’ll be hearing about the valuable work done to help women in that country.
Another lady who has recently received help from OA is Christine Kyalimpa. Hopefully a lot of you will remember Christine and Paul’s visit to Queens Road in Feb 2014. While Christine was with us she visited a lot of groups at church. Among them was the Prayer Shawl group, where Svetlana taught her to knit.
When Christine returned home she gathered a group of 7 women together and taught them to knit. However, they lacked materials to produce knitted goods for sale.
Last autumn OA issued a challenge to children and other groups across the UK to collect knitting patterns, needles and wool. With the help of SMILE International everything collected was sent
to Christine in Kyenjojo in SW Uganda. Now Christine’s knitting group will be able to earn money for their families by selling the knitted garments they make.
They also plan to send two of the ladies to Kampala to be trained as trainers (ToTs) so they can teach other women to knit and earn an income for their families. This will help them to reach out into their communities with the love of Christ. The small ‘seed’ planted when Christine was taught to knit during her visit to QRBC is fast becoming a large tree!!!


CHRISTIAN AID NEWS - Where is your money spent?

Christian Aid’s Christmas appeal 2014 raised millions for maternal and child health projects in Kenya, Malawi and beyond – helping women to give birth safely to beautiful, bouncing babies. Praise God that in the last five months there have been no pregnancy related mother or baby deaths in Kenyan villages where Christian Aid has run health programmes.

Mary Odey didn't know how to protect her children from malaria. She tried using herbs and a traditional healer, but these were not enough to save the lives of two of her children. Things have changed since our partner AD-CHUS started working in Mary's village. Community Health Agent Ngozi Richard visited the house regularly to teach Mary about malaria and good use of a mosquito net. Mary was able to support her daughter, Christiana, ensuring she was protected during pregnancy and with the birth of her twins, and Mary is now a proud grandmother.
Now the whole family visit the health clinic and they have nets to sleep under. Mary said: They have helped teach me how to use the net very well. They taught me even if you are sleeping on the mats you must fold the mosquito net under the mat and sleep inside so the mosquitoes cannot enter the net.'
With the money raised by people like us Christian Aid is able to give precious gifts to communities like these – gifts such as mosquito net, diagnostic kits and medicine to treat malaria. Thanks be to God for His work through ordinary people like you and I and those who work for Christian Aid.
If you want to know more of how Christian Aid spend the money we raise join us at the Cathedral on Sunday 18th October at 6.30pm for a service of thanksgiving.


This year we are hoping to be a Training Church for another BMS Action Team but do you remember the Nepal Action Team from a few years ago? Eunice Fifield from that team got married on 18th July to Josh Smith. Our congratulations to the happy couple!



One of the churches Deacons, Emma Peak, married Jon Birch today in front of a packed church. Before they went on to the Reception members of the congregation were treated to magnificent cakes and drinks in the Large Hall and the opporunity to congratulate the happy couple.

More photos can be seen here


Another  good evening competing for the Arnold Wilkins Memorial Trophy as the church held its annual cricket match. The Trophy was presented to some younger members of the winning team by Peter Champion.


This morning we popped in to the Open Morning of a new neighbour. CORD is a Christian based organisation which works to build peace and strengthen communities in many troubled parts of the world (For example Chad - refugees from Sudan and Central African Republic, Burundi, Myanmar,Cambodia, Laos).

They have left their Leamington base and moved into Eaton House (the pale coloured  tall buidling between the church and the Railway Station).

For more information go to


23/4/15 When something happened around 2000 years ago it is not always easy to explain it in a way that accessible to the present culture. Our latest attempt to convey the Easter story was hugely popular with around 130 children plus parents and carers present on Good Friday for interactive Easter. You can get a flavour of the event by viewing the photo gallery

28/2/15 Keith Parr ordained

Our Minister, Keith Parr, has been ordained into the Baptist ministry after he had completed the necessary studying and had his calling affirmed in accordance with Baptist procedures. A well filled church took part in the service which was conducted by Rev Adrian Argile, the Regional Minister and Rev Clive Burnard preached the sermon. A time for refreshments afterwards gave Keith (and others) time to catch up with many visitors from across the city and further afield.

More photos of the event can be found here

22/1/15   A little extra

QRBC is a distribution point for Coventry Foodbank and is very busy when open. But in December we like to do a little bit extra. So, as previously, an appeal was made for some special Christmas items with which to make Hampers for those who had recently visited our Food Bank centre. As can be seen from the photo this had a huge response and enabled us to distribute dozens of hampers to make Christmas a little happier for people in hard times.

31/12/14  Thursday Tiddlywinks!

We are excited to announce that in the New Year we will start a second Tiddlywinks on a Thursday morning!  We will meet most Thursdays in term time. This will have a later start than the Friday group (10.30am) and will run until 12.15pm.  This gives us the opportunity to accommodate the many people on the waiting list as well as find spaces for the extras we’re currently squeezing into the Friday morning and give us more opportunity to build relationships with these people.

But that’s not all!  The majority of the time we would leave the halls set up for the Friday Tiddlywinks which gives us the opportunity (and space) to run short courses – maybe introduction to Christianity, Bbible studies for Mums, parenting help – as well as the opportunity to continue some of the conversations which are often started and unable to be finished due to the nature of the morning groups.  This can all be done in the familiar location the Mums know and their children are comfortable in. For more information ring Sarah White on 07967 374625


Many congratulations to Church member Vera Pedley on reaching the 100th birthday!


21/12/14  It has been done before but this morning we celebrated the approach of Christmas by enjoying a Nativity featuring the children and young people. Hours of preparation, huge efforts by the leaders and musicians and the fantastic children led to a memorable event. You can see photos of it here.

28/11/14 For the third year running our Foodbank will be supplying those visiting during Advent with a voucher to collect a Christmas hamper from us just before Christmas. We are inviting donations of suitable food which can be left at the church anytime it is open. We suggest some thing from the following list:-

Medium Christmas Pudding Large Custard
Small & Medium Christmas Cakes Tin of ham (pear shaped tin)
Tins of Salmon (Red or Pink) Chocolate biscuits (Large tins and small packs)
Boxes or tins of chocolates Tins of Friut Cocktail, Peaches, Pineapple
Selection Boxes Mince Pies

If you prefer to give money, then that can be used to purchase any items we are short of. Last year we distributed 60 hampers and we hope to do something similar this year

9/11/14  Photos of yesterday's Cream Tea with live music event can be found here

8/11/14  The Thailand Action Team including church member Richard Fuller are now well into their work in Thailand. The links below are an opportunity to catch up on what they and the long term BMS team are doing - it may bring tears to your eyes seeing the situation of those they are working with.

The Team's Blog      A video about the Rubbish Dump Community in Mae Sot  BMS long term work in Mae Sot

5/10/14  Following the extensive refurbishment of some of our rooms which took place a few years ago, we have recently increased the number of our chairs by ordering additional seating from Trent Pottery and Furniture.  Following the increase in demand for conference meeting facilities and church activities at Queens Road, we felt we required additional chairs to match the ones we purchased a few years ago to be used in the large hall.

Robert Price, Managing Director of Trent Pottery and Furniture where we purchased the chairs commented ‘We were delighted that Queens Road Baptist Church were so pleased with the chairs and decided contact us again when they needed more. We are so pleased to supply furniture to such a worthy cause which does so much within the community. We wish you well in the future and thank you for choosing Trent’.

14/10/14  Here is the Action Team's first blog since arriving in Thailand. It refers to "the dump"...We googled "Mae Sot the Dump" and got the following description (and quite a lot of very sad images, a couple of which are below) but, if you’ve time to do so, have a look for yourself as it will give a further insight into where the team will be working...They will need our prayer support!
"A garbage dump outside of Mae Sot, Thailand, is home to a group of Burmese people who have been displaced by armed conflicts in Burma. They are unable to return to their country where many of their villages have been destroyed and are unable to gain legal refugee status in Thailand; thus, their options are very limited. Those living in the Mae Sot Dump, even the children, earn a meagre living by picking recyclable plastic from piles of garbage."

13/10/14  In November we have arranged training in Prayer Ministry (Thursday 6th November 7.15 - 9.45pm and Saturday 15th November 9.30am to 4.15pm). If you are interested in this area of service or just wanting to be equipped to pray with anyone who may ask you, this is for you. It will be led by Rev Anne Hibbert, founder and director of the Well Christian Healing Centre in Leamington Spa. Open to those from all churches across the Coventry area. More details and online booking or a downloadable booking form can be found here.  Leaflets are also available at the church or ring the Church Office on 024 7652 0621. (A discounted rate is available for members of the QR congregation - please ask for details).

10/9/14  The Church has teamed up with The Well Christian Healing Centre to offer traing this Autumn.
The course will be led by Rev Anne Hibbert, Director of The Well and some of her Team. The Course aims to give a biblical framework for healing prayer. Each part of the training course will be a mixture of teaching, Bible input, the theory and principles of prayer, practical demonstrations and plenty of hands -on experience!
The course will cover:
Jesus and His Healing Ministry
Jesus’ mandate to us
How to pray for those needing healing
The power of the Cross and how to use it practically when praying
Learning to receive prophetic words and pictures to encourage others
Blockages to healing prayer, especially looking at unforgiveness
How to pray for various conditions
Personal preparation before praying

For more details and online booking or a downloadable booking form click here

22/5/14  Church member Raj Bagiarban is currently spending time in South Africa with mission organisation OM. Apart from learning to live and work in a multi national team, he has been involved in various outreach activities including a trip to the town of Motohani in Lesotho (below).

On the left is Raj's OM Family (team). He says "my family consists of Kristen, now living in Hong Kong originally from USA, Fun from China, Lea from Switzerland, Marc from South Africa (sitting in the chair and also my room-mate), Pieter our family group Dad also from South Africa, Nate also from Switzerland, also my accountability partner and one of my closest friends here, William  from South Africa, Nanja from the Netherlands and, last but by no means least, our family group Mom Leike also from Netherlands"..


21/5/14  Earlier this year we were delighted to welcome to Coventry Pastor Paul Kyalimpa and his wife from Uganda. We are aiming to build relationships between ourselves and the churches that Paul serves in Uganda. We have recently heard from Paul. He says "We are all well and doing well. I have been visiting churches and sharing our visit experience to Coventry and with QRBC.  People have been so happy. and I have given bibles to churches and they are so thankful for the gift of bibles from QRBC. The churches have liked the partnership and they say they look forward to praying for you. We have also met with children and given them the clothes and  Easter eggs and sweets from UK.  On 10th May we had a seminar with the married couples from all churches".

The other part of Paul's work is training people in agriculture. He is particularly busy in this at the moment. The photos below show some of the groups he is working with.


27/4/14  For Church Anniversary weekend we organised a walk around Ryton Pools. 43 Adults & 21 children made a total of 64 people + 4 dogs! involved in the afternoon’s event. Out of 58 people on the walk 18 just did the they had other commitments.  40 returned to church to be joined by 6 more for a chip supper.  

Photos of the event are here

1/4/14  There are so many activities going on at QRBC, some high profile, some lower profile. Perhaps in the latter category is the Craft Group which has been quietly meeting monthly since 1989. This years Easter activity has been decorating candles with a seasonal theme.

31/3/14  Church member Raj Bagiarban is currently in South Africa on a Mission Discipleship Training course with Operation Mobilisation (OM).

Raj and Martin (from Germany) cooking Schnitzel

Raj writes  "My OM family consists of, Kristen now living in Hong Kong originally from USA, Fun from China, Lea from Switzerland, Marc from South Africa, Pieter our family group Dad also from South Africa, Nate also from Switzerland, also my accountability partner and one of my closest friends here, William also from South Africa, Nanja from the Netherlands and last but by no means least our family group Mum Leike also from Netherlands. Please keep us all in your prayers, we meet up and eat food, talk, share testimonies, chill, play games and do other family stuff with each other. We meet once a week and the time we all spend with each other is very precious and blessed, so please pray that we all get on really well and that the family time is enjoyable"

"Me and Evelyn are team leaders for Team 2 … this is a massive shock for both of us as we don’t feel like we are natural leaders. But this will be a fantastic challenge for us both".

The team have recently visited a town called Motohani in Lesotho. Before they went Raj wrote "We will be living in mud huts and there is no washing facilities and it’s a 10KM round trip for water everyday. Spiritual warfare here is rife and we are not used to it in the Western world as much" We hope to be able to bring a report of this trip and Raj's other activities soon.

The venue for a prayer night before the trip to Lesotho


5/3/14  Will you know how to get to church? Work starts soon on the giant redevelopment scheme near the church called "Friargate". The scheme will provide the Council with new offices drawn together on a single site from several places currently. There will also be offices, hotelsand even some housing on what is now the Grosvenor Road public car park although this is all going to take many years to achieve, perhaps fifteen.

The first part of the scheme is to change the road layout and to build a bridge deck, 100 metres wide, over the Ring Road to make a sweeping walk from the Station to the City Centre via an enlarged Greyfriars Green. On the weekend of 22nd/23rd March the three "Junction 6" bridges over the Ring Road (two road and one pedestrian) will be demolished and thereafter temporary traffic arrangements will be in place for about 18 months until the new road layout is finalised. Detailed guidance of how to access the church by car can be found here and will be kept updated. Information about changes to bus routes is here

Also on 23rd March is the Coventry Half Marathon! The route has been changed and this year, for perhaps obvious reasons it does not come anywhere near the church. The arterial roads that are affected are Holyhead Road and Radford Road - more details here

This "artists impression" should be taken with a pinch of salt as it does not appear to offer access to Grosvenor Road or to Central Six. A plan of the finished scheme appears to show these accesses being unchanged from the present  i.e off the Ring Road slip road and off the small roundabout respectively.


As a church we have a very long association with Coventry Youth for Christ going back to at least the 1960s. We are delighted that they will be with us again on Saturday to share about their work and to provide a nice breakfast while doing so. Do come to support them if you can.

We are looking forward to building our partnership with Paul and Christine as they visit us from Uganda from 7th – 24th March.
Everyone, is invited to meet them informally on Saturday 15th March 7-9pm at the church with entertainment and
desserts! (See March Look Inside)

19/2/14  Each week we welcome many people and organisations who hire parts of our church premises. They run various activities which are not under the control of the church but are helping people in various different ways. Some are charities while others are run by people who are making their living from the activities. One such organisation is Patchwork Craft who would like you to know this about them:-

"We would like to let you know about our art and craft workshops for adults with learning disabilities in Coventry at Queens Road Baptist Church.

Patchwork Craft are running a weekly course on Tuesday afternoons 12.30-3.00, term time only. We have a long history of working with adults with learning disabilities and see great value in the therapeutic benefits of art and craft. Our workshops are an environment where friends can be made and new skills can be developed. We also have a break for a cuppa and biscuit!

There is a charge for the workshops, £8 per session or £6 when booking 4 or more sessions. Contact us for more details; 07757438233 / 07930608818 or email us at"


OK, it took us a month to get this photo to the 'Latest News' page but we wanted to record this happy and meaningful event for Matthew, Holly and their children. In the Baptist tradition we only baptise those who are old enough to have made a decision about following Jesus for themselves. That does not mean that wecoming little ones is not important. We do this through a dedication service in which the parents and the church community make promises to care for and teach the children.

(If this is of interest to you, please contact the minister, Keith Parr.)


Not (yet) mentioned elsewhere on this website is the fact that we have a church library with a varied range of books and digital media. In this photo, taken today, Mary and June are preparing new books (Tom Wright Commentaries) to be added to the shelves.


We are greatly blessed as a church by so many people who give their time in many, many ways to serve God. We thank God for you all, whatever you do, whether seen or (as in many cases), unseen.

We caught these  three "Cleaning Angels" on the way back to the office! They were just going for a well earned cuppa after tackling part of the chapel.

28/1/14   The Riding Lights are a theatre company with a Christian ethos committed to producing work with a spiritual heart that encourages, inspires and challenges audiences. They are performing at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, from 1st to 22nd February. The play is Ben Jonson's The Alchemist.
The Riding Lights say "The Alchemist's tale of deception and vanity shows how easily we can be duped by riches, fame and success. Aimed squarely at our self-centred, consumer driven culture, the show raises explosively topical questions about the vices and foibles of human nature, priorities, and social expectations which humans - and especially Christians - need to address"

You can view a trailer for the show here and more about the Riding Lights is here