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"Welcome home, Archbishop Justin!"

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has started his four-day visit to Coventry and Warwickshire. Courtesy of the Coventry Transport Museum, he was collected in a vintage car from the station. He was then greeted by flag-waving children from All Saints CofE Primary School, Blue Coat CofE School and Eden Girls School.

During the next four days he will be meeting hundreds of people throughout the city a county.

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Having been ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 1992, Justin Welby was a curate in Nuneaton and then a rector in Southam. He later served at Coventry Cathedral from 2002 to 2007, where he became the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry.  A decade later is frequently seen wearing the Coventry Cross of Nails.

Archbishop Justin is returning home to help celebrate the Centenary of the Diocese of Coventry.  The diocese, in its current form, was created in 1918. At the same time, the old parish church of St Michael became the cathedral of the new diocese.

Wednesday 2 May

On Wednesday, the archbishop:

  • Met faith leaders from across the city at the Coventry Transport Museum;
  • Was welcomed at a civic reception by the Lord Mayor of Coventry;
  • Visited St Gabriel's CofE Academy near Rugby;
  • Met refugees and asylum seekers at St Peter's, Hillfields;
  • Took part in an arts presentation evening at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

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Thursday 3 May

One Thursday, the archbishop:

  • Engaged with members of the South Warwickshire NHS Trust in Rugby in a discussion about end of life matters;
  • Visited a working farm in south Warwickshire to hear about the challenges facing local farmers;
  • Met children and teachers at St James's Church of England Primary School in Southam, where Archbishop Justin was a school governor;
  • Visited Southam College;
  • Spoke to about 500 people who gathered at an event at Highfleld Farm, Frankton.  

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Friday 4 May

Today the archbishop will be:

  • Taking part in a Church leaders’ Breakfast with leaders of many denominations from across the city;
  • Engaging with students at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College;
  • Meeting patients and staff at the George Eliot Hospital.

The main event on Friday is particularly aimed at young adults in their 20s and 30s.  'Ask the Archbishop' is a free public event at All Saints Church, Chilvers Coton (CV11 4NQ).

The evening starts at 7.30 pm.

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Saturday 5 May - Centenary Festival

The main highlight of the archbishop’s visit will be a Centenary Festival at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 5 May.

The festival will run from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday 5th May at Coventry Cathedral.  Admission is free.

The day will include songs, drama, exhibitions, worship, prayer stations, refreshments, children’s activities, messy church and much more.  The day will appeal to adults, young people and children of all ages.

Archbishop Justin will be joining us for the entire day. He will be taking a leading role at various points, but most of the time he will simply be enjoying the festival and chatting with people.

People are welcome to come to all or part of the day.

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