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Vicar: Let's count our blessings! FESTIVAL: Thanksgiving for city.

Byline: Alan Riddoch

THE Rev David Mayhew was shocked by the reaction he got when he moved to take up a position at Coventry's historic Holy Trinity Church Holy Trinity Church, or variations on the name, may refer to: Churches
In Australia:
  • Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide
In Bulgaria:
  • Church of the Holy Trinity, Svishtov
In Canada:
  • Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto

Trying to get a feel for his new home, the vicar started asking people what the city was like - and said he faced a wall of negativity with people having nothing nice to say about the place.

He said: "I was surprised.

I think it's quite common for people in Coventry to be apologetic and make excuses for the city - a slight inferiority complex inferiority complex

Acute sense of personal inferiority, often resulting in either timidity or (through overcompensation) exaggerated aggressiveness. Though once a standard psychological concept, particularly among followers of Alfred Adler, it has lost much of its
. "A lot of people want to turn the attitude round.

"Before, I worked in NewcastS eS - a wonderful city, and a good contrast.

It too has loads of issues, but great confi-dence.

"As a city it deserves its repu tS ation as somewhere for the future - Coventry is (a wonderful city) too, but not enough people know it." Now he is planning thanksgiving with a difference this weekend.

As well as giving thanks at a usual harvest festival harvest festival

1. a Christian church service held every year to thank God for the harvest

2. any of various ceremonies celebrating the harvest in other religions
 at the Broadgate church, he is asking people to "give thanks" for Coventry as well.

He said: "People will bring flowers and fruit for the harvest festival, but we've also asked them to bring what speaks to them as good about Coventry - pictures, poems - one person is bringing a blanket she's making that will be sent to Africa.

"Before I came I didn't know much about the city. I hadn't realised all the positives.

"The high-end automotive engineering Noun 1. automotive engineering - the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
automotive technology

engineering, technology - the practical application of science to commerce or industry
, the high amount of creativity, the reputation of the universities, the gaming industry, the watch-making and bicycle industries, and the reputation for forgiveness and reconciliation."

Holy Trinity will host its celebration of Coventry tomorrow from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. Harvest festival thanksgiving will also take place on Sunday.


GIVING THANKS ... Reverend David Mayhew prepares for this year's harvest festival
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 2, 2009
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