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