Welcome to Coventry Prayer House
A centre for Christian prayer and worship at the heart of Coventry.
Many churches across the city are involved in running the Prayer House and we welcome people joining in. Find us at: 5 Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX
If you would like to come to pray or visit, click on the booking tab or contact us by email email@example.com
or phone on 07403 145350
You can watch our new video below.
Our Opening Times
We are normally open Monday to Friday.
As we don’t always have a host available, we advise that you book a slot by contacting the team, especially before bringing a group to pray, and we will endeavor to arrange a host for you.
Our calendar shows when we have a host in the house so feel free to drop in during those times. If you do drop by during one of our hosted sessions and there is no answer to the doorbell please be patient. The host may be in another part of the house or out buying milk!
Coventry Prayer House is a unique project in Coventry providing a place where we can come together with unity of purpose to seek God, pray and intercede for our city, nation and the world.
VISIT: There are regular gatherings you can join in with, including our new, 2-hour daily devotional sessions, Ladies Prayer, Praying for Coventry, or ‘Celtic style’ contemplative prayer. Come and pray by yourself or with a group. There are lots of rooms available, plus a small kitchen for making snacks or hot drinks. Evening visits can be arranged.
VOLUNTEER: Coventry Prayer House is entirely run and managed by loyal volunteers. As well as a dedicated group of Prayer Supporters, we have a team of Hosts who make it possible to open the House daily, by being available to let people in, show them around, and provide hospitality for all visitors. They also pray during their time there – some even tend our garden, tidy up and clean the House! We welcome people getting involved, so if you would like to join our Host Team, or help in another way, please get in touch. Training and guidance is provided.
We now offer daily, 2-hour, devotional praise and worship sessions, Monday – Friday mornings as follows:
- Monday – 8.00am-10.00am (lead by Dave Butler and Ian Watkin)
- Tuesday – 10.00am-12.00pm (lead by Ian W and Mike Holt)
- Wednesday – 10.00am-12.00pm (lead by Carol Hillier)
- Thursday – 9.30am-11.30am (lead by Ian and Cath Henzell)
- Friday – 9.00am-11.00am (lead by Dave B and Terry Baker)
No booking necessary – just turn up prepared to give your all to the Lord for two hours! More info on our Events page.
Listen to our devotional playlist on Spotify.
We also have several regular prayer events happening throughout the month. Please go to our Prayer page for more details.
We had a busy few days in September opening the Prayer House (Lychgate Cottages) during the annual Heritage Open Days, which saw around 500 visitors taking tours.
We appreciate that there is a great deal of interest in the cottages, especially since the plans for their conversion into high-end holiday lets has featured in the press recently.
The cottages, which date from 1414-15, were once part of Coventry Priory, the Benedictine monastery founded by Earl Leofric and Godiva in 1043. No. 5 butts up against what would have been the South Tower of the west end of the church (Coventry’s first Cathedral), and is the only intact building remaining from the monastic enclosure. It is very rare to have a building so close to the front of a cathedral church and it is not known what it’s purpose was. The importance of the cottages is reflected in the recent upgrading of the listed building status from II to II* (see https://historicengland.
If you would like a tour of the cottages, including the cellars, which may contain a portion of the original Saxon monastic enclosure wall, then please contact us to arrange ‘a heritage visit’.
Coventry Prayer House is on the move!
We have been given notice by our landlord, Coventry City Council, to leave our lovely building! At this time we do not have an alternative building to relocate to, though we are considering several options. We would appreciate your prayers for this.
Although we will be very sad to leave the Lychgate Cottages after being here nine years, we are excited about the plans God has for us as a community and as a resource to continue to facilitate prayer across the city.
The presence of God is very strong at the Prayer House and we hope that our next home will be equally ‘thin’. We feel that God is about to do something awesome for us and for Coventry, for His glory and so that the name of Jesus will be lifted high above our city.
Please stand with us in prayer as we try to listen to the Lord and discover what comes next. We are walking in the dark but trusting that He knows the way as He leads us on.
So what’s happening – well, you may have seen in the news recently that Coventry Historic Trust received funding to begin the restoration of some of the historic buildings which are set to become luxury visitor accommodation in time for 2021, City of Culture.
The Lychgate Cottages at 3-5 Priory Row, currently home of the Coventry Prayer House, are a key part of this project as the Trust hopes to generate income to fund the restoration of other property in its portfolio. The Trust’s plans can be seen here: http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet
and the ref. no. is LB/2018/3562
Consequently, we have been given notice to leave the property by January 2020 so the work can begin. We will not be closing, just moving house – the Prayer House will continue!
We will share more as things become clearer, but for the moment we remain open to bookings for prayer, retreats and ‘heritage tours’.
We need your help!
It costs £800 per month to run the Prayer House.
A project of Hope Coventry, the Prayer House receives no funding and it is therefore totally dependent on donations from individuals and city churches. If you appreciate the work of the Prayer House in calling the the city to prayer, and would like it to continue, please prayerfully consider supporting us.
You can make a financial donation towards the work of the Coventry Prayer House by using the donation box or clicking on the donate button below.
Regular giving by standing order helps us plan for the future and we would like to encourage you to consider supporting us in this way for 6 or 12 months.
HOPE Coventry exists to grow a connected church in Coventry that demonstrates the love of Jesus for the benefit of the city. It does this by supporting initiatives that connect the churches together and projects that meet the needs of the vulnerable. You can read more about the variety of the projects that HOPE Coventry supports, from the Winter Night Shelter to the Prayer House, by visiting the individual project pages, and you can contribute to these projects on their donate page. They also seek to connect the church in Coventry by publicising events and projects that happen in and around our city: see their fortnightly e-newsletter and their events page for more information, or contact them to tell them about your event. Their latest page gives an in-depth look at updates on a variety of activities.
We have a page dedicated to our retreats – click on the Retreats tab above for booking instructions, more information and pictures of the rooms!
Click on the Events tab for information about upcoming led retreats and quiet days.
The Venerable Bead Lady
The Venerable Bead Lady is at Coventry Prayer House!
The Venerable Bead Lady (AKA Cath Henzell), combines prayer with jewellery making and hospitality. She is based at the Coventry Prayer House in Coventry city centre and is open by appointment only
You can drop in for tea and cake, learn how to make beaded jewelry, buy beads and findings, buy her individually hand-crafted pieces, commission her to create a one-off piece for yourself or a friend, or simply hang out and chat.
All this activity is encircled by prayer – Prayer when we begin, prayer as we go, prayer as we complete each piece. We pray for the purchaser/recipient, we pray for the producers of the materials, we pray simply to be with our Maker, as we create. Guests are welcome to join in if they want to, but there’s no expectation to do so.
If you would like to bring a small group or come with a couple of friends for an afternoon or evening, midweek or weekend, please get in touch to arrange a workshop.
For more details visit: https://www.thevenerablebeadlady.com/
or check her out on Facebook: @thevenerablebeadlady