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                  Ladies Fellowshipr

              7.30pm Monday 20th November at St. Philip’s Church Hall

      All are welcome to come and hear our guest speaker, Chris Edwards, whose subject is 

‘Garden Birds -I didn’t know they did that’

Any would-be or experienced ornithologist shouldn’t miss this talk!

                  Christmas Wreath Makingw

                   7.30pm FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER 2017

                         At St Philip's Church

                           (Doors open @ 7.15pm)

 Tickets £20 (including mulled wine & mince pies)

You may wish to bring gardening gloves and secateurs

 Further information contact Parish Office 775652


               Parish Walkp

               There will be a Parish Walk on  Saturday 25th November starting from Packwood House car park promptly at 1:30pm. 

This is an easy walk (no hills) of 4.5 miles. 

All are welcome. Any  queries to Liz or John Williams


               Purity Brewery Tour and Meal Friday 17th November  p

             Still a few places left for this highly recommended informative tour and      delicious home cooked meal with samples!

         We need to leave at 6.15 pm with car sharing being organised.

Tickets £27.50 call or text Peter Marshall 

Dorridge & Bentley Heath Parish Cook Book now available from The Parish Office.c

 Only £5

 The perfect stocking filler for Christmas


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We have created a 2018 Calendar containing pictures of the current church building decorated during special seasons, pictures of church family life of which members of the congregation both past and present are included. The calendar is in the same format as the Countryfile calendar with plenty of room to write in your key dates and appointments.  

They are priced at £10 and all proceeds will go towards the building for the future project. We are only producing 250 calendars and they are available now.

To purchase your calendar contact Lisa Maines.

“God knows what I’m doing here”

“God knows what I’m doing here” is  the title of a recently published book written by Sheila Leech. 

It tells her story of growing up in Bentley Heath and becoming a rebellious teenage drugs addict sleeping on the streets who met with God and turned her life around. She attended a Bible college in Birmingham and worked as missionary in Ecuador’s rainforest with the Tsachila Indians for nine years before returning to the UK to train as a nurse. 

She returned to Ecuador and joined a US charity where, after more than 30 years service, she is now VP of Global Healthcare and has taken rescue teams of doctors and nurses to major disasters including the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Sheila’s work is supported by St Philip’s with St James’ and you may have heard her preach here.

The book is an inspiring read and costs £10. Please let us know if you want a copy  and we’ll order them.

John and Liz Williams

Christmas Gift Preparation

Monday 4th December

7.00pm at St Philip’s Church

Please join us for as long as you can as we pack the Christmas Gift for the Parish


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On Sunday 12th November we will hold our Remembrance Day Services

 9.15am Act of Remembrance in Dorridge Village

 10.45am Remembrance Service & Parade in the grounds

of St Philip’s Church



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4 weeks of Bible Teaching

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                  We are making up parcels for the men (and a few ladies) at the Salvation Army Hostel in Birmingham again. 

If you would like to contribute, please put your donation into the Parish Office by Thursday 9th November.

          If you are registered for gift aid, please make your cheques payable to St Philip’s and St James’ PCC and mark it with Salvation Army gifts for the attention of David Walker.

Thank You for your continued help with this project.



                                            Christian Aid Lunchesc

      Thank you to everyone who  has supported the Christian Aid Lunches. We are taking a short break and lunches will resume on Wednesday 6th September.

click to download the dates of the lunches


St James’ Church and Bentley Heath School are nut free zones.n

                   Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.

                       Many thanks


  Do you worship at St. James's at 10.00am on Sundays?cards

                 Do you have a spare seat/seats in your car?

If so, please would you consider giving fellow worshippers a lift to this service.

As we are worshipping at St. James's regularly we are short of drivers on the lift rota and would greatly appreciate your help.

Please contact Pat Williams or the Parish Office.

On the first Wednesday of every month, at 3pm there is an ecumenical Communionr Service at Ravenshaw Court on Four Ashes Road.

Everyone is welcome



Over many generations people have made Birmingham their home, built it up and found they can belong here. Birmingham is a great city because of its diversity but we cannot take that diversity for granted. It is no use sharing a street or a suburb with people from different backgrounds if we do not know them. Loneliness is at epidemic levels, prejudice threatens to pull communities apart.

We cannot love our neighbour if we do not know our neighbour, understand them and their culture, faith and identity. We all need to build friendships that cement our city together, crossing those differences that can become barriers such as age, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and faith - working for peace alongside all people of goodwill.

We must meet hate with love, confusion with hope, anger with peace and fear with joy. The 'love your neighbour' campaign is owned by us all and seeks to draw people together and to believe the very best for our city and region.

So go… know your neighbour… love your neighbour.

A Love Your Neighbour Prayer

Loving God, who created human beings in your own image, you sent your son Jesus Christ to walk with us on this fragile planet. We thank you for his miraculous presence which turns confusion into hope, anger into gratitude and fear into joy. Strengthen us through the power of your Holy Spirit to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Open our eyes to see your image in the faces of all our neighbours, open our hearts to feel your compassion for all you have created and lead is day by day to love and serve you in the world. 

We ask this in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Building for the Future - Update

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Information on the latest position can be seen on our Building for the Future page.

Our History
In 1978 a publication was produced to mark the Centenary of St Philip's Church and details the history of both our churches. This has now been reproduced and updated. It can be found on our Publications page and by clicking here.