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The new Prayer page is now live on the website and includes details of 

'Those in need of Prayer' and the 'Contemplative Word for the month'.

There is also a Prayer Request form to complete if you would like a specific prayer for yourself or others. All prayer requests received are forwarded to the clergy.  

Click here to go to the Prayer Section

BFTF logo


Last Sunday I announced that on the evening of Monday 11th September, the PCC passed a proposal to work with the Diocese and our contractors Kier to begin the rebuild of St Philip's Church in a two phase process.

The first phase would be to build and complete the external structure of our building at a total cost of £2.5 million. If the Diocese give their consent, we will need to be able to prove to Kier that we have the funds available to complete phase 1 before they will start.


We believe that this decision is a responsible step of faith and will help us as a church family focus on completing the task God has begun with us…and provoke the wider community to partner with us in making this exciting vision a reality.

It is my belief that if we wait for all the money to come in we will never start to build and therefore we will never finish, but if we step out in faith and begin to build what we can we will finish.

Psalm 102:18-22 “Let this be written for a future generation that a people yet created may praise the Lord… so the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord.”

First, to all those who have already given and pledged to the Building for the Future project joyfully generously and sacrificially THANK YOU.

Practically if you have pledged your giving over a number of years please would you consider bringing your pledged giving forward by two years.

If you have already given please pray and think seriously of ways you can realistically give and release more money.

If you have not yet given to the Building for the Future project then now is the moment to give joyfully, generously, and sacrificially so that we can build for the glory of God, that a future generations and people yet uncreated may know, love, worship and serve God as their Lord!

Please pray as we take this step of faith.


With thanks,



Youth Minister Update

On Wednesday 27th September, Jon Hall will be leaving us and heading back to the United States. This has come as a great surprise but Jon's recent application to renew his Visa has been turned down. Jon must return to the US before 1st October and from there he will have to re-apply for the role of Youth Minister, and if successful, apply for a new Visa to work in this country on a full time basis.

In the light of Jon's sudden departure we as a church leadership team and the PCC are committed to maintaining Youth Ministry & Mission in Dorridge & Bentley Heath in the coming months. Please pray for Jon as he has to consider God's calling again and pray for the young people of our church and community that they may continue to grow as disciples of Jesus.

We will be asking for help in sustaining youth ministry over the coming weeks and months.

With thanks,


Ladies Fellowship



We have arranged a guided tour of Temple Balsall for

Monday 25th September meeting at 1.30pm

 Lifts can be arranged. 

                        If you would like to join us, please contact Kitty Gundy

Building for the Future Battlefield Walk 

Sunday 8th October


The last of the 2017 Battlefield Walks run by Anthony Rich in aid of the BFTF Appeal is on Sunday 8 October at Worcester.

The tour looks at the Battle of Worcester, the last battle of the English Civil Wars and last major battle in England between the English & the Scots (Calcutta Cup etc excluded). There is also much else of interest from King John’s  attempt to bluff himself past St Peter & into heaven in disguise to the church where Shakespeare arranged an urgent & discreet marriage with his pregnant bride (surely a new take on Romeo & Juliet).


Anthony says that although a morning start is intended and the programme is expected to run till around 4:30 p.m. it will be possible to join during the day (such as at the pub at Lunchtime) and to leave early.


As always there is no charge for participation but donations in lieu will be gratefully received. The tour is suitable for adults, children and those with limited mobility.


If you are interested in coming on this tour please can you contact Anthony Rich on 0121-249-9292 or by email at


A gathering for prayer

Join us on Thursday 12th October between 9.30am - 11am at the home of Peter & Sue Marshall,

 Please join us to pray and to intercede for our mission, ministry and building for the future.




7th October 2017


Following the success of the Bake Off Event last year, we are holding another Bake Off Event on 7th October 2017.

 All bakers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate and everyone is welcome to sample cake over a cup of tea.


                                            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




                          The foodbank is expected to be busy over the summer. Thank you for                             your support during the year and please keep the donations coming

Foodbank food donations boxes are located in the Link at St Philip’s and the foyer at St James’


Saturday 4th November 7.30pm The Chanterelles Choir 

will perform at St James’ Church, Bentley Heath

    Tickets are £10 and available from The Parish  Office 


           Messiah by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestram

    This years performance of the Messiah by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Choral Society will be held on Friday 8th December.

For many years this has been an evening enjoyed by members of the congregation & friends, proceeded by an early evening meal.

Seats have been reserved and places are limited. If you are interested please contact us as soon as possible.

Pat and Roger Williams.


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

SW scene

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.