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Sunday 3rd June
St Philip's Centre Appeal is one of Dorridge Fun Run's nominated charities for 2018.
All participants are encouraged to raise money through personal sponsorship.
Ladies Fellowship will be organising a Plant Stall and
Cake & Home Produce stall at the Fun Run.
Donations of home made goodies are very welcome!
Items for the Cake, Home Produce and Plant Stalls at the Fun Run can be left at the
St. Philips Hall on Saturday, June 2nd between 10.00am and 1.00 pm.
Grounds Clean up at St Philip’s
We are holding a grounds clean up on
Saturday 26th May
9am – 11.30am
Please come along and help
for as long as you can
On 25th May, new Data Protection Legislation comes into force. If you usually receive update emails from St Philip's with St James', including news emails, Thirst updates etc. you should have received an email requesting your consent to continue to receive these updates.
If you have not received an email regarding this, please either contact the Parish Office or complete a consent form available in The Link at St Philip’s or the welcome desk at St James’
Bibles for Burundi
After many years of hard work, the revised new Kirundi version is ready! It just needs ordering. But the Bible Society here is broke.
I’m desperate to see these new Bibles get into as many hands as possible, and gain broad acceptance by the Body of Christ in Burundi. So we really need your help if we’re going to raise the money for the Bible Society to get a copy of the new Bible into the hands of every Burundian who wants one.
If you are able to help, please visit www.greatlakesoutreach.org/donate
Read more from Simon here: www.simonguillebaud.com/bibles-for-burundi/
Please Pray for Rwanda
Where the government are closing churches which do not meet their health and safety regulations. 199 churches have been closed so far leaving a big number of Christians with no church to gather for worship.
Dorridge Fun Run 2018
We are pleased to confirm that the next Dorridge Fun Run will be on 3rd June 2018 at Manor Road.
Your help with marshalling and managing the event would be extremely welcome.
If you are available please contact either Ian Curtis or Andrew Maines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aston & Nechells Foodbank are very grateful for all the support St Philip’s with St James’ give to the foodbank.
We are now reaching the summer months when every year we experience a significant fall off in donations. Already we are running short of:
Tinned rice pudding
Tinned carrots (but please not tinned chick peas we are well stocked with these)
Long life milk
Long life fruit juice or fruit squash
Toiletry items including toilet rolls, shampoo, soap, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene (pads) and nappies.
In the last 12 months ANFB have not seen any fall off in demand. People come to us experiencing a wide range of issues predominantly to do with not being in paid employment, sickness, poor housing and increasing numbers of homeless, domestic violence and mental health issues. A good number of these situations are linked with difficulties in finding their way through the bureaucracy of the Department of Works and Pensions.
Your help with donations is very much appreciated.
Do you have unwanted baby things taking up space in your loft?
Liz Dumain would love to collect them & match them with families and fostering families who need a bit of help. Email Liz at email@example.com to arrange collection - thank you!
The latest update from Shelia Leech is now available
Sheila is heading to Bangladesh to help support the Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar. She asks for our support in two ways; firstly in prayer, and secondly, through financial donations to enable 10,000 blankets to be provided to the refugees.
Read the full update on the website;
or pick up a copy from St Philip’s Church or St James’ Church
Flower arranging in the Church
Please add your name to the rota in the Link to provide flowers for the Altar at St. Philip's Church. A selection of vases or Oasis are available in the Flower Vestry.
No experience of Flower arranging is necessary, just arrange the flowers as you like, maybe to celebrate a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.
A good time to go to arrange the flowers is on Friday mornings, when the Parish Office is open.
More details from Sheila Revans.
Please continue to save used stamps for our charity ‘Canine Partners’
Please leave a small margin around the stamp.
Collection boxes are located in The Link at St Philip’s and the foyer at St James’ to put them in.
St James’ Church and Bentley Heath School are nut free zones.
Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.
Do you worship at St. James's at 10.00am on Sundays?
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 Communion 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
Information on the latest position can be seen on our Building for the Future page.
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.