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Thank you from The Salvation Army
William Booth Centre send a huge thank you to St Philip's and St James' Church for the donation of presents and money towards the work they do with street homeless.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and Blessed New Year.
Our new Bible Readings Series
‘A Spirit Filled Life’
begins on Sunday 7th January.
Details of the readings are available on the website or paper copies are available in church
Rev. Paul Day will be licensed as Associate Priest, Shirley Parish
Sunday 21st January
at St James the Great Church Road, Shirley.
We hope that you will be able to join us.
Knowle Parish Church Weekend Away
Knowle are looking for 3 volunteers to help with crèche & toddler groups and 1 volunteer to help with older groups at their weekend away.
The weekend is 9-11th February at Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry.
Accommodation and food will be covered
Any volunteers would need an up to date DBS check.
Please speak to Duncan or Rachel if you are able to offer your support.
Sunday 28th January
We are hosting a Churches Together Service, 6.30pm, at St James’
when we are joined by
Archbishop Kevin McDonald, the former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark.
St Philip’s Church Hall
Saturday 3rd March
Fish / Pie / Chicken & chip supper
Bring your own drinks & glasses
Tickets £10 each
Tickets available from Gill Straw, Sheila Revans, or any Ladies Fellowship members
Proceeds to The Alzheimer's Society
Christian Aid Lunches
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Christian Aid Lunches.
To everyone who donated towards the Salvation Army Gift Appeal. Our thanks go also to Tesco in Monkspath & Sainsburys in Dorridge for their donations.
74 parcels are now wrapped and waiting to be taken into William Booth Centre in Birmingham.
Clothes for Homeless in Birmingham
As the winter approaches please consider donating any surplus serviceable second hand clothes for men or women (particularly socks, hats, gloves, coats, men’s pants (clean second hand) and sleeping bags).
These will be forwarded to Reachout Network a Christian organisation who greatly appreciate our support. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
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.
Dorridge & Bentley Heath Parish Cook Book now available from The Parish Office.
The perfect stocking filler for Christmas
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 drug 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
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.