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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 email@example.com
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.
Christian Aid Lunches
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Christian Aid Lunches.
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.
“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.