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Summer Encounter

Car lifts

St Marys

Compline at St Mary Magdalene,

Tanworth in Arden Church
David Wright and his house group will run Compline at St Marys, Tanworth in Arden on Monday 16th July at 8pm. 
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please speak to David if you would like further information.

A high percentage of children in East Birmingham get free school meals during term time, but what happens to them when the summer holidays come?

Christians in East Birmingham are working together to try and make sure children in their ccommunity have a place to go where they can get a healthy meal each day, and also have some fun.

Could you help give children in East Birmingham a summer they will remember? The link to support this project is:                  

They also need volunteers who can cook meals and help with the children - if you can help please contact Helena Kittle by email:

Where in the parish is that?KD R

A picture quiz for the summer holidays to get out and find hidden (and not so hidden) corners of the Parish: the quiz takes you around and to the very edges of the Parish (excluding the edge on the M42!). There are 50 places and objects to find all within the parish boundaries, some are obvious but possibly overlooked others are much more difficult to find. All you need to do is to enter on the answer sheet where you have spotted the place or object. Sets of pictures for individuals and families are available from the Parish Office or from Robert and 

Pam Beckham (0121 249 3352) at a cost of £5, proceeds will go to the building fund.

                 8am Sunday Servicesp

                                        We are sharing worship with our friends at

                          Packwood at their 8.30am service on the

                                       following dates:

19th August

26th August

There will be no 8am service at St Philip’s on these days


Bibles for Burundi

Simon Guillebaud

 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

 Read more from Simon here:


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.



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 tomatoes

Tinned fruit

Tinned rice pudding

Tinned custard

Tinned carrots (but please not tinned chick peas we are well stocked with these)



Powdered potato

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 to arrange collection - thank you!


CA lunch dates


                   Flower arranging in the Churcht

           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.



                     Used Stampss

                                    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. 

Thank you.


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.