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Remembrance 2019


St. Philip’s and St. James’


Craft Fair



23rd November

10am - 4pm

at Bentley Heath Community Centre

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is a very relaxed and informal approach to understanding more about Christian faith. 

It consists of a series of talks addressing key issues relating to the Christian faith.

The first session on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 7.30pm is a taster for anyone who would like to come and see what Alpha is about. 

There is no obligation to continue if you feel it’s                                                     not for you.

Contact The Parish Office for more information or to save your place:

Email:        Tel: 01564 775652



Thank You from the foodbank

Thank you from Aston & Nechells Foodbank to St Philip's and St James' for the harvest donations. They totalled 308.76kg in weight.

Also a special thank you to the pupils, parents and staff of both village primary schools for making ANFB their charity of choice for harvest donations.

Sadly the need is as great as ever and we have seen a further rise in numbers seeking help since the start of September.

In due course everything donated will be given out to families and individuals experiencing food poverty.

Thank you again.


Friends of the Holy Land will be marking their 10th Anniversary with an ecumenical service at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 16th November starting at 10am.
For further information or to reserve your free place


A huge thank you to all those who organised the bring and share lunch last Sunday, and thank you to everyone who came.

Over 100 of us from all congregations gathered in St James’ to celebrate 25 years since Duncan and Meg were ordained as Priests. The food was superb and the company was great.

SA                              SALVATION ARMY GIFTS

We are making up parcels for the men (and a few ladies) at the Salvation Army Hostel in Birmingham again. If you would like to contribute, please put your donation into the Parish Office by Friday 8th November.

If you are registered for gift aid, please make your cheques     payable to St Philip’s and St James’ PCC and mark it with Sal. Army gifts.

Thank You for your continued help with this project.


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Each week an email which contains all the latest news and a copy of the news sheet is sent to those who have requested to receive it.

If you would like to receive the email, please contact Richard in the Parish Office.


CA lunchChristian Aid Lunches

These continue on 

Wednesday 6th November

                                    and then follow the usual pattern of 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.      

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CMS Africa Conference 2019  

New Vision for Mission in Africa

8th—10th November at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

Meg is planning to attend and would welcome others who are interested.

Full details are available on the website news page or at


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Thank You 

A big thank you from the Aston and Nechells Foodbank for your generous donations over the summer holiday.

As fast as the donations come in they go out. It’s not just about food, however.

A volunteer with mental health issues was able to encourage a client with     similar problems, recently and a man with five children and financial difficulties was pointed in the right direction to get a new washing machine.

Please continue to remember those in need when you shop and pray for a day when the Foodbank won’t be needed.

ANFB are currently very short of the following:

· Long Life Milk

· Tinned Meat

· Tinned Fruit

· Steamed puddings (not rice pudding)

·  Coffee

· Tinned Fish

· Packet soups (not tinned)

· Tinned carrots

· Juice

· Squash

· Cereals

· Biscuits

· Toilet rolls

· Toiletries

 Donations can be dropped at St Philip’s Church Parish Office, or placed in the foyer at St James’ Church. Thank you for your support.


Join a Team

We all enjoy our time together on a Sunday,

but we need help with….. 

Setting our chairs before the service

Welcoming people to church

Laptop & sound


Putting the chairs away

These are just some of the jobs people volunteer for on a Sunday.

We need more hands. Can you help?

Make this………...........................……….into this



To get involved, contact the Parish Office for more information

Sound  Laptop Help


Used Stamps


Thank you for your donations of used stamps this year.

Please continue to save your stamps and add them to the collection boxes in the foyer at St James’.

                      Clothes for Homeless in Birmingham r

Please consider donating any surplus serviceable second hand clothes for men (they have plenty for  women) particularly trousers / jeans, underwear: pants & socks (clean second hand) rucksacks and toiletries.

These will be forwarded to Reachout Network a Christian organisation who greatly appreciate our support. In just the last 3 weeks two full carloads of clothes have been delivered to their drop in centre for which they are extremely grateful.

For further details please contact Peter Marshall 


Kick start or Reboot your Christian Journey

Home groups are small groups where we can get to know   others better and help each other learn more, grow in our faith, and support each other on our Christian journey.

If you would like more information on home groups or how to join one, please speak with Peter or Sue Marshall, our Home Group Coordinators, complete one of the enquiry cards available in church, or download a card by clicking on the picture.

St James’ Church and Bentley Heath School are nut free zones.


                   Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.

                       Many thanks

On the first Wednesday of every month, at 3pm there is an ecumenical Communion

r Service at Ravenshaw Court on Four Ashes Road.

Everyone is welcome