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Parish Office Summer Opening Hours

The office will be open between 9am and 12 noon on the following Wednesday’s:

21st & 28th August


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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.

Sunday Service Pattern from September 2019 

From September we want to offer a Sunday Service Pattern that is sustainable and from which we can continue to grow and develop ourselves as disciples of Jesus.

We are indebted to those in our congregation and community who have gifts, talents and skills in music and worship leading. We value this offering and do not take this for granted.

Our Sunday Morning services will follow the same pattern with our children’s & youth groups continuing.

On a Sunday evening at 6.30pm we will offer a traditional style of Service each week. With our limited musical resources we are unable to continue with the Encounter Service in which musical worship has been an integral part.

Our hope and prayer is that we can grow our worshipping life together and that as we grow in our faith and in our relationship with God, he will add to our   number and we will go on to develop new styles of worship.



  Our next Parish walk will be led by Pam and Robert                and will be flat, about 4 miles, with no stiles.

  We will meet at the Packwood House Car Park at         1.45pm for 2.00pm.

 After the walk, those who wish to could have teas and coffee in the National Trust café at Packwood (although you will need a National Trust membership card to access the café).

Pam and Robert very much look forward to your joining them.

If you want to be sure that they will wait for you in the car park , please let them know that you are coming: or 0121 249 3352.

Ladies Fellowship

7.30p.m. Monday 3 September

After our summer break, Ladies Fellowship meets at Dorridge Methodist Church for an informal evening when we are invited to share our favourite hobbies.    

CA lunchChristian Aid Lunches

These will resume on Wednesday

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



You’ve all seen the date…. now the details

Bring & Share Lunch

Sunday 29th September

12.30pm at St James’

A celebration of 25 years since the ordination of Duncan and Meg. 

During September, members of the Ladies Fellowship will have lists of requirements for the lunch for you to choose your donation. Drinks will be provided. The lists will be circulated at the 10am & 6.30pm Sunday Services, 10.45am Wednesday Service and the 8.30am Service at Packwood.

Please join us.


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.


Birmingham Diocesan Course

for Developing Disciples.

The 3course is specially designed to help you to grow as a confident follower of Jesus.

If you’re an established Christian who wants to take a Bible-based study course to develop your understanding, then 3D is for you!

The course starts with a special service in Birmingham  Cathedral in mid-September. This is followed by weekly meetings of small groups with a tutor.

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact The Parish Office or click on the links below:

3D Information Booklet

Venue Information


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