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We have now received planning consent from  Solihull Borough Council for which we praise God!

We are waiting for the Diocesan Chancellor to grant his faculty, please continue to pray for this.
On Monday 19th November, the PCC voted to authorise Richard Arbuthnot to negotiate on our behalf to raise a secured loan against 2 Hurst Green Road, or if required, the sale of the property at some time in the future. This bold decision means that we will have sight of all the money we need to begin the redevelopment of St Philip’s Church.

There is still much to do, but having taken this step of faith means that we can start this exciting project, and I have always believed...

“If we start we will finish!”



Rake  Leaves

St Philips Grounds Autumn Clear Up

Saturday 8th December

at St Philips from 9am to 12 noon 

Please come and lend a hand if you can.

All ages very welcome.

Please bring tools / brushes etc…. 

Coming for even 1 hour would be very helpful.

                                                                             Thank you, Peter Fowles


             Do you like shopping?

Do you shop online?

If you do, you could help raise funds for the

St Philip's Church Building Fund

and it will not cost you a penny

If you register

“The Parochial Church Council Of St Philip'S, Dorridge With St James', Bentley Heath In The Benefice Of Dorridge And Bentley Heath.” 

as your chosen charity on Amazon Smile, then each time you shop on Amazon, 0.5% of your net purchase price will be donated.

click to read more and get started


As an alternative, or in addition, sign up to easyfundraising

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PT booklet

The new Praying Together books will be with us in the next couple of weeks. There has been a delay in printing.

A digital copy is available to download here


Wreath Making 

7.30pm FRIDAY

 7th DECEMBER 2018

   At St Philip's Church

                                                   (Doors open @ 7.15pm) 

Tickets £20 (including mulled wine & mince pies)

You may wish to bring gardening gloves and secateurs

Further information contact Kate Cromie on 770561 or the Parish Office 775652



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.


                                               Upcoming Events

Saturday 15th December 

Worcester Warriors vs Pau

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               Toy Donationst

 We are accepting toy donations to be distributed to children living at Shepherds Green House refuge at;

 Breakfast Church on Sunday 2nd December

Messy Church on Sunday 9th December

 If you would like to contribute, please bring a new unwrapped toy which does not require batteries. Many thanks. 

CSThank you to all who have contributed towards this year’s Children’s Society box collection which totalled a fantastic


This will help disadvantaged children in the UK. If you                                                         would like to have a box at home please let me know.

                                                     Liz Williams


Clothes for Homeless in Birmingham 

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 

CA The fortnightly Christian Aid Lunches continue on 

Wednesday 5th December

 A new rota for helpers is being drawn up. We need to recruit new soup                                    makers. If you can help, please contact Kitty Gundy. 

The work is not too onerous as you would only need to supply soup once in every six weeks. General helpers in the kitchen are also welcome to join us.                

Thank you


for the full list of lunch dates



            You may have seen the recent news regarding children not eating               properly in the school holidays because of not having access to                                        free school meals.

Like all Foodbanks, Aston & Nechells have experienced a rise in demand.

ANFB are currently very short of the following:

tinned tomatoes
tinned fish
tinned meat
long life fruit juice
long life milk
tinned rice pudding
packet soups
powered potato


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

                   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

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



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

SW scene

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 and can be found by clicking here.