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Building for the Future

BFTF contract signingOn Thursday 21st May the contracts for the St Philip’s Church redevelopment were signed, and Keir will start work on Monday 22nd June.

It has been a long journey of faith to sign these contracts to demolish and rebuild St Philip’s Church and this remains a huge step of faith, in uncertain times!

Yet, the beginning of this work will proclaim a message to our neighbours in our Parish and community, that we are a people of resurrection hope, and that God has plans for a new and better future for all people!
Together, let us watch and pray with Jesus:

“Not my will, but yours be done.”

BHS logo

Bentley Heath School are sending out a short Celebration Assembly each Friday to celebrate some of the things which the children have been doing over the past week.

To watch the assembly   


Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020

Light up the World in Prayer

Jesus Christ is the light of the world and we are called to be the light of the world as we bear His image.

Could you encourage as many Christians as possible in your town or village to commit to lighting up the world in prayer during these 11 days?

Resources include a Prayer Journal and a Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map. The map is used in collaboration with an app available on IOS and Android. There are also daily Family Prayer Adventure podcasts which are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together.
Thy Kingdom Come resources & prayer ideas on our website
Visit the Thy Kingdom Come website

Unfortunately there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 related scams and Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board have sent out
the following information - just click here to read it.

Cooker needs a home

In the kitchen at St Philip's is a Baumatic gas cooker similar to the one pictured here.

Prior to the building work starting next month the cooker is available to a good home.

If you know of any charity, society or individual who could make use of it, please contact the Parish Office.
P.S. we also have one church pew left if anyone is interested. Again, drop an email to the Parish Office.  The pews are 7 feet long, so please measure up first.


Church Family Prayer Gathering
6pm each Thursday

At this unusual time in our lives, we invite you to join as we gather as a church family in a time of prayer. Using Zoom, the meeting lasts for 40 minutes, starting from 6pm. You are welcome to join at any moment during the 40 minutes, join and leave as your time allows.

To join in, all you need to do is email the Parish Office and the Zoom meeting invite with a link to the gathering will be shared with you. Simply click on the invite link from 6pm on Thursday to join. The same link can be used each Thursday.

Come along, pray for your friends & family, the nation, our world, our church, anything that is on your heart right now. We look forward to welcoming you.


So far, Meg has raised over £2000 by climbing her staircase 26 times every day raising money for The Friends of Byumba, with another 10 days of climbing to go. The Coronavirus lockdown has been lifted in Byumba however the area has suffered from flooding and their needs there are enormous. Please support Meg in her fundraising, anything you can give will be deeply appreciated. Donations can be made directly to The Friends of Byumba: 

Account number 6 8 0 0 4 5 4 0 ,  
Sort code   6 0 - 2 2 - 2 3
or send me a cheque to M Guillebaud, 7 Poplar Road, Dorridge, Solihull B93 8DD.

Meg will update us on with here fundraising total 22nd of May when the 26 days will be over. Until then please keep those in Byumba in your prayers.

CA Week

The red envelope has long been symbolic of Christian Aid Week. This May we need to do things a little differently so in place of house to house collections, Christian Aid have introduced an e-Envelope. In three simple steps, you can create and send a personal message, picture or video to your friends and family and continue to raise important funds for people living in poverty around the world - more important than ever in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Click here to create an e-envelope

Tearfund survey

The results of a survey by Tearfund were released this week. In this time of uncertainty it is interesting how many people are praying and looking to faith.

  • Nearly half of adults in the UK (44%) say they pray
  • A quarter (24%) of UK adults say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown
  • Over half of those who pray (56%) agree that prayer changes the world

read more

Faith at Home

Faith at home is a resource from the Church of England which seeks to inspire parents and families to grow in faith together.
Starting on 7th May, a range of content will be published weekly to support families discuss faith & develop their practices and habits together.

Many home groups within the church continue to meet online on a regular basis. A home group is a great way to stay connected with others in the church community, to grow in our relationship with God, share with each other and support each other during lockdown.

If you would like to join a home group or find out more about them, please email the Parish Office.

Cont prayer

“Make your home in me as I make mine in you”

(John 15.4 JB)

Read The Contemplative Word for May



Fundraising Quiz

Have fun during the lockdown and raise money to support young people’s mental heath.

Full details here


WE NEED HELP! - Donate online

The foodbank continue to need our help.

With both of our churches closed, currently we do not have a collection point for the food donations. We would also encourage you to follow the latest advice from the government, to stay at home.

You can still donate financially to Aston & Nechells Foodbank either online via their website, or by posting them a cheque. The money they receive can then be spent on the items they are most desperate for.

To donate online, or for details of cheque donations, please   click

Thanks for your continuing support.

ACGGet Support - Get Involved

Local People Helping Local People

During these challenging times, Arden Academy has set up a website which, together with local people, local businesses and community groups, aims to act as a central hub for local community information.

As well as the website becoming a resource for information and advice, it offers people the opportunity to register as volunteers. People who contact us through the website for assistance can be linked with volunteers offering the required help. Information which you feel is useful to share can be submitted in the following ways:

Website - Contact Us -

Email -

Facebook - Arden Community Group

Twitter - @Arden Community Group

Have a look at the website and follow the social media streams to keep up to date with the latest information. 


                              Parish Office Closed

With the spread of the Coronavirus continuing, we have taken the decision to close the Parish Office. As a team we can work remotely and can be contacted when you need us.

The easiest way to make contact is via email. If you can send an email and we can respond quickly and easily: 

If you cannot email, continue to use the existing telephone number:

01564 775652

For now, when prompted, please leave a message. The messages will be monitored and we will call you back. We are working to have the phone line diverted to a mobile phone in the next few days.

Keep up to date with the latest news and resources by visiting the website:

If you have a favourite podcast, book, app or website you use that we can share with everyone, please email details and they can be added to the resources available.

Please look after yourselves, stay home, stay safe and continue to pray.

Duncan, Ruth, Jon & Richard



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


                   Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.

                       Many thanks