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we are back

and we can meet in person once again

10am Sunday Worship
we are starting with refreshments at 10am
and the service will follow

Children's groups and Youth groups will be meeting during the service

6.30pm Sunday Evening Service


10.30am Wednesday Service

PrayerThursday Evening Prayers


Thursday 13th September

Thursday Evening Prayers will again be held in St Philip's Church this week, not on Zoom

Please do join us

Help needed

Locking / on-call Team
Join a presently stretched team on a rota to lock up at night and occasionally unlock in the morning, and/or to be ‘on call’ to assist with any site issues which might arise (eg access, minor building issues)
Daytime Hosting
Go on the rota to be the first port of call for visitors to the Centre
Refreshments Rota
Occasional help with pre service drinks for Sunday morning services
Grounds Maintenance
Grass and garden maintenance tasks
If you think you might be able to help in any of these area please contact the Parish Office and someone will be in touch to discuss what’s involved.

thank you

Chris and Debbie Stamp have recently moved to south Oxfordshire and wanted to say:

Thank you so much to our lovely family at St Philip’s and St James’. We are very grateful to God for the many years we spent as part of the fellowship with you during our Dorridge ‘season’. We have fond memories of so many activities, but it is you, the people of God, we remember. We are so thankful for your care, love, support and encouragement, especially as a young family. Home groups were such a joy in developing firm relationships and safe spaces which we especially appreciated. If you’d like to keep in touch, please contact the Parish Office for our new contact details. We are now living just 10mins off the M40 so if you fancy a pit stop on your route south, please come and visit. With our love and prayers, Chris, Debbie, Ellie & Rosi xx

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Following our Cheese and Wine Evening in our new building when we welcomed new and old members, we resume our fortnightly meetings (1st and 3rd Mondays).

So our next meeting is at 7.30p.m. on Monday 20th September at St. Philip’s Church. Our speaker is Peter Cook who will talk to us about OWLS. This is of general interest and all are welcome.

FS Yanez

Yanez prayer request

Watch the updated time-lapse film showing the work through to the landscaping starting on site

St Ps album

During the building of St Philip's Church Centre, Malcolm Duckett has taken some superb photographs to show us the story of the project. You can view the full collection along with the time-lapse films through the link below.

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With the climate emergency  at the fore front of the news this week, this is the perfect time for the Eco Church Group to share the latest booklet with us.

Issue 2 looks at the food on your plate and offers tips and suggestions for how we can all change our habits to help the planet

Click Here for your copy

Cont prayer

“This is my Son … listen to him”

(Luke 9.35)

Click here to read the Contemplative Prayer for August

Good Neighbours

Is God calling

God seems to be calling together a team to work with teenagers in this Parish. 

You may not have ticked the youth work box on the recent response form, but if, when you pray, you feel God calling you to share the love of Jesus and the truth of the gospel with teenagers here, please text Stephanie Moss as soon as you can on 07881 970982. We feel God is looking for commitment and sacrificial love rather than expertise.

AND even more importantly, we know we need 2 or 3 people who will commit to pray individually for this work.

Please let Stephanie know if you would commit to pray like this.

If God is leading us in this, we are confident He will provide.

Bug Hotel

youth cafe

Penny's 2

Would you like to help with establishing / setting up a youth cafe in the new St Philip’s Church Centre, Penny’s 2, probably a couple of times a week? 

If so please talk to Richard and Gill Arbuthnot or Duncan.

Intern Opportunities

Do you know anyone who is God is calling to join us at St Philip's & St James' for a year of practical Church mission and ministry experience?  

We are looking for up to four Interns for a 12 month placement. Please pass on the details below to anyone you know who may be interested.

Click here for further details

Church Garden appeal


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A Time of Opportunity

Time & Talents

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our recent appeal.
If you have not had a chance to return the forms please take a few moments to fill them in as we would love to hear from you.

Click below to read Duncan's letter and download the response forms

just click here

Meg Climate talk

Meg has given a talk on, 'What the bible teaches us on the environment' which is available to watch on our YouTube channel.
Some of you may be watching and discussing this as a homegroup, or watch the talk as a family at home. 

click for Megs talk

Leaders of the G7 are being reminded to keep the poor and marginalised at the top of their agenda via a heart-warming – and witty – song at the centre of an ambitious volunteer-led initiative: Sing2G7.
You can watch the song below and click on the link to read more information on the Sing2G& initiative.

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J Welby photo

The Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the Government to re-think cuts to international aid. The decision to cut UK aid spending is “shameful and wrong”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Do you share the concerns about the Government's cuts to the international aid budget? Would you like to write to our MP, but don't know where to start?

Here is a link to a sample letter / email based on one Caroline Egan wrote to Saqib Bhatti, to help get you started.

sample letter

You can pick out the points that are most important to you. What better time to consider how this news may affect those living in poorer nations than during Christian Aid Week.

read more on this story

Pastoral care

Lament to action full

The Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce has published its report ‘From Lament to Action’ proposing a suite of changes to begin bringing about a change of culture in the life of the Church of England.

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Pray 2
If you like to pray in a group with others, remember there are times when as a church we come together and pray. 

Weekly Sessions
Mondays, 7 - 7.30pm when our prayers focus on the building project

Thursdays, 6 - 6.40pm for Parish Prayers

Monthly Sessions

Days of Fasting and Prayer on the first Thursday of each month
Our next Day of Fasting and Prayer is on Thursday 6th May

Prayer Breakfast at 8.30am on the first Saturday of every month 

For further details and the Zoom links, email the Parish Office


It is great to hear the ANFB have stocks of most food lines due to the ongoing generosity of all who support them.

ANFB update

Please remember while we do not have a collection point for ANFB, you can support them through a financial gift.

Click here to give

Prayer List & more

To use during your time in prayer, the Prayer booklet has all the details of 

Those in need of healing

The contemplative word

Pray for those we support as a church

Our prayer for growth & more

                      Prayer booklet                            


for your copy

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E-mail details of your recommendations to the Parish Office

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Building for the Future – come and explore the story

Hear a short history of St Philip’s Church and about some of the journey that we have been on since 2010 to arrive at the building of the new St Philip’s Church Centre on Manor Road. The twists and turns and the hurdles that we have been faced with have only been overcome by prayer and faith. Dip into the talk whilst you have a coffee (or tea) in one go or in parts if it suits you better.

Do you shop online

If you are making any online purchases, please consider signing up to the two schemes we have which raise money for the St Philip's Building Project at no cost to you.

The building project is registered on both and on easyfundraising.

All you need to do is click on the logo's below and follow the instructions to create an account. Then anytime you spend money online and go through or easyfundraising, funds are raised for the building project.



As we enter another period of lockdown, remember the Daily Hope line is available


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Church of England Birmingham Praying Together

                     CofEB Praying Together is now available online.


for daily prayers


Keep up to date with all the news on the St Philip's Building Project

on the St Philip's Centre website


                              Parish Office Contact

Until we can et up the office in the new building, the team will continue to 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. 

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

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

Duncan, Ruth & Richard