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Hodder & Stoughton are making their NIV Bible Audio app completely FREE (previously £20). 

That’s the whole Bible, read by actor David Suchet FREE, for you to download and keep. Click here to download on Apple or Android. 

This is a limited offer until Monday 6 April so do act quickly and tell your friends.

They are also making the Sunday lectionary readings available for free online each week from the NIV Audio Bible via Soundcloud. 

Holy Week & Easter Reflections

During Holy Week watch out for daily mini talks. These will be made available through our church website and our Facebook page, @stphilipswithstjames 
The talks start on Palm Sunday and will run daily through to Easter Sunday.
click to watch the talks.

Easter Activity pack

Rachel has put together a brilliant pack of activities, readings & prayers, with something to do every day starting on Palm Sunday through to Easter Day. A great resource which can be used by people of all ages. Download a copy to use yourself, and send one to a friend.


make a cross

Can you make a cross from item around your home?
Have a go and take a photo. You could take the photo in the garden, on your driveway, in your home; try and show us where you are. Email a picture of your cross to by Maundy Thursday and we can have a photo gallery of crosses on the website.

Worship at home

The Church of England has written a

Worship at Home booklet.

The booklet includes daily morning prayer, an evening reading and night prayer and is a great resource for use during Holy Week. 


for your copy.


Building for the Future

Latest Update - 31st March

We have now completed contract negotiations on the new Church Centre Project with Kier and are ready to sign. However on Tuesday morning we made the decision, in the light of the current Corona virus pandemic, to put a pause on the commencement of this amazing St Philip's redevelopment.

Our contractors then told us that, if we hoped to start the work later this year, as a matter of urgency they would have to clear the earmarked trees and vegetation from the site to protect bird life. This work has now been completed and we wait with you all for this pandemic to subside so that work can be started safely on site. In the meantime we shall continue to pray for and serve our Parish and community, and we will keep you informed of any developments.

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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   click

Thy Kingdom Come

Growing in faith together

Five simple ideas for families to weave prayer and bible readings throughout these days of home schooling

read more


Sharing some encouragement and a laugh or two, here are some words from your more

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


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.

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St Philip’s Building Project Update

Following the recent update, we are delighted to announce that SMBC Planning authority have approved the prior to commencement conditions we submitted. We then advised the Registrar and we have now heard from the Chancellor that we have satisfied his conditions and so can start the work!

We are now in the final stages of agreeing the contract with Kier and we hope that very soon we shall be in a position to sign it. Subject to the PCC’s approval, we could now see Kier on site this month. Praise the Lord!

We thank God for his faithfulness throughout and thank you too for your generous support, the end really now is in sight, or should we say, the start:  as once Kier move in we shall still have many challenges ahead.

“Have I not commanded? Be bold and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”    Joshua 1 v 9

Parish History

The Parish History

     has been written by Meg Guillebaud with        contributions from many  members of our         Community.  Copies must be pre ordered and cost £10 each, with all proceeds go to the Building for the Future Fund. 

click for an order form




Would you like to receive the news sheet and updates by email?

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 The Parish Office.


                      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 

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


                   Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.

                       Many thanks