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Eco Church

Following our Climate Sunday Service, have a look at our updated Eco Church

eco church web page. The page is  full of information on what we are doing as a church and what you can do as an individual to help the climate emergency. 

Click here to look at the page.

One initiative is the production of a booklet containing practical information, including links, with steps we can all take to walk more lightly on the planet. The first one deals with what we can do as regards heating and powering our homes. Each month, we will produce another. The booklet is available to download on the Eco Church web page.

We are also in the process of setting up an Environment Group and we would love you to join. Whether your passion is the natural world, gardening, involving young people, reducing our carbon footprint, working with the local community, campaigning or otherwise encouraging the wider church, government and businesses to play their part in what’s needed, or something we haven’t thought of, we’d love to have you join the Environment Group.

If you are interested, or would like to know more, contact Caroline Egan, Carol Linfield or Roger Williams.


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Thank you to everyone who donated during Christian Aid Week
Our e-envelope has raised £792.50 so far
There is still time to donate, just click on the e-envelope below:

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Open Gardens 2021

Four members of St Philip’s  Church, Dorridge and St James’ Bentley Heath are opening their gardens in aid of the building fund . We hope the money will help to create a welcoming, wildlife friendly garden around the new building.

The following gardens will be open.
29 Walcot Green
3 Darley Green Road (cakes, scones and plants for sale)
101 Dorridge Road (teas)
5 Bushwood Drive (teas, sale of paintings and a model railway)

Entry price £5.00 per adult or £10 for a family
Tickets are available at all four venues on the day.
Contributions for refreshments would also be welcome - please contact Pam Beckham or Gill Arbuthnot.

FS Yanez

Yanez updates

Cont prayer

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”

(Ezekiel 36.26)

Click here to read the Contemplative Prayer for June

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Update on Bentley Heath School

Mr Andrew Williams who has served faithfully as Headteacher of Bentley Heath school for the last 13 years has had to retire as our Headteacher. We thank God for Andrew and pray for him and his family as he seeks God's leading for his next steps.

The School continues to be led by Mr Steve Hawke as Acting Headteacher, we pray for Steve and all the members of the School staff team as they continue to lead the School through these challenging times.

The School are currently advertising for a new Headteacher, this is a significant appointment for both the school and our Parish, as the unique partnership we share is central to much of our mission and ministry to Children and Families. We pray for the right person to hear and respond to God's call, and to be prepared and equipped to build on and with, the Schools strong and distinctive Christian ethos expressed in its relationship with our Parish.

On Sunday 13th June at 6pm we are hosting an Hour to Pray from 6-7pm at Bentley Heath School to pray for the Interviews for the new Headteacher the following day. Please join us if you can to pray for the school and this important appointment that will significantly shape the future of the ongoing partnership between the School and our Church!

The Governors and Trustees of the School are in the process of applying for the School to become a member of the Birmingham Diocese Multi Academy Trust. (Before the end of this School year) This will give the School much needed Educational expertise and Administrative support, freeing the local school leadership to give their full focus to giving every child in the care of Bentley Heath School the best opportunities to build happiness and success in their own live, in an environment of being rooted in Jesus and fruitful in mission and service. 

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

Save the date

You are invited to join the celebrations as we open the new St Philip's Church Centre on 3rd-5th September

Friday 3rd September
Church Family Supper & Service
(Ticket required - no charge)

Saturday 4th September
Community Open Day

Sunday 5th September
Dedication Service at 3pm
(Ticket required - no charge)

Tickets for Friday and Sunday will be available from 1st July through the website. Put the dates on your calendar and watch this space for more information.

Church Garden appeal


Shine June21

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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

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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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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.

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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

Cont prayer

“I am sending upon you my Father’s promised gift … stay here”

(Luke 24:49 NEB)

Click here to read the Contemplative Prayer for May


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

An update on the work of Reachout

Hi everyone,
I pray that all is well with everyone in Dorridge, things are as busy as ever with us. I thought I would update you about the activities at the centre and the opening times. We continue to serve as many people as is allowed. Currently we are only allowed only 15 people inside the centre due to Covid restrictions, but we are very busy & last week over 90 people were supported.  

We are able to open during these times: 
Mondays 11 am to 2 pm for Food parcels and one to one support .
Tuesdays and Thursdays we do 2 sessions: 8.30 am to 11.15 am, then 11.30 am to 2pm.  This allows us to serve more people .  

Please keep us in your prayers. We have been the only service in the city that is allowed people who are homeless and vulnerable to come inside with safety measures in place and social distancing. We are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to bless others through this crisis. We value your prayers regards funding as we still have overheads and running costs to meet. I really am so thankful to everyone at St Philip's & St James' for your love, prayers, and support.

God bless, hope to catch up soon.  

Paul Atkin  

Click for info on Reachout

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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                            


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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

BFTF website

and Facebook page

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                              Parish Office Contact

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 & Richard