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Join together 

in prayer



St. Philip’s and St. James’


Craft Fair



23rd November

10am - 4pm

at Bentley Heath Community Centre

Please donate items for the Bottle Stall and Tombola.

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foodbank challenge

On Sunday 3rd November, the Foodbank Challenge was shared. If you missed the service or did not manage to pick up a copy, click HERE to get one.

The idea is to get a box and each day add an item from the calendar — we have suggested items that Aston & Nechells Foodbank are in need of. 

Bring your box of items with you to the next Breakfast Church / Morning Worship / Evening Service on Sunday 1st December, and we will arrange for all donations will be taken to Aston & Nechells Foodbank. This will help considerably over the Christmas period.

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



Toy Donations 

We are accepting toy donations to be distributed to children living at Shepherds Green House refuge at all of our services on;

Sunday 1st December


Sunday 8th December 

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


Gift envelope

Christmas Gift Preparation 

Wednesday 27th November 

7.00pm at St James’ Church 

Please join us for as long as you can as we pack the

Christmas Gift for the Parish.


We also need help to deliver the gift to homes in the parish. If you are able to deliver to your road, or one near to you, your help is appreciated.

Many hands make light work, so simply delivering a handful will help.

Please contact Ruth in the Parish Office to volunteer.


choirBentley Heath Christmas Lights Switch On 

Friday 6th December at 4.30 p.m.

outside Vernon James butcher's in Bentley Heath, with carol singing, warm mince pies & mulled wine, and special guests Knowle                                                     Handbell Ringers and Father Christmas. Please do come along and join in.


                Join with Churches Together for Carol Singing

Saturday 21st December

10am — 12 noon

                                                Knowle Precinct outside Tesco

Sheila's Latest News

Sheila Leech

If you follow updates from Sheila Leech, the latest can be read here.

For those who are interested, Sheila recorded an interview with Revelation TV and this will be aired on the following days and times: You can see it on Sky 581, Freesat 629, Freeview HD264, Apple TV and Roku Box. I believe the times are UK times.

 November 1st-19.30, Nov 4th-13.00, Nov 7th-19.30,                 Nov 11th-02.30 and 13.00, Nov 13th-19.00, Nov 17th-19.00,   Nov 23rd 10.30, Nov 25th-08.00, Nov 30th-21.00


Learn all about the 'Hidden Lives' of people with learning disabilities in Solihull. 

Explore the stories of Hampton Manor and Middlefield Hospital.

Full exhibition at Solihull Library between 9th - 29th November

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Friday 6th December

6.30pm at Solihull URC

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or to buy tickets visit


Carol Concerts, film screenings, charity events, Handel's Messiah and more at Birmingham Cathedral during December. 

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Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday moving the sheds and equipment from St Philip's to their new home.

Shed build

Shed build 2Shed 4


  Thank You 

Thank you to everyone  who  has  helped  to raise £2005.24 from their collecting  boxes This money will go to help disadvantaged  children  and teenagers  in  our country.

If anyone  would  like to  have a box please contact  me. 

Liz Williams



is a very relaxed and informal approach to understanding more about Christian faith. 

It consists of a series of talks addressing key issues relating to the Christian faith.

The first session on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 7.30pm is a taster for anyone who would like to come and see what Alpha is about. 

There is no obligation to continue if you feel it’s                                                     not for you.

Contact The Parish Office for more information or to save your place:

Email:        Tel: 01564 775652



Thank You from the foodbank

Thank you from Aston & Nechells Foodbank to St Philip's and St James' for the harvest donations. They totalled 308.76kg in weight.

Also a special thank you to the pupils, parents and staff of both village primary schools for making ANFB their charity of choice for harvest donations.

Sadly the need is as great as ever and we have seen a further rise in numbers seeking help since the start of September.

In due course everything donated will be given out to families and individuals experiencing food poverty.

Thank you again.


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 Richard in the Parish Office.


CA lunchChristian Aid Lunches

These continue on 

Wednesday 4th December

                                    and then follow the usual pattern of 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.      

                                                                             read more



Join a Team

We all enjoy our time together on a Sunday,

but we need help with….. 

Setting our chairs before the service

Welcoming people to church

Laptop & sound


Putting the chairs away

These are just some of the jobs people volunteer for on a Sunday.

We need more hands. Can you help?

Make this………...........................……….into this



To get involved, contact the Parish Office for more information

Sound  Laptop Help


Used Stamps


Thank you for your donations of used stamps this year.

Please continue to save your stamps and add them to the collection boxes in the foyer at St James’.

                      Clothes for Homeless in Birmingham r

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 


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.

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


                   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