Virgin Money Giving
We now have a facility to donate on-line to the Building for the Future project. Click on the logo below.
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Do you like shopping?
Do you shop online?
If you do, you could help raise funds for the
St Philip's Church Building Fund
and it will not cost you a penny
If you register
“The Parochial Church Council Of St Philip'S, Dorridge With St James', Bentley Heath In The Benefice Of Dorridge And Bentley Heath.”
as your chosen charity on Amazon Smile, then each time you shop on Amazon, 0.5% of your net purchase price will be donated.
As an alternative, or in addition, sign up to easyfundraising
A few weeks ago we advertised the Hidden Lives Remembered project, a Heritage Lottery Funded project exploring and recording the histories of people with learning disabilities in Solihull run by Solihull Action through Advocacy.
If you are interested in discovering more about the project, there is a project launch event on Wednesday 21st November, 12-2pm at Knowle United Reform Church.
The new Praying Together books will be with us in the next couple of weeks. There has been a delay in printing.
A digital copy is available to download here
Christmas Gift Preparation
Wednesday 28th November
7.00pm at St Philip’s Church
Please join us for as long as you can as we pack the
Christmas Gift for the Parish
7th DECEMBER 2018
At St Philip's Church
(Doors open @ 7.15pm)
Tickets £20 (including mulled wine & mince pies)
You may wish to bring gardening gloves and secateurs
Further information contact Kate Cromie on 770561 or the Parish Office 775652
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.
Saturday 15th December
Worcester Warriors vs Pau
We are accepting toy donations to be distributed to children living at Shepherds Green House refuge at;
Breakfast Church on Sunday 2nd December
Messy Church on Sunday 9th December
If you would like to contribute, please bring a new unwrapped toy which does not require batteries. Many thanks.
Thank you to all who have contributed towards this year’s Children’s Society box collection which totalled a fantastic
This will help disadvantaged children in the UK. If you would like to have a box at home please let me know.
Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 24th November
10 am - 3 pm
St Philip's Church Hall
Your help and support is needed at this community and fund raising event. Please volunteer to help on a stall or even run a stall of your own. Please let Lisa Maines or Sheila Revans know if you can help.
Items are needed for the Bottle Stall, which can be left in the porch at 28, Westfield Close or in the Parish Office, and the Tombola which can also be left in the Parish Office.
Nearer the time we will also be asking for cakes and Home Produce.
In preparation for the event, please come to some
Craft Sessions for all at St Philip’s Church
Friday 23rd November 10.00am - noon.
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) 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
The fortnightly Christian Aid Lunches continue on
Wednesday 21st November
A new rota for helpers is being drawn up. We need to recruit new soup makers. If you can help, please contact Kitty Gundy.
The work is not too onerous as you would only need to supply soup once in every six weeks. General helpers in the kitchen are also welcome to join us.
for the full list of lunch dates
You may have seen the recent news regarding children not eating properly in the school holidays because of not having access to free school meals.
Like all Foodbanks, Aston & Nechells have experienced a rise in demand.
ANFB are currently very short of the following:tinned tomatoes
long life fruit juice
long life milk
tinned rice pudding
Donations can be dropped in The Link at St Philip’s Church, or placed in the foyer at St James’ Church. Thank you for your support.
Flower arranging in the Church
Please add your name to the rota in the Link to provide flowers for the Altar at St. Philip's Church. A selection of vases or Oasis are available in the Flower Vestry.
No experience of Flower arranging is necessary, just arrange the flowers as you like, maybe to celebrate a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.
A good time to go to arrange the flowers is on Friday mornings, when the Parish Office is open.
More details from Sheila Revans.
Please continue to save used stamps for our charity ‘Canine Partners’
Please leave a small margin around the stamp.
Collection boxes are located in The Link at St Philip’s and the foyer at St James’ to put them in.
St James’ Church and Bentley Heath School are nut free zones.
Please ensure any food you bring in is nut free.
On the first Wednesday of every month, at 3pm there is an ecumenical Communion Service at Ravenshaw Court on Four Ashes Road.
Everyone is welcome
Over many generations people have made Birmingham their home, built it up and found they can belong here. Birmingham is a great city because of its diversity but we cannot take that diversity for granted. It is no use sharing a street or a suburb with people from different backgrounds if we do not know them. Loneliness is at epidemic levels, prejudice threatens to pull communities apart.
We cannot love our neighbour if we do not know our neighbour, understand them and their culture, faith and identity. We all need to build friendships that cement our city together, crossing those differences that can become barriers such as age, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and faith - working for peace alongside all people of goodwill.
We must meet hate with love, confusion with hope, anger with peace and fear with joy. The 'love your neighbour' campaign is owned by us all and seeks to draw people together and to believe the very best for our city and region.
So go… know your neighbour… love your neighbour.
A Love Your Neighbour Prayer
Loving God, who created human beings in your own image, you sent your son Jesus Christ to walk with us on this fragile planet. We thank you for his miraculous presence which turns confusion into hope, anger into gratitude and fear into joy. Strengthen us through the power of your Holy Spirit to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Open our eyes to see your image in the faces of all our neighbours, open our hearts to feel your compassion for all you have created and lead is day by day to love and serve you in the world.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Building for the Future - Update
Information on the latest position can be seen on our Building for the Future page.
In 1978 a publication was produced to mark the Centenary of St Philip's Church and details the history of both our churches. This has now been reproduced and updated and can be found by clicking here.