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Everyday Faith

Everyday Faith is a Church of England campaign offering reflections and prayers to help you find and follow God in everyday life, starting on Sunday 12th January and running for 3 weeks.


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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

Week of prayer 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place from 18 - 25 January 2020.

This is an annual initiative whereby Christian communities throughout the world are invited to pray for one another and for greater Christian Unity.

The theme for 2020 is "They showed an unusual kindness", which finds its origins in Acts 27:18 - 28:10

A booklet of daily reflections & prayers to follow during the week is available.             To get your copy



You are all invited…..


Birmingham Cathedral 

at 11am on Saturday 25th January 

to support Anthony Verduyn as he is licensed as a Reader. 

Please do come along

If you are able to act as a Steward at the service, Birmingham Cathedral would be thankful. Please contact The Parish Office if you can assist.

Thank You


Many thanks for sending greetings by sharing the card and thanks to Pat Landon for creating it. The sum of £132.00 was raised for the work of St. Basil’s.

Childrens societyCHRISTINGLE

  A BIG thank you to all those who helped with the preparation of    the Christingles and  who came to the Christingle services. We      raised £349.53 for the Children’s Society which will go  towards    the work that they do with some of this country’s most                                                             vulnerable  young people. Thank you.



Simon Goodall - the UK’s No.1 Cliff Richard tribute singer performs 

at St John’s Hall at Knowle Parish Church

7.30pm on Saturday 25th April 2020. 


All proceeds to Compassion UK.



Entrance is by ticket only £10.00 each. 

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Meg's nephew Simon Guillebaud is holding a fundraising at Harrow School on Saturday 18th April

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Local Job Opportunity

Experienced administrator required to replace our retiring Clerk to the Trustees at The Berrow Cottage Homes Almshouses in Knowle. 

12 hours/week over 2-3 days, Salary negotiable. 

For further information & application pack email marked for the attention of the Trustees.

Open Gardens

ogThanks to those who have offered to open their gardens on June 6th in aid of the building fund. We have just enough to go ahead but would welcome a few more participants.

To plan in detail you are invited to a meeting at 5 Bushwood Drive at 8.00pm on Tuesday January 28th. Please come if you are opening your garden or if you are helping someone who is.

Many thanks, Pam and Robert Beckham.

ANFBPlease continue your support of ANFB 

Could you add one item to your weekly shopping trolley and bring it to church? 

This is what is needed:

• tinned fish

• long life milk

• tinned meat

• rice

• toilet rolls

• tinned carrots

• juice

• squash

• cereals

• biscuits

 • tinned fruit

• steamed puddings

• coffee

• packet soups

• toiletries

 Thank you for your continued support. 

The Trussell Trust commissioned State of Hunger – the most authoritative piece of independent research into hunger in the UK to date. Very interesting reading.

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       Alpha - still open to sign up


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 course runs on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. 

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

Email:        Tel: 01564 775652

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St Philip’s Building Project Update

The papers proving the affordability of the project have been forwarded to the Chancellor and we are awaiting his agreement to proceed. SMCB raised concerns regarding the impact of the foundations on the roots of the giant redwood tree. A tree radar scan has shown the tree roots will be safe with the foundations design and the report has been submitted to SMBC for approval. The PCC remain satisfied with Keir’s financial position, but will continue to monitor their situation.

Please pray for a speedy response from both the Chancellor & SMBC so we may proceed.

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. 

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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.


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