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Sunday 29 November 2020 – Advent Sunday

This Sunday we will be celebrating the first Sunday in Advent  – but we will also look at Ephesians  Chapter 5 .

At 10am we pray for about 30 minutes on Zoom before the service at 11am which will be livestreamed from St Philip’s.

Hopefully next week we’ll be back to services ‘in the flesh’ – very appropriate for Advent!

Links of course are here:

On Tuesday we will begin our online Advent Calendar which we hope you’ll interact with and share!


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APCM – 15 November 2020 – 10am on Zoom

This Sunday we will hold our APCM

Clearly it cannot be live so it will be entirely on Zoom.  Details of how to join are below – you can simply click the link to login below to Zoom or you can phone in and join us on audio only. Contact us if you need tech help.

The first half an hour will be the ‘service’ section and then the business will begin at 10.30am.

Please try to read Minutes from our previous APCM before the meeting.


Prayer, Reading and Talk from Ephesians 3

Annual Meeting of Parishioners for the Election of Church Wardens


APCM Agenda

Introductory Business: Attendance, Apologies, Minutes – 5 mins 
Trustees Report and Electoral Roll accepted – 5 mins 
Parish Lenses Video – 6 mins
Looking to 2021 – Chris – 5 mins 
Elections – PCC, Lay Reader and Synod – 5 mins 
Finances and Appointment of Independent Examiner – 10 mins
2019 Recap Video – 5 mins 
Clare – Outreach into 2021- 5 mins 
Parish Teams Video – 3 mins
Sue – Ministry into 2021 – 5 mins 
Chris – Questions – 10 mins

Zoom Meeting is accessible from this link:

Meeting ID: 918 1022 4455 Passcode: 210824

You can also dial in using this phone number
02034815237 Meeting ID: 918 1022 4455 Passcode: 210824

We aim to get as many people at this important meeting, please do not hesitate to ask if you have any technical difficulties.

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Remembrance Sunday 8 Nov 2020 – back to Livestreaming


This week we’re back online only!  We’ll start at 10.45 to be ready for a tribute at 11am for those who have given their lives for the country.  We’ll also be continuing with our Ephesians Series as well.

The service will be more in the style of our YouTube services over Lockdown 1 – but will be happening Live.  So please bear with us – this hasn’t happened before!

We have been praying together from 10am for the past few weeks – this will be on Zoom this week.  If you’ve not been before, please come and try it.  Our nation needs prayer more than ever.  There is no need to pray out loud if you don’t want.  Please come just to say ‘Amen’!  As usual all the links you need are here: 

If you are subscribed to our YouTube channel you’ll get a notification that we’ve gone live – if you aren’t subscribed – why not!??

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Sunday 1st November 2020 – All Saints’ Day

Sunday morning we meet again at 11am for our service of Holy Communion in St Philip’s Church. The Theme is Thanksgiving – it’s live on our Youtube Channel.

A good number of us have been praying creatively for the city and our churches from 10am
The Bible says “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” We need some of that at the moment, so if you haven’t been before please come and join us – there is no coffee after church so you get more time to catch up with others too.

All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day will be celebrated together at an event to remember those we have lost this year.
Please invite those you know who might appreciate the opportunity to grieve more formally and creatively. We mentioned this last week – details are here. Some of this will now be taking place inside due to the weather.

Don’t forget we are praying around the parish on Saturday night – Halloween – meet at any of our 4 Churches at 4pm to shine a light in dark places – literally and spiritually!

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APCM 2020 – 15 Nov 2020 – 10am – St Philip’s Church


As you know we were fully prepared for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting before the Lockdown  – this information was shared in April, but here it is again to refresh your memory.


Our Report this year is in 2 parts.  A short ‘At a Glance’ letter that is 2 sides of A4.  You can read or download that here.  Farsi version also available. –   فارسی
The main Trustees report is far more comprehensive – you can read that here.


If you remember we did a recap of the year and explained a few changes back in April – here is a reminder of those videos if you’ve forgotten.

Recap of 2019

Parish Lens Test

Parish Teams


Election forms were at the back of our churches for a couple of weeks before Lockdown, they are still at St Philip’s – if you didn’t get one you can download them and email them back to Joanna Allan – PCC Secretary

Deanery Synod Rep – Download

Churchwarden – Download

PCC Member – Download


We hope you can join us live at our APCM meeting which will look like this

10am Prayer, Reading and Talk from Ephesians 3
10.30am Election of Wardens Meeting
10.45am APCM begins
We will end with a short communion and be finished by 1pm



We plan to livestream to Youtube the 10 – 10.30am section only that Sunday.
The Meeting itself will be on Zoom and accessible from this link: Meeting ID: 918 1022 4455 Passcode: 210824

You can also dial in using this phone number
02034815237 Meeting ID: 918 1022 4455 Passcode: 210824

We aim to get as many people at this important meeting, please do not hesitate to ask if you have any technical difficulties.

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Sunday 25th October 2020 – Our place in Christ – Ephesians Chapter 1

Sunday holds quite a normal experience this week.  Nothing different from last week, no time changes for the service ….. EXCEPT that the clocks go back so unless you change them you’ll be early!
Which will be great because at 10am we continue with our new Prayer Meeting before the service. 

Please join us if you can – we want to lift our service to God and continue to pray for the nation and the world.At 11am we will have a short Parish Communion Service looking at Ephesians Chapter 1 together called “Our place in Christ” .

 We hope you can join us at St Philip’s Church

If you are unable to join us then you can watch it live at this link.

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All Hallows Weekend – 31 October and 1 November 2020

It was good to see so many of you at church physically or watching online today.
You may have noticed that the notices were a bit confusing! So here is a clear explanation of what will be happening in 2 weeks time.

31 October – Halloween Prayer Walking

Darkness has the threat of despair and misery while light has a promise of hope and restoration. We believe Jesus is our light – and in him there is no darkness at all. We are called to be people of Light.

On an evening often celebrated for Darkness – come join us as we prayer walk our communities as people of light.

We will gather to walk from each church at 4pm.

Each place we stop to pray we will leave a visible reminder that light wins and darkness has no power.

When: Saturday 31st October

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Where: Meet by the front door of either, St Martin’s, St Paul’s, St Barnabas or St Philip’s

1 November – All Hallows Day

We will commemorate All Hallows and All Souls Day together on 1st November. A day of prayer and thanksgiving to remember saints who have encouraged us in our Christian life and at this time of COVID-19 to remember those we have lost, but been unable to mourn them fully.

Communion Service at 11am – St Philip’s Church

Hope Restored – 2pm at St Paul’s Church

Come to NAME, REMEMBER and HONOUR the people or situations you find yourself mourning.

Everyone grieves differently but the journey from loss to hope is one we must all undertake.

This past season has left all of us with a sense of loss and mourning while searching for Hope for ourselves and those around us.

We will be using the grounds (and a bit inside as it will be raining) at St Paul’s creatively to look at the stages of grief and offer opportunities to respond. The invitation is for anyone who would like to come so please feel free to invite your friends, local community and neighbours.

When: Sunday 1st November

Time: Come between 2pm and 4pm

Where: St Paul’s Church grounds – Map Here

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Sunday 18th October 2020 – New Time – New Sermon Series

This Sunday 18th October quite a few things will be different.

We have moved our Communion service to 11am on Sunday morning. We will meet to pray from 10am for our Parish, for the Nation and the Community. Please come to both – or either!

So we will not be providing video content on Sunday morning BUT we will attempt to livestream from St Philip’s – if you are subscribed to our Youtube channel you’ll get a notification that there is a live event. You will hopefully be able to write comments and be ‘in community’ there as we’re used to. Please remember if you’re commenting on the quality of the livestream (or the sermon!) that it is good practice to have 3 positives before a negative!!

We are also starting a new sermon series on Ephesians called
God’s Plans for God’s People in God’s World

We really do hope you can join us – it may take a few weeks to get everything working correctly – so bear with us as we try to be a gathered community again despite restrictions.

On Tuesday the

Prayer Course

Continues online – 7.30pm Tuesday 20th October

PLEASE JOIN US – All the links you need are here:

Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30pm

· 27th October
· 3rd November
· 10th November
· 17th November
· 1st December
· 8th December

Unable to join us on the night? Links to the sessions will be available throughout the week.

If you know someone unable to access the internet, Why not get them a copy of the book?
How to Pray a simple guide for normal people by Pete Greig, Hodder & Stoughton 2019

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Sunday 11 October 2020 – Jesus gives Life

On Sunday morning we will conclude our series with 1 John Chapter 5

The theme is Jesus gives ‘life’

What’s that about during lockdown? How do I have ‘eternal’ life? Join with us to find out!

Again it will be at 10.45.

We’ll have Zoom prayer afterwards at 11.15.

All links that you need are here:



We have moved our APCM date that was supposed to be next week to:
15 November 2020 – 10am – details to follow

Sunday Services
As the nights will be drawing in we are going to move our 4pm Communion service to 11am – still at St Philip’s starting Sunday 18th October. This means the online worship will be live from St Philip’s at 11am – but may be a bit wobbly the first couple of weeks – please bear with us.
We will be praying for this service and for our city and nation at 10am. This is not just for vicars! Please come and join the prayer time. You might even prefer to pray and not stay for communion – that is fine. We will try a few different ways of doing things in the first few weeks, please come and see, and give feedback!