Surrender to me

Continuing our series of “Seven things I wish Jesus never said”, today’s theme is ‘Evaluate yourself’ from Matthew 7: 21a. Next week we will be looking at ‘Be radical’ from Matthew 5: 29a.

A letter to all

This weekend Alan has sent out a letter to all the congregation about the church finances.  Most letters have been sent via email, but for those not on email please check your pigeon holes for a letter.  If you’ve not received one, contact the church office.

Get your Manna

The latest edition of Manna, the Diocese’s quarterly magazine’ is now available to take away free.  Please collect a copy from the magazine rack by the main entrance.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday Prayers

The church prayer meeting for the next two Tuesdays, 25th July and 1st August,  will be at Kevin's house at 9am. All welcome.

Family Group

Family Group will be meeting this Tuesday, 25th July, at 7.45pm in the Institute for a fish and chip supper.

Ukraine Frontier Team

Next Saturday, the Frontier Camp starts near Cleethorpes.  It’s a Christian camp for 9-13 year olds, and a team of 13 members from St Philip’s will be there to help run the camp.  Please pray for safety as they travel and that the camp will be a success.

English Camp

Alan, Scott, Tina and Gill will be joined by a group of Czechs to work alongside our  Ukrainian friends (who visited in May) to run an English Camp in the Ukraine from 30 July until 6th August.  Please pray for them as they prepare, fly out this Friday and as they work in that troubled country.


Come for a Holiday In

On Wednesday 9th August we will be holding our ‘Holiday In’, 11am-4pm, for a day of company, food and friendship for older people.  Sign up at Andy’s evangelism board if you’d like to come.

Men’s & Women’s weekends

Andy Stammers is finding out interest in providing separate weekends away for men and women.  Please look at the evangelism board for details and let Andy know if you are interested so he can work out if it will be feasible.  

Next Sport Walk

The SPORT walk for August has been cancelled as many people are away. It resumes on Saturday 9th September with a longer walk. We will leave Church at 9.30am, stopping for a pub lunch, and returning by about 3.30pm. All are welcome – just turn up at Church.  John Garrett.

The drama begins…

The Drama Group’s next production will be Puss in Boots in January 2018.  If you would like to be part of this - either on or off stage, come to our information evening on Monday 4th September at 7.30pm.  Auditions for speaking parts will be on Thursday 7th September.  All abilities and ages welcome from Year 7 up.  For more info see Dora Witcomb.


Any Good at Grammar?

Is there anyone who can check the grammar of a Chinese student’s thesis for him.  If you can help please see Alan or Sandra Bain.


Holiday Help

Can you help for our Holiday In on Wednesday 9th August?  Can you provide some cakes? We also need people on the day to help cook lunch, serve, and help with crafts.  If you can offer something or some of your time, please sign up on Andy’s Evangelism board at the back or talk to Andy Stammers.

Gracewells Service

Gracewells Care Home in Odd Down would like St Philip’s to provide a 30 minute service in their home on a weekday, possibly twice a month. If you are interested in helping with this new ministry, please talk to Margaret Joyce.


·      EVENTS

Teas and Art Exhibition

Everyone is welcome at Southstoke Village hall (next to The Packhorse) for tea and cake and to view paintings from Southstoke Art Group on Sunday 30th July, 3-5pm. The Art group has a few vacancies if anyone would like to join us on Monday mornings from 25th September. Please contact Jan Keene ( 837300 )

Ascension Holiday Club

Ascension Church are running a weekly Holiday Club (Ascension Rocks) every Tuesday 10am- 12 noon in the summer holidays (except 1st August). The theme is 'God loves me even when...' It’s £1 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) and you can stay for lunch (bring picnic or buy lunch for a £1).  Bring towel if you want to get wet!  Details from Sarah on 07779 781465 or email sarah@ See poster on board.

Holiday Club at Combe Down

‘Above and Beyond’ is a Holiday Club for children ages 5-11 on 21st-25th August, 10am-3pm, each day at Holy Trinity Church Combe Down. £25 for the week. Book places online via: or e-mail for more information. See poster on board.

Charlcombe Quiet Garden

Reflective afternoons in the garden of the oldest church in Bath are at St Mary’s Church, Charlcombe, BA1 8DR on 3rd Tuesday each month until October. 1pm picnic, 1.30 first reflection, 3.30 finish - bring something to sit on.  In bad weather in the church. Contact or tel 420946. See poster on board.

Circuit Bath for Julian House

Take the spectacular Circuit of Bath Walk on Sunday 24 September and get sponsored to raise money for Julian House. Although the whole route is 20 miles long, participants can do as little as 2 miles if they want, thanks to a unique shuttle bus service that operates so people of all ages can get involved. It’s free, but participants are asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can. For further details or an entry form contact Cathy Adcock on 354656 or register online at circuit-of-bath-walk.htm

·      Vacancies

Genesis Vacancy

Lifeline Deputy Manager – this is a paid post (18.75 hrs/wk).  If you have a heart for those who are homeless or vulnerably housed this may be the role for you.  Deadline: 7th August 2017.  See for further information.

Help with Foodbank

Bath Foodbank warehouse needs volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Lunch Box needs volunteers on Monday and Wednesdays (11.30am-2.30pm).  If you think you can help please contact Paul Solly (463549 or  Thank you.

Opening Prayer

As we gather together

Lord, help us to concentrate on you

As we put aside the things that distract us, as we leave behind the things that wrong us,

Help us to concentrate on you

As we worship you with songs of praise, as we listen to stories from your world.

Help us to concentrate on you

As we come together in your holy presence, we welcome your Holy Spirit amongst us

Lord, help us to concentrate on you