St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Our Mission

At Pip and Jim’s, we seek to ‘See Christ in the world and be Christ in the World’. We also believe that Christ calls each one of us into fullness of life and we seek that fullness of life for all.

This theme of fullness of life is also the framework of our Diocesan vision which encourages us to do the following…

To be leaders committed to transformation

We are responding to this challenge through our £3m. reordering scheme.  This scheme aims to deliver ‘a place of hospitality for a people of pilgrimage’.  We hope that our new space will enable us to engage in creative worship and hospitable mission.  Building work is currently underway and we hope to be back in our new space by Spring 2021.  You can read more about it here.

To be imaginative in opening new pathways to faith

We are a congregation which believes that our faith is ‘caught as much as it is taught’ and hope that as we journey together we are also being transformed into the likeness of Christ.  Each year we run an enquirer’s course and host a team wide confirmation service for both young people and adults.  We are keen to work with young families and run a weekly toddler group currently hosted by our friends at Bethesda Methodist Church.  Each week we have a story time, offering carers and toddlers gentle ways into the story of Jesus Christ.  We have also recently launched a new service in St James school; Teatime Church which is a ‘Fresh Expression’ of church.  It is brief, focussed on busy families and includes a party tea!


To live as adventurous followers of Jesus Christ

Each month, we invite a member of the congregation to share in our Sunday morning service how their faith makes a difference in their everyday life.  It is a wonderful opportunity to realise the opportunities we all have ‘to live as if the truth were true’ Monday to Saturday.  We have recently set-up a network of Community Groups.  These groups meet on a monthly basis for fellowship, prayer and reflection.  We have over 90 people involved in these groups.  Together with the other Churches of our South Cheltenham team, we also run regular quiet days at St Peter’s Cottages and an annual Lent study course.  See our events page for details of forthcoming events.

 To live out Christ’s love and hope

Each month we run open lunches for anyone who wishes to come.  We are often joined by people who struggle to get out and enjoy good food and good conversation.  We call these our CAMELOT lunches.  Since 2015 we have been developing a partnership with our sister Church of St Andrews’ Ramallah on the West Bank.  This grew out of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and personal links.  Together we are partners in the Gospel and signs of God’s reconciling love, building awareness and understanding and advocating justice and peace for all in the Holy Land.  We have also had a longstanding commitment to ecological issues and are an accredited Eco-congregation and are currently exploring what the next step might be for us in terms of this commitment and our climate emergency.

A work in progress…

All of these are a work in progress and are our stumbling attempts through his grace to partner with God for the salvation of the world.  It may be that you can help us onwards as we continue to see Christ in the world and be Christ in the world?

 “God is concerned for the welfare and well-being of the planet, for the pursuit of justice, and for the salvation of every human being.  God is the missionary.  Mission is seeking to discern God’s purposes for the world, rolling-up our sleeves and joining in.”

Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York (designate)

If you are interested in being involved in any of these activities, please email our Team Rector Revd. Nick Davies




Our Lockdown interviews gallery

Interview with Caryn Smith on St James school, Covid-19 and fullness of life:

Recorded 4 June 2020

Interview with Anna Hutton on nursing, vocation and COVID-19:

Recorded 21 May 2020

Interview with Revd. Fadi Diab, Rector of St Andrew’s, Ramallah:

Recorded 14 May 2020

Interview with Maggie Grady, talking about Mindsong, dementia and COVID-19:

Recorded 7 May 2020

Interview with Tom Herbert, Baker, author and broadcaster:

Recorded 31 April 2020

Interview with Lisa Harford, headteacher St James CofE Primary School:

Recorded 23rd April 2020


Interview with Jade Scholes, A&E nurse and member of our congregation:

Recorded 16th April 2020