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

Letter from the Team Rector w/b 20 April

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I hope you are well and managing to find a new ‘normal’ as our lockdown continues, at least the weather has been kind to us!  Below you will find a few updates regarding worship, mission and we even have a rota!

Faith on the Frontline
Following the success of our interview last week, we will be continuing 7.30pm interviews every Thursday with Christians whose faith has taken them to one of our COVID-19 frontlines.  Tonight we will be interviewing Lisa Harford, Head teacher at St James school.  Do tune in at 7.30pm:

This Sunday
An order of service for Sunday, do tune in at 10am for our Eastertide Prayer and Praise:

All Age Service and challenge 3rd May
Our service on 3rd May will be an all age service which has a particular challenge attached to it.  You can view more about that challenge here:

Feeding the 5,000
Details of an exciting new Deanery wide scheme offering healthy meals to those who need them, Feeding the 5,000.  At this time of lockdown, this is a particularly important new initiative.  Do have a read and think how you might be able to help.

Services through the Spring
You will also find a rota of services to take us through until the beginning of June.  Obviously, we don’t know how the situation will unfold but we thought it best to plan ahead.  As you will see this rota provides a range of services that should be familiar to many in the team and will also try to provide a range of voices from across the Churches.

Morning Prayer
Many thanks to Gary (and the hats!) for leading us in Morning Prayer this week.  Gary and I will continue to alternate weeks leading Morning Prayer.  So I’ll be back on the sofa on Monday.

Cheltenham Network Church
I also wanted to let you know that Sarah at Cheltenham Network Church has a range of service and discipleship opportunities which they are delivering via Zoom video conferencing.  I’m listing them here.  If you would like further details do email

Firstly- links to all our zoom gatherings this week- password chelnet20
Pyjama prayer- 7.30am weekdays-
Sacred Space- 4.30pm weekdays-
Alpha- 8pm Mondays-
Biblestudy/Prayer- 8pm Wednesdays-
Teatime quiz- 5pm Thursdays-
Sunday gathering-

 In the meantime, can I offer you an Eastertide prayer for challenging times;
May God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life.  Amen.