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

Weekly Newsletter from Rev. Nick Davies

This Sunday 9 August

This Sunday at 8am Gary will be leading a service of BCP Holy Communion.  You will find the order of service attached.  Later, at 10am, we will go live with our Prayer and Praise service led by Ken Shill with one of our new Curates, Eddie Carmichael, preaching.  All of the words for the 10am service will be on the screen.  You can tune in as usual here:

There is no dial-in facility this week, as we will not be using Zoom.  There is always, however, the national Church of England phoneline of hymns, reflections and prayers which you can reach on 0800 804 8044.

A message from Hazel…

On behalf of us both may I say a sincere thank you for the prayers, cards, messages of support  during our recent health problems.  My surgery was completely successful. I will need some further treatment in the coming months but  the outlook is extremely positive.  David treatment is ongoing but we are both feeling very much better.  Thank You again.  P and J and South Cheltenham Team have given us  wonderful pastoral support and we are very grateful for that.

Best wishes to all, Hazel and David


Next Two Sundays: 23rd & 30th August

Over the next two Sundays several members of the team are away and we will be suggesting some other Church of England services that you may wish to tune into.  More details to follow next week!



Worship this autumn

Plans are developing well for our programme of 4pm Sunday worship this autumn.  I’m really heartened that so many people have come forward to be on the rotas to enable this to happen.  If you have not had a chance to respond to Hannah’s rota email yet, please do get back to her as we are hoping to develop a rota through until December.  We had a good site visit to St Peter’s earlier this week to prepare our plans and will be visiting Emmanuel next week.  Russell, our choir and music group are also working hard to produce pre-recorded music for those services.  Our JAM children’s activities will restart from October.  Can I particularly thank Cate Hemingway who is leading on our Health and Safety plans to ensure that we can all pray safely together.   We will be coming back to you with a detailed briefing in due course but now might be a good time to buy your designer facemask if you have not already done so!  As previously mentioned, alongside this online services will continue for the rest of the year and you will be able to access these in the usual way.  More details about all of this will follow in coming weeks.  Below you will find Dave Walker’s take on how it might be…

And finally, a couple of reading recommendations

An interesting article here on how Coronavirus is affecting people’s search for the spiritual.  The article is written by Paul Bickley of the Christian thinktank Theos.

I don’t know whether you are getting away this summer but I wanted to suggest an exciting new book that you may wish to take with you.  ‘Britain’s pilgrim places’ is published by the British Pilgrimage Trust and, at over 600 pages, it is a beautifully illustrated guide to Holy sites around the county, including fifteen here in Gloucestershire.  You can find more details here:


With my love and prayers

Rev. Nick Davies

Team Rector