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

New Here?

Dear Friends, welcome to our website and hopefully to Pip and Jim’s. Finding a new church is never easy and I hope that what you read here will give you a sense of who we are and will encourage you to come and join us one Sunday.

I was appointed in 2012 and, together with my wife Helen and our children, we really enjoy our time here. One of the riches of Cheltenham is that there are Churches of many different traditions from formal anglo-catholic to evangelical prayer and praise. We are somewhere in the middle and draw people from across differing traditions.

Pip and Jims aims to be an inclusive and family-friendly church. We have a cross section of ages including toddlers, young families, teenagers and upwards. Our singing encompasses the best of old and some of the new and is often led by our choir and worship group. Our worship is liturgical but not stuffy and follows the seasons of the Church year. Our preaching aims to be biblical, challenging and addressing contemporary social and political issues.

We are a congregation that has a strong sense of gathering as the body of Christ to be transformed by his word and fed at communion. Our desire is both to see Christ in the world and to be Christ in the world; sharing his love and working for the coming of his Kingdom. To this end we are involved with many local community and voluntary organisations. We aim to be welcoming, generous, relevant, inspiring and transforming but we remain ‘saints in the refining’ and we will not always get it right!

During 2020 we were out of our Church building for a big Church redesign. We re-entered our building in early 2021, creating a place of hospitality for a people of pilgrimage. Over the past year this space has become a haven for many, hosting talks, concerts, exercise classes, choirs and even beer festivals

If this sounds like the kind of Church where you may be able to deepen your own Christian pilgrimage, do come and find out more. I am usually leading worship at our Sunday morning service and will be at the Church door at the end of the service, so do please fill in the newcomers form and come to introduce yourself.

Peace and every good wish

Revd. Nick Davies

Nick recently gave the key note speech at our Annual General Meeting. For the text of this address, please click here