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

New Here?


Revd. Nick Davies, our Team Rector writes…

New hereDear 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 are out of our Church building for our big Church redesign.  We will be something of a pilgrim people and hope the year will remind us that we are church!  We hope you can join us on that journey and help us as we re-enter our building in early 2021 to create a place of hospitality for a people of pilgrimage.

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 a newcomers card and come to introduce yourself.

Peace and every good wish

Revd. Nick Davies

ps:  This summer I’m jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft to raise money for our reordering appeal.  You can sponsor mew here!

For times & venues of all services until June 2020 click here