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



They say Churches are like helicopters; it doesn’t matter how far back you stand eventually you’ll be sucked into the rotas!  We promise, however, not to jump on you when you first visit!  Here are a selection of some of the things you may wish to support.

Open the Book

Open the Book is a project which enables children in Primary schools to hear many Bible stories. A team of 14 members of the congregation go into St. James on Tuesday mornings to take assembly. All are CRB checked.  We use the books set by the Diocesan Open the Book team. The story is introduced so that it is linked to the theme. We usually have two readers each week.  We light a candle, sing a hymn, have a time of quiet to think about the story and finally to say a prayer. Being mindful of all faiths and none we invite the children to say Amen at the end if they want to make it their prayer.

Pastoral Visitors

At St Philip and St James the hope is that all those who wish to main contact with the church family, but for whatever reason are no longer able to come to Services, will be called on by one of our Pastoral Visitors.   They may be in hospital, a nursing home or in their own home;  they may wish to receive Communion or simply be kept up-to-date with what is happening at the church or hear news of people they used to meet there.   If you do know of anyone, please telephone the Pastoral Visitors Co-ordinator, Liz Mitchell, on 01242 241311 or email


Little Pips

Every Friday during term time between 9.45 and 11.30 opur Little Pips toddler Group meets at Bethesda Methodfist Church.  It’s a relaxed space in which mums, dads, grandparents and carers can relax whilst the children play.  Refreshments are enjoyed by all and then there is storytime led by Revd. Nick when we find out ‘what’s in the box’, musical games for the children and a grand finale!  The children are aged from 0 to 3 years and it is so rewarding to watch them grow.  Why not come and join in?  There are more details of the group on Facebook.


And not forgetting…

  • Readers for Sunday services
  • Intercessors  to lead us in our prayers
  • Stewards to welcome people to Church
  • Audio technicians to staff the sound desk and record sermons
  • Litter pickers to keep the grounds looking their best
  • Brass cleaners to keep the Church looking its best
  • Children’s group leaders to help us run our Sunday school programme
  • Chalice assistants to assist at our communion services
  • Coffee rota for after Sunday services
  • Church tidiers to help tidy-up
  • Gardeners looking after the grounds around Church and Church House