27th March

St Philips News for the Parish

27 March 2021



There will be no service in church until further notice – this is because we are all being urged to STAY AT HOME.

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom.

Rod’s son Steven.

For Ann Westerman’s brother Bob (in the USA), who has liver cancer.

For Ann and Charlie Westerman – seeking a new church home – that God will guide them to the right place to use their gifts.

Pray for Mignons daughter Andrea suffering with breast cancer.

Wendy’s husband Julian

Chris Foxton’s (Sunday evening congregation) nephew Russell and his wife Rosio.

Barry’s (Sunday evening congregation) brother-in-law Roger and wife Kathleen.

Kathy (Mike’s sister in Leeds) for her ongoing health problem.

Lesley’s mum

Sheila – healing for her legs and knees.

Marion’s grandson James and family.

Give thanks that Val’s aunt Helen is free from cancer

Local Clergy

Dave and Amy Barker (Walsgrave Baptist ministers)

Malcolm (Vicar at St Mary’s, Walsgrave) and Frances Tyler (retired).

Brian Nash (Vicar at St Chad’s, Wood End)

George Bennett (Priest at St Patrick’s RC, Potters Green)

Please pray for:

Mike, Marjorie, Mignon, Zena, Ruth, Felicity, Addis and the Oromo people, Beryl, Bill and Celia, Ken.

All our local businesses, that they may survive through this difficult time. Give thanks for all who work in them and their families.

Pray for all the front-line workers who are enabling our lives to progress in these difficult times.


Solution to last weeks crossword


8. Transgressors. 9. Out. 10. Ephesians. 11. Throb. 13. Ramadan. 16. Nearest.

19. Neath. 22. Childless. 24. Ant. 25. Excommunicate.


1. Utmost. 2. Easter. 3. Assemble. 4. Archer. 5. Isis. 6. To hand. 7. As a son.

12. Hoe. 14. Monastic. 15. Apt. 16. Nuclei. 17. A piece. 18. Tied up. 20. Ararat.     21. Hatred. 23. Dome.


1 True or False? Jesus walked on the water of the sea of Galilee.

2 Which Gospels state that Jesus taught with authority and not like the teachers of the law?

3 Who said to Jesus, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”

4 True or False? When Jesus needed money to pay the temple tax, he told Peter to go fishing and to look in the mouth of the first fish he caught. There Peter found the money he needed

5 Where was Jesus when he said, “I and the Father are one”?

6 Jesus told people not to focus on the speck of sawdust in their brother’s eye when they had what in their own eye?

7 True or False? Jesus spent about ten years teaching and performing miracles with his disciples.

8 Where did Jesus make his base in Galilee?

9 In which of the gospels is Jesus called “the Lamb of God?”

10 Who was the only person to call Jesus “the Lamb of God?”


1.      Mindfulness and meditation. These practices are frequently recommended for increased mental wellbeing. Christian mindfulness is becoming aware of the presence of God; and Christian meditation focuses on the Word of God (see Joshua 1:8). Together they produce wonderful benefits: ‘You will keep in perfect peace [‘complete wellbeing’, literally ‘shalom, shalom’] those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you’(Isaiah 26:3).

2.      Take control of your thoughts. The NHS website highlights the importance of this, and the Bible calls us to ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

3.      Develop the habit of casting your cares. The NHS advice is to accept what you have control over and accept what you cannot change. The Bible encourages: ‘casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]’ (1 Peter 5:7, AMP).

4.      Connect with people, help people. Science has shown that as we do this our neural networks form better. The Bible tells us we are to live a life of love (see 1 Corinthians 13).

5.      Do things you enjoy. NHS advice confirms the biblical picture of the Creator God who ‘provides us with everything for our enjoyment’ (1 Timothy 6:17).

6.      Be goal oriented. Again, the NHS advises to set yourself goals and challenges. The Bible talks about the importance of vision (see Proverbs 29:18) and has an underlying theme of the need for us to live with true purpose.

7.      Be thankful. Research shows people who are most grateful are generally more satisfied and less stressed. The Bible encourages us to give thanks in all things (see Colossians 3:16-17.

8.      Live loved. The general term for this is self-love. The Bible tells us that we will only truly know we’re loved when we know we’re the beloved of God (see Ephesians 5:1-2.

What’s encouraging about this list is that they are all things that are medically recommended, biblically based and practically accessible.


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