February 6th 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

6 February 2021


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

A new heater has been installed in the church hall to replace an unworkable one.


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         Ephesians 5:1-2


5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.



  1. True or false: A donkey is able to see all four of its feet?
  1. A group of crows are referred to as a what?
  1. What is the fastest animal in the world?
  1. Which mammal lives the longest?
  1. What sea creature is a blue whale’s favourite meal?
  1. Which animals are considered to be the ‘big five’ in Africa?
  1. Which mammal has the most powerful bite in the world?
  1. Which dog has the best sense of smell?
  1. What nickname do adult male gorillas have due to their hair?
  1. Which large marine mammals are sometimes known as sea cows?
  1. Which is the only free roaming primate in Europe?
  1. Lemurs are only native to one country, which one is it?



Answers to last week’s crossword:


  1. Labour. 4. Autumn. 7. Stay. 8. Darkness. 9. Reasoned. 13. Act. 16. Presbyterians. 17. Sat. 19. Ridicule. 24. Reproach. 25. Abib. 26. Celtic. 27. Intend.



1.Lose. 2. Blame rest. 3. Radio. 4. Agree. 5. Tend. 6. Music. 10. Sober. 11. Noted. 12. Doric. 13. Available. 14. Test. 15. Apes. 18. As Eve.  20. Isaac. 21. Ishvi.         22. Fret. 23. Ebed.



Prayers are requested for the following:

Rod’s younger brother Tom.

Rod’s son Steven.

Rod’s friend Elanea Maoudis

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

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) who is awaiting tests for her ongoing health problem.

Len and Chloe

Family and friends of Margaret Annie Tulley (86), who died on 12th January.

 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.



Let this be a loving reminder

that someone is missing today.

Someone our hearts still hold onto,

as we travel along life’s way.

Someone who made life special,

For those who gather here.

Someone who won’t be forgotten,

but cherished from year to year.

And now as we pause to remember,

let us all fondly recall,

how each of us loved her,

and oh, how she loved us all.

            A poem used at a funeral.




There were five houses of religion in a small town. The Presbyterian Church, The Baptist Church, The Methodist Church, The Catholic Church and The Jewish Synagogue.

All the churches and the Synagogue were overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration, they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In the Baptist Church the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover over the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and the following week, there were twice as many.

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they should not harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later the squirrels were back.

But – The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution. They baptised the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter and Christmas.

Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but apparently they caught one squirrel and circumcised him – they haven’t seen any squirrels on the property since!



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