January 16th 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

16 January 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         1 John 4:20-21

20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


The Next Quiet Day at the Well, Leamington on ZOOM.

Thursday 14/01/2021                      Psalm 121 Quiet Morning     10.00am – 12.45pm


Saturday 30/01/2021                       Psalm 121 Quiet Morning    10.00am – 12.45pm.


Smile Lines

Staying power

Hospital patients’ comment about the new curate: ‘He can stay longer in an hour than most people do in a week.’

Nearly omnipotent

The curate was giving his young daughter a cuddle before she went to bed.  As he picked her up and hugged her tight, she said: “Daddy, you’re so strong!  I really think you’ll be God one day!”


A curate consistently arrived late for work until his long-suffering vicar asked him what was wrong.  ‘My problem,’ explained the curate, ‘is that I sleep very slowly.’

Don’t know nothin’

When Columbus started out, he didn’t know where he was going. When he got there, he didn’t know where he was. When he got back, he didn’t know where he had been. And he did it all on other people’s money.  Can’t help thinking that Columbus reminds me of some teenagers who go on family holidays




Answers to last week’s crossword:


8: Cross-examined. 9: Ash. 10: Apocrypha. 11: Sci-fi. 13: Typical. 16: Visited.       19: Offer. 22: No account. 24: RAC. 25: Sovereign Lord.



1: Oceans. 2: Hophni. 3: Islamist. 4: Exhort. 5: Omar. 6: On spec. 7: Add all.         12: CBI. 14: Plotting. 15: Awe. 16: Vanish. 17: Starve. 18: Daub it. 20: Furrow.       21: Recede. 23: Cure.


1  ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders — in vain’ (Psalm 127:1) (6)

4  Season of the year (Psalm 84:6) (6)

7  ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. — here and keep watch with me’ (Matthew 26:38) (4)

8  It came over the whole land from the sixth to the ninth hour on the first Good Friday (Luke 23:44) (8)

9  Paul invariably did this in the synagogues he visited on his missionary journeys (Acts 17:2) (8)

13 ‘It is God who works in you to will and to — according to his good purpose’ (Philippians 2:13) (3)

16 Members of the Church of Scotland (13)

17 ‘Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountain side and — down’ (Matthew 5:1) (3)

19 Mock(Luke14:29)(8)

24 Disgrace(Psalm44:13)(8)

25 First month of the Hebrew calendar (Exodus13:4)(4)

26 Christianity of the Britons before Augustine arrived from Rome(6)

27 Mean (Numbers 35:23)(6)



1  ‘Whoever finds his life will — it’ (Matthew 10:39) (4)

2  ‘My lord the king, let the — — on me and on my father’s family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt’ (2 Samuel 14:9) (5,4)

3  O raid (anag.) (5)

4  ‘If two of you on earth — about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven’ (Matthew 18:19) (5)

5  Take care of (1 Samuel 17:15) (4)

6  What the older son heard as he came near the house the day his prodigal brother came home (Luke 15:25) (5)

10 ‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,but rather think of yourself with — judgment’ (Romans 12:3) (5)

11 Do ten(anag.)(5)

12 Architectural style first used in Greek temples in the sixth century BC (5)

13 Capable of being used(1Kings7:36)(9)

14 ‘Each one should — his own actions’(Galatians6:4)(4)

15 Among the items imported by Solomon’s fleet of trading ships (1 Kings 10:22) (4)

18 ‘But I am afraid that just —— was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray’ (2 Corinthians 11:3) (2,3)

20 Outstanding 18th-century hymn writer, — Watts(5)

21 One of the four sons of Asher(Genesis46:17)(5)

22 Be distressed(Proverbs24:19)(4)

23 He was the father of Gaal, who threatened rebellion against Abimelech     (Judges 9:28) (4)




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 Val’s auntie Helen.

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 to understand her ongoing health problem

Len and Chloe – COVID  19


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.


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