January 2nd 2021

St Philips News for the Parish

2 January 2021


Sunday 3 January 2021 there will be a said service of Evening Prayer in church at 4pm (observing COVID 19 restrictions including face coverings). Please keep your distances especially at the end of the service and do not sing. Do not congregate in the doorway, people need to leave safely, THANKS..


BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK         John 16:33

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”



(An acrostic poem where the first letter of each line spells out the title of the poem)

Heaven’s gift of another year                             Yesterday has gone forever,

As the old departs and the new is born,            New days and ventures lie ahead,

Plans for a future and a hope                            Even darkness turns to light

Preparing us for each new dawn.                      When we make the Lord our head.

Yielding to the Holy Spirit

Ever mindful that He’s there,

As we live our lives before Him

Rejoicing in His loving care.

by Megan Carter


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.




Answers to last week’s crossword:

ACROSS: 1 Depend. 4 Canopy. 7 Beak. 8 Irritate. 9 Zedekiah. 13 Ate.                   16 Job’s comforter. 17 NAE. 19 Lang Syne. 24 Blockade. 25 Five. 26 Enigma.      27 Drench.


DOWN: 1 Debt. 2 Peaceable. 3 Drink. 4 Curia. 5 Nuts. 6 Put it. 10 Excel. 11 Is man. 12 Hoofs. 13 Attention. 14 Ezra. 15 Ijon. 18 Aslan. 20 Abana. 21 Greed. 22 GCMG. 23 Leah.




1       ‘Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a — began to crow’                     (John 18:27) (4)

3       Fetters (Job 33:11) (8)

8       Perform on a musical instrument (1 Samuel 16:23) (4)

9       Paul describes it as ‘the third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) (8)

11     Loyally (Deuteronomy 11:13) (10)

14     Hens? Me? (anag.) (6)

15     Not visible (Matthew 6:6) (6)

17     Predicted site of the final great battle (Revelation 16:16) (10)

20     Jacob’s youngest son (Genesis 35:18) (8)

21     One of Zophar’s eleven sons (1 Chronicles 7:36) (4)

22     For example, London, Paris, Rome (8)

23     United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1,1,1,1)



1       Favourite church activity: Fellowship round a — — — (3,2,3)

2       Divinely bestowed powers or talents (8)

4       Pile together (1 Thessalonians 2:16) (4,2)

5       Commanded to justify (John 8:13) (10)

6       Timothy’s grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) (4)

7       Killed (Psalm 78:34) (4)

10     One of Graham Kendrick’s best-known songs, — — King (3,7)

12     Indecency (Mark 7:22) (8)

13     Unceasing (Jeremiah 15:18) (8)

16     He prophesied ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ (Matthew 24:15) (6)

18     British Board of Film Classification (1,1,1,1)

19     Pans (anag.) (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


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.




At the passing of time I’m aghast

Another New Year coming fast!

Can it be that much worse

Or more of a curse

Than this horrible year that has passed?

by Nigel Beeton


The momentous events of 2020 will have a “profound effect” on the future of the Church of England and our wider society, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said.

In a recent joint address to the General Synod, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell said the Church of England must adapt and put its trust in God to become a “simpler, humbler, bolder Church.”

The archbishops’ comments came as they addressed the first online sitting of the General Synod following a legal change to enable it to meet remotely amid the coronavirus restrictions.

They outlined how the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout are providing the backdrop to huge social changes – here and around the world.

They also singled out how the Black Lives Matter movement and the publication of the IICSA report on abuse had exposed the Church’s own failings and the need to change.

Archbishop Justin told Synod: “2020 will be a year that registers in memory and in history. It can be compared with 1929, with 1914, with 1989.

“We are aware that this is a year in which huge changes are happening in our society and consequently in the Church.

“For let us be clear, there is no possibility of changes in society failing to have a profound effect on the shape, calling and experience of mission in the Church.”

Outlining the dramatic events of 2020, he added: “These crises are not signs of the absence of God but calls to recognise the presence of the kingdom and to act in faith and courage, simplifying our life focusing on Jesus Christ, looking outwards to the needy and renewing in our cells our call to wash feet, to serve our society and to be the Church for England.”

Archbishop Stephen went on to outline the work of groups set up to discern how the Church of England might respond and change in light of the recent challenges.

He told Synod: “If we put our trust in God, and if we learn to love one another, then I believe we can become a simpler, humbler, bolder Church, better able to live and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”




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