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Anglican church of St Philip and St James, Hodge Hill, Birmingham

A case study from a piece on church design featured in Manplan 5: Religion

Manplan 5 was originally published in March 1970, and was republished online in May 2016. Read the full piece on church design here

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The vicar of the Anglican church of St Philip and St James, Hodge Hill, Birmingham, called in the Institute for Worship and Religious Architecture at the University of Birmingham to help him decide what facilities were needed in his parish and how they could best be incorporated in a church building. The conclusion was an all-age provision: games for youth, clinic for mothers, playroom for young children, lunch and bingo for the elderly and so on. To make this feasible it was proposed that the main congregational area of the church should be put to different uses throughout the week as the need occurs badminton one evening, church service the next.

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