The Philip Project

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Understanding and Sharing God's Word

The Philip Project is a training programme that aims to train Christian international students and professionals to both understand and share God’s Word. Additionally, it seeks to develop both the skills and character to enable others to grasp the Bible’s message – wherever the student goes.

Why the ‘Philip’ Project?

In Acts 8 Philip encounters the Ethiopian eunuch who was returning home from Jerusalem, reading Isaiah. He asks him, Do you understand what you are reading?” And the eunuch replies, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” After Philip explains the good news of Jesus to him from the prophecy, the eunuch believes and is baptised – and goes home with a new understanding of the Bible, able to tell others about him. In the same way the Philip Project aims to help international students and professionals to understand the Bible and teach it to others when they return home.

The Philip Project includes:

  • monthly training days led by experienced teachers with opportunities for students to practice teaching the Bible; 
  • mentors meeting regularly with students for discipleship and encouragement; 
  • a weekend away with workshops, talks and fellowship.

We presently have Saturday classes meeting once a month in Edinburgh, Cambridge, Glasgow, London, Nottingham and Southampton. 

Take a look below for more information and to sign up to join a local course.

Geoff Low
Philip Project Co-ordinator

Volunteers and Supporters

  • If you live in or near one of our centres, please get in touch to see how you can be involved.
  • If you would like to visit a Philip Project centre where you live, please let us know.
  • If you would like to support the Philip Project financially, please click here.

I have learnt so much since starting the Philip Project... my knowledge about the Bible has greatly improved."

Philip Project Centres

The Philip Project in Edinburgh s led by course leader Euan Dodds. You can contact him here: Below is an outline of the 2019-20 course.

Programme 2019-20

  • Oct 5 – Understanding the Bible
  • Nov 16 – Psalms
  • Dec 7 – OT Wisdom
  • Jan 11 – Gospels
  • Feb 1 – Epistles
  • March 14 – TBC
  • Apr 25 – Acts


Holyrood Evangelical Church, 121 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh EH7 5EP

Bus routes: Buses for London Road or Easter Road: 1, 4, 5, 19, 26, 34, 35, 44.


The course, including the weekend away, costs £125. This can be paid in instalments. Contact us if you have financial concerns with applying and maybe a church or friend can sponsor you.

To sign up, use the form below.

For more information email: ppmanchester@friendsinternational.ukBelow is an outline of the 2019-20 course.

Course Content

  • Bible Overview: the overall story of the Bible in 5 sessions
  • Understanding the Bible: how to understand the different types of literature in the Bible (e.g narrative, prophecy, poetry, gospels, letters, apocalyptic)
  • Teaching the Bible: training on how to explain a Bible passage to others e.g the big idea, preparing a talk, leading a Bible study, student practice
  • Worldviews: Islamic, Chinese and others.
  • Integrity in ministry


UK wage earners £150 for the year; unwaged £50 for the year. This can be paid in instalments. The weekend away costs £90 including travel and resources. We are happy to talk about what you may be able to pay. Some students may find that their church fellowship or a friend can help with the course fees.


Union Hall Evangelical Church, Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 6DY

The church building is near the Hulme Arch road bridge. If you can see the arch, then the church is about 100 yards towards town from there. It is within walking distance of most university buildings. Parking: There is some street parking on local roads but many areas are permit holders only.

To sign up, use the form below.

The Philip Project in Cambridge is held at Eden Baptist church, though some sessions will be in other central Cambrdge locations. For more information about the Philip Project in Cambridge, please contact:

Download: Philip Project Cambridge 2019-20 Leaflet.

Programme 2019–2020

  • 19th Oct 19: Creation
  • 9th Nov 19: Curse
  • 14th Dec 19: Covenant
  • 18th Jan 20: Christ
  • (TBC) Feb 20: Weekend Away
  • 7th Mar 20: Church
  • 4th Apr 20: Creation Renewed
  • 9th May 20: Islamic Wordview
  • 6th June 20: Chinese Worldview
  • 27th June 20: Evangelism
To sign up, use the form below.

If you have questions please email: ppglasgow@friendsinternational.ukBelow is an outline of the 2019-20 course.

Programme 2019–20

12th Oct

  • Bible Overview 1: Creation & Curse
  • Genre Overview 1: Narrative
  • Practical Session 1: Principles of interpretation

9th Nov

  • Bible Overview 2: Covenant 1-3
  • Genre Overview 2: Law
  • Practical Session 2: Principles of interpretation

7th Dec

  • Bible Overview 3: Covenant 4-5
  • Genre Overview 3: Prophecy
  • Practical Session 3: Preparing a Talk

11th Jan

  • Bible Overview 4: Christ
  • Genre Overview 4: Gospels
  • Practical Session 4: Preparing a Bible Study

8th Feb

  • Bible Overview 5: Church
  • Genre Overview 5: Letters
  • Practical Session 5: Student talks/Bible studies

14th Mar

  • Bible Overview 6: New Creation
  • Genre Overview 6: Revelation
  • Practical Session 6: Student talks/Bible studies

18th Apr

  • Integrity in Ministry
  • Genre Overview 7: Poetry
  • Practical Session 7: Student talks/Bible studies

9th May

  • Worldviews 1: Chinese
  • Genre Overview 8: Wisdom
  • Practical Session 8: Student talks/Bible studies

6th Jun

  • Worldviews 2: Islam
  • Genre Overview 9: Acts
  • Practical Session 9: Student talks/Bible studies


Cornhill Scotland, 31 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 1HW

The venue is accessible from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central train stations, Buchanan Street Subway station and all ‘City Centre’ bus routes.


£10 per monthly session. Contact us if you have financial concerns with applying and maybe a church or friend can sponsor you.

To sign up, use the form below.

The Philip Project began in London in 1999 and continues to meet one Saturday a month.

The sessions are from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Lee Abbey, 57-67 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London W8 6JJ (from October to July, apart from February). Interested students are welcome to join us for a Saturday to see what is on offer before signing up for the course – but please let us know you intend to come!

For more information: Please email the London team-leader, Glyn Harman.

Download: Philip Project London Programme 2019-20.

To sign up, use the form below.

Philip Project Nottingham meets at the Cornerstone Church, 90 Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 1FP.

We normally meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from October to July. In February, we combine with all the other centres for a weekend of teaching and workshops.

For more information: Please email our administrator, Loretta Fung:

Download: Our Philip Project Nottingham 2019-20 Programme.

NOTE: Prospective students are welcome to join us in October, as a free taster session, to see what is on offer before signing up for the next course. However, you need to email our administrator to let us know you are coming.

To sign up, use the form below.

In Southampton the Philip Project will be will be running from 19 October 2019, for the academic year 2019/2020.

Download: Philip Project Southampton leaflet.

This flyer has more details about the Philip Project in Southampton, including dates, course content, and who to contact for more information. For full details, see the Philip Project South website: Applications can be made online via the website, or submitted via email.

Dates 2019-20

  • Sat 19 Oct 2019
  • Sat 16 Nov 2019
  • Sat 7 Dec 2019
  • Sat 18 Jan 2020
  • Sat 8 Feb 2020
  • Sat 21 March 2020
  • Sat 25 April 2020
  • Sat 16 May 2020
  • Sat 6 June 2020
  • The weekend away will be from the afternoon of Friday 21 February to Sunday 23 February 2020, at Carroty Wood, in Kent (about two hours drive from Southampton).


The venue for the Saturday training days is Highfield Church Centre, Highfield Lane, Southampton, SO17 1RL, which is a couple of minutes walk from the main Southampton University Campus, and is accessible by bus and train. For those travelling by car from Bournemouth or Portsmouth, there is free parking available at the centre and on nearby streets.

To sign up, use the form below.

The Philip Project in Dundee and St Andrews WILL NOT be running during the 2019-20 academic year. However, it will be back later in 2020.

View last years leaflet: Philip Project Dundee & St Andrews leaflet.

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