Vicar's update 19th MarchSteve Newbold  2017 web2

Thank you to all who have sponsored an Easter Egg for the women at the Marylebone Project.  We are going to deliver 70 this week which we know will be a huge blessing.
This coming Sunday (25th) is Palm Sunday – the beginning of  Holy Week.  Our 9am service is as usual but the 10.30am service begins after Café, in the car park.  Can I encourage the 9am congregation stay after Cafe and overlap for 10mins or so as we worship together outside? Hopefully the weather will be much warmer than last Sunday! In the evening Open to God at 6.30pm will be more reflective than normal as we meditate on the Palm Sunday narrative.
During Holy Week we have lots of opportunities to come and worship – see here for more information.  However, if you wish to come to the Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion (for those aged over 7) do sign up as soon as possible so that we know how many to cater for.
As we near the end of Lent, can I encourage you now to think about making a significant donation to our Lent appeal which will help tackle homelessness across London.  You may recall that my challenge is that we each give a sum equivalent to a good night or day out for us and our family. Please give using a blue gift aid envelope marked Lent Appeal.
On Saturday (24th) we have a Clean Up and Odd Job morning (10.30am – 2pm).  The old saying is that ‘many hands make light work’ – can you give up an hour to come and help out on Saturday.  There are lots of jobs for all levels of ability! There will be refreshments on offer and it’s a great chance to work together and chat with other members of our church family.
The funeral of Margaret K Ainsworth (not to be confused with the other Margaret Ainsworth) will be on Wednesday 4th April at 12noon in Church followed by cremation at Breakspear.   Margaret was a dear elderly and long standing church member who had been a member of St Stephen’s for the whole of her life, having been baptised as a baby in the old church building.  Sadly she had become too unwell to attend Sunday church for the past year or so.
Finally, a reminder that the clocks go forward by one hour on Saturday evening.