Vicar's update 3rd SeptemberSteve Newbold  2017 web2

What a great Sunday as we welcomed our Bishop Pete and saw Eleanor Coomber and Linda Rivans baptised and confirmed - it was a lovely celebration.
 
Next Sunday (30th) is the Ealing Half Marathon.  There are no morning services at St Stephen’s – instead we are running a free Community Café in the car park as well as the race Water Station.  The UFO steel band will be present so come along to help and support us from 9.00am.  In the afternoon we all come together for Café Church (with children and youth groups) at 4.30pm.   
 
Philippa Gibson is running and raising money for the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter - you can sponsor her here.  Others running include:  Mark Tate, Jason Johnson, Sharon Fasanya, Roy Witcomb and Guy Rutter. Look out for them, cheer them on and sponsor them if you can - I have sent round links in previous weeks.
 
Our young people will be joining in a national Sleep Out on 5th/6th October to raise money for and highlight the needs of homeless people.  Do you have any unwanted blankets or large cardboard boxes that they can use – speak to Chris Willis our Youth Worker (chris@ststephens-ealing.org).
 
On Sunday 7th October we will mark Harvest and have non perishable food and money collections for the work of the Ealing Foodbank.  Do check out their latest needs here so that you know what to bring.  That evening, instead of our own evening service, we will be joining with local churches and Open Doors (who work to support the persecuted church) in an event called Love Nigeria.  It takes place at St John’s Ealing at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm).  This is very timely as we have recently been praying for a young girl called Leah who is being held in Nigeria as a hostage by Boko Haram.  She is now being threatened with execution and our mission partner CSW are urging us all to pray for her release every day at 5.30pm.
 
Finally - Alpha begins this Thursday at 7.45pm - there are still places for you and/or your friends to come.

Have a good week.

Steve