Vicar's update 4th MarchSteve Newbold  2017 web2

I am sure you are already aware that there is a lot going on at St Stephen's this week! 

Today, as we prepare to begin Lent, we are encouraging all members of St Stephen’s to start to use 5x5x5 – a Bible Reading Plan that involves reading one chapter of the New Testament each day for five days each week.  We have called it 5x5x5 as it is 5 days a week, 5 minutes to read and 5 ways to dig deeper.  Many people have taken a hard copy of the plan which you can use and tick off each reading as you do it.  If you forgot to collect a copy you can print off and use the attached.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th March) we have our monthly Prayer Meeting.  This month the focus will be our youth work and there will be interactive prayer stations for personal use available from 6.30pm with the usual time of prayer together at 8pm.  Do join us if you can and especially if you are the parent(s) of young people. 
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (6th March) when there will be said Communion services at 9.30am and 8pm.  At both services you can opt to have ash placed on your forehead as an outward sign of repentance.  If you want some ideas about how you might use Lent have a look at the list of suggestions that you can find on our website here.

On Saturday (9th March) morning from 9am to 12noon, we are having a time to spring clean the building.  Can you come and help even if it's only for a short time?
This coming Sunday (10th March) is a very important day for us when we will be joined at 10.30am by our Bishop, Dame Sarah Mullally at a service for the whole church.   It is the first time in living memory that a Bishop of London has visited St Stephen's and so we are feeling honoured and excited.  There is the usual Café from 10am and pre-service sung worship from 10.20am.  After the service there will be wine and nibbles served in the Church Centre.  Do come early as we are expecting a full house.  Children and young people are of course welcome and will remain present throughout the service although there will be a self-service crèche available.

On Sunday afternoon, our young people have an extended Alpha session as they think about the work of the Holy Spirit - do pray for them. 

I hope that you have a good week and great start to Lent.