Vicar's update 6th AprilSteve Newbold1

We are now in Holy Week – that special time that leads up to Easter - the high point of the Christian year.   Obviously we have had to rethink what we do this year and our pattern of online services is shown below.  Most can be found on the St Stephen’s Facebook page unless indicated:     

Monday 6th 9pm Night Prayer Facebook Live
Tuesday 7th    9pm First Tuesday Prayer Meeting  Zoom
Wednesday 8th 9pm Night Prayer Facebook Live
Maundy Thursday 9th 9pm Night Prayer Facebook Live
Good Friday 10th 11am Service for families Facebook Live
  2pm Reflection    Facebook Live
Easter Day 12th 9am Holy Communion Facebook Live
  11am St Stephen's Live Join via website

    
Notes:
1.      The words for Night Prayer on Mon, Weds and Thurs are attached – do print off a copy if you wish to join in and bring a Bible for the readings.
2.      First Tuesday Prayers, Join Zoom Meeting contacting us here
3.      On Easter Day, if you want to share in bread and wine/juice at home you are welcome to – just have some available before the service starts.
 
Parents, please take the time to be part of our special families service on Good Friday with your children and St Stephen’s Live on Easter Sunday which will have a more ‘all age’ feel.  At this time when we are apart you have an important role in helping children to understand what we celebrate at Easter,  both that Jesus died so that we can be forgiven and rose from the dead to show us that death has no power over us.  
 
I hope that you have been enjoying our daily Thoughts for the Day and found them helpful, they will be issued Monday-Saturday from now on.  If you are not receiving them and would like to, please contact Morgen Edwards on admin@ststephens-ealing.org.   Today’s thought from Dinos Horattides was part of a longer reflection on Psalm 130 which you can find here.
 
The Bishops in London are producing a daily reflection throughout this Holy Week – if you would like to use these the link is here.  You can also join in Morning Prayer each day at 9am on the Diocese of London Facebook page.

We are continuing to call the church to days of prayer and fasting each Wednesday during this time of the spread of the virus.  We have a God of miracles and our cry is that he would come and stop this virus in its tracks.  Do join us in praying and fasting (in whatever way you choose) on Wednesday and come to Night Prayer at 9pm – find it live on Facebook (just ‘like’ the St Stephen’s Group page).
 
Please keep supporting the Ealing Foodbank by dropping off items in local supermarkets or financially.  I attach a list of the items currently needed.
  
Take care, keep well and have a good week.


Steve