Vicar's update 20th AprilSteve Newbold1

Shining Stars returns tomorrow.  Morgen Edwards says, ‘Get your listening ears ready and your singing voices warmed up to join us as Shining Stars goes ‘Live’ each Tuesday at 11am during the lockdown. Aimed at children ages 0-4 years we will have a story, songs and a prayer on our Shining Stars Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing you there.’
 
During the pandemic we are continuing to pray against the spread of the Cornavirus and urge you to take part in our weekly day of prayer and fasting each Wednesday.  You can join in however you choose and then come together for Night Prayer at 9pm –live on our Facebook page.
 
This coming Sunday we will say goodbye to Chris Willis our Youth Worker as he prepares to start a new job as Youth and Children’s Worker at Herne Hill Baptist Church.  Chris has been with us for 2½ years and has helped to reshape and build up our youth work.  We are grateful to Chris and will miss his enthusiasm and creativity.  Chris is keen that as many young people as possible join in with his last session on Sunday afternoon which will be a bit different from usual!  He will send an email on Thursday titled "Online Youth Party: Sunday 26", with the session details.
 
We will be advertising for a new Youth Worker in the coming weeks.  During the vacancy, the Church Wardens have asked Caroline Newbold to oversee our youth work.  As you know Caroline has experience of working in a secondary school as both a teacher and a Chaplain and has worked with church youth groups before.
 
Thank you to Eleanor Coomber who designed and painted an Easter poster for our noticeboard.  We would like to continue to make the outside noticeboards look fresh and up-to-date and wonder if others, particularly children, might like to draw or paint a picture we could display?  Many people are walking or running past the church on their daily exercise and it would be great for them to be reminded of the real message of Easter.  It should be A3 in size on the theme Jesus is Alive.  Bring it to the vicarage when you have finished and leave it on the door step (let us know to expect it).  We can’t promise to use everything but it would be lovely to see your work.

 
Children might also like to make a card or send a picture to members of the church living in residential homes and currently unable to receive visitors. Please contact Caroline Newbold for details.
 
We are planning a St Stephen's Lockdown Quiz Night on Friday 1st May 8pm - 9.30pm on Zoom.  You and your household can play as a team and we want to spend some time having fun on line, nothing too challenging.  Put the date on your calendar, more details next week! 
 
Take care, keep well and have a good week.


Steve