Vicar's update 4th MaySteve Newbold1

There’s so much sad news around at the moment so I wanted to begin with two good news stories of hope and encouragement. 

Sima Damestani writes:  ‘Never give up. God is good and faithful!  In January 2020 my oncologist decided to stop my treatment because the current medication did not help anymore and the cancer was spreading. I was offered a clinical trial but I didn’t want any more chemo, side effect and disappointment etc. So I refused to accept the treatment. My friends in the Daytimers Connect Group continued to pray for me and encouraged me to see the consultant to see what they can offer. I did and decided to start the treatment after all.  6 weeks later I had a scan which showed almost a 50% improvement. The study doctor said this was beyond their expectation and I am the best responder to this drug.  This drug is the latest drug but is not available on NHS at the moment and if I wanted to have it on National Health I would have had to wait for another few years.  When I look back I can see God is in control and I’m receiving the best treatment and care.’ 
 
Secondly, yesterday you may have seen on social media that over 65 different churches and networks have come together to sing a blessing over our nation.  It’s a brilliant song and production – if you haven’t heard it you can listen here   
 
Charlie Lambert would like to compile a collection of good news stories from the church from this time into a booklet we can all enjoy and be encouraged by.  If you have a story to share of something positive happening during the lockdown please email her direct on charlottelambert1991@gmail.com.
  
Looking ahead, tomorrow, Tuesday Shining Stars continues at 11am on our Facebook page – if you have very young children do join in for a short time of singing, stories and prayer.  Then at 8pm is our monthly Prayer Meeting come and pray for the church and our mission in this area.  Contact us for info.
 
On Wednesday we will continue to pray against the spread of the Cornavirus and urge you to take part in our weekly day of prayer and fasting.  You can join however you choose and then come together for Night Prayer at 9pm –live on the St Stephen’s Facebook page. 
 
Next Sunday, at 11am we have our whole church service St Stephen’s Online and will be marking the start of Christian Aid Week.  This year the week will be very different but the needs are as great with many people in poorer communities suffering from the virus.  Nearer the time we will let you know how you can give.
 
Take care, keep well and have a good week.


Steve

Steve Newbold
Vicar, St Stephen's Ealing
020 8810 4929
email: steve@ststephens-ealing.org
website: www.ststephens-ealing.org     
 
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