Vicar's update 28th SeptemberSteve Newbold1

Thank you to all who supported the Big Green Fair on Saturday and especially Sue Charlton and Enid Barron for organising us all.  Our local Councillors and MPs either came in person or have pledged to support future action on Climate Change.  Thank you too to those who came to watch the Ealing Half Marathon outside church and especially those who served coffee and chatted to passers-by.  Congratulations to those from St Stephen’s who ran – we are proud of you all!

I am sorry to tell you that Jo Leeds has decided not to return to the post of Worship Pastor following her maternity leave.  She has made a huge contribution - thank you Jo for all that you have done for us.  I am pleased that the Leeds family intend to remain active members of St Stephen’s and both Jo and David plan to stay part of the worship team and help lead us when they can.  We will shortly start the recruitment process to find Jo’s successor.
On Sunday (3rd October) we celebrate Harvest and once again will be supporting the Ealing Foodbank.  Food gifts or cash donations are welcome and will be used to support the many who are struggling here in Ealing.  It is helpful to the Food Bank not to bring things they already have plenty of!  See their website.
On Sunday there will be Traditional Communion at 9am, Café from 10am (remember to bring a reusable coffee mug with you) and All Age Worship at 10.30am - this will be livestreamed as usual.  The Traidcraft stall will return and the church library will be available during Cafe.
This Friday (1st October) we have another of our relaxed Online Quizzes.  Join from 7.45pm for an 8pm start – if you have been before you will have had an email – if not and you want to join you would be very welcome. Contact Jane Maffett

On Saturday (2nd October) we have our next church garden clear up from 10am – 12noon.  Jobs will include leaf clearance/compost management/watering and bulb planting.  New members of the team always welcome.

Looking ahead we are delighted welcome the Revd Dave Bookless as our guest preacher on Saturday 10th October when we will mark Climate Sunday. And the following week on Sunday 17th we will hear from Tearfund about their work especially in addressing issues arising from climate change.
Our rearranged Big Clean and Odd job morning will now take place on Saturday 30th October – volunteers of all ages and abilities will be very welcome!
Finally a reminder that as autumn approaches do come to church prepared – for time being the heating will not be switched on as we maintain good ventilation by opening the windows.
With my love and prayers