Vicar's Update

Monday 25th October 2021

If you were with us on Sunday you will have heard me speak about our church finances.  As we emerge from the pandemic St Stephen’s faces a big financial challenge and my talk reminded us all of the Biblical principles of giving.  We will all be receiving a Pledge Pack and are asking everyone to prayerfully review their giving and make a fresh, or new, commitment to St Stephen’s.  If you missed being with us you can catch up on our You Tube Channel here.   

With a number of our church family currently suffering from Covid and speculation about possible new national restrictions, I want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to make St Stephen’s a safe place to come to worship.  There are still fewer people coming than usual so it is not a ‘crowded’ indoor space and we are ensuring that it remains well ventilated (hence the reminder to wear warm clothes).  We also encourage you to wear a face covering when singing and have kept in place good hygiene measures when sharing Holy Communion (including not using a Common Cup).

It is good to have reintroduced opportunities for Prayer Ministry to our Sunday services – yesterday at 10.30am.    A reminder that for now it will be available during the time of Holy Communion on the third Sunday of each month at the 9am service and the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the 10.30am service but if you want prayer at any other time please do ask.. 

Our Big Clean and Odd job morning is on Saturday (30th) from 9.30am to 12noon –come if you can.  On Sunday (31st) as well as our usual morning services when we shall mark All Saints, the People and Planet Gathering meet at 12.30pm and our children’s Light Party is from 5.00 - 7.00 pm.  This is a Christian alternative to Halloween and enables us to celebrate the light and love of Jesus in a fun way. Places are limited so do sign up on our website here.

On Sunday 7th November at 4pm we will hold a special service called Not Forgotten. This is an opportunity to remember those known to us who have died as well as other losses experienced during the past difficult 18 months and to hear words of comfort and hope. All are welcome - feel free to come to support and pray for others even if you have not been affected personally.  This service will not be live streamed.

Our next monthly Church Prayer Meeting is on Tuesday 2nd November at 8pm – all are welcome. 

Thank you to all who gave to our Harvest collection for the Ealing Foodbank. As well as the food gifts, about £1,000 was donated and will be well used to help those in most need.

As we prepare for our Christmas Fair on 27th November we need to begin to gather teams of volunteers. If you can help please do sign up on the link here. 

This the final week of advertising for a new Worship Pastor.  So far the response had been disappointing so please do pray that in this final week we receive some good applications.
 
Have a good week, especially if you are on holiday for half term.

Steve