Our popular Christmas fair is this Saturday from 10.30 – 2.30 – do tell family members friends and neighbours and invite as many as you can to share the day (and help raise money for The Grove Community. And if you have not yet brought in your donations, bring them in Thursday 7-8pm, or any time on Friday from 9am to 7pm.
Anthony Vella and Sarah Kipps will be married here at St Stephen’s at 12.30pm on Saturday 3rd December - all welcome to share in this service.
Each month we gather on the first Tuesday the month at 8pm to pray for the work and mission of our church. Can you join us on Tuesday 6th December? Everyone is welcome.
People & Planet Gathering
Sunday 4th December, 12.30 at church. People and Planet bring and share festive lunch. All welcome. Please contact Enid Barron (020 89971958) or Sue Charlton (020 89978236) for more information.
Our St David's Advent Hymns of Praise Service will be held at Sunday 4th December at 2:30pm in the Activities lounge. All welcome.
Holly and Ivy
Sally Lamond will soon be decorating the Church for Christmas. If you have any holly or long lengths of real ivy could you please bring them into Church for her early on Friday 9th December.
Journey of the Magi
Haven Green Baptist Church is delighted to be hosting, Friday 9th December at 7pm, a performance of Journey of the Magi by Europe’s foremost professional Christian dance company, Springs Dance Company. The performance is an ingenious mix of dance and theatre and is an ideal opportunity for congregations to have a festive social event. Journey of the Magi is a great outreach opportunity attracting people who might not normally attend church. Book online here: https://buytickets.at/havengreenbaptistchurch/799610.
Sunday 11th December - 6:00pm Carol Service
Christmas Eve - 4:30pm Carols, Christingles and Nativity
11:00pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day - 10:30am Christmas Day Celebration
Advent starts soon and one way of incorporating extra prayer into our routines is to join in with Morning Prayer, which is in church on Monday and Friday and online Tuesday and Thursday - all at 9am. This is a short service (about 25 mins) with set readings and prayers and is a great way to start the day with God. If you would like to join in online please contact the office or Steve Newbold for the liturgy and joining code.
The World Cup is upon us and seven of the countries playing in this year's World Cup are on Christian organisation Open Doors' watch list of places where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Open Doors have produced some great resources including a wall chart to download which as well as space to fill in results, has reminders to pray for the countries taking part. https://www.opendoorsuk.org/resources/world-cup/.
Caroline Newbold is researching names on the church's memorial to people who died in the Second World War. Please contact her if you would like to help with this project firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having an Advent Book – usually with a Bible reading and reflection for each day – is an excellent way of preparing for Christmas. It helps us, amid all the busyness of the season, to focus on the celebration of the coming of our Saviour Jesus into our world. There are a range of new publications out now with a wide range of subject and content. A book recommended for its simplicity and clarity is Sally Welch’s ‘Sharing the Christmas Story: From reading to living the Gospel’. We also have some Advent Books which you are welcome to borrow. You will find them on our Church Book Trolley. If you have any queries please have a word with Sally Horattides.
The latest rotas have been sent out this week. Please do check your emails if you are on any rotas to double check when you have been assigned. If you need to make a change please liaise with another member of your rota directly and then email Morgen Edwards email@example.com so she can update the rotas accordingly. Just a little reminder that via the St Stephen's website or App you are able to access your rota, under Serving, and can even download this directly to your electronic calendars.
Huge thanks for everyone for the joyful and memorable day I had on Sunday. It was lovely to see so many friends, old and new, at the two services and then to enjoy the amazing lunch with members of the St Stephen's community. Thanks for all who put so much hard work into preparing this and clearing up afterwards. Many kind words were spoken and written in the card; all these I shall treasure. And then there were such generous gifts; a beautiful and thoughtful memory book. lovely flowers, the inspired choice of a gin tasting event and a generous cheque. I am having fun deciding how to spend this, probably on something to do with cooking or gardening; but who knows, it might just to towards a Celtic harp! My love and grateful thanks to all. Enid
These are the streets in our parish we are praying for this fortnight – please do pray for all who live there and for people to come to know Jesus
St. Leonard’s Road
Prayer for the Week
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the
light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen