The Parish of Barbourne St Stephen Praising God & Serving the Community
The Parish of Barbourne St StephenPraising God & Serving the Community

Contact us at:

 

St. Stephen's Church

St. Stephen's Street

Worcester WR3 7HS

 

Please note that these are all personal phone numbers.  

There is no phone in the church.

Reverend Andy Todd           

Priest-in-charge

Tel: 07806892165  

Email: revandyt@outlook.com 

 

Geoff Hill

Churchwarden

Tel: 01905 453312

Email:hill.89parkave@btinternet.com

 

Michelle Walsh

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 07961 097497  

Email: mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com 

 

 

 

 

At home services

Sunday Before Advent

 

This week's At Home service in normal and print-friendly formats.  Jesus offers us challenge and encouragement with a powerful Pearly Gates story.
Home Service 22nd November
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2 Before Advent

 

 This week we rightly talk a lot about our need to trust God, but today Jesus invites us to think also about the trust God places in us.

Home Service 15th November
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3 Before Advent

 

 This week our focus is the twin themes of remembering and hope

Home Service 8th November
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Act of Remembrance

 

If you start the Act of Remembrance at 10.45am, you should arrive at the silence for 11am.

Act of Remembrance - 8th November
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4 before Advent

 

Welcome to this week's At Home service: I hope you enjoy it!  This week we are marking All Saints - a celebration of the fact that we are not alone, but part of a community of faith far bigger than we often realize.
 
As usual, the service is attached in both 'normal' (with pictures & larger type) and 'print friendly' formats.
 
An important point about the Prayers. The prayers are not intended to be a complete 'list' of current concerns, but are written as a vehicle for you to hold before God the people and places in the News and on your hearts at the moment: it is part of our privilege as the current generation of saints-in-making to hold these in prayer. I know I shall be praying about the earthquake in Turkey/Greece, the attacks in France, the US Election, our global struggle with Covid....
 
It's always lovely to hear from you, and to pray for particular people or situations you would like to have remembered.
 
Wishing you every blessing in the week ahead.
 
Andy
Home Service 1st November
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Last after Trinity

 

Welcome to this week's At Home service: I hope you enjoy it!  Christian people talk about love a lot - God's for us, ours for Him and for others - but what does it mean? What doesn't it mean??
 
As usual, the service is attached in both 'normal' (with pictures & larger type) and 'print friendly' formats.
 
It's always lovely to hear from you, and to pray for particular people or situations you would like to have remembered.
 
Wishing you every blessing in the week ahead.
 
Andy
Home Service 25th October
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Trinity 19

 

This week we give thanks for St Luke, the "beloved physician", and all in the medical and caring professions.
 
And speaking of caring, a huge thank you for all the gifts for the Foodbank, which came to £520! They were delighted.
 
As usual, the service is attached in both 'normal' (with pictures & larger type) and 'print friendly' formats.
 
Wishing you every blessing in the week ahead.
 
Andy
Home Service 18th October
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Trinity 18

 

well, it's all about the Bible's use of the picture of a party (or banquet if you prefer something more traditional) to express the joy of the new thing God is doing for the world in Jesus.  Even if you are not feeling in party mood, I hope you will find encouragement here.
 
And speaking of encouragement, a huge thank you for all the gifts last week for the Foodbank: £345 was raised!
 
Wishing you every blessing in the week ahead.
 
Andy
Home Service 11th October
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Trinity 17

 

It may not seem much like a 'normal' Harvest, but I hope this At Home service will help you to celebrate God's goodness in Creation, and renew your sense of being part of a community, too.
 
A reminder that this year we are encouraging donations to the Worcester Foodbank. For those coming to one of our services at Church tomorrow, there will be a box for any cash gifts which will then be sent on to them.
 
Wishing you every blessing in the week ahead.
Home Service 4th October
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Trinity 16

 

Here is our At Home service for this week. As usual, it comes in both 'normal' and 'print friendly' (smaller type, no pictures) formats. 

 
Harvest and the Foodbank
Please note that next week's services will have a Harvest theme.  For your information, I am also attaching a poster from the Worcester Foodbank about the foods they currently need if people wish to put items in the collection points at supermarkets, but points out that they are struggling with space and would prefer supermarket gift cards/cash re donations. 

 

If anyone would like to make a small cash donation when you attend a church service, Kate Moxey has kindly offered to use it to buy a gift card and take to the Foodbank. There will be a separate collection box at the back of Church.

 

Thank you and wishing you every blessing

 

Andy

Home Service - 27th September
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Previous Home Services

 

Trinity 15

Home Service 27th September - Print Friendly
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Trinity 14

 

This week, we are trying to get our heads and hearts around some of what Jesus says about forgiving and being forgiven: something often far more challenging in practice than we first realise. 
 
Wishing you every blessing.
 
Andy
Home Service 13th September
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Trinity 13

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Home Service 6th September
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Trinity 12

Home Service 30th August
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Trinity 11

 

Home Service 23rd August
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Trinity 10

 

Home Service 16th August
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Trinity 9

 

Home Service 9th August
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Trinity 8

 

Home Service 2nd August
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Trinity 7

 

A very warm welcome to our weekly At Home Service.
 
In this week's At Home Service, Jesus uses a variety of pictures to help us think about how the Kingdom of Heaven breaks into our lives. 
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format.
 
Wishing you every blessing.
 
Andy
Home Service - 26th July
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Trinity 6

 
This week's At Home Service continues the horticultural theme from last week, for all those who have been developing their green fingers during Lockdown - and those who (like me) haven't! 
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
Home Service 19th July
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Trinity 5

 
This week's At Home Service focuses on a very well-known parable of Jesus, but one which can (of course!) speak to us freshly today. 
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
Home service - 12th July
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Trinity 4

 
This week's At Home Service focuses on Jesus' encouragement to us to approach God with childlike trust, and in doing so to find rest in Him. Who doesn't feel the need of that right now?? 
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
Home Service - 5th July
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Trinity 3

 

Trinity 3
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2nd after Trinity 

 
Tomorrow is of course Father's Day.  Families are complicated things, and whilst for many people their relationships with their fathers are good, for others the relationship can be a difficult one. For many the day will evoke memories of loss, and/or grief for what never was.  We have tried to recognise all this in a special prayer towards the end of the service. 
 
Wishing you every blessing.
 
Andy
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1st after Trinity

 

As the dull weather continues (but will it/won't it rain properly?!), here's something to brighten up your day …. our weekly At Home Service. In the Church's calendar we are now in Ordinary Time - although of course these times continue to be anything but ordinary!
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
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Trinity

 

Welcome to our guaranteed-to-beat-the-cold(er)-weather weekly At Home service.
This week we are celebrating Trinity Sunday, thinking about God as three-in-one.  The service order includes a number of pictures often used to try to express what we mean by "three-in-one": see if you can work out what each picture might have to say about the idea.
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
Trinity
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Pentecost

 

Here is our weekly At Home service and Something Different email.  This week we are celebrating Pentecost, which is often referred to as "the Church's Birthday".
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
Pentecost
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Easter 7

This week we are celebrating Jesus' Ascension, and preparing for Pentecost.

 

Wishing you God's blessing.

Andy
Easter 7
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Easter 6

Easter 6
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Easter 5

Easter 5
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VE day service

 
I know that many of you will be marking VE day in different ways - some of them very ingenious!  Amidst the bunting, the tea parties, and the We'll-Meet-Agains, there is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the peace we enjoy, and to that end I attach a simple and short act of thanks and remembrance which you are very welcome to say At Home, or together with neighbours (appropriately distanced, of course!).
 
Andy
VE day
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Sunday service - Easter 4

 

Welcome to another instalmentof the St Stephen's At Home Service - which is the same format as we will be using on Zoom at 10am tomorrow - and the weekly "Something Different" email.
 
I'd also like to mention the Food Bank. You may have seen on the News the amazing work being done by Food Banks nationwide.
 
During the first 3 weeks of April Worcester Foodbank fed almost 900 hungry people - up more than 80% on the previous year. Coronavirus is allowing poverty to deepen its roots in our city. Here is the link to their website, which includes on the front page details of how to support them and the people they help:
 
May God bless you in the week ahead.
 
Andy
Easter 4
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Sunday service - Easter 3

 

Here is this week's At Home service, focusing on the wonderful story of the Road to Emmaus. 
 
I continue to pray for your safekeeping, but also that you will not simply survive but grow into a deeper understanding of God's closeness to and care for you.
 
Andy
Easter 3
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Letter re Finances
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Sunday service - Easter 2 

 

It's hard to believe that Easter Sunday was almost a week ago now!

 
The time after Easter can be something of an anti-climax, not least when it brings a change in the weather (although the keen gardeners among us will be appreciating that).  So I hope you will enjoy this next 'At Home' service for Sunday. In these weeks, we travel through a series of encounters with the Risen Christ: this week, the focus is on the apostle Thomas.  As usual, it is great to use the service on Sunday morning, and know that others are doing the same.
 
And once again a massive thank you to Dot Hodgkiss for the 'Something Different' collection of resources, which this week remembers especially the life of Corrie Ten Boom - a household name in my family when I was growing up.  As Dot says, please do send me any links/stories/prayers or anything else you feel might be an encouragement to others: it's one very practical way of expressing your care.
 
Speaking of practical ways of helping in these times, a special 'thank you' to all those who helped with the stitching of scrubs for NHS staff. It turned out to be quite a complex job, but you should be as proud of your efforts as the hospital staff were grateful for them!
 
Andy
Service - Easter 2
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