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 do not send important correspondance to the church as we have no postal box, please email for alternative address if required.


Please note that these are all personal phone numbers.  

There is no phone in the church.


Reverend Lindsey Coulthard          

Priest in Charge

Tel: 07879 366294  



Ruth Scotson

Tel: 07971 430758



Kevin Maltby

Tel: 07891 386063



Michelle Walsh

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 07961 097497  





Daily Prayer



Lord God, we turn to you, praying that your kingdom may come. May your Jerusalem really come on earth, with all those blessed ones who are allowed to gather around Jesus Christ through forgiveness of sins and the resurrection. Come with your light into our time so that sins may be forgiven and people may find salvation. Remember those in great distress. Come with your help to those struggling with sin or death, for help can come from you alone. Nothing can help us except your fatherly love in Jesus Christ. Praised be your name! Amen.

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Bishop John has called on all in our diocese to pray for the people of Ukraine and for peace, and for the leaders of the West as they deliberate on how to respond to the terrible unprovoked aggression of Russia. He has invited people to use this prayer from the Dean for public worship and private intercession:


Lord of all the earth, be present with the people of Ukraine at this time of danger, fear, and conflict. Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail, and give to all suffering nations the freedom they desire and deserve. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for Peace


Most holy God and Father,
we pray for all who strive for peace
and all who fight for justice.
Help us, who today remember the cost of war,
to work for a better tomorrow; and,

as we commend to you lives lost in terror and conflict,
bring us all, in the end, to the peace of your
presence; through Christ our Lord.



A Prayer in Time of Crisis


A Prayer in Time of Crisis

Jesus, light of the world you promised to be always with us.

Be with our sisters and brothers now, dispelling the darkness of this crisis.

Compel us to be with them too in thought, prayer and solidarity, responding to their suffering with the same compassion you have shown us.

We make this prayer in the firm faith that your light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.




Psalm 121 - Read by Lindsey Coulthard

Press the link below to open prayer video:


The Lords Prayer - Read by Lindsey Coulthard

The Lords Prayer - Read by Lindsey Coulthard
MP4 video/audio file [14.5 MB]

This can also be watched from our Facebook page by following this link:

God’s Bathrobe by Michael Coffey
(As used in Linsdey Coulthard's Reflection - Sunday 30th May)


God sat Sunday in her Adirondack deck chair

reading the New York Times and sipping strawberry lemonade

her pink robe flowing down to the ground


the garment hem was fluff and frill

and it spilled holiness down into the sanctuary

into the cup and the nostrils of the singing people


one thread trickled loveliness into a funeral rite

as the mourners looked in the face of death

and heard the story of a life truer than goodness


a torn piece of the robe’s edge flopped onto

a war in southern Sudan and caused heartbeats

to skip and soldiers looked into themselves deeply


one threadbare strand of the divine belt

almost knocked over a polar bear floating

on a loose berg in the warming sea


one silky string wove its way through Jesus’ cross

and tied itself to desert-parched immigrants with swollen tongues

and a woman with ovarian cancer and two young sons


you won’t believe this, but a single hair-thin fiber

floated onto the yacht of a rich man and he gasped

when he saw everything as it really was


the hem fell to and fro across the universe

filling space and time and gaps between the sub-atomic world

with the effervescent presence of the one who is the is


and even in the slight space between lovers in bed

the holiness flows and wakes up the body

to feel beyond the feeling and know beyond the knowing


and even as we monotheize and trinitize

and speculate and doubt even our doubting

the threads of holiness trickle into our lives


and the seraphim keep singing "holy, holy, holy"

and flapping their wings like baby birds

and God says: give it a rest a while


and God takes another sip of her summertime drink

and smiles at the way you are reading this filament now

and hums: It’s a good day to be God


Prayers for a range of situations we hope are helpful

If you know people who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Especially we hold before you (N…. and N….).

Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayers for families with children

A version of the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, you are in heaven

and your name is special and wonderful.

May your plans become reality,

and all you desire happen in our world and in yours.

Please give us all we need to get through today.

Forgive us for all we have got wrong,

and help us to do the same for those who hurt us.

Keep us from doing things that are wrong,

and protect us in these hard times.

Everything in heaven and on earth is made by you and belongs to you,

and that’s the way it will be …. Always. Amen


A bedtime prayer

Loving God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).

Tonight, I especially want to ask you to look after (name the people you want God to help).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything tonight and always.




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