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 

 

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard          

Assistant Curate

Tel: 07879366294  

Email: ljcoulthard@yahoo.co.uk

 

Michelle Walsh

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 07961 097497  

Email: mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com 

 

 

 

 

Pew Sheet - Advent 1

 

Worcester Foodbank

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Here is the link to their website, which includes on the front page details of how to support them and the people they help: https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/

 

Current items most urgently needed are; supermarket gift cards, hot chocolate, , tinned custard, tinned sponge puddings, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, crackers, instant mash, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned meat,.  peanut butter, cooking oil, sugar, mixed herbs, salt & pepper, oxo cubes, mayonnaise, gravy granules, instant coffee, orange juice, apple juice, toothbrushes, childrens toothpaste, shaving foam, disposable razors, deodorant, nappes size 5, 6 & 7, family size shampoo & shower gel, washing up liquid, washing powder, anti bac spray/wipes, kitchen roll, cat food, dog food.

Please no food that needs refrigerating as the Foodbank can't accept it. 

 

Latest shopping list can be found by clicking link:

 

https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterFoodbank/photos/a.905193009541072/4389975814396090/

The Foodbank are also grateful for money donations as this helps towards the rent and allows them to go and buy essentials if they run out of something. They will also accept clean children's clothes. Donations can be made via our website https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

 

Christmas Appeal

It’s time to unwrap our Christmas gift card appeal and festive shopping list

? Last year your generosity helped us to provide struggling parents with more than 400 gift cards for toys to ensure their children did not wake up to an empty stocking. Our fund-raising page is now live via the link. We’re also accepting donations of festive food - take a look at the list below.

 

https://worcesterfoodbank.enthuse.com/cf/worcester-foodbank-christmas-appeal?fbclid=IwAR2lRCT_-pzSg4oHt-SqCw3odZxfd6QqdIdo6MfewHeNMGsVWTGyWg5O6Tc

 

Thank you for your continued support of local people in crisis.

 

Advent Course - Mondays - 29th November - 20th December
 

The Advent course will run in the Hartley Brown room starting at 10.00am each Monday. The course will run from, Monday 29th November until Monday 20th December.
Please note on 6th & 13th December, the course will be held at the Vicarage. All are welcome.


Wantage Methodist Church - Christian Aid

Christian Aid - Bake Sale - 28th November
A bake sale in support of Christian Aid will take place in church after the 10.00am service on Sunday 28th November.

 

Tea & Coffee after 10am service - its back!
 

Please do stay and join us for teacoffee and a chat after the service in 10.00am in Church. 

 

Good Companions are back!
 

After a long interval away from each other, it was super fantastic to see 24 people meet for an afternoon of togetherness in the Church grounds.  It was so successful we decided to repeat it a fortnight later but the weather was very hot that Monday so only 16 hardy souls met. 
 

We have decided to start our regular meetings again on 6th September onwards. 
Details of the programme below:


20 SeptemberSharing Photographs of places You have visited (2 photos each)
4 OctoberMeet up at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum to see the exhibition of Worcester Life Stories
18 OctoberDesert Island Discs and Books.
1 NovemberMeet up At Worcester Cathedral where Margaret Mandrell will tell us about the Undercroft Project
15 NovemberTrip for lunch at the Cob House Mayfly Café (using cars ) this may be altered
6 DecemberChristmas Celebration

We meet in the Church Hall at 2:30pm though any time after 2pm is fine. We serve refreshments after 3:15 or so.  Everyone is welcome to join us - no charges until next year.

ZOOM Services
We are now having a regular weekly services via ZOOM, 10.00am on Sunday’s and also during the week. If you would like to join or get further information on these weeky services, please send an email to: revandyt@outlook.com/ mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com.
 

 

Recycle 4 Charity

We have put a box in the entrance area of the church for collecting used ink jet cartridges for the benefit of Christian Aid.  A contribution of £1.00 will be made to Christian Aid for each cartridge recycled.  Everyone is invited to drop off their old cartridges (and those of their friends), of any make. (Unfortunately, the scheme does not include laser or toner cartridges)

 

 

A Better Way to Give Regularly to the Church

The Church of England has introduced a new Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), administered by a charity controlled by various Dioceses and based in Gloucester. The new scheme should be a win-win situation – better for givers, and better for the church. We are asking for a few people to sign-up initially, before we encourage more general take-up.

PGS collect regular donations on the First of the month by Direct Debit, and then on a monthly basis recover the associated Gift Aid if appropriate. The monies are paid over in full and the Diocese covers the cost.

The intention is to reduce the amount of administrative work done within the Parish. At present we have to record 81 standing orders each month and then complete a HMCE form to recover Gift Aid every quarter.

The Treasurer has set up his own payment with PGS and reports that it has run smoothly on the first two monthly payments PGS have collected!

 

There is a small supply of booklets at the back of Church. If you want to know more, speak to Andy or Richard Hemmings, or look at PGS’s website: www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk

 

 

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Services this coming week in Church

 

          Sunday - 8.00am Service / 10.00am Communion Service

 

          Thursday - 10.00am Commumion Service


Please note: We are now hosting Sunday and Mid week Zoom services, further details can be found in the Zoom Services tab above.
 

                   

Young Disciples meet in the BA Hall at 10.00-10.40am.

It will be open to all  4-16 year olds in the community,

not just children whose parents are attending the church service.

Young Disciples is suspended until further notice.

                     

                

Good Companions

Good Comanions will resume from September 2021 on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. 2.30pm - 4.00pm.

 

 

Parish Office is open, in church, on the first and third Saturday morning of each month

from 10.00am to 11.30am for the booking of baptisms, weddings, calling of banns and other enquiries. 

Parish office is suspended until further notice.

 

Congratulations Lindsey!
 

On Saturday 4th July, our curate the Reverend Lindsey Coultard, along with seven fellow candidates, was ordained Priest at Worcester Cathedral in a service led by the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend Dr John Inge.

On the Sunday morning, at Stephen’s, it was a wonderful privilege for parishioners, friends and family to witness Lindsey presiding at her first Mass. On behalf of the parish Lindsey was presented with a beautiful home communion set. We very much look forward to Lindsey’s continuing ministry at St. Stephen’s.

In the links below you will find a collection of photos highlighting Lindsey's special day.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/D65YQrwRxTqUFVkU7

Some more photo's from Lindseys First Mass...

 

 

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