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 Curate-in-charge
Parish Administrator and Churchwarden
Tel: 01905 863537
Tel: 01905 616427
Easy Giving! If you would like to donate to church funds you can now do it by text! All you have to do is type in the Just Giving Text code, STSB41, followed by the amount you want to give i.e. £10 and send it to 70070.
The Foodbank. Demand is still increasing and the services of The Foodbank are very much needed. They want to try and maintain supplies of goods that they often run out off, so the new list in the porch is shorter, but lists the most needed items. Thank you for your continued support. The list can also be viewed on their website, www.worcester.foodbank.org.uk
To help with your Lenten devotions Foodbank will gladly relieve you of any chocolate or other treats to take away temptation!
Homegroup. We meet at 89 Park Ave, the home of Geoff and Joy Hill, on Friday mornings from 10.15 to 11.45. If you would like to know more ring Geoff or Joy (tel: 616427).
Fish and chips and Quiz night – Unfortunately it has been decided to postpone the quiz until after Easter. A new date will be advised as soon as possible.
Sunday 25th February Christian Aid lunch after coffee. with double funding by government.
Each Lent we try to offer something which may help to deepen our
faith. This year there will be a Pilgrim course, concentrating on The Nicene and Apostles Creeds. Its six sessions
aim to equip us with an understanding of these priceless resources for living the Christian life and for knowing God better.
Whilst there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, this is primarily a study course.
It will be led by Abigail Penfold and take place weekly on Wednesday evenings in church, starting on 28th February, 7.30 - 8.30pm and finishing on 4th April.
If you are interested please contact Carol Amos on 01905 757185 by 21st February.
Ecumenical Lent group. There will also be an ecumenical Lent group at the Methodist Church starting on Weds 21st February at 7.30pm for 5 weeks. Based on Churches Together material, it looks at the real life experiences of Prisoners who have discovered a new way of life following Jesus, and points to the hope we can all find as followers of Jesus Christ.
Women’s World Day of Prayer this year the service has been written by the women of Suriname. A combined service for the churches of St George, St, Stephen, Ombersley Road Methodist Church and Claines is being held on Friday 2nd March 2018 at Ombersley Road Methodist Church at 2 pm. followed by refreshments. All Welcome!
Lent Reading. If you are looking for a Lent book, one possibility is ‘Dust that Dreams of Glory’, a series of bite-size reflections from Michael Mayne, a former Dean of Westminster. All the proceeds of sale go to Horatio’s Garden, Salisbury Hospital.
Anyone seeking to deepen their prayer life during Lent could do a lot worse than to try dipping into the Church of England’s free Daily Prayer app – easily downloadable from:
Why are the Crosses in St Stephen’s veiled during Lent?
If you visit St Stephen’s from now until Easter (the season of “Lent”), you cannot fail to notice that the crosses, crucifixes, statues and some other images have been covered with purple cloth. Why do we do this?
‘Veiling’ as it’s called is an ancient tradition, although some churches do it only towards the end of Lent.
It’s a stark visual reminder that all the glory in our faith – which we represent through these crucifixes and images – comes only because of what Christ suffered for us.
It’s also a way of simplifying things so that our attention is especially focused on Jesus during these weeks. This reflects the way many people give things up during Lent, ideally to make space for a greater focus on God.
And it also creates a sense of anticipation. We want the veils to be removed, and that reminds us of the glory which God has in store for us, which we long for. As Saint Paul said, “Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
The veils will be dramatically removed for Easter, as we celebrate with joy the Resurrection of Jesus, and the hope he brings.
Would anyone like a free piano? Black upright, Chappell make, understrung, suitable for beginner. Recipient would need to organise transport and tuning once the piano is moved. Please contact Meriel Orton for further details. 01905 451717.
Philomusica Concert – Saturday 3rd March 7.30pm in church. The choir is singing the Mozart Requiem, Schubert Mass in G and Schubert “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Tickets are £8 on the door (accompanied under 16’s Free) or £7 if bought in advance from Lois Bunn or Kath Thurgood.
COMING SOON! An opportunity not to be missed. A genuine traditional Passover meal led by a Christian authority on the Jewish faith taking place in May. More information will follow or ring Steph or Dave Butcher on 01905-454922.
Good Companions. Monday 19th February 1.00pm BA Hall. Lunch folowed by talk about her Iceland trip by Margaret Mandrell.
Opening Hymn: 67 Baptised in water
Readings: 1 Peter 3.18-22 Claire King
Gradual Hymn: 595 Peace is flowing like a river
Gospel Reading: Mark 1. 9-15
Sermon: Stephen Malkinson
Offertory Hymn: 722 There is a river that flows from God
20 All heaven declares
147 Do not be afraid
167 Father, we love You
Final Hymn: 118 Colours of day dawn into the mind