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 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th May - Easter 7

Foodbank notice - Church closure
Foodbank notice - Church closure.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [60.9 KB]

 

Worcester Foodbank

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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: https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/

 

At the moment they are running really short of small packs of washing podwer/liquid, crackers, long life milk and fruit juice. 

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

 

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. 
 

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

 

An Important Announcement
I am delighted to be able to confirm that, despite the current restrictions, Lindsey Coulthard will be joining us as our Curate at the end of June/beginning of July. Because of the lockdown, she will initially be licensed as a layworker, and then ordained deacon later in the year.  You will have plenty of opportunity to get to know her after July, but please do begin to hold her, and her husband Ian and son Henry, in your prayers. It will be a very strange time for them all, with limited scope to do the things which usually help someone to feel part of a new community, so we will all need a little extra grace and wisdom!
 

Electoral Roll. 
It’s that time of year again when we talk about the . The Electoral Roll is the list of those who consider themselves members of our church, are over 16, and regularly take communion with us. It allows members to vote in elections for Wardens, PCC members and Synod Representatives and to take a full part in the running of our church. This is not a complete rebuild this time, just a revision. If you have filled in a form in the last couple of years then you only need to re-apply if your circumstances have changed (eg name, address etc). If you are not on the Roll and would like to be, then please contact Michelle Walsh, Parish Administator.

 

 

A little something from 1928, Birmingham.
A little piece of a recipe book complied by parishioners of St Pauls, Hockley, Birmingham. (1928)
A Good Hint

Take equal parts of kindness, unselfishness and thoughtfulness, mix in an atmosphere of love, add a spice of usefulness, scatter a few grains of cheerfulness, season with smiles, stir with a good laugh. Success is certain.
Shared by Alistair Morris, Parishioner of St Stephens.
(Nephew of Rev Canon Ralph Stevens of St Paul's, Hockley)

 

 

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


 

Exploring Prayer with the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Over five short interviews, Archbishop Justin explores different ways of praying. From asking for things and giving thanks, to expressing deep sadness and anger, Exploring Prayer may help you to develop your conversation with God.  https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/exploring-prayer

 

 

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Services this coming week.- No services until further notice.

 

          Sunday - No services    

 

          Tuesday - No service

 

          Thursday - No service

                      

 

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

No meetings until further notice.

 

 

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.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

                                          

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

                        

               

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

                                          

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

 

                         

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

                                                  

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

                             

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

 

                                                  

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                             

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 


 

 

 

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