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
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 current shopping list is in the porch and includes items The Foodbank are particularly short of. Thank you for your continued support. The list can also be viewed on their website, www.worcester.foodbank.org.uk
Foodbank is always very grateful for your donations. However – More is always needed so please keep donating regularly if you can.
Christmas Extravaganza! December 8th, 2018. 12-3pm
We are holding a Christmas event on December 8th so please put it in your diaries and support it in a number of ways. There is a handout with details of what is needed plus a couple of raffle ticket books for you to try and sell. There will be a Santa’s grotto and children’s activities along with some stalls, tombola and refreshments. Please help to make it a success and join in the fun! Thanks.
Please leave your form offering help and your raffle ticket stubs and money in the box at the back of church.
Junior Church is changing! Following the appointment of Adam Legge as Mission Enabler and in consultation with representatives from the church community it has been decided to change the format of church for young people at St. Stephen’s. Young Disciples will meet at 10.00am in the hall and it will be open to all 4-16 year olds in the community. The session will finish at 10.40am and those with parents/carers in church will be brought through from the hall to join in communion if they so wish. Any other children can be collected at 10.40am from the hall. We hope that everyone will support this new initiative. Speak to Danny Payne or Andy if you want to know more or feel you would like to help with this.
We would also like to add our congratulations to Adam and Hannah Legge who are pleased to announce the safe birth of their son, Uziah Legge, on Friday 19th October.
Ian King – The Christmas Truce. Ian had a commission from Gloucester Cathedral choir, to write music for the poem "The Christmas Truce" - by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. Its first performance will be at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 24th November at 5.00pm. Tickets cost £20 and are available by visiting the cathedral website www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk See poster in the porch for further details.
War Memorial. The first stage of the restoration of the outside war memorial has been completed. It has been steam cleaned and the paving around it levelled and cleaned. The cleaning has revealed the names more clearly and we have now listed those which need to be recut. We have to get approval for this from the war memorial trust but hope that it will be completed in time for the centenary of its installation next year. In the meantime it’s looking a lot better already!
Christmas Cards. Neil Humphries has again organised Christmas cards to sell in aid of church funds. There are 2 designs, examples of which are on the mosaic at the back of church. The cards are priced at £3 for a pack of 5 and are available now. Get yours whilst stocks last!
This Sunday Evening’s Something different service at 6.30pm will take the form of a reflection on war and remembrance based on the ancient feast of Martinmas. Drawing on the Life of the fourth-century Martin of Tours, a conscripted soldier turned monk, we will be using images from the ninth-century Saint Martin’s cross on Iona, to respond to contemporary situations.
The Home Group will be running an Advent course again this year. It will be a Life Builder Bible study of The Coming of the Saviour. It will last six weeks, starting Friday morning 16 November and finishing 21 December. If anyone is interested in joining us can they please let Geoff or Joy Hill know as soon as possible as we will need to order study books, and numbers will dictate the venue.
Remembrance Poppy Waterfall. Wow! What can we say apart from ‘A-ma-zing!’ (Apologies to Craig Revel Horwood you Strictly fans).
Kirstie and Barbara started off needing about 90 poppies and ended up with several hundred! So a huge thank you to all you knitters/crocheteers out there for all your contributions.
With all these extra poppies it was decided to have a weeping window effect, as modelled at the Tower of London, so Barbara and Adrian Everett set about designing a suitable display for the space we had available. The result is the stunning Poppy Waterfall you see at the back of church.
Saying thank you doesn’t seem enough but thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone involved in any way with all the poppy displays around the church.
Opening Hymn: 528 O God, our help in ages past
Readings: Jonah 3. 1-5,10 Chloe Fleming
Gradual Hymn: 111 Christ is the world’s light
Gospel Reading: Luke 6. 27-36
Sermon: Chris Shepherd
Offertory Hymn: 684 Tell out, my soul
73 Be still, my soul
179 For the healing of the nations
557 O thou who camest from above
Final Hymn: 21 All my hope on God is founded