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           


Tel: 07806892165  



Geoff Hill,


Tel: 01905 616427


Judy Hood,

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 01905 863537  






Sunday 19th May 2019 - Easter 5


The Foodbank  - Last year (up to 31st March 19) the Foodbank served 6799 people with 78,200 meals - 9% up on the previous year.  In April they served 55% more people and food than April 2018.  The food stocks have dropped by 33% since Christmas.  

To see the full list, please take a look at their website, or take a copy of a shopping list from the porch.       They are always short of UHT milk and fruit juice.    

                                Thank you all for supporting local people in crisis and please continue to donate over the coming year.


Summer Fair 2019.  With Easter behind us our thoughts are already turning to our annual summer fun event which this year will be on Saturday 15th June between 12noon and 4.00pm.

Please support this event by volunteering if you are able to, by donating to the tombola, giving your unwanted gifts or books for sale, and by telling your friends. Thanks to Sticky Fingers we will have pony rides, bouncy castle and games for the children plus lots more to enjoy.

There will be a sign up sheet on the table in church for volunteers and donations can be brought in from mid-May, so start looking for those BOGOF offers.  If you want any more information please speak to Christine Allen, Margaret Mandrell or Diana Fulbrook.


Walking a Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Recently thousands of people ran the London Marathon, many hoping to raise loads of money for their favourite charities.  On 15th June my daughter Alex will be walking a marathon along the Jurassic Coastal path between Weymouth and Wareham with two of her friends in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. (She tried to talk me into it but I declined her kind offer, however I will be going along for moral support for as long as I can and after that, well I’ve got my bus pass!)  

She has to raise a minimum of £250 and I told her that I knew a generous group of people that may be able to help out with reaching this target. I have left a sponsorship form on the table at the back of church for you to fill in if you wish to do so, or you can donate online on:

My mum, Alex’s nana, died of cancer in 1990 when Alex was only 7 so we have a personal reason for wanting to support this worthwhile cause.  Thank you to all those who have already pledged their support.  Judy Hood 

Enjoy a holiday in West Cornwall and swell St Stephen’s funds at the same time!!    Our cottage in Newlyn, near Penzance is 2 minutes walk from the beach and has sea views to St Michaels Mount.  Newlyn Art Gallery is 10 yds away from the cottage. We are making Mermaid cottage available at reduced rates (10% discount) and then a further 15%  going to this  church.       There are 2 double bedrooms, a bathroom with shower over, kitchen with cooker, microwave and washing machine. Lounge with TV and DVD (No WIFI) and a separate dining room. Conservatory and small garden area.      There is nearby parking, and it is 1 mile from Penzance railway station.Newlyn is a fishing port with several pubs and good eating places, church and cinema. All on level ground.   More details on website ( google  - mermaid cottage newlyn sykes) with photos and prices or talk to us.  Currently good availability from July onwards.  Chat to Nigel or Diana Wake and book with them personally not Sykes.      01905 356942           07887762154

Worcester Diocesan CMS Group is holding a meeting in the Bishop Allenby Hall on Tuesday 21st May at 7.45pm. The guest speakers will be Ed and Marie Brice on ‘Listening to The Good Shepherd in Northern Argentina’.  All are welcome.  The meeting will be preceded by a light supper at 7.00pm. Further details are on the poster in the porch or speak to Beryl Bremner.

Calling all musicians!  Do you have a hidden musical talent? Well, hide it no longer!  We would love to introduce a variety of instruments to support our Sunday worship, even if you consider yourself something of a beginner.  Don't wait to be asked - speak to Andy, Leon or Nick.

Worcester Diocesan CMS Group is holding a meeting in the Bishop Allenby Hall on Tuesday 21st May at 7.45pm. The guest speakers will be Ed and Marie Brice on ‘Listening to The Good Shepherd in Northern Argentina’.  All are welcome.  Further details are on the poster in the porch or speak to Beryl Bremner.

Two Great Events for Pentecost - Sunday 9th June (both at Worcester Arena, Hylton Rd).

For children and families - AL!VE - a "fun, high energy worship concert", 3-5pm, tickets required (please see separate flyer or ask Liz Fleming or Andy Todd).

For everyone - Thy Kingdom Come - building on last year's amazing event at the Cathedral, a chance for God's people from all over Worcestershire to get together to worship and pray. 7.30-9.00pm, NO tickets required. It would be great to organise a few car-loads!

Supporting children and young people. We love having children and young people as part of our family at St Stephen's! But, like all things, making it attractive and fun for them to join in takes a bit of time and effort.  Liz Fleming, Danny Payne and David Morphy have for the past year been doing a great job providing direction and energy to this part of our life together, but Danny and David need to pass the baton on.  Do you care enough about our work with children, young people and families to find out from Liz or Andy whether you could help?

Reading the Scriptures and Leading Intercessions in church.  Each week, our worship is enhanced by having people from among the congregation read the Scriptures and lead our Intercessions.  It's a hugely important service - and it need not be for the select few!  So, whether you are an experienced reader/intercessor, or whether you have occasionally thought, "I wonder whether I could do that?", please come to a session here at St Stephen's at 7.30pm on Monday 3rd June.  Doug Chaplin from the Diocesan Office, who literally wrote the book (well, a book) for both those leading intercessions and reading in church, will be coming to give a few pointers from his extensive experience.

Christian Aid Lunch.  The next lunch will be held in the hall following coffee TODAY Come along to enjoy food and friendship as well as helping to raise funds for this very worthwhile charity.

A Rock Choir Concert in Aid of Save the Children will be held in church on Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50 to include Pimm’s and Canapes and are available from Judy Hood.  See poster in the porch for further details.  Should be a good night!                     


10am Service  


Opening Hymn:  Jesus, Prince and Saviour (See overleaf)


Readings:  Acts 11. 1-18                  Rosie Goddard                    


Gradual Hymn:  4 A new commandment


Gospel Reading:   John 13. 31-35


Sermon: Margaret Mandrell/Stephen Malkinson


Intercessions:  Clergy                                                                                                                                                                                

Offertory Hymn:  275 Lord of the dance


Communion Hymns


          730 This is my body, broken for you

          399 Love is his word, love is his way

            80 Bind us together Lord                                                        


Final Hymn:  195 Glorious things of you are spoken










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