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             Curate-in-charge

Tel: 07806892165  

Email: revandyt@outlook.com 

 

Judy Hood,

Parish Administrator and Churchwarden
Tel: 01905 863537  

Email: judyhood52@gmail.com 

 

Geoff Hill,

Churchwarden

Tel: 01905 616427

Email:hill.89parkave@btinternet.com

 

 

Sunday 26th November 2017 - Christ the King

 

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. 

Worcester Foodbank is always grateful for the donations we deliver to them weekly. The latest shopping list is in the porch which shows the essential items urgently needed and includes Christmas goodies .  The list can also be viewed on their website,  www.worcester.foodbank.org.uk
The Foodbank are doing a Christmas food collection at Tesco, St.Peters and Warndon on Thurs 30th Nov, Fri 1st and Sat 2nd Dec.  If anyone can spare an hour or two to hand out leaflets and collect food donations from customers, the Foodbank would be very grateful.  Any willing volunteers please email Paul at paulclarkehallow@gmail.com                                   Also from January to September 2018 there will be monthly collections on Saturdays at Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Asda.  They are hoping to cover these days with groups/families from different Churches. There will still be a supervisor from the Foodbank helping as well.  If anyone is interested in getting a St Stephens' group of volunteers together, please speak to Kate or email Paul Clarke, as before.

The Foodbank will be running their Reverse Advent Calendar campaign again this year. If you want to take part, everything is on their website.

They are doing a Christmas food collection at Tesco, St.Peters and Warndon on Thurs 30th Nov, Fri 1st and Sat 2nd Dec.  If anyone can spare an hour or two to hand out leaflets and collect food donations from customers, the Foodbank would be very grateful.  Any willing volunteers please email Paul at paulclarkehallow@gmail.com         Also from January to September 2018 there will be monthly collections on Saturdays at Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Asda.  They are hoping to cover these days with groups/families from different Churches. There will still be a supervisor from the Foodbank helping as well.  If anyone is interested in getting a St Stephens' group of volunteers together, please speak to Kate or email Paul Clarke, as before.

 

Table Tennis Club runs on Sunday afternoons from 4pm in the Bishop Allenby Hall.  All welcome. 

Entry a mere £1.

Sunday Sermons.  Missed a sermon or would like to read one you particularly enjoyed?  A selection are now on our church website for your discernment!

Homegroup.  We meet at 89 Park Ave, the home of Geoff and Joy Hill, on Friday mornings from 10.15 to 11.45.  Our Advent course continues next Friday, the title being "So what are you waiting for?"  If you would like to know more ring Geoff or Joy (tel: 616427).

 

Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.  This appeal is for warm clothing for the growing number of homeless people in our local community.  The local drop-off point for donations is Nicol & Co. estate agents in Barbourne.

Do you have an open fire or log burner?  Neil Humphries has bags of Kindling for sale at £5 per bag.  All proceeds will go to church funds.  Speak to Neil or ring him on 451016 if you are interested.   

Thank you all very much for the amazingly positive response to the Ladies Morning!  We are currently starting to put together ideas for the next Morning in February.  Are there any ladies who would like to be involved in any way, however small, either in planning the programme, preparing the room, helping with the music, doing readings, welcoming, serving refreshments or praying for the event?  We would love to have you as part of the team.  Please come and talk to us.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in February!

Autumn Fair.  A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in any way with the Autumn Fair.  To those who donated goods, baked cakes, sold draw tickets helped to sort out the donations and helped on the day.             THANK YOU!  The total raised is £1,929.82.

Oranges and Lemons – well just oranges actually!! We are in need of volunteers to help make Christingles on Saturday 9th December at 10.00am in the Hartley Brown room.  Refreshments and good company provided!

Choir for the Carol Service.  The choir is preparing in earnest for the Carols and 9 Lessons service at 6.30pm on December 17th.  If you would be interested in joining the choir for that evening, it’s not too late, and you would be very welcome!  There are 2 more rehearsals, at 7.30pm on Friday 1st December and Friday 15th December in church.  There will be a further announcement soon about carol singing locally ... 

Ecumenical Advent Service.  We traditionally join with our fellow North Worcester churches for a service at the beginning of Advent, and this year is no exception!  The service this year will be at Ombersley Road Methodist Church, at 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd December.  Andy is preaching ... but don’t let that put you off! 

Energised by Faith! We hope we are already – but we want to be more so!  If you would be interested in contributing ideas about how our services and other activities during the year could do more to nurture the whole St Stephen’s family in the faith, you are warmly invited to a meeting on Monday 27th November, 7.30pm in the Hartley Brown Room.  Your chance to put that thing you’ve always wanted the church to do on the agenda ....

Spectacles Appeal.  On behalf of “Vision Aid Overseas charity”, which aims to supply eye care services to poor people in seven African countries & India, I would like to thank you for donating 16 pairs of spectacles to our appeal.  The proceeds from recycling will be used to support Vision centres in 7 of the poorest countries in Africa.  Samy Wassef

Christmas Flowers.  HELP is needed with the Christmas flowers.  We need arrangers to help decorate for the nine lessons and carols with greenery and then to add flowers later in the week. No experience required just speak to Barbara Everett , ring her on 07967122407 or  email babs_Everett@hotmail.com.  We also need new recruits for the long term to take a place on the rota.


If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers please place it in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Flowers’ and place it in the collection plate. Thanks.

                                                                      

Diary Dates

          

 

Good Companions – Monday 4th December  - Christmas Party and Raffle- 2.30pm BA Hall.

 

 

 

10am Service 

 

Opening Hymn: 479 Make way, make way       

                                                           

Readings:  Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24         Rosie Goddard

                   Ephesians 1.15-23                 David Anwyl-Hughes         

                     

Gradual Hymn: 619 Rejoice! The Lord is King!

 

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 25. 31-46

 

Sermon:  Stephen Malkinson                 

 

Intercessions:  David Anwyl-Hughes

                                                                                                                                                                                

Offertory Hymn: 139 Crown him with many crowns

 

Communion Hymns:

 

                    699 The King of love my shepherd is

                    487 Meekness and majesty   

                    722 There is a river that flows from God above

                                                                                               

Final Hymn: 113 Christ triumphant ever-reigning   

                                                                                  

  

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