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. The latest shopping list is in the porch and includes some new requests. These include tomato/garlic puree, mixed herbs, anti bac cleaner and J cloths. They currently have enough baked beans, pasta, tinned veg and soup. Thank you for your continued support.The list can also be viewed on their website, www.worcester.foodbank.org.uk
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
This year’s APCM will be held on Sunday 29th April.
At this meeting we vote for churchwardens and PCC members so if you would like to know more about these posts please speak to Andy or any member of the current council. (Mug shots are on the display board in the open church corner if you don’t know who they are!) Nomination forms are on the notice board by the entrance
Thank you very much. Judy Hood.
Following the APCM there will be a Christian Aid lunch consisting of a Ploughman's plus cake of various kinds. Your support is greatly appreciated and the money raised makes a huge difference to struggling communities.
Something Different this evening – 6.30pm. Christ is Risen – Alleluia! This evening’s Something Different service invites you to enter again into the wonder of Christ’s resurrection, through the eyes of some of the first witnesses. Because it’s a similar idea to the Stations of the Cross devotions in Holy Week in particular, we are calling it “Stations of the Resurrection”, and Rose Adams has done a wonderful job of leading the preparation.
Confirmations 2018. Confirmation is the Church’s rite where those who have been christened or baptised as children give public assent to the faith into which they have been baptised, and are admitted to receive Holy Communion. This year’s service is at St Stephen’s on 20th May at 10am (Pentecost!), and we are fortunate to have Bishop Michael Hooper joining us to preside. It’s not too late to join the other candidates – Confirmation Classes are on Tuesday afternoons, 5.15-6.15pm in church (from 17th April). Speak to Andy if you want to know more.
HURRY! HURRY! There has been a lot of interest in the PASSOVER MEAL and so we would advise anyone who does not want to miss this opportunity to register their interest very soon as places are limited. Tickets are now available. Entry is by ticket only and these have had to be limited in number. We ask for a donation of £5 please on receipt of ticket. This is to cover our costs. The sign up sheet is at the back of the Church, along with information sheets, which you are invited to take. The date and time is Saturday 26th May at 5.30 in the Bishop Allenby Hall. For more information ring Steph or Dave on 01905-454922.
VERY IMPORTANT. To mark their 130th anniversary, Ecclesiastical Insurance is offering to donate £130 to our church if you take out a new home insurance policy with them this year. Since you are likely to be needing to think about home insurance anyway, this would obviously be a VERY efficient way of supporting the work of St. Stephen’s - if their insurance makes sense for your circumstances. If 80 people were to do this, that would mean more than £10,000 for the church, so PLEASE do consider this! You can obtain a quote by calling 0800 7830130, or at www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130. You need to quote Trust130 and nominate St Stephen’s, Worcester. See the poster in the porch.
Sad news. For those of you who remember Pat Carpenter (she made a mean banana and cherry cake!) unfortunately she died on 1st April. Pat’s funeral will take place in church on Tuesday 1st May at 10.00am.
St Stephen’s Visitors – our next meeting will be on Monday 16th April 2018 at 7.30 pm and will be held at 14 Bilford Road
A very important notice… It is an amazing privilege to have children and young people as part of our family at St Stephen’s. We are immensely grateful to those who are already involved in specific work with our youngest members, including through Junior Church and Little Stars. As a church we want to be as welcoming and inviting as possible to them and their families, as well as to others who may join us.
So we are fortunate that after Easter Adam Legge will be joining St Stephen’s, Claines and St George’s as an Enabler of work with children and young people. He will be with us for a year, to help and support us as congregations in growing towards being the sort of church families we long to be. It is NOT his job to do this for us: he will be an Enabler, not a one-stop solution!
His time with us will be most productive if everyone supports this work. Everyone has something to give, whether through prayer, encouragement, helping with resources, or giving time. In particular, no one should think they are “too old” or “not experienced enough” to help make this an all-age-friendly church community!
We are all called to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to us, both now and for the next generation. So please ask God what you could do to help, rather than whether you should help. Please also begin to pray, honestly and openly, for Adam, for the children, young people and families we hope to reach, and for God to show you how the gifts He has given you might help make this happen. Exciting times!!!!
NEWMAN ASSOCIATION: On Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm the Rev Peter Tibke, will give a talk: Multi-Faith liason Prison Chaplaincy and the role of a chaplain in the current Prison Structure and Environment. Peter is the Catholic chaplain to HMP Long Lartin (High Security) and HMP Oakwood and Featherstone, both Category C Goals. The talk will be held at St George's (RC) Parish Hall, Worcester. Non members £3. All Welcome.
Good Companions. 16th April-Three Pears Quilters Demonstration-with Helen and Katharine. 2.30pm BA Hall.
We welcome visitors to any of our meetings. Admission is £2:00. We look forward to seeing you.
Opening Hymn: 326 Jesus is Lord!
Gradual Hymn: 701 The kingdom of God is justice and joy
Gospel Reading: Luke 24. 36-48
Sermon: David Morphy
Offertory Hymn: 730 This is my body, broken for you
772 We cannot measure how you heal
147 Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you
Final Hymn: 202 Go, tell it on the mountain