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 22nd November - Sunday before Advent

 

Worcester Foodbank

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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/
 

Current items most urgently needed; supermarket gift cards, sugar, sandwich paste ,squash, cooking oil, mixed herbs, crisps, dog food, adult toothbrushes, disposable razors, shaving foam, deodorant, shampoo, anti bac spray & wipes, kitchen roll, washing up liquid and washing powder.

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.
 

Lockdown 2.0

With another lockdown looming you can help us stay one step ahead and keep struggling households fed. Don’t forget you can also donate money to help us buy the items we need. Donations can be made via our website https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

 

Christmas 2020

It’s time to cast your mince pies ? over our Christmas shopping list. These are the items we’re hoping to add to our hungry clients’ food parcels during December in a bid to brighten up their Christmas. Can you help us by donating one or two things from our list in the coming weeks? ? ?

Our Christmas shopping list can be viewed by clicking the following link:

https://twitter.com/Worcs_Foodbank/status/1327601478073257984/photo/1

 

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

Foodbank Shopping List - October 2020
Foodbank October 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [358.9 KB]

 

Hands up who is missing being able to sing together?!

 

St Stephens', Claines & St George's are hoping to organise a virtual carol service which we and other churches locally can share with our communities online. As part of that, we thought it would be wonderful if we could get as many people as possible to work together to record a carol.  The Cathedral has now gone one better by arranging for singers from around the whole diocese to record Once in Royal David's City.

 

The idea is that everyone records themselves at home, and then clever technology pulls it all together into a single performance!  Here is the link to the details:
https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/your-faith/prayer-worship/seasonal-resources/advent-and-christmas/diocesan-christmas-carol.php

 

ZOOM  We are now having a regular weekly services via ZOOM, 10.00am on Sunday’s and also during the week. If you would like to join or get further information on these weeky services, please send an email to: revandyt@outlook.com/ mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com.

 

 

Recycle 4 Charity

We have put a box in the entrance area of the church for collecting used ink jet cartridges for the benefit of Christian Aid.  A contribution of £1.00 will be made to Christian Aid for each cartridge recycled.  Everyone is invited to drop off their old cartridges (and those of their friends), of any make. (Unfortunately, the scheme does not include laser or toner cartridges)

 

 

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 - Limited services

 

          Sunday - 11.00am & 5.30pm - Pre bookable only (Contact Andy Or Michelle)

 

          Tuesday - No service

 

          Thursday - No service

 


Please note: We are now hosting Sunday and Mid week Zoom services, further details can be found in the Zoom Services tab above.
 

                   

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.       

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

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