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 

 

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard          

Assistant Curate

Tel: 07879366294  

Email: ljcoulthard@yahoo.co.uk

 

Michelle Walsh

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 07961 097497  

Email: mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com 

 

 

 

 

Easter 5

 

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 are; supermarket gift cards, hot chocolate, rice pudding, tinned custard, crisps, instant mash, tinned potatoes, crackers, microwave rice, tomato sauce, brown sauce, peanut butter, sponge puddings, cooking oil, mixed herbs, salt & pepper, tomato pureee, oxo cubes, dog food, adult toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving foam, disposable razors, deodorant (men), shower gel (men), tampons, santitary towels, nappes size 6 &7, family size shampoo & conditioner, kitchen roll, washing up liquid washing powder, anti bac spray/wipes and cleaning cloths/sponges.

Please no food that needs refrigerating as the Foodbank can't accept it. 

 

Updated Spring shopping list can be found by using the link below:
http://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/120/2021/04/Updated-spring-2021-shopping-list.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2YL8Ll8V4FMF-vx498uisUOAGb6yTUkBg3-Gp5r18TouSnML4JFjEdBhQ

 

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.Donations can be made via our website https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

 

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


HRH - Prince Philip - Rest in Peace
You will now have seen the sad news about the passing of HRH Prince Philip. Please remember Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family in your prayers at this sad time for the Country.
A votive candle stand has been set up outside Church, and you are very welcome to come and light a candle there, or to add a yellow ribbon to those already on the yew trees.

The Church of England has issued the following prayer which you might find helpful:
God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.


Churches are being discouraged from offering Books of Condolence because of the Covid risk, however is possible to sign an online condolence book here:
https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/news/hrh-prince-philip--rip.php?fbclid=IwAR2QjcTbPHaZdsZ-NZ8n1-3mB1BHaFA3NBmKYBn06afnExfv2d0o3c60hPA

We will of course be remembering Prince Philip and the Royal Family in our Sunday Services, and the Church will be open between services on Sunday should you wish to visit then.


Easter Thanks

We would like to thank again everyone whose contributions made our Easter Sunday services so special. 

There really are too many people to name, but I hope you will understand if I single-out Claire, Hattie and Helen who led the music so beautifully (and David King who made it possible to Zoom the service live); Barbara Everett and all whose flower arrangements made the Church look spectacular inside and out; and David Anwyl-Hughes, Geoff Kington and Paul Kennett for dressing the Church and getting all the practical arrangements in place. And of course to all of you who participated!

 
Lindsey and I would also like to thank everyone who has kindly sent so many messages of appreciation afterwards.
 
Andy & Lindsey

 

 
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 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

 

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)

 

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.       

 

 

 

 

 

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