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  



Judy Hood,

Parish Administrator and Churchwarden
Tel: 01905 863537  



Geoff Hill,


Tel: 01905 616427



Sunday 23rd July 2017 - Trinity 6


St Stephen’s Visitors  -  our next meeting will be on Monday 24th July 2017 at 7.30 pm and will be held at 14 Bilford Road.

Catcha Cuppa – a pop-up café for Barbourne, will be held in Bishop Allenby Hall from 31st July to 24th August, Monday to Thursday, from 10.00 until 3.30.  (Wed 2nd close at 1.00) As well as home-made cakes, and hot and cold drinks, we will be serving sandwiches, home-made soup, jacket potatoes, and there will be daily specials.  Customers can enjoy choosing and playing records, for a donation to charity, and there will be toys and craft activities available.  Please support this community initiative, and provide feedback so we can build a comfortable and welcoming environment where people can socialise and develop friendships.  Volunteers would be welcome, and can contact the team via  We hope to see you there.

Porch Update.  You will, of course, have noticed that both of the previously hidden side windows in the porch have been revealed.  Paul Kennett has met with a specialist glazier to discuss replacing the glass in the windows.  We are also arranging for the plaster to be repaired, the walls to be painted, the lighting improved, and for some new notice boards to be put up.  We hope it will all be finished by September when the refurbished entrance should give a much better welcome to visitors.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of the refurbishment then please speak to Paul Kennett or Geoff Hill.


Choir.  If you enjoy singing why not join our choir?  We are a friendly bunch!

We meet to rehearse hymns and anthems on Sunday mornings at 9.15 a.m. in church.  For more information talk to any choir member or Nick and Leon, our organists.


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.   Please leave your donations on the table behind the old font.

Texaco Star Rewards.  Did you know that St Stephen’s church collects Texaco Star Rewards points?  Listeners to I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue will know that “points mean prizes” – in this case for the church’s Summer and Advent Fayre Draws.  When you buy fuel at St Stephen’s Service Station (the Texaco garage opposite the church on Droitwich Road) you can ask for the points to be added to the card for St Stephen’s church.  Thank you.

A Charity Garden Party for Worcester Breast Unit Haven  will be held on Sunday Sept 10th between 2-5pm at David and Annie Morphy's home in Hallow Road Worcester.
There will be Prosecco, Cake and Live Music as well as a Tombola and an Auction.
Tickets at £10 are available from David Morphy.
Please support this much needed Haven and its services available for us all.
"We all know someone…" is so true.

Evensong.  There will be no service of evensong at St. Stephen’s in August.

Jetage Voluntary Museum at Staverton where history takes off! Rick and Chris Allen have booked a minibus to take a St Stephens trip on Wednesday 23rd August. Pick up at church at 10:30am, should arrive by 11:15am. A couple hours there then back to Upton on Severn for lunch at the Wheelhouse Marina cafe. Return expected at approx 4pm.
Are you interested? Bus seats £5.50, donations at Museum. Bring binoculars as it is on the fence line of the airport.
Txt 07775 938097 or See Chris Allen to reserve seat.

An Appeal From Wandering John Swindin!  ‘I’m taking part in the 21 mile Waterways Walk on Sunday 6th August 2017 to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.  I will be part of the Worcester U3A Walking Group Team led by Peter Ager, who is well known for his monthly articles on gardening in the Messenger.  We are a team of 7, known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’!  We are all of senior years but are confident that we can complete the challenge.  I would be very grateful for sponsorship and would welcome all contributions.  Donors can give via the link or by the form left at the back of church.’  John Swindin




If I believed in love, imagine the wonder

If I believed in love, imagine the change.

If I could for just one minute

Put to rest “Judge”, “Vengeance”, “Fear”,

I do believe I could be rearranged.


If I believed in yearning, aching father,

If I believed in mother’s outstretched hands,

If I could for just one minute

Take a rest from running scared,

Amidst the flux there could be strength and calm.


If I believed the nail-pinned cry, “Forgive them”.

The voice that said “My peace I give to you.”

If I could for just one minute

Let that God inside my soul

It would change the way I think and feel and do.”


(Simon Parke)


23rd July 2017


Diary Dates



Catcha Cuppa Café opens in the BA Hall on 31st July.  See fliers and above for details



10am Service



Opening Hymn:   37 Alleluia, sing to Jesus       


Readings:   Isaiah 44. 6-8              David Anwyl-Hughes

                    Romans 8. 12-25        Viv Greenow        


Gradual Hymn:   136 Come, ye thankful people, come


Gospel Reading:  Matthew 13. 24-30,36-43


Sermon:  Andy Todd                 


Intercessions:  Clergy


Offertory Hymn:   40 Amazing grace!     


Communion Hymns:


                     179 For the healing of the nations

                     143 Dear Lord and Father of mankind


Final Hymn:  161 Father, Lord of all creation







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