The Parish of Barbourne St Stephen Praising God & Serving the Community
The Parish of Barbourne St StephenPraising God & Serving the Community

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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 

 

 

 

 

Weekly email to the congregation

 

2nd August

As I mentioned last week, we are taking a break during August from the Something Different emails, and will think about whether to continue in September if sufficient contributions are being offered.
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy

 

26th July

A very warm welcome to this weeks Something Different email!
 
This weeks Something Different email includes an inspiring selection of P's - pictures, poetry and passages!
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format. 
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email, and to this week's contributors. The intention is to take a break during August, and to think about whether to continue in September if sufficient contributions are being offered.
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
26th July
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19th July

A very warm welcome to our weekly Something Different email!
 
This week's At Home Something Different email includes some reflections on faith and hope.
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format.
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email.
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
19th July
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12th July

A very warm welcome to our weekly Something Different email!
 
This week's Something Different email includes some beautiful reflections on joy.
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format, in smaller font and without (most of) the pictures.  Entirely up to you which version you would prefer to use. The file name should make clear which is which.
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email, and to Scarlett for her contributions.
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
12th July
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5th July

A very warm welcome to our Something Different email.  
 
This week's Something Different email includes some beautiful and topical prayers, and a set of images by Jorge Cocco Santangelo, which I think are fabulous.
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format, in smaller font and without (most of) the pictures.  Entirely up to you which version you would prefer to use. The file name should make clear which is which.
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email, and to Diana Fulbrook for highlighting the prayer collections.
 
Wishing you every blessing. 
 
Andy
5th July
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28th June

A warm welcome to our weekly Something Different email.  
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email, which this week is an invitation to reflect on some well-known hymns.  
 
Wishing you every blessing.
 
Andy
28th June
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2nd after Trinity

A warm welcome to our Something Different email.  
 
As usual, there are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format, in smaller font and without (most of) the pictures.  Entirely up to you which version you would prefer to use. The file name should make clear which is which.
 
Many thanks to Dot for all the work which has gone into the Something Different email.  Feel free to use this at any point during the week.
 
Wishing you every blessing.
 
Andy
21st June
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1st after Trinity

As the dull weather continues (but will it/won't it rain properly?!), here's something to brighten up your day …. our weekly Something Different email.  In the Church's calendar we are now in Ordinary Time - although of course these times continue to be anything but ordinary!
 
The Something Different email includes a number of contributions from members of the congregation, so many thanks to them, and to Dot for all the work which has gone into it. 
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
14th June
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Trinity

Welcome to our guaranteed-to-beat-the-cold(er)-weather weekly Something Different email!  This week we are celebrating Trinity Sunday, thinking about God as three-in-one.  The Something Different email includes a number of contributions from members of the congregation, so many thanks to them, and to Dot for all the work which has gone into it. 

 
There are 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format, in smaller font and without the pictures.  Entirely up to you which version you would prefer to use. The file name should make clear which is which.
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
7th June
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Pentecost

The Something Different email explores Jesus' story about two sons and their loving father, presented in a "Godly Play" format.  A huge thank you to Gill Parkin and to Dot for all the work which has gone into it.  In case you cannot follow the links in the pdf to Henri Nouwen's book, here they are below:
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
31st May
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Easter 7

Here is this weeks Something Different email. I have attached 2 versions. One is the 'normal' version, complete with pictures etc. The other is a slimmed-down "Print-Friendly" format, in smaller font and without the pictures.  Entirely up to you which version you would prefer to use. The file name should make clear which is which.

 
The Something Different email explores the idea of something like a "Lockdown Pilgrimage" - taking a short walk in a very prayerful way - as well as including some beautiful prayers and a great seasonal song. Thanks, Dot! Do send in your own ideas/things you have come across which might bless others.
 
Wishing you God's blessing.
 
Andy
24th May
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Easter 6

Here is this week's Something Different email (for which, again, our huge thanks to Dot). The Something Different email contains among other things some beautiful prayers which are very appropriate to this time.
17th May
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Easter 5

Another sunny morning! I hope you enjoyed the VE day commemorations yesterday: there was such a strong sense of community, even with (or especially with) the ongoing isolation.  Let's see what Boris has to tell us tomorrow: but in case the relaxations of the lockdown are as modest as many expect, here is something which is bound to lift your spirits...

 

(Rosie and the Rainbow - used with permission)

 

See this week's At Home service and weekly email (below) - Something Different (for which, our huge thanks to Dot, and others who have contributed) will also lift your spirits. I especially liked Scarlett's reworking of Psalm 23 as a reflection of her own experience of the Coronavirus.
 
Invitation to tomorrow's Zoom service will follow shortly in a separate email, but PLEASE do not worry if you cannot get onto Zoom, or choose not to: it's just another way of doing things, and wherever you are, zooming or not, you are very much part of God's "royal priesthood, His holy nation, God's own people" (see the start of the service).
 
May God bless you and keep you.
Andy
10th May
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Easter 4

This week's Something Different really is different: Jill Parkin has put together a wonderful Godly Play reflection on the theme of the Gospel - the Good Shepherd. It's a treat, so make time to enjoy it.

3rd May
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Easter 3

This week's "Something Different" email - for which many thanks again to Dot Hodgkiss and those who contributed.  

26th April
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Easter 2

19th April
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Easter Week

12th April
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Holy Week

 

Dear All
 
As we begin Holy Week, I wanted to send you a couple of things which I hope will be an encouragement:
  1. Diana Fulbrook has prepared a series of meditations based around the 14 Stations of the Cross.  Each has a picture, a meditation and a prayer.  You could read prayerfully through all of them at once, or break them up into a number of sittings over the next few days. A huge thank you to Diana for all the work she put into these;
  2. A short(ish!) reflection from me on being, rather than only doing, during this Holy Week.
 
Could I ask you also to remember the following people especially in your prayers:
  • Paul Kennett's brother, Martin, undergoing chemotherapy;
  • James - a friend of Sarah and Phil Smith, only 20, in palliative care with cancer; his mother Sophie cannot see him as she is in Covid-related isolation;
  • The family and friends of David Robinson, who lost his battle against cancer yesterday.
 
Grace, mercy, and peace.
 
Andy
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Lent 4

 

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