Welcome to the website of the parish church of St Stephen, South Dulwich in South East London, England. St Stephen’s is a parish church of the Church of England, and aims to be a broad and inclusive church valuing formal liturgy, challenging preaching, and fine music but aiming also to serve its community and parish. We are striving to make Christ’s presence real in our community. Our postal address is: St Stephen’s Church College Road SE21 7HN Telephone: +44 20 (or from the UK 020) 8693 3797 E-mail: ParishOffice@ststephensdulwich.org
Thought for the week
Diary of a Church Mouse
Here among long-discarded cassocks,
Damp stools, and half-split open hassocks,
Here where the vicar never looks
I nibble through old service books.
Lean and alone I spend my days
Behind this Church of England baize.
I share my dark forgotten room
With two oil-lamps and half a broom.
The cleaner never bothers me,
So here I eat my frugal tea.
My bread is sawdust mixed with straw;
My jam is polish for the floor.
Christmas and Easter may be feasts
For congregations and for priests,
And so may Whitsun. All the same,
They do not fill my meagre frame.
For me the only feast at all
Is Autumn’s Harvest Festival,
When I can satisfy my want
With ears of corn around the font.
I climb the eagle’s brazen head
To burrow through a loaf of bread.
I scramble up the pulpit stair
And gnaw the marrows hanging there.
It is enjoyable to taste
These items ere they go to waste,
But how annoying when one finds
That other mice with pagan minds
Come into church my food to share
Who have no proper business there.
Two field mice who have no desire
To be baptized, invade the choir.
A large and most unfriendly rat
Comes in to see what we are at.
He says he thinks there is no God
And yet he comes … it’s rather odd.
This year he stole a sheaf of wheat
(It screened our special preacher’s seat),
And prosperous mice from fields away
Come in to hear our organ play,
And under cover of its notes
Ate through the altar’s sheaf of oats.
A Low Church mouse, who thinks that I
Am too papistical, and High,
Yet somehow doesn’t think it wrong
To munch through Harvest Evensong,
While I, who starve the whole year through,
Must share my food with rodents who
Except at this time of the year
Not once inside the church appear.
Within the human world I know
Such goings-on could not be so,
For human beings only do
What their religion tells them to.
They read the Bible every day
And always, night and morning, pray,
And just like me, the good church mouse,
Worship each week in God’s own house,
But all the same it’s strange to me
How very full the church can be
With people I don’t see at all
Except at Harvest Festival.
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Sunday, 4th October HARVEST FESTIVAL
8am:Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: The Vicar
10am Choral and All Age Eucharist with Holy Baptism talk: The Vicar (Ottilie Elisabeth Morgan Harris will be baptised at this service)
Hymns and music re printed and listed in our special order of service
|Services during the week|
The Monday Morning Bible study is not happening this week because of the trip to the Poppy factory in Richmond Park, if you would like to join the Out and About club outing to Richmond Park, please contact Linda Innis (020 86705731)
Monday to Friday: 8.30am silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Tuesday 11am Harvest Festival with the Dulwich Montessori School
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Communion
Sunday, 11th October
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: The Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: The Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd
“Women in the Hebrew Bible… how has our understanding changed in the last 40 years?” is the title of a double talk given by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild and Dr Meg Warner, Specialist in Hebrew Bible Studies, King’s College London. This evening is organised by CCJ (Council for Christians and Jews) it is chaired by our Vicar and will take place on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 8.00 pm (Refreshments from 7.45 pm) at Bromley Synagogue, 28 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD
St Stephen’s Church Effra Walk: Sunday October 11th 2015
Martin Knight’s Walk along the southern border of our Parish will start outside Sainsbury’s in Westow Street, Upper Norwood at 2pm, and finish about 4.15pm in Horniman’s Gardens. No charge, but donations will be invited on the day towards Charities currently supported by St Stephen’s. Families and dogs (on a leash) are welcome, but some parts may be awkward for those with buggies or walking difficulties (some steps and mud!). Let Martin know if you are intending to come and want more details: email@example.com, or phone (020) 8693 8639.
Confirmation classes begin on October 7th, Wednesday THIS WEEK, with groups for adults and for young people. Please contact the Curate if you are interested in being confirmed or simply finding out more about the Christian faith.
Saturday 14th November 7.30pm: St. Stephen’s is delighted to announce a concert by Robert FitzGerald’s KING HENRY’S BAND, a uniquely entertaining evening of tuneful music from the 16th Century suitable for all ages.
Quiz Night: Saturday 28th November, a fun filled evening with a competitive edge for friends and members of St Stephen’s.
On Saturday 21st November we will be organising a Quiet Day at Ham Convent, with input from community members on prayer. Exact timings and details to follow.
Parish Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 2nd December evening. This is an opportunity to join a prayerful guided tour, made up of just St Stephen’s members, around this wonderful ancient coronation and national church after evensong, when it is closed to the public. Please enter your name on the list, or speak to the organiser Zillah Westwood.