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, Dulwich, London, SE21 7HN
Telephone: +44 20 (or from the UK 020) 8693 3797
Parish office telephone: 020 8766 7281
Parish office open: Wednesdays 9.00am – 1.00pm and Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 am
Thought for the week.
Tomorrow is the feast day of St James the Greater, one of Jesus’ first disciples. James was fishing with his father and John the Apostle when Jesus came to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and called for the fisherman, who were unable to catch any fish that day, to dip their nets in the water once again. When the fishermen followed Jesus’ instructions, they found their nets full, and after emptying the fish on board, the boats nearly sank from their weight. Later, James was one of only three called by Jesus to witness his Transfiguration, and when he and his brother wanted to call fire upon a Samaritan town, both were rebuked by Jesus.
Following Christ’s Ascension, James spread the Gospel across Israel and the Roman kingdom as well. He travelled and spread the Word for nearly forty years in Spain. Later, James returned to Jerusalem but was martyred for his faith by King Herod, who decapitated him. St James the Greater is known as the first apostle to die. As he was not allowed to be buried following his martyrdom, his remains were taken to Compostela, Spain, by some of his followers, who buried him. In the ninth century his remains were discovered and moved to a tomb in Santiago de Compostela. Today, his remains can still be found in the Cathedral of Santiago. Because Santiago de Compostela is the most frequently visited place pilgrims migrate to following Rome and Jerusalem, Pope Leo declared it a shrine.
St. James the Greater Prayer
O glorious Apostle,
St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart
wast chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor,
and of His agony in Gethsemane;
thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory:
obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life,
that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus,
we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor’s crown in heaven. Amen.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 24th July
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662)Sermon: The Curate
10am: Sung Eucharist Sermon: The Curate
Music and hymns:
Processional hymn 380 (Evelyns) At the name of Jesus
Gloria Eric Matthes
Gradual hymn 385 (Abridge) Be thou my guardian
Offertory hymn 573 (Everton) Son of God, Eternal Saviour
Setting Eric Matthes
Recessional hymn 453 (Runyan) Great is thy faithfulness
Services & events in church during the week
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am Silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Services Sunday, 31st July
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
10am: Sung Eucharist Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
12noon:Holy Baptism Macy-Jae Adeyomi
From next Sunday and on subsequent Sundays for the remainder of July and August there is no formal Footsteps lesson in the hall during our 10am Sunday services, however Christine Murrell will be offering a some child centred activities in the hall on these summer Sundays on an ad-hoc basis.
Martin Knight is the new Church electoral roll officer for the PCC of this church. If you would like to be on the Church electoral roll and thus have voting rights at the annual meetings please talk to Martin Knight.
Fikelela Fund Raising for 2016. Each year we endeavour to raise money, which is sent to St. Thomas’ Church in Rondeboshe, Cape Town for ‘outreach’ or Fikelela. This supports the work to help families who continue to manage on minute finances whilst they bring up AIDS orphaned children. They deliver 150 monthly food parcels
Two dates require your help
On Wednesday July 27th Michael and Pat Goodman are hosting a lunch at their home Parkside, Dulwich Common at 12.30 for 1.00pm. Places are limited so do please telephone Pat Goodman on 020 8693 3564 for details.
On Wednesday August 3rd Maria Branchini is giving a coffee morning in St Stephen’s Church from 10.30am to Noon. Please come and support this event – there is room for all.
Donations and offers to run an event are welcome too. Ruth Cousins
Martin Knight, a member of St Stephen’s and also of our choir, has recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy land. As a Geographer Martin has a special interest in the strategic and historical situation of this much fought over piece of land. You can read his blog with pictures at: www.martindknight.co.uk/index.html
Bay trees – propagated by Rev Peter Westwood and suitable for your garden, are available for an appropriate donation. See Peter after the 10am service.