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
Telephone: +44 20 (or from the UK 020) 8693 3797
Thought for the week
The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.
Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar NameBehind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.
T.S. Eliot (from Little Gidding)
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the Hall
Sunday 19th May – The Day of Pentecost
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: Revd Peter Westwood
10am Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children – sermon: The Vicar.
Music and hymns:
Processional Hymn: 178 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
Gloria: Thorne Mass of St Thomas
Gradual Hymn: 191 O thou who camest from above
Offertory Hymn: 175 Come down, O Love divine (Tune I)
Setting: Schubert Mass in G (Sanctus & Agnus Dei)
Anthem: Hurford Litany to the Holy Spirit
Recessional Hymn: 183 Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
Voluntary: Organist’s Choice – Michael Ashcroft is playing the organ and directing the choir today!
Services during the week:
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45 Holy Eucharist
Thursday 7.30pm: Silent Prayer and Evening prayer (before the PCC meeting)
Sunday 25th May – Trinity Sunday
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
10am: Sung Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
12noon: Holy Baptism (Ella Preusser & Ronnie Louise Angela Cooke)
2pm – 5pm Single without Sinking, Joyfully Single, this programme is put together by Shade Vaughan.
We are appealing for more volunteers to help with residents of Athol House being able to attend Sunday Church Services. We need more volunteers to help with transport – either driving the minibus (training provided) or pushing wheelchairs, and some more volunteers to sit with wheelchair users at the front of the church. Crucially someone is needed to replace Paul Greenwood as organiser of the rota for transport. All our volunteers need CRB clearance. Please talk to the Vicar if you can offer help.
** Christian Aid Envelopes & donations will be collected at the church door today!**
Thursday 23rd May 8pm – PCC meeting (preceded by prayers at 7.30pm)
Sunday 9th June - father Edward Thompson (currently a member of the congregation of St Stephen’s) is celebrating an astonishing 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Before his retirement he served as Vicar in Camberwell and at St Mary-le-Strand. Special arrangements will be made for Edward to preside and preach at the 10am service, an orchestra has been hired to enhance the music and there will be special refreshments after the service.
Sunday 23rd June – we will be holding our PATRONAL FESTIVAL (summer date!). On this St Stephen’s day our brand new Archdeacon the Venerable Dr Jane Steen will be our visiting preacher and the choir will sing Hayden’s Little Organ Mass (with orchestra) and Mozart’s Ave Verum.
Sunday 30th June - As part of marking the end of a very busy singing term, our choir will be singing Choral Evensong at 4pm.
Choir Visit from Viljandi in Estonia in early September. We are hoping to host an Estonian Church Choir (St Paul’s Church Viljandi) on the weekend 6-9 September 2013. For this we need about 20 hosts to host one or two choir members, if you have the space and are willing to help, please speak to the Vicar.