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
Happy New Year
The beginning of Advent is the beginning of the new Christian year. Advent is the season of expectation and preparation, as we in the church prepare to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation and we also look ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings during this time do not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge us in our modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement, as Charles Wesley put it more poetically:
Every eye shall now behold him
Robed in dreadful majesty
Like during the time of Lent, there are no flower decorations in Church at this time and the colours of the vestments are blue or violet. But unlike Lent we are now in a dark and indeed darkening time of the year (here in the northern hemisphere!) and it is for this reason that emerging light has become so important during the holy season of advent. It is not just a time of preparation, but it is a time of preparation for something, and that something is the light of Christ with healing in its wings, with peace to be urgently spread. That is why we light more and more candles on our advent wreath as the time of Christmas draws near!
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Sunday, 29th November 2015 – ADVENT SUNDAY
8am:Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: the Curate
10am:Choral Baptism and Confirmation Service with an Advent Sunday Eucharist,and Footsteps for children. Sermon: The Bishop of Woolwich
Hymns and music for this service are contained in a special service sheet.
This service is followed at 11.20am by a rehearsal for the ‘mini singers’ children from aged 5 onwards welcome.
Services & events in church during the week
Monday Morning Bible study at 10.30am. “Fruit of the Spirit” – Ring Christine Murrell for location on (020) 8761 2468
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Communion
5pm Evensong & just before 6pm Parish Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey
Thursday: 7.30 Theology in the Pub (‘The Woodhouse’)
Sunday, 6th December
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: the Vicar
10am: Choral Eucharist with footsteps for children. Sermon: The Vicar
6th December:Christmas sale in the Hall after the 10am service!
Thank you to Linda Inniss and her team for the most enjoyable “Out and about Club” outing to Kent last Tuesday!
Thank you to the Social Committee for the splendid Quiz Night last night, and thank you also to Dominic for his skilful quiz mastering, remaining impartial even when things got heated!
Parish Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 2nd December evening. Those who have put their name down for this meet in the Abbey either for Evening Prayer at 5pm or at just before 6pm for the beginning of the pilgrimage tour please use the west door of the Abbey for entry. Zillah Westwood is organising a small presentation for Abbey funds, please give your contribution to her.
On Thursday 3 December we will be holding the first session of a planned series of Theology in the Pub. Dulwich Woodhouse, 7.30pm. Come and chat and socialize in an informal setting over a few beers (other drinks are available). We will be discussing “What is Christmas for?”.
The Social Committee is organising a St Stephen’s Christmas Sale next Sunday 6th December in the Hall after the 10am service. Contributions of homemade cakes, jams etc and as-new gifts will be gratefully received. Please bring to church during the week or on the day.
The Churches Together Advent appeal for the homeless will be launched at a special evening service on Sunday 6th December at 6.30pm at St Barnabas, Dulwich Village. A selection of local homeless charities will benefit. Leaflets of how to support this appeal are with the sidespeople in the entrance area of the church.
“Out and About” Club Reminder for the Afternoon Tea and Christmas Lights Trip on Monday, 14th December. Please remember to bring next Sunday, 6th December, your £7.00 cash balance (if you have paid the £5.00 deposit only). If you are under 75 years old and would like to participate, please bring £12.00 cash with you JUST IN CASE there are still some places available!
Christmas Services at St Stephens Dulwich.
6pm Lessons and Carols with the St Stephen’s choir and readers from our community
4pm: Blessing of the Crib Service with the St Stephen’s choristers, a service of carols, readings and a procession to the crib, children may wish to come dressed as one of the characters of the nativity story
11pm MIDNIGHT MASS with the St Stephen’s choir
Friday 25th December. Christmas Day