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
On bank-holiday Monday (31 August) the church in England remembers the Anglo-Irish saint Aiden. He was a Celtic monk from Iona who migrated to the island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland where King Oswald recruited him to be a Bishop and missionary to Christianise his early 7th century Kingdom. We know very little about this period of English history and what we know we know from the historian the Venerable Bede of Jarrow who documented this period. He wrote: “As the tide ebbs and flows Lindisfarne is surrounded by sea twice a day like an island, and twice a day the sand dried and joins it to the mainland… Indeed when Bishop Aiden, who was not fluent in the English language, preached the gospel, it was most beautiful to see the King himself acting as his interpreter”. I like the image of an island being regularly connected to the mainland as well as equally regularly cut off from it by the rise and flow of the tide. As Christians we need to be firmly and positively connected with contemporary culture but we can also occasionally keep a critical distance and be just as firmly rooted away from it, drawing our inspiration from our Christian tradition.
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Sunday, 30th August
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: Revd Peter Westwood
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist Sermon: The Curate
Hymns and music
Processional hymn. 583 Teach me my God and King
Gloria. Shaw Anglican Folk Mass
Gradual hymn. 556 Praise the heavens, ye heavens adore him
Offertory Hymn. 456 Happy are they, they that love God
Setting. White Communion Service
Recessional Hymn. 253 For the beauty of the earth
Voluntary. Guest organist’s choice
Please note that the new term for our children’s provision of ‘Footsteps’ starts NEXT Sunday (6th September at 10am)
Services during the week
Monday to Friday:8.30am silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Communion
Sunday, 6th September
8am:Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children and with Holy Baptism (Jago STEPHENS, Trot Lavelle’s youngest grandchild) Sermon: The Vicar
12noon:Holy Baptism (Siena Elodie MUGENYI)
Monday Morning Bible study. This resumes on Monday 7th September at 10.30am. We will start a 7 session study on “Fruit of the Spirit”
Thank you to the decorators from AK Graham and our premises team for the substantial redecoration of our hall during the month of August. The PCC set aside a certain sum of money for this work and the work was done within budget and in good time for our hall users to start using us again, thank you to donors, our users and the team!
Fikelela Fundraising – The coffee morning raised £200 and the lunch raised £300, making a total of £500, almost the same amount as last year. We have a message from Cape Town sending us greetings, blessings and thanks. ‘We are so appreciative of your support and the gifts often arrive when we are anxious about our finances. We are about to purchase the next set of fleeces for the St Mary Magdalene Orphans for their birthday party on the 29th August and a group of us packed 30 comfort boxes for Red Cross on Mandela Day – so please tell the group that we have plenty to do. Fikelela means ‘reach out’ and that is what we are trying to do.’
On Sunday 29th November (Advent Sunday) the Bishop of Woolwich will be coming to St Stephen’s for a Confirmation service. Please speak to one of the clergy if you are interested in affirming your Christian faith in this way. There will be preparation sessions running on Wednesdays at 4pm for young people (12+) and at 8pm for adults, on the following dates: 7 and 14 October and 4, 11 and 25 November. You can also attend these sessions to learn and discuss more about Christianity even if you choose not to be confirmed, or just want a refresher.
On Saturday 5th September, Woolwich area (our part of the Diocese) is holding a Lay Conference entitled ‘I will build my Church (but I need some help)’. It is designed to help people improve what they do and use their gifts, and looks to be a very interesting event. There are various modules to choose from that may interest you. More information from see the poster in the porch, speak to one of the clergy or contact: Martin North (Mnorthlaychair@aol.co.uk) or Christine Ridgwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Kingswood Festival Sunday 6th September: There will be plenty of activities for children at the front of Kingswood House, and music and stalls at the back from 12noon – 8pm
Have you ever thought about becoming a Reader or a SPA? If you would like to find out more about SPA (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary) or Reader ministry there will be an Information Evening at Trinity House on Wednesday 16th September 2015 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. This is a joint event including people who are thinking about SPA or Reader ministry, so if you are not sure which ministry is right for you, this is an ideal opportunity to speak with people from both areas to help you explore the possibilities.
Rebecca’s Ordination and first Eucharist – there are photos of the day on our photo website https://picasaweb.google.com/108152949674700666786 or via the link on our website in Images of Life at St Stephens section.