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 Monday (29 September) the Western church celebrates the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, because of its convenient placement near the autumn equinox the feast day has given its name to the academic and legal term that starts every autumn (‘Michaelmas term’).  As the drawing by Albrecht Dürer drastically shows, the central story that is being commemorated is something rather dramatic.  St Michael with his assistant angels was believed to have fought a victory in heaven, an epic battle and finally victory of good over evil.  In the Bible this war is alluded to in what is known the apocalyptic literature (the books of Revelation and the Daniel for example).  The philosopher and educationalist Rudolph Steiner, founder of the Waldorf School movement, thought it a most important festival because it gives expression to the fact that the battle has been won in Christ, and that we can therefore be confident and without self-destroying fear in this world.

Bernhard Schunemann

After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall

Services and events  Sunday 28th September

8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Eucharist sermon: The Vicar

Music and hymns at 10am
Processional Hymn: 628 Ye that know the Lord is gracious
Gloria: Thorne Mass of St Thomas
Gradual Hymn: 393 Brother, sister, let me serve you
Offertory Hymn: 398 Christ triumphant, ever reigning
Setting: Harris Simple Communion in F (Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei)
Anthem: Byrd Ave verum Corpus
Recessional Hymn: 590 ‘The kingdom is upon you’
Voluntary: Dubois Fiat Lux

The Vicar is preaching the annual service to The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in the church of St Andrew’s by the
Wardrobe this afternoon. He will therefore not be available after the 10am service on this day.

Services during the week
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Tuesday: 8.30 Harvest Service (at Sydenham High School)
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Friday: 10.30am Harvest Service at Dulwich Prep (early years)

Next Sunday, 5th October
8am Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – sermon: The Vicar
10am HARVEST FESTIVAL all age service with choir and Holy Baptisms (Amelie Arike Arogundade & Mybelle Amoateng-Poku (Nana’s daughter)

Work has started on the replacement of the lower church roof on the car park side of the church. Many thanks to all the many people who contributed so generously to our 2014 appeal, making this vital and also expensive work possible!

Harvest Festival Sunday 5th October – next Sunday we will be collecting gifts of non-perishable foods at this service which will be distributed to refugees at the Copleston Centre. Do bring along what you can for this good cause.

TV TIMES CHRISTMAS WITH THE STARS. Tuesday 9th Dec ROYAL ALBERT HALL in aid of LYMPHOMA AND LEUKEAMIA RESEARCH. Sydenham High School choirs have been invited to perform at this concert again this year. It is a great fun evening and raises a huge amount of money for an amazing charity. We need 100 adults to sing alongside the girls (especially tenors and basses). There will be two rehearsals at school on Tues 18th Nov and Mon 1st Dec 6.30 – 8.00pm and you will need to be at the RAH by 4pm on the concert day. For more information or to sign up to join us, please contact Caroline Lenton-Ward at c.lenton-ward@syd.gdst.net or 07850 063663.

The Copleston Centre (a member church in our Dulwich Deanery) is helping to start a Credit Union by organising a mass opening of Credit Union accounts in order to generate publicity and provide the basis for increasing awareness and availability of affordable lending to people in the area. In order to open an account you must either live or work in either Southwark, Lambeth, Camden or Westminster (the boroughs where London Mutual operates), and you need to invest a minimum of £7 of which £2 is an admin fee and £5 goes in to your account. Applications forms for this are available from our Vicar.

The Council for Christians and Jews is meeting to discuss ‘endings and beginnings’ in the light of Roh Hashanah and Advent. Speakers: Rabbi Jason Holtz, Rabbi of Bromley Reform Synagogue & Revd Anna Macham, Priest-in-charge of St Philip Camberwell, and formerly Succentor at Southwark Cathedral. On Sunday 19th October 2014 at 4.30 pm Refreshments from 4.15 pm at Bromley Reform Synagogue, 28 Highland Road, Bromley, BR1 4AD

SAFEGUARDING: Christine Murrell & Revd Peter Westwood (c.murrell@pobox.com)
Children’s activities for Sunday morning
During term time ‘Footsteps’ Sunday school and a Crèche are available in the hall during the 10am service. Our crèche is staffed by volunteers on the last Sunday of each month. On other weeks, parents are asked to remain with their children.

Baptisms & Weddings
Baptisms are conducted at 12noon on Sundays or during the main parish service at 10am. Baptisms, weddings and the reading of Banns can be arranged by coming to the Church on Saturdays between 10.30 and 11.30. Please see our website for more details or visit: www.yourchurchwedding.org

Our choir rehearses regularly (children; Friday evening during term time and the adults on Friday evenings monthly & every Sunday before the service). If you are interested please speak to our Director of Music for further information.

Financial Support
Our Church needs the financial support of all its members. Our regular giving is encouraged through an envelope scheme or by setting up a standing order. If you are an income tax payer it is important that your giving is ‘gift-aided’ so that we can claim the tax back, please use the pink envelopes to make your gift. For more details you may talk to the treasurer Martin Davies, Ray Cousins (envelope scheme & pink envelopes, tax efficient giving) or the Vicar.

Regular Services on Sundays:
8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10am Sung Parish Eucharist (with choir in term time)
On Weekdays: 8.30 silent prayer; 8.45 Morning Prayer
Wednesdays: 9.45 Holy Eucharist



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