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.
I Am that I Am
You call me Almighty, but I can be as weak as a newborn babe; as vulnerable as a dying man nailed to a cross.
You call me He, but I am also the darkness of the womb; the silence of listening; the patience of waiting.
You call me Everlasting, but I have been broken, shattered, molten, frozen, destroyed and reborn so that you may come into being.
You think that I do not feel, but my anger is the fierce heat of the sun, and my sorrow fills the oceans. I have experienced boredom, terror, depression and despair, happiness, jealousy, desire, hunger and pain.
You call me Holy, but I am present in the beggar and the thief, in the rapist and the assassin. Nor am I absent from excrement, blood, sweat and tears.
You say that man is formed in my image. But so too are all creatures, all plants, and every material thing. I am that I am.
You say that I am Love. And in that you are right. My love keeps the universe open; keeps the stars and the planets on their course; keeps the material world from flying apart; keeps creation rolling on. But my love is vulnerable. It can be damaged, hurt, destroyed.
You say that Heaven is my abode, but I am also in the heart of all who love me. Take me into your heart so that Heaven may be there too.
Jane Wenlock (past member of St Stephen’s, member of our Wednesday congregation, member of the Out and About Club, retired churchwarden of St Anne with All Saints South Lambeth)
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 26th June
8am:Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon Revd Mae Christie
10am:Sung Eucharist with Footsteps for children.
Sermon: The Revd Mae Christie
Music and hymns
Processional hymn 395 Christ is our cornerstone
Gloria Grayston Ives
Gradual hymn 413 Eternal Father strong to save
Offertory Hymn 376 And can it be
Setting Grayston Ives
Recessional Hymn 87 Hail to the Lord’s anointed
5pm Music and readings in honour of the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – performed by our choir and readers from our congregation, followed by a parish social meal (including, if fine, a barbecue).
Services & events in church during the week
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Thursday: 7.30 Silent Prayer and Evening Prayer before the PCC meeting
Services Sunday, 3rd July
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle (Reader)
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle (Reader)
This is the last choral service of the summer term
Many thanks to the Vineall family quartet for providing the orchestra for our Haydn setting of the mass last week!
The choir and the social committee are planning a concert centred on Shakespeare with music and readings, this will be followed by a ‘Bring and Share’ parish social meal with (weather permitting) a BBQ. The event is planned for Sunday 26 June at 5pm, please contact members of the social committee (or the clergy or Clare & Rupert Perkins), if you can offer to help and sign the list at the back of the church if you intend to bring some food
CCJ South East London: a meeting at Catford Synagogue on the Nuremberg Trials and the subsequent development of war-crimes law. Speaker Ruth Moshinsky. Tuesday 28 June at 7.45pm. Please speak to the Vicar if you wish to share transport to Catford Synagogue.
The diocesan Mothers’ Union in conjunction with ‘SAGE’ are putting on a special service of Celebration for Grandparents at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 9th July at 12noon. They write: ‘join us to remember with gratitude our own grandparents and recognise the role of grandparents today in handing on our faith’.
Penny Fuller of St Stephen’s, the new chair of the Friends of Kingswood House, is looking for help with the Kingswood House Festival planned for 18 September (preparation, promotion and help with keeping the house open on the day). She would also like some supporters of Kingswood House to join the ‘Friends’ (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can you give a retirement home to a lovely dog? She is called Roxi, is ten years old, a husky, very healthy, friendly and well trained. Roxi’s owner is ill and will sadly need to give Roxi up for adoption over the next few months. The owner is very keen to get to know the person or family who will take Roxi when she is no longer able to look after her as Roxi is a much-loved companion. She lives in Dulwich. For more information contact the Curate, Rebecca on email@example.com or 07425 011849, and please spread the word!