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.
In the Church of England, we are lucky in that we honour Christian saints not only from the catholic and orthodox traditions, but also non-conformist & protestant ones. On Tuesday (30 August) we remember John Bunyan, most famously loved for his Hymn ‘Who would true valour see… to be a pilgrim’ number 621 in our hymnbook. He was a barely educated wandering odd-job man in the 17th century. He educated himself to read and write solely by reading the Bible. Because he was a non-conformist and an early founder of Baptist churches, he spent a considerable part of his life in prison, especially after the restoration of Charles II, when on-conformism was again not tolerated. During his time of confinement in prison in Bedford, he wrote “Pilgrims Progress”. This is a prose allegory of the pilgrimage of ‘Christian’ with his companions: first Faithful and then Hopeful. The book charts a journey from the City of Destruction to the Heavenly City, encountering en route such hazards as Slough of Despond, the Hill of Difficulty, Doubting Castle, By-Path Meadow and Vanity Fair. The book enjoyed huge success and during the remaining ten years of his life, he saw ten editions printed. It eventually became the most widely read book in the English language after the Bible and it greatly influenced subsequent English writers. The Pilgrims Progress is now generally considered one of the finest allegories in all of English literature – not just among spiritual writings – and it has been translated into numerous languages.
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 28th August
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Parish Eucharist with baptism: Sermon: The Vicar
Music and hymns:
Processional hymn 368 (Michael) All my hope on God is founded
Gloria Eric Matthes
Gradual hymn 467 (St Peter) How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Offertory Hymn 565 (Petra) Rock of ages, cleft for me
Setting Eric Matthes
Recessional Hymn 362 (Woodlands)Tell out my soul,the greatness of the Lord
Our organist this morning is Michael Ashcroft
12noon: Holy Baptism: Mickey Pickett
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
Services Sunday, 4th September
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Curate
10am: Choral Eucharist Sermon: The Curate
12noon: Holy Baptism: Ava Montgomery
1pm: Holy Baptism: Eva Louise Bidmead
Many thanks to Millie Stoney and to all who hosted events in support of Fikelela Fundraising during the summer months.
Out and About Club outing to Festival 21 at Hurstpierpoint, W. Sussex on Saturday, 3rd September (details in entrance). Cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children. At this stage you may pay (cash only) on Sunday, 28th August.
Martin Knight is the new Church electoral roll officer for the PCC of this church. If you would like to be on the Church electoral roll and thus have voting rights at the annual meetings please talk to Martin Knight.
On Sundays in August there is no formal Footsteps lesson in the hall during our 10am Sunday services, however Christine Murrell will be offering some child-centred activities in the hall on these summer Sundays on an ad-hoc basis.
On Monday 5th September from 7.30 to 9.30pm at The Lighthouse Theatre, 245-270 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0DP, there will be a Love Southwark Life and Faith Celebration 2016, an evening of music and inspiration with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lewisham NHS Choir, and urban rap artist Guvna B. Tickets are available at:
Our full choir is back next Sunday (4 September) for our first Choral Eucharist of the Michaelmas term.
Thank you to all those who have already pledged support for Paul Acer’s cycle-ride from London to Paris in aid of Leukaemia research on 15 September, there is still time to give support, see the enclosed leaflet.
Please click Paul Acers for details of Paul’s cycling from London to Paris in aid of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) and click here for access to his Just Giving page
On Sunday 25th September, we will be welcoming the Revd Prof Teresa Morgan (broadcaster, professor of ancient history and theologian, Oxford University) for our 10am service.