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.

“To be a light to give light to all nations and for the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2,32)

Screen shot 2015-01-28 at 20.32.51These are the last reported words of the old man Simeon. He spoke them after seeing the baby Jesus being brought to the temple for his first service, and after he had taken the baby in his arms and looked him in the eyes. How very perceptive of him! He saw something in Jesus and he was able to express what many after him were able to repeat: That Jesus is the light for the world. This is the theme of today’s festival also called ‘Candlemas’. We, as Jesus’ followers, must look for this light and multiply it, so that the whole world will one day be bathed in his glorious light.

Bernhard Schünemann

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

Sunday, 1st February, Candlemas

8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Parish Eucharist with procession and blessing of candles – Sermon: The Vicar


Thank you to all who so kindly donated Christmas presents around the tree in the Church. We have had a lovely thank you card from the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers saying how very much they were appreciated.
Service of thanksgiving will be held for Rev Canon Charles Richardson at St John’s, Goose Green on Sunday 25th January at 6pm. Bishop Michael will officiate and Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark will deliver the address. The church is likely to be full and those wishing to attend should be seated by 5.55pm.There will be a retiring collection towards St John’s in accordance with wishes expressed by Fr Charles.
A service to Mark the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be held at Westminster Abbey at 6.30 pm on Sunday 1st February 2015 - http://westminster-abbey.org/worship/special-services/upcoming-special-services/2015/february/a-service-to-mark-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-liberation-of-auschwitz.  Tickets – https://wabbey1february.eventbrite.co.uk
Seating for this Service is allocated on a first come first served basis.
A message from Linda Inniss about her new venture the Out and About Club’ A number of volunteers and I are setting up a brand new “Out and About” Club affiliated to St. Stephen’s.  Information about the new club, including its purpose and provisional programme of outings for 2015, has been displayed both at the back of the church and on the noticeboard in the Church Hall; and I encourage you to read it.

“The first Club activity will be a three course Sunday lunch in a local restaurant, which I hope very many of you will support, as we need 50 (five zero) diners, in order to secure the very reasonable price of £6.50 per head.
So come on everybody, a new year, a new club and a new opportunity to make some new friends!  Pencil the date of Sunday, 19th April in your diary NOW and you’ll have an occasion to which you can look forward; with a delicious meal in lovely surroundings and GREAT company”
Thursday 5th February 2015. 7.30-9pm – Eseld Quartet. Free Concert. Haydn String Quartet op.54 no.2 and  Beethoven String Quartet op.74 “Harp”
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