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.
We have arrived! Finally we have arrived on Trinity Sunday. Over the last five or six months we have celebrated our way through all the key doctrines of the Christian Faith. These central teachings are all linked to the story of the Bible. The incarnation at Christmas: God born in the human form, one of us. Then we celebrated God’s humanity revealed to all at Epiphany. In the forty days of Lent and Holy Week we learnt about why Christ should suffer for our redemption. We celebrated our salvation during the forty days of Easter when God raised Jesus from the dead. And finally – last Sunday – we celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit, the mission and ministry of the church.
Trinity Sunday celebrates something slightly less tangible, something that is not immediately associated with an event in Holy Scripture. It celebrates the mystery that God is. It celebrates the mystery of a paradox: the paradox that God is at the same time comfortingly close and at hand as well as disturbingly unfathomable, distant and beyond our reach. The Trinity speaks to us of a God who is diverse as well as unified, complex and in relationship with us as well as simple and in relationship with himself. A God who is at the same time vulnerable and hurt as well as omnipotent. A God who creates, saves and gives life, a loving God whose judgement is full of mercy.
O God our mystery,
You bring us to life,
Call us to freedom
And move between us with love.
May we so participate
In the dance of your trinity,
That our lives may resonate with you,
Now and for ever. Amen
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 22nd May
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662) Sermon: The Revd Mae Christie
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: the Revd Mae Christie
Hymns and music
Processional hymn.202 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Gloria Grayston Ives – Salisbury Service
Gradual hymn 496 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Offertory Hymn 203 I bind unto myself today
Setting Rheinberger – Missa Brevis in D minor Op 83
Anthem Tchaikovsky Hymn to the Trinity
Recessional Hymn 267 Thou, whose almighty word
Voluntary Bach – St Anne’s fugue
Services & events in church during the week
Tuesday to Friday:8.30am. Silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Tuesday: 9.30am Mindfulness workshop
Tuesday 24th May 7.30pm ‘Theology in the pub’ – on sin and forgiveness – in the Dulwich Woodhouse.
Wednesday: 9.45am. Holy Eucharist
Services Sunday, 29th May
8am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – 1662) – Sermon: The Revd Mae Christie
10am: Sung Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: The Revd Mae Christie
12noon: Holy Baptisms.Alfie Balfe & Reshai Dickenson-Lewis
The new main responsibilities rota running from 1 May to 31 July has now been distributed please let the office know if you have not received it ASAP (email@example.com)
Today we welcome the Revd Mae Christie, curate of St Christopher’s Walworth. Mae will be joining us for six weeks to learn about how we do things at St Stephen’s and to share some of her insights with us. Our curate, the Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd, will be joining St Christopher’s in exchange for the month of June.
The Archdeacons of Southwark and Lewisham are looking to recruit a new PA to be based at Trinity House in Borough High Street, details for this can be found on the diocesan website: http://www.southwark.anglican.org/who/vacancies
or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Out and About Club” is looking for a facilitator to continue the exciting and valuable work the Club has been engaged in over the past year. This is a voluntary role that will require a significant time commitment. Please speak to the Vicar if you are interested.
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 18th 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: email@example.com)
Following the election of Bishop Michael as the new Bishop of Lichfield there will be a farewell service for him on Sunday 19th June starting at 3pm at St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham.
A date for your diary: the choir and the social committee are planning a concert event centred on Shakespeare with music and readings this will be followed by a ‘Bring and Share’ parish social event and (weather permitting) a BBQ. The event is planned for Sunday 26th June at 5pm, please contact members of the social committee (or the clergy or Clare & Rupert Perkins), if you can offer to help.
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 28th June at 7.45pm.