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
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2 v1-4.
This Sunday is Pentecost, or Whit Sunday from the white clothes traditionally worn by the newly-baptised, and is sometimes described as the birthday of the Church. Christ’s ministry on Earth was rather like a pregnancy, where the mother and child are physically linked by the umbilicus as the foetus forms its organs and limbs. At last the pain of childbirth is made worthwhile by the baby’s first breath, when it utters its first cry.
The symbolism of the ‘pneuma’, breath or Spirit of God, runs right through the Old and New Testaments. It is the Holy Spirit that comes down at Pentecost and breathes life into the new born Church, and comes to each new Christian as we are born again in baptism.
Like an infant, we are still reliant on God for sustenance and teaching. It thus seems very natural to meditate at this time on what the great English female mystic Julian of Norwich describes as the Motherhood of Christ. In the Holy Eucharist the Body and Blood of Christ become that spiritual milk which feeds the growing Church, born at Pentecost.
Revd Dr Simon Thorn (Dean of Winchester College)
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Sunday, 24th May, Pentecost
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: the Vicar
10am: Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children Sermon: the Vicar.
Hymns and music
Processional hymn 178 Come Holy Ghost
Gradual hymn: 191 O thou who camest from above
Offertory Hymn: 175 (T1) Come down, O Love divine
Setting: Tallis Holy Communion Short Service
Anthem: Tallis O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit to our hearts
Recessional Hymn: 183 Holy Spirit come confirm us
Voluntary: Bach Komm Gott BWV667
Services during the week:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Communion
2.30pm in Church Funeral of Patrick Spencer Saturday: 12.30pm Wedding (Alexander Bidmead & Sophie Baker)
Sunday, 31st May Trinity Sunday.
8am:Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). Sermon: the Vicar
10am:Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children. Sermon: the Vicar
Betty Key R.I.P.It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty Key. Betty was a part of St Stephen’s for several decades and her husband George Key was a churchwarden here as well as one of our key WW2 veterans. Betty moved away three years ago to live nearer her children and grandchildren. Her funeral will be held at the Hope Care Home in Cambridge on Tuesday 29th May at 2.30pm. May she rest in peace and rise in glory>
The family can be contacted by email:email@example.com On the feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday 4th June) there will be a service of choral Evensong at 7pm. Afterwards the congregation and choir are invited to the Vicarage for a reception with a glass of wine and some finger food.
Our choir member Anne Langley is taking part in a sponsored walking pilgrimage to Canterbury in support of the ‘Connection’ at St Martin-in-the-Fields, who support homeless and disadvantaged people. Please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving (and search for her name) or make cheques payable to ‘The Connection’ and give to Anne.
Our Curate, the Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd, will be ordained priest in this church of St Stephen’s on Saturday 4th July at 11am. She will be ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich alongside the other two curates in this area of her generation. This is a first in the history of St Stephen’s that we have been asked to host an ordination. Rebecca will then – for the first time – preside at the Holy Eucharist on the following day, Sunday 5th July at 10am. Please pray for Rebecca at this time of preparation, and for her future ministry as a priest here at St Stephen’s and beyond!
Out and About Club – Remember Sunday 31st May to receive final payments of £7.50 for the outing to Broadstairs on Saturday 13th June.