Welcome

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.

 

G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

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Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

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

Services on Palm Sunday and by services and events in Holy Week

8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662)
10am: Procession with donkey, brass band and singing - together with the other churches in the area. Hymns and music for the procession and service are contained in the service sheets given out for the procession and in church
Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week: 8.30am Holy Eucharist
Tuesday 31st March 7.00pm:Sydenham High School Easter Choral Concert. Conducted by Caroline Lenton-Ward. This Easter concert will include performances from Junior, Senior and Chamber choirs including the full tour programme for the Senior choir travelling to Estonia in April.The choir will perform four concerts in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi.
Wednesday in Holy Week:9.45am Holy Eucharist
7.30pm Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Free concert with collection for the Dulwich Helpline.
Maundy Thursday 2nd April: the service starts in the church hall with an informal parish supper, this is followed by a commemoration of the foot washing,a Holy Eucharist and the watch service until midnight. Our choir will sing for this service. Everyone is welcome to all or part of this event! PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A TIME-SLOT OF THE WATCH THAT GOES ON UNTIL MIDNIGHT
Good Friday 3rd April2pm Good Friday Liturgy with choir, sermon and Veneration of the Cross
Easter Sunday 5th April
6am Dawn Service: Vigil of readings, the lighting of the Easter fire, the blessing of the Easter Candle and the first Communion of Easter. THIS SERVICE IS FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST IN THE HALL, PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF OUR EASTER MORNING CHURCH BREAKFAST.
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662)
10am: Choral Eucharist for Easter Day

Notices

EASTER LILIES – DONATIONS PLEASE TO RITA FROST
Annual meeting for St Stephen’s church on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 11.20am – At this meeting we will be electing church wardens, electing PCC members, receive reports on the activities of this church, receive the accounts for 2014, appoint sidespeople and we will have an opportunity to ask questions of the leadership of our church!

 

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                              Easter at St Stephen’s 2015
                       A journey from devastation to joy

Palm Sunday – 29 March
8am Holy Communion (BCP – 1662)
10am Procession with donkey, brass band and singing together with other churches in the area. Assemble next to the Shops in Seeley Drive ready for 10am
Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week – 30 and 31 March
8.30am Holy Eucharist
Wednesday in Holy Week – 1 April
9.45am Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday – 2 April
8pm The Maundy Thursday Service starts in the church hall with an informal parish supper. This is followed by a commemoration of the foot washing, a Holy Eucharist and the Watch Service until midnight.  Our choir will sing for this service.  Everyone is welcome to all or part of this event
Good Friday – 3 April
2pm Good Friday Liturgy with choir, sermon and Veneration of the Cross
Easter Sunday – 5 April
6am Dawn Service: Vigil of readings, the lighting of the Easter fire, the blessing of the Easter Candle and the first Communion of Easter.
8am Holy Communion (BCP – 1662)
10am Choral Eucharist for Easter Day

Lent at St Stephen’s
                              Space to think and to pray

Micro-sermons at the Wednesday Eucharist – every Wednesday in Lent
9.45am Different people saying what the day’s readings mean to them
Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey
A chance to explore the basics of our faith. Each session will run twice, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, on the following Tuesdays: 24 February, 10, 17, 24, 31 March
Stations of the Cross – every Thursday in Lent
1pm A traditional way of praying with the sufferings of Christ
Love Life Live Lent
Take something up for Lent: these booklets give suggestions for small activities to do each day to make positive changes to the world around you. Over 450 000 people have taken part in this Church-sponsored activity since 2007! Booklets are available from the clergy at a cost of £1.25 (children’s version) and £2.50 (version for adults/young people)

 

 

 

 

 

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