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


Services at Christmas

December 15th  7 pm St Christopher’s Hospice Carol Service

Thursday 18th  7 pm Dulwich Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 21st  6 pm Festival of Lessons and CarolsIMG_0997

Christmas Eve  4 pm  Blessing of the crib.

Christmas Eve 11 pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 8 am Eucharist

Christmas Day 10 am Choral Eucharist

Thought for the week.

The Coming

And God held in his hand
a small globe. Look, he said.
The son looked. Far off,
as through water, he saw
a scorched land of fierce
colour. The light burned
there; crusted buildings
cast their shadows: a bright
serpent, a river
uncoiled itself, radiant
with slime.

On a bare
hill a bare tree saddened
the Sky. Many people
held out their thin arms
to it, as though waiting
for a vanished April
to return to its crossed
boughs. The son watched
them. Let me go there, he said.
R S Thomas

‘The true meaning of Christmas’ has become something of a cliché.
Every year I hear people deride the apparently ever-increasing commercialism of Christmas (and usually I agree with them!).  People often say that the ‘true meaning’ is getting lost, so I sometimes ask what they consider to be that ‘true meaning’.  Often it turns out to be helping those less fortunate than ourselves, or spending time with family and loved ones, and sometimes it’s something more indefinable involving candles and choirs and quiet reflection in the depths and darkness of winter.

In fact none of these quite gets to the heart of the meaning of Christmas, which is absolutely simple as well as so complex as to be far beyond comprehension: that God became human and was born a helpless baby.  Because of this pivotal moment in human history our own humanity becomes sacred.  God made it holy by uniting it to his divinity.  All the other ‘true meanings’ of Christmas flow from this: because God lives in humanity, we should look for him everywhere humans are, especially in the poor and disadvantaged among whom he chose to be born; because of God’s love for humanity we find God when we share love; because God’s coming sanctifies the world we meet him in the sacredness of Christmas liturgy and music.  God is coming to a waiting earth.  Happy Christmas!

Rebecca Lloyd

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

Sunday, 21st December 4th Sunday of Advent

8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am:Sung Parish Eucharist with Holy Baptism (Elisabeth Birt & Ario)Sermon:The Vicar.

Hymns and Music
Processional Hymn:            242 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came
Gradual Hymn:                     238 For Mary, mother of our LordOffertory Hymn:                   309 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Setting:                                   MacMillan St Anne’s Mass (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei)
Lord’s Prayer:                          Estonian
Anthem:                                     Manz E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come
Recessional Hymn:               362 Tell out, my soul
Voluntary:                                 Buxtehude Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV 160     


Services during the week

Wednesday: 4pm Blessing of the Crib with the St Stephen’s choristers, a service of carols, readings and a procession to the crib. Children may wish to come dressed as one of the characters of the nativity story

11pm Midnight Mass

Thursday:8 am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662)
                      10am: Christmas Day Parish Service Choral Eucharist with the St Stephen’s choir
Friday:     10.30am at St Margaret Clitherow RC Church.  Father Hearty’s retirement Mass.  Please come along to celebrate his long and dedicated service to his parish.

Sunday, 28th December
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Parish Eucharist. Sermon: The Vicar




Now is the time that we may be contemplating sending a ‘real Christmas Card’, St Stephen’s is again offering for sale our very own Christmas card based on a painting of the church by Elo Allik-Schunemann.  They cost 60p per card with envelope, or £ 5 for 10 cards with envelopes.  They are on sale after services at the back of the church.This year we will again be supporting the Churches Together in South Southwark Annual Advent Appeal for the homeless.  Please take home one of the Advent appeal leaflets, that describes the ten local homeless charities that we are supporting, and makes suggestions as to how we can support this.


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Thank you to everyone who took part in the Christmas Fair the last two Sundays, and especially to the social committee. We raised an incredible £855.26!

Christmas Flowers - Rita Frost is collecting donations towards the Christmas flowers.  Please see her if you wish to contribute.

Crib service - If you are coming to the Crib service, please be aware that photographs are being taken and will be put on the parish Picasa site.  If you do not wish your child/children’s photos to be put there please let one of the clergy know.  Thank you.






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