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.
This Sunday is kept as Bible Sunday in many churches. We are encouraged to give thanks for the gift of Holy Scripture.
In every service of the Eucharist, we hear at least one Bible reading – the Gospel – and we usually hear others as well, from the Old Testament, the Epistles (letters) of the New Testament, and perhaps a Psalm. These, together with some greetings and prayers, form the Service of the Word which is the first part of every major modern Anglican service. Weddings, funerals and baptisms follow the same pattern. The sacramental and ritual part of the service comes only after we have listened to the Word of God, and as a response to it.
All Christians are encouraged to read and study the Scriptures privately. Reading and praying with Scripture every day is a good habit, and there are various online and book-based courses that will give you a daily passage (Daily Bread booklets and app, Pray as You Go and Sacred Space websites, to name three). But it is also vital that we as Christians listen together to the reading of Scripture and try to discern what it might be saying to us as a community, as the Body of Christ in the world.
The most important part of the Bible, the bit that we should pay most attention to, is the bit that tells us most directly about Jesus, which is the Gospels. Jesus is the true Word of God to whom the words of Scripture point. It is because the Gospels are so important that we stand to hear them read. And it is because we need to hear the Gospel together that we hear it read from the middle of the aisle, in the midst of the people, rather than from the lectern.
The readings are often followed by a sermon. The preacher attempts to make links between the readings, primarily the Gospel, and the life of the church now. The sermon might also provide the bridge between the readings and the ritual that is about to happen – Communion, marriage, or whatever it is, and to draw out their meaning for the congregation today.
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 23rd October
8am:Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
10am: Sung Eucharist. Sermon: Mrs Trot Lavelle
Hymns and Music:
Processional hymn 175 (Down Ampney) Come down, o love divine
Gloria Eric Matthes
Gradual hymn 517 (Buckland) Loving shepherd of thy sheep
Offertory Hymn 308 (Saffron Walden) Just as I am, without one plea
Setting Eric Matthes
Estonian Lord’s Prayer
Recessional Hymn 362 (Woodlands) Tell out my soul
Services & events in church during the week
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Services Sunday, 30th October. All Saints
8am:Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Sung Eucharist. Sermon: The Vicar
Thank you to all those who came along to support and enjoy the Barn Dance last. A good time was had by all. We must do it again – maybe in the summer! We will let you know how much we raised next week.
Many thanks to Linda Innis and her team in the Out and About Club for the outing to Miss Saigon last Sunday – thoroughly enjoyed!
Our Out and About Club has been shortlisted for a prize awarded by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company for innovative projects by churches reaching out into their community. Short-listing in itself means the awarding of a generous grant. The final selection will be announced at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 9th November. Please speak to Linda Innis or the clergy for more details regarding the awards ceremony.
Theology in the Pub:after the summer break, the next meeting is Thursday 27th 7.30pm at the Dulwich Wood House pub.
Flower arranging demonstration – by Eleanor Bracken on Wednesday 26th October 10.30 – 12.00 in the Millennium Hall. For more information and tickets (£5) call Maria Branchini on 020 8699 3078
Advance notice:St Stephen’s Quiz Night - Saturday 19th November 7pm with fish and chip supper
Link Age Southwark has two fundraising events coming up: a pub quiz on 7 November at 7pm at the Lordship Pub, Lordship Lane (tickets £10/head, see poster in porch); and the East Dulwich Supper Club on 24 November (tickets £70/head, see http://www.suzannejames.co.uk/supperclub.asp)
6th November at 6pm will be our special All Souls Service. This will be a service led by our choir and we will be praying for and remembering all those who have recently died.
Do you or your family have a special Christmas Memory? Would you like to share it briefly with us in the next edition of ‘Spire’? If so, please email Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org before early November. Contributions will not be attributed, but photos would be welcome where appropriate.