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.

Screen shot 2013-10-18 at 20.32.33When I learned to play the Cello, my teacher at the time was a ‘session musician’, he was part of a group of highly gifted musicians (they had to be exceptionally good sight-readers) who would be hired in for the day to record music on to film in one take; he described to me how the conductor would be watching the film (mostly James Bond films in those days) and literally conduct the music ‘unto the film’.  Cello solos would always accompany scenes of high emotional content.  I still cannot watch a James Bond film today without thinking of him playing away in the background!  For me there is also a spiritual side to playing the cello: the bow moves over the strings and just sometimes a beautiful sound emerges.  The sound is in fact the product of horse hair on the bow scratching steel strings stretched out over a hollow wooden box, sometimes a very old wooden box made of the wood of three or four different trees.  Mixed into this sound is the mysterious combination of the ability and musicality of the player.  The sound wouldn’t be the same without the subtle interplay of all these factors.  This is the harmony we long and strive for in our global society and in God’s creation.  The bow ‘crossing’ the string also reminds me of our central symbol, the cross.  The vertical is God’s love for us and ours for God and the horizontal is the ‘second love’ the one we are inspired to have for our neighbour (Matthew  22,37-40)

Bernhard Schünemann

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

Services and events Sunday 19th October.

8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children. Sermon:  The Vicar

Music and hymns at 10am (in place of the choir we have the Cello workshop providing the music, our organist is in France with the Prep football first eleven)
Processional Hymn: 474 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Gloria: Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Gradual Hymn: 490 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (Tune I)
Offertory Hymn: 166 Crown him with many crowns
Sanctus & Benedictus: Purcell Wondrous machine! from Hail! Bright Cecilia
Agnus Dei: Byrd Pavane
Music during communion: Mozart Adagio from Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K.332
Recessional Hymn: 612 We have a gospel to proclaim
Voluntary: Villa-Lobos Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

12noon Holy Baptisms (Lillie Mae & Archie & Charley Catherine Embury)

3.30pm: Informal End of Course free Concert by Cello Workshop.

Services during the week

Monday to Friday:    8.30am; Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Monday:                         9am: Curate takes Harvest Assembly at Dulwich Wood School
Wednesday:                 9.45am: Holy Eucharist
Saturday:                      3pm: Wedding (Anthony and Catriona)

Sunday 25th October

8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662)  Sermon: The Curate
10am; Sung Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children. Sermon: The Curate


Thank you to our Cello workshop for providing the music for today’s service, there will be a FREE CONCERT at 3.30pm this afternoon to hear the results of their weekend’s work!

The Copleston Centre (a member church in our Dulwich Deanery) is helping to start a Credit Union by organising a mass opening of Credit Union accounts in order to generate publicity and provide the basis for increasing awareness and availability of affordable lending to people in the area. Application forms for this are available from our Vicar.

The Council for Christians and Jews is meeting to discuss ‘endings and beginnings’ in the light of Rosh Hashanah and Advent. Speakers: Rabbi Jason Holtz, Rabbi of Bromley Reform Synagogue & Revd Anna Macham, Priest-in-charge of St Philip Camberwell, and formerly Succentor at Southwark Cathedral. On  Sunday 19th October 2014 at 4.30 pm Refreshments from 4.15 pm at Bromley Reform Synagogue, 28 Highland Road, Bromley, BR1 4AD

 Thursday 30th October, 6.30pm Garry Weston Library, Southwark Cathedral. Faithfully Feminist: An Interfaith Dialogue – Professor Tina Beattie and Rabbi Deborah Young-Somers talk about the highs and lows of being a feminist woman within their faith tradition.

Do you want to be involved in planning the future of St Stephen’s? Do you have ideas about what we do well and what we could do better? Where do you think we as a church should concentrate our energies over the next year? Come along to a workshop on Saturday 15th November from 10am to 1pm (prayers from 9.30) to discuss our church and our life together. For more information speak to the clergy.

 Save the date … the Curate will be offering an Advent course exploring different methods of prayer. These will be on Tuesdays 25th November, 2nd and 9th December. Each session will run twice, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. More details to follow.



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