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.

I cannot wait for the renewal developments in and around Victoria Station to finish. For years now the station has operated with temporary walkways, half a bus station, a very restricted capacity tube station, huge overcrowding and a sense of being a permanent and never ending building site. The only building that does not seem to be affected is the Victoria Palace Theatre now being the only attractive building in the midst of what seems permanent building rubble. For several years now it has been playing the musical Billy Eliot, and this seems another constant in the ever transforming station environment.
The musical Billy Elliott is based on a book and a subsequent very successful film. It’s the story of a small boy growing up in a Northeast mining community during the height of the 1980s miner’s strike. All his male relatives are miners. But Billy develops an interest, even a passion, for ballet dancing – not an easy interest to pursue in his particular environment. The film goes on to tell the story of how Billy ultimately succeeds as a ballet dancer despite huge domestic opposition. Billy grows up without a mother; she had died when he was 2 years old. She had, though left him a letter to be opened on his seventeenth birthday. Billy treasures this letter and one day he cannot resist it and he opens it long before his seventeenth birthday, it reads:

“Dear Billy I am sorry I died when you were still so young. But I want you to know one thing, and this one thing I want you to know and believe very firmly, whenever you think of me you must know that there is at least one being in the world who really and truly loves you.”

I think this could be a parable summing up the essence of our faith: Whenever we think of God, whenever we pray we can be assured of one thing, one very certain thing: there is one being in this world who loves us most certainly and must unconditionally!

Bernhard Schunemann

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

Sunday, 1st March

8am:Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – sermon: The Vicar
10am: Sung Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children sermon: The Revd Peter Westwood

Hymns and music
Processional Hymn: 480    In the cross of Christ I glory
Gradual Hymn: 582    Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
Offertory Hymn: 203   I bind unto myself today
Setting: Darke Communion Service in A minor (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei)
Anthem: Ireland Greater Love
Recessional Hymn: 501   Light of the minds that know him (Tune 538)
Voluntary: Andriessen Thema met Variaties

 12noon Holy Baptisms – Ana Ulanovski Amborogi & Eli Prosper & Kai Levi James Matheson

 Services during the week

Monday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Communion
12noon Funeral in church (Winifred French)
Thursday:    1pm: Stations of the Cross
Friday:          2pm: Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St Faith’s North Dulwich

Sunday, 8th March
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) – sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Parish Eucharist with Footsteps for children sermon: The Vicar


For special events and regular study courses during Lent, Holy Week and Easter see below.

Contributions for Jonathan’s (our retiring Director of Music) leaving gift are now being collected by Patrick Robathan (churchwarden & choir member). There will be a celebration marking Jonathan’s remarkable contribution to St Stephen’s over the last three years on Sunday 22 March after the 10am service.
Spire distribution – We need new distributers on the Kingswood Estate for the following blocks of flats: Carmichael, Dowell, Garaway, Holberry (Annex), Julian, Kinsey, Roper & Roundell (distribution happens three times a year, next distribution of new Spire will be on the weekend 21/22 March), if you can help, please let the Vicar know!
Our Lent activities have now started with the Pilgrim Course running twice on Tuesday (1.30pm and 7.30pm) in the Church Office (next meeting Tuesday 10 March), and Stations of the Cross at 1pm on Thursday in the Church.
The Council for Christians and Jews in South-East London will be holding an event: ‘Sacred Music: How Christians and Jews use music to create sanctity’. Tuesday 3 March at 8pm (refreshments from 7.45) at Catford Synagogue, 6 Crantock Road, London SE6 2QS. Speakers are Rev David Rome, Cantor and Leader of Catford Synagogue, and our own Curate Rebecca. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of Church for those wanting or offering transport to this event.
Tuesday 31st March 7.00pm    Sydenham High School Easter Choral Concert. Conducted by Caroline Lenton-Ward – You are warmly invited to the Easter concert which 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. Tickets £7.00 adults, under 18 free, available on the door.
John Carnelley, Deputy Director of Music at Dulwich College, explores the importance of the musical manuscripts of John Reading. Friday 20 March, 7.30 – 9pm, Old Library, Dulwich College. Tickets £10, available from lectureseries@dulwich.org.uk
Saturday 28th February 2015 from 10.30 to 12.15 Fairtrade breakfast at the BREAD of LIFE Fair Trade Centre in Christ Church, 263 Barry Road at 09.30am (Breakfasts – Adults £3.50p and Children under 12 £2.50p.) Set off 10.30am for a FAIRTRADE WALK around the shops in East Dulwich – to bring attention to FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT.

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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

Mothering Sunday – 15 March
10am All-Age Parish Eucharist with choir
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
Sacred Music: How Christians and Jews use Music to Create Sanctity
With contributions from Jewish and Christian speakers. Run by the Council of Christians and Jews, South-East London. Tuesday 3 March at 8pm, at Catford Synagogue, 6 Crantock Road, London, SE6 2QS
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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