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
Happy New Year
The beginning of Advent is the beginning of the new Christian year. Advent is the season of expectation and preparation, as we in the church prepare to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation and we also look ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings during this time do not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge us in our modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement, as Charles Wesley put it more poetically:
Every eye shall now behold him
Robed in dreadful majesty
As during the time of Lent there are no flower decorations in Church at this time and the colours of the vestments are blue or violet. But unlike Lent we are now in a dark and indeed darkening time of the year (here in the northern hemisphere!) and it is for this reason that emerging light has become so important during the holy season of advent. It is not just a time of preparation, but it is a time of preparation for something, and that something is the light of Christ with healing in its wings, with peace to be urgently spread. That is why we light more and more candles on our advent wreath as the time of Christmas draws near!
Sunday 1st December – Advent Sunday
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children – Sermon: The Vicar
Hymns and music:
Processional Hymn: Advent prose Pour down, O heavens, from above
Archer Advent Wreath Prayer (Advent I)
Gradual Hymn: 36 The advent of our King (Tune 391)
Offertory Hymn: 32 O come, O come, Emmanuel
Setting: Lotti Missa Brevis in D minor (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei)
Anthem: Wood O thou the central orb
Recessional Hymn: 31 Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Voluntary: Carter Toccata on Veni Emmanuel
12noon Holy Baptisms - Olivia Victoria Burton-Brown & James Peter Victor Fergusson.
2pm ‘Singles without sinking’ (information: Revd Hazel Kimber)
Services during the week:
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am Silent Prayer followed at 8.45 by Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Saturday: 12noon Rose Alloca Memorial blessing (Camberwell Old Cemetery)
Sunday 8th December 2013
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: the Vicar
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children - Sermon: the Vicar.
12 noon Holy Baptism (Charlotte Grace Opie)
Please come and support our special Christmas Mini market in the hall after the 10am service this Sunday (1 December) and next Sunday (8 December)
Our new 2013 Christmas card, featuring Elo Allik’s drawing of the interior of St Stephen’s, is on sale now at the back of the church (50p per card with envelope, proceeds to St Stephen’s)
1 December 6pm Ordination to the priesthood of Catriona Laing at St Barnabas
Week starting 15 December: school services for: Kingsdale Foundation School, Dulwich College, Dulwich Prep, Dulwich Montessori (2x), DUCKS and Langbourne School.
Wednesday 18 December (5 to 6pm) singing carols for Langbourne School on the Sydenham Railway Station bridge.
Sunday 22 December at 6pm LESSONS AND CAROLS
24 December (Tuesday) Christmas Eve: 4pm Blessing of the Crib Service and 11pm Midnight Mass
25 December (Wednesday) Christmas Day: 8am Holy Communion & 10am Christmas Choral Eucharist.
Westminster Abbey have written to thank us for our donation of £270, the result of our pilgrimage there earlier in November.