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 week on Thursday (29th September) we celebrate St Michael & All Angels also known as Michaelmas.
Angels are not something that we in the Church of England have recently given much thought to. This seems a pity, really, since in the Bible they are quite important heavenly beings. Jesus Christ is surrounded by angels at some of the most important points: They announce his incarnation (Matthew 1,20&24) and his birth (Luke 2,9-15). They minister to him in the desert (Matthew 4,11), they strengthen him in his agony (Luke 22,43), they would be ready to defend him when he is captured (Matthew 26,53), and they are the first witnesses to his resurrection (Matthew 28,2-7 & John 20,12ff). In the Old Testament they are there at the heart of the struggle between good and evil, and in the Book of Revelation St Michael fights against evil and the angels provide the choir for the proper worship of God. Angels reflect something of the awesome glory of God and their force is a force towards the good. They are not the harmless cherubs with wings we sometimes see depicted in well-wishing Christmas cards or in Bavarian and Italian baroque decorations. Indeed whenever we encounter them in the Bible we are instructed not to be afraid. In our church there is a sculpture of one standing half way up every pillar, and an effective photograph of these adorns the cover of Michael Goodman’s book. Angels come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes we are told that we might be ‘entertaining angels unawares’. It is those hardly noticeable angels, which we are most likely to encounter in our daily lives: messengers from God in unlikely situations. It may be an encounter with a person who gives us courage or who radiates warmth and the love of God, it may be in an event in our lives where we might have felt the presence of a guardian angel.
After the 10am parish service, please stay for tea and coffee in the hall.
Services Sunday, 25th September
8am: Holy Communion (BCP – 1662) – Sermon: The Curate
10am: Choral Eucharist with Footsteps for children Sermon: The Revd Professor Teresa Morgan, broadcaster, professor of ancient history and theologian, Oxford University.
Music and hymns:
Processional hymn. 409 Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem
Gloria. David Thorne Mass of St Thomas
Gradual hymn. 391 Blest are the pure in heart
Offertory Hymn. 475 Immortal love for ever full
Setting. Franz Schubert Mass in G
Anthem. Anton Bruckner Locus iste
Recessional. Hymn 563 Rejoice! The Lord is King
Services & events in church during the week
Monday to Friday:8.30am Silent prayer followed by 8.45am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 9.45am Holy Eucharist
Friday. 10.30 London Prep, Pre Prep Harvest Service(Gallery Road)
Services Sunday, 2nd October HARVEST FESTIVAL
8am: Holy Communion (BCP 1662) Sermon: The Vicar
10am: All Age Choral Eucharist with Footsteps Holy Baptisms (Lewis Ssozi and Sophie Moore. Talk: The Vicar
Harvest Festival Sunday 2nd October – next Sunday we will be collecting gifts of non-perishable foods at this service which will be distributed to refugees at the Copleston Centre. Do bring along what you can for this good cause.
Barn Dance in the Church Hall Saturday 15th October 7.30pm to 10pm, this is organised by Maria Branchini and the St Stephen’s Social Committee tickets £5 (£3 for juniors – minimum age 8 years) – more information from Maria Branchini 020 8699 3078.
Next Out and About Club outing to ‘MISS SAIGON’ on Sunday, 16th October – a special screening of the musical Miss Saigon at the East Dulwich Picture House, followed by a light early supper at “POMODORO” on Gipsy Road, finishing around 6.45 or 7pm.
•Payment £20 cash or cheque to:St Stephen’s Church – 11.30am on Sunday, 2nd October or 11.30am on Sunday, 9th October (cash only)
•Kingswood Community Shop – 12.00 to 12.15 on Wednesday,14th or 2.00 to 2.15pm on Thursday,15th September, or 12.00 – 12.15 on Friday, 7th October (cash only)
•post a cheque to 4 Danecroft Road, London SE24 9NZ by 4th October. Cheques payable to: “St Stephen’s Church Out and About Club”.
A new history of the Dulwich Village Almshouses written by Brian Green and Catrin Waugh on the occasion of their 400th anniversary is now available to download free http://dulwichalmshousecharity.org.uk/about/400th-anniversary
On this website you can also discover the qualifying criteria for those wishing to apply to reside at our almshouses.
Advance notice:St Stephen’s Quiz Night – with fish and chip supper Saturday 19th November 7pm.