Services this Sunday
8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) Sermon: Revd Peter Westwood
10am Sung Eucharist – Fr John Prichard, Vicar of St John’s Upper Norwood
Music for this service
Processional hymn 499 Lift high the cross (omit starred verses)
Gradual hymn 174 (Carlisle) Breathe on me, Breath of God
Offertory Hymn 100 Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
Recessional Hymn 122 The royal banners forward go (tune 2)
Services this week
9.45am Holy Eucharist followed by Stations of the Cross
Services next Sunday 14 April – Palm Sunday & Holy Week
8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) with the reading of the St Mathew Passion
10am Palm Sunday Procession lead by a donkey & Holy Eucharist with a dramatic reading of the Passion according to St Luke – For the procession we meet at 10am in the parade of Shops in Sealy Drive on the Kingswood Estate.
Maundy Thursday – 18 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 but please sign the list at the back if you want supper.
Good Friday – 19 April: 2pm Good Friday Liturgy with choir, sermon and Veneration of the Cross
Easter Sunday – 21 April: 5.45am Dawn Service: Vigil of readings, the lighting of the Easter fire, the blessing of the Easter Candle and the first Communion of Easter. Followed by breakfast. 8am Holy Communion (BCP – 1662). 10am Choral Eucharist for Easter Day.
The Vicar is looking to put together a small group of helpers for Christian Aid Week (12 to 19 May). It is planned that we will be holding Christian Aid Collections at Sydenham Hill Station between 7.30am and 9am every morning during that week. We need at least two volunteers for each morning. Please speak to the Vicar o to our Reader Trot Lavelle if you would like to help with this.
St Stephen’s LENT APPEAL – our Lent appeal this year will go towards the Kingswood Community Shop, especially the teaching of English as a second language. There is a leaflet with some more information.
St Stephen’s Young Musician of the Year competition will be held on Sunday afternoon 12 May this year. Please pick up a leaflet and distribute to families with young musicians.
Out and About Club outing to the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley is planned for Wednesday 22 May.
Our Annual Parochial Church meeting
This will be held on the Sunday after Easter (28 April 2019) at 11.30am. At this meeting elections are held for Churchwardens and PCC members as well as Sidespeople. We will also receive and discuss annual reports and the accounts for the year 2018. Copies of the accounts as well as our newly created Church Electoral Roll are available at the back of the church. Nomination papers for elections are also posted at the back of the Church.
A couple of vacancies have occurred on the PCC. If you would like to get more involved with the running of St. Stephen’s, please do complete one of the nomination forms on the notice board at the back of the church. It involves about 10 meetings a year and gives a fascinating insight as to what it takes to care for our lovely building and the people who use it. For more information, please do talk to Bernhard, Trot, Sandra, Irene or any current member of the PCC.