Vicar's update 13th Oct Steve4to5-3244373775-O

I have been struck since my return last month how our Sunday morning services are developing as places of worship and encounter with God.  This is particularly noticeable at the 10.30 service and I pray that we will continue to step into worship with expectant hearts and worship with Jesus with all that he has given to us.
 
This coming Sunday at 7.30pm sees the second of our new Open to God meetings.  These provide an opportunity to soak in God’s presence through extended sung worship, teaching and ministry. We’d love to see you.  
 
On Saturday (17th)  we are holding a Women's Breakfast.  Jo Swinney is speaking about Meeting with God in a Busy World.  There’s still time to sign up – just contact Caroline Newbold (caroline@ststephens-ealing.org). A donation of £5 per head will be appreciated to cover costs. 
 
Half Term is coming up and at the end of the week we are holding our children’s Light Party for families with children aged 5-11.  Increasingly others are ‘celebrating’ Halloween but we want to offer a much more positive alternative. Instead of allowing children to dress up to scare and upset people and celebrate evil things bring them to a joyful party on Saturday 31st October 5.30pm – 7.30pm.  You can sign up on the church website.
 
Andrew Dixon has accepted another invitation to visit St Francis Mission Hospital in rural eastern Zambia from 5th September 2016.  The mission team will be visiting Christian projects in villages around the hospital, giving support to those in need and also with some practical work at the hospital.  If you might be interested in joining the team do contact Andrew Dixon to find out more.
 
Finally, huge congratulations to Enid Barron who has been elected to the General Synod. General Synod is like a Parliament for the Church of England where important decisions are made. Do pray for Enid as she takes on this important work.
 
As ever there’s lots going on – do be a part of it all as we seek to build God’s Kingdom in this place.
 
With my love

Steve