Vicar's update 9th Nov 
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It was wonderful to welcome a number of visitors to yesterday's Remembrance services.  Please do take the time to say hello and speak to people you don't recognise on a Sunday morning – it can really make a difference.
 
Thank you to everyone who has returned their giving pledges for 2016 – we are really grateful to you all and hope to announce the total pledged shortly.  If you are still to return your pledge can you please do so this week direct to Jen and Andrew Whadcoat, to the Church Office or simply pop through my door and I will pass it on.
 
There are some important things happening this weekend in addition to our usual services.  On Saturday we are joining with a number of other churches to run the Alpha Holy Spirit Day.  Please pray for all those who are participating and those leading.  Pray that people would come to faith and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Also, this weekend is the national Youthwork Conference in Swindon which will be attended by some of our own youth leaders – please pray for them that they would come back inspired and with fresh vision and excitement. 
 
On Sunday afternoon we are holding an exploratory session for the next Growing Leaders course.  This will be in church from 4.30pm – 6pm with tea available from 4.15pm.   Do come if you might be interested or simply want to know more.  Then on Sunday evening we hold Open to God at 7.30pm.  Last time over 30 of us met and enjoyed an extended time of sung worship, teaching and ministry.   It’s a great time to enjoy God’s presence at the end of the weekend – why not give it a try.

The Christmas Bazaar is fast approaching and provides a great opportunity to come together as a Church and raise funds for Ealing Soup Kitchen and Ealing Christians against Poverty.  Please sign up in church to get involved or contact Sue Charlton who will point you in the right direction.
 
Finally, I have been approached by Ealing Council to seek volunteers (over 18) to become Energy Champions who will be trained to deliver energy efficiency in-home visits.  The visits will be a mixture of in-home energy advice, the installation of small measures and additional relevant advice.  Interested – let me know and I can pass on more details.
 
Have a good week.
  
With my love
 
Steve

Steve Newbold
vicar@ststephens-ealing.org