The countdown to Christmas starts!
Our annual Christmas Bazaar drew hundreds of people of all ages. Curate Andrew Dand once again fascinated children, adults, MPs and local councillors with his magic....and Puppets and Praises told the Christmas Story in a magical way. The free children's area, with a magical grotto for Father Christmas and face paints. was once again very popular, as were home made sweets, Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings. And Father Christmas was rescued from the wicked witch from Questors' Dick Whittington!
MPs Rupa Huq and Steve Pound were delighted to support this event, which raised an amazing £4,000 for two local charities connected with St Stephen's: Ealing Christians Against Poverty, who provide debt counselling services for people in debt, of any faith or none. They help create a budget for the client and renegotiate affordable repayments, and they also run budgetting courses and Job clubs. And Ealing Soup Kitchen, where hot meals are served every weekend, with a 'hub' on Fridays as well, and those in need are helped to find housing or address other challenges.
Steve Newbold, vicar, reflected on the day - "we just love to connect with everyone in our community on days like this and the fete we held in Cleveland Park earlier in the year. We would very much love to invite everyone to one of our carol services (Sunday 20th Dec 4.30pm or 6.30 pm) or to the Carols with Nativity and Christingle Service at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve, where children are invited to turn up as an angel or shepherd if they wish. It's very easy to be overwhelmed with preparations for Christmas so we like to provide a place for everyone to relax, hear the traditional Christmas story and enjoy familiar Christmas carols."