Vicar's update 14th AprilSteve Newbold1

Alleluia Christ is Risen
 

Easter Day may be over but the season of Easter goes on.  Easter reminds us that Jesus has conquered suffering, sickness and even death itself.  Let’s hold onto that truth as we journey on through the uncertainty of these days.
 
One of the most important things we can do is to pray against the spread of the Cornavirus.  So that we can do this together, we continue to call St Stephen’s to a weekly day of prayer and fasting each Wednesday.  We have a God of miracles and our cry is that he would come and stop this virus in its tracks.  Do join us in praying and fasting (in whatever way you choose) on Wednesday and if you can come together for Night Prayer at 9pm – find it live on Facebook (just ‘like’ the St Stephen’s Group page).  The liturgy for the next few weeks is attached if you want to print it off to join in.
 
Some of you are used to making a cash or cheque offering when you come to church.  As we are not meeting on Sundays, we have improved the ability to give on line via our website - it is safe and secure so do click here if you would like to 

  • make an on line donation by card, instead of your regular Sunday pledge donation, or as an extra gift
  • make an on line donation by card for the Lent Appeal
  • set up a regular standing order, with or without gift aid

We have been trying hard to keep in contact with our church family but if you know of anyone who is unwell or in need of shopping please do let  one of the clergy know.  Also, if you are unwell yourself we would love to pray for you – please keep in touch. 

The funeral of George Dunkley is at 4pm on Friday (17th).  Due to the current restrictions only immediate family are allowed to attend but the service is to be live-streamed.  If you want to share in the service as it takes place do let me know and I will send you the log in details.
 
The Marylebone Project have thanked us for the donation of Easter Eggs which we were able to deliver just before the lockdown started.  Please do pray for the work of the Marylebone Project who, like all residential units, are struggling at this difficult time. 
 
Finally, a reminder that Spring Harvest is now available free and at home this year.  There are things for all the family – all age services and activities, talks, interviews and worship.  It’s available now on YouTube here - all you need to do is to click on “subscribe”. 

Have a good week

Steve