Vicar's update 27th AprilSteve Newbold1

Although we can’t be together physically at the moment, it is great that we can still be a church community and we have quite a few things going on this week.
 
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Shining Stars continues at 11am on our Facebook page – do join in for a short time of singing, stories and prayer.
 
On Wednesday (29th) we will continue to pray against the spread of the Cornavirus and urge you to take part in our weekly day of prayer and fasting.  You can join however you choose and then come together for Night Prayer at 9pm –live on the St Stephen’s Facebook page.

On Friday (1st May) we have our St Stephen's fun Lockdown Quiz.  The Zoom 'door' will open at 7.45pm and the quiz will start at 8pm, so grab and pencil and paper and make sure you’re there before 8. Try to wear something colourful so our screens are vibrant!  Play as an individual, a household, or a small group of friends (e.g. your Connect Group) - max team size 4 (if you are involving others you will need to work out a creative way of consulting each other).

Please contact the office if you would like the details for the Zoom room.

If you are not used to zooming, ask a friend to help - or Jane Maffett is running 2 'have a go' sessions on Thursday 2-2.30pm or 8-8.30pm, do email her on jane@ststephens-ealing.org for more details! 

On Saturday (2nd May) at 4pm we are launching 'Families at Four' a 30 minute online session of fun and worship for families of primary school age children.  Sam Sanya and family will be running the session and plans to repeat it during the lockdown.  We are hopeful that a Saturday afternoon will work for most families as it avoids home-schooling and most parents’ work commitments.  Get the family together – again live on St Stephen’s Facebook page.

A reminder that we would love some original artwork on a Biblical theme for our church noticeboard, any age may contribute – bring your pictures to the vicarage.  A3 size and portrait orientation works best.

On Sunday (3rd May) at 9am we will again have Communion– we intend to do this monthly.  The liturgy is attached and you are welcome to join in and provide your own bread and wine.  At 11am we have our usual whole church service St Stephen’s Online this week with an all age feel.
 
I will be making a drop off to the Ealing Foodbank on Wednesday lunchtime.  If you would like to add any gifts do leave them on my doorstep before then and I will take them with me.
 
Finally, a reminder that whilst the Church building is closed you can still give financially.  Many of us already do so by monthly Standing Order and we are very grateful for your ongoing commitment.  If you are used to giving in other ways you can do so safely and securely via the Church website here.
 
Take care, keep well and have a good week.

Steve