Vicar's update 12th MaySteve Newbold1

I hope you are enjoying our Sunday Services – St Stephen’s Online.  From next Sunday we will be following the 11am service with a catch up time via Zoom.  We will start together and then divide into smaller groups so that we can chat more easily to each other.  We’ll have a short break after the service to allow you time to grab a drink then come along – 11.40 – 12.00 each Sunday and stay for as long or as little as you can.  I will send out the access code nearer the time.
 
Our own Grove Team have been asked by Ealing Council to run a Relief Centre based at Greenford Hall.  They will be serving at least 500 people a week are currently not on the governments 'shielded group' but are still very much in need of food due to financial cuts, losses in jobs and changes in benefits.   You can help in one of 3 ways:

  1. Collect and donate items such as tinned beans, fresh or tinned fruit, rice, pasta, potatoes, carrots, onions, eggs, toilet roll bath products. Deliveries can be dropped at Greenford Hall, Ruislip Rd, Greenford, UB6 9QN between 10:00am - 1:00pm on both Tuesday and Fridays.
  2. Donate carrier bags, boxes and crates, to send out food parcels
  3. Pray that the centre works in an efficient way, the right supplies are sourced and those in need get the food that they need. Also pray that the needs would decrease and not increase. 

Shining Stars Online continues on Tuesday at 11am on our Facebook page – if you have very young children do join in for a short time of singing, stories and prayer. 
 
On Wednesday we will continue to pray against the spread of the Coronavirus 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 the St Stephen’s Facebook page. 
 
Don’t forget: send your lockdown good news stories to Charlie Lambert charlottelambert1991@gmail.com and draw pictures for our church noticeboard (or get your children to draw them) and deliver them to the vicarage.  Children could also make cards for members of our church shielding at home/in residential homes which would be a lovely way of encouraging them – contact caroline@ststephens-ealing.org for details.
 
Take care, keep well and have a good week.

Steve