Vicar's update 18th MaySteve Newbold1

Watching and participating in our online services is a great way of keeping connected in this time when we can’t meet together in person.  I hope you are enjoying our regular Sunday Service – St Stephen’s Online and do apologise for the various technical problems that we experienced yesterday.    We now have a link to all past online services on our website so you can catch up if you have missed any – click here.  
This week for the first time we had a virtual Cafe time by Zoom after St Stephen’s Online and it was wonderful to see and hear members of the church family and be able to chat.  We will repeat this each Sunday - the meeting ID is unchanged so keep hold of the details sent out on Saturday.
This week we begin the season called Thy Kingdom Come.  This is the time between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday when we pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for our family and friends to come to faith in Jesus.  To help us meet together to pray and to be community we have arranged a number of additional online events.   This is a time when we all need to be praying for God to come in his power so do join when you can:

  • Thursday 21st, Morning Prayer on Zoom at 9am.
  • Saturday 23rd Families at Four on Facebook at 4pm
  • Tuesday 26th, Morning Prayer on Zoom at 9am.
  • Wednesday 27th Night Prayer on Facebook  at 9pm
  • Thurs 28th May Morning Prayer on Zoom at 9am.
  • Friday 29th Quiz Night on Zoom at 7.30pm
  • Saturday 30th Worship Online on Facebook at 4pm

All week – Prayer Walk either in person or online (details to follow). 

Note: if you want to join in Morning Prayer please email me and I will send you the liturgy and Zoom entry code.
In addition, the Diocese of London have arranged an online Thy Kingdom Come 24/7 Prayer space and you can take part and book an hours slot here.
Each year we produce an Annual Review Booklet to report on all that has happened in the past year.  This is now available on our website here.  Thanks to Morgen Edwards and Mary Ann Auckland for their hard work in preparing this excellent review.
Our daily Thought for the Day is now placed on its own page on our Church website – you can find it here
Other key times this week are:
Tuesday (19th) at 11am Shining Stars continues on our Facebook page – if you have very young children do join in for a short time of singing, stories and prayer.  
Wednesday (20th) our weekly day of prayer and fasting against the Coronavirus continues and ends with Night Prayer at 9pm –live the St Stephen’s Facebook page. 
Saturday (23rd) at 4pm families with primary school children are again invited to Families at Four on Facebook as the Sanya family lead us in song, prayer and a short thought. Take care, keep well and have a good week