Vicar's update 8th JuneSteve Newbold1

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend.
 
You will have heard that the Government are planning to allow church buildings to reopen in a limited way from 15th June.  If this goes ahead it will be with very strict conditions and only for individuals to enter a building to pray on their own – not for services.  As I explained in last weeks mailing, St Stephen’s, along with most of the Anglican churches in the Ealing Deanery, are not going to be doing this unless and until we can be certain that it is safe to do so.   We look forward, however, to the day when we can once again hold a worship service in our building.  Until then, all our services, activities and gatherings remain online.
 
Can you continue to help others through this particularly challenging time?  The Ealing Foodbank continue to need our support and have particular needs this month (see attached flyer of need).  Please note pasta is NOT needed!  You can drop your items off at local supermarkets or direct on a Wednesday (10am to 4pm ) at the warehouse in St Mellitus Hall, Hanwell, W7 3BA.   The Grove Community running the Greenford Hub on behalf of Ealing Council, would also welcome donations of food, toiletries and strong carrier bags at the Greenford Hall on a Tuesday and Friday morning.
 
Thank you to all who are continuing to support St Stephen’s financially – we are grateful for your giving. Most of us give by a regular standing order – if you would like to start one let me know and I can put you in touch with our Giving Coordinators.  If you usually give by cash or cheque or want to make an additional gift you can give securely online (see our website) or even put your offering in a sealed envelope through my letterbox and I will pass it to our counters.
 
This week you can join in online:
         Tuesday at 11am Shining Stars, on our Facebook page
         Wednesday is our weekly day of fasting and prayer concluding with Night Prayer at 9pm, on our Facebook page.
         Sunday at 11am is St Stephens Online via our website where we continue exploring the fruit of the Spirit – this week joy. 

Take care, keep well and have a good week

Steve