Vicar's update 6th JulySteve Newbold1

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend.
 
Yesterday at St Stephen’s Online, we thought about the fruit of kindness and goodness and I encouraged everyone to undertake acts of random kindness during this week.  Thank you to those who have already let me know what you have done – do keep the random acts going and do email me with your stories.
 
Tomorrow, Tuesday we have our monthly Prayer Meeting at 8pm.  This will take place on Zoom and if you want the log in details please contact Caroline Newbold.
 
A reminder that we are now able to go back into Church and will be holding our first service of Holy Communion at 9am service on Sunday 12th July.  Thank you to those who have indicated that they wish to attend.  If you would like to come but haven’t yet let me know, please email me as social distancing measures mean that we have a limited number of places available.   There will not be a 10.30am service until at least September but St Stephen’s Online remains each week at 11am.   On Sunday, we continue to look at the Fruit of the Spirit - this week faithfulness.
 
I know many of you have appreciated the daily Thought for the Day – thank you to Morgen Edwards and Caroline Newbold for making it happen and for those who have contributed.  It was designed as an encouragement to church members during the time when we couldn’t see each other but as the lockdown is now gradually easing we will be discontinuing the daily Thoughts at the end of this month.  In the meantime if you have not written one and would like to, Caroline would be pleased to hear from you – write to her.
 
Thank you to those who are contributing to the Ealing Foodbank - I attach the latest shopping list of needs.  Items can be dropped off in most of the main supermarkets in the area - or at Church from this Sunday.

Charlie Lambert plans to put together a booklet of good news stories from the period of lockdown - it would be good to hold on to the positive things that have happened and make them known to others. Contributions should a maximum of 350 to 400 words and sent direct to Charlie Lambert - charlilambert2021@gmail.com by 31st July. The booklet is primarily intended for members of the congregation but may be seen by a wider audience.  With this in mind please make it clear whether you want your name to appear with your contribution or not. 
 
This week you can join in online:

  • Tuesday at 9am Morning Prayer on Zoom (ask for joining details)
  • Tuesday at 11am Shining Stars on our Facebook page
  • Tuesday at 8pm First Tuesday Prayers on Zoom (ask for joining details)
  • Wednesday at 9pm Night Prayer on our Facebook page
  • Sunday at 11am St Stephen’s Online – join via the link on the Church website, Facebook or You Tube on your Smart TV. Take care, keep well and have a good week

Steve