Vicar's update 20th JulySteve Newbold1

I hope you are well and have had a good weekend.
 
In order to comply with data protection legislation we have had to slightly amend the bookings system for the 9am service of Holy Communion.  In future each person will need to book individually and indicate if they are willing for their contact details to feed into the ‘track and trace’ system should that prove necessary (please do state if you wish to sit with people from you own household). The booking form is here (with a link at the bottom of the page) and will go live each Sunday from 10am and close the following Saturday at 12noon.
 
St Stephen’s Online continues to take place at 11am every Sunday and is followed by our Zoom Café catch up. 

We start a new sermon series this week looking at some of great but perhaps less well known characters found in Scripture.
 
This evening we are starting the selection process for a new Youth Pastor and seeing 3 candidates this week.  Please pray for wisdom as decisions are made.
 
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
         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. 

Some of us were due to go to New Wine next week but instead we can all take part in the New Wine at home weekend (United Breaks Out) from 30th July to 3rd August.  The full details of the programme are here. There is something for everyone, children and youth groups, seminars, worship and teaching and Archbishop Justin will be speaking on Sunday 2nd August.  If you are around do dip in. 
 
Our next online Quiz Night is on Friday 31st July.  These are always fun evenings so do save the date - more details next week.
 
I am sure you will have heard of the plans to redevelop the corner of Manor Road with a massive twenty storey tower block that would have another thirteen storey tower on the side.  Also,at Gurnell there are plans to build several towers up to seventeen stories high.  Local residents groups have joined together to inform people about the scale, density and lack of amenity of the proposals.  For more information and ‘How to object’ guides – please see www.stopthetowers.org and http://savegurnell.org.uk/index.html.
 
Take care, keep well and have a good week

Steve