Weekly Update - stamps


Lent Sermons
During Lent our Sunday morning teaching will chart a course through the book of Hebrews as we look at how God has revealed himself and saved us in the person of Jesus. Join us at our Sunday Livestream each week  at 11am.
 
Lent Appeals
We are supporting the London Diocesan Lent Appeal 2021 Challenging Youth Violence. Money raised will support the work of three charities working with young people who have been touched by violence, whether as a victim, perpetrator or witness to a violent attack. We are also donating Easter Eggs to the Marylebone Project for homeless women as we have done in past years. See our website for more information about these appeals and how to donate. 
 
Lent Activities
We have some great activities for you for the Lent period. Check out our website here. The page will be updated periodically through out lent. 
 
Amit Sehgal
Sadly, Amit Sehgal, husband of Janet, died on 8th February '21 with Covid-19 and an underlying Brain Tumour. Please pray for Janet and the wider family and friends as this sad time.
 
Fairtrade Fortnight
Starts 22nd February. The focus this year is on how the Climate Crisis is affecting the farmers growing coffee, cocoa and other crops especially in Central America, and how these matters of social justice as well as science can be managed with Fairtrade. Consider making a switch from your usual brand to one or more Fairtrade products. All supermarkets sell a range of Fairtrade Products. You can check the Fairtrade website (www.traidcraftshop.co.uk) for a great range of store cupboard essentials and some new items - such as Natural Olive Oil Soap from Nablus, Palestine. Est. 1611 - organic and plastic free. It's gorgeous.
 
People and Planet
We meet next on Zoom, 2pm Sunday 28th February, to explore more about Fairtrade Fortnight - a film, a quiz and more information about coffee growers in Peru and how Fairtrade can help them through Climate Changes. All welcome. Contact Sue Charlton for the code
 
Show the Love
Show the Love (continues to 21 Feb) is an annual celebration of the things we care about in the natural world and want to save from the worst impacts of climate change. A booklet written by Enid Barron and Sue Charlton is available on our website.
 
Foodbank
Ealing Foodbank is looking for a Deputy Manager on a paid fixed term contact to cover maternity leave. The successful applicant will have a passion to help those who find themselves in food crisis, share our vision to work for a future where foodbanks are not needed and have excellent admin skills. Details here.
 
Youth Update
from Beth Skelton, Youth Pastor
Every week we have sessions for those who are (Y7-10) on Sundays at 4pm and Wednesdays for those (Y11-13) at 7pm, at the moment these are on Zoom. Every four weeks both groups come together for a social activity session, previously we did an ‘Among us’ night (an online gaming app) which was a lot of fun! The last lockdown (November) we did a hot chocolate party.  I took a pack round to all the young people and we played games and drank hot chocolate on Zoom!
 
We also have mentoring available for those in the older group. Everyone in that category has a mentor from the youth team, to help us get to know the young people better and for them to just chat about anything they want to. They meet at least once a month with their mentors.
 
Please do pray for us
For parents.
For school online.
For more volunteers to come forward to help us.
For the mental health of our young people.
 
Our Trails
You will have seen our 'Winter's Trail' to add a bit of fun to your daily walk (route and answers on our website). We are now seeking volunteers in the parish to offer their windows for a Noah's Ark Trail for children in March. All you need is a window or a poster and ideally 2 of any kind of furry animal (though we can provide these if you don't have them) - email Jane at events@ststephens-ealing.org if you can help.
 
Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.