Vicar's Update

Monday 24th January 2022

I hope you are keeping well.
Yesterday we continued our new sermon series looking at the big themes of the Bible and how they relate to our lives.    Mark Tate’s powerful talk was titled Exodus and Freedom and looked at how Jesus offers freedom from the circumstances and anxieties that can hold us back. You can catch up again here. Next week Enid Barron will be speaking about Exile and Peace and exploring how we can experience peace through the storms of life and to trust God’s purposes for us all.
As you know the Government’s Plan B restrictions are lifted from Thursday 27th and it will then no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship. So, from next Sunday we will return to the guidance that we issued in the early autumn – that is we encourage you to wear a face covering when singing and when moving around groups of people but you are free not to do so at other times.
We have now re-advertised the post of Worship Pastor.  Please do help us to make this as widely known as possible by sharing the link and ‘liking’ or re-posting on social media.  It really can help to spread the word.  Details are available here.
It is good that more people are staying after the 9am or coming early before the 10.30am for our Café.  Please do try to remember to bring your own re-useable cup so that we can avoid unnecessary use of the compostable cups.
Please do pray for our new Bishop, Lusa who will be consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday (25th), Caroline and I will be attending the service.  We hope that Bishop Lusa will be able to visit St Stephen’s later in the year.
Alpha online starts on Thursday (27th) at 7.45pm. Perhaps you have thought about doing Alpha but never got round to it, this might be a good opportunity.  Contact to register or for more information.
Looking ahead, our next monthly Prayer Meeting will be on Tuesday 1st February at 8pm and the Church Council meet on Monday 7th February.
Have a good week.