Weekly Update - stamps

Church Council
The Church Council met on Monday 7th February.  The main item of business was to agree a plan for the redesign and extension of the front entrance.  The Architect had prepared 4 options and the Church Council voted overwhelmingly to proceed with the option to extend the entrance forwards and to replace the existing flat roof with a vaulted roof with glazed panels.  The Architect will now prepare more detailed plans which we will be able to share with the wider church.  In case you are unaware, this project is to be funded by a generous grant from the St Luke’s Trust.  
 
Bible Society
Are you looking for something to inspire 7- to 11-year-olds with a love for Scripture and a way to share it? Joining Rooted Juniors will give them three subscription boxes a year, plus a free Welcome box, packed with bespoke resources to take them on a journey through God’s word.
 
Books
Lent begins on Wednesday 2nd March and many find it helpful to read something different during this time. There are a lot of new books published to help us on our journey towards Easter; they range from ‘Embracing Justice’ by Isabelle Hamley (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book) to daily devotional readings, like ‘All’s well that ends well’ by Pete Graystone (the ’liveliest’ newcomer). These books are available online or you could visit Perivale Christian Bookshop. If you have any questions, you could try asking Sally Horattides, who may be able to help with recommendations. 
 
Don't forget there is a book trolley available in the Church Centre each week with a great selection of books you can borrow, including a few Lent books published in previous years.
 
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
We welcome Janet Wilkinson from CSW this Sunday 20th February, who will share news at both our morning services. St. Stephen's has regularly given financial support from our tithe for many years now. CSW work with advocacy, prayer and personal support for those imprisoned or denied rights simply for practicing their faith. Do come in person or log on to services on Sunday to hear how we can all be involved, and give thanks that we can do so without fear of incrimination here in UK.
 
Fairtrade Fortnight 21 Feb - 6 March
Did you know that Fairtrade Farmers mainly grow organically? Mainly farming close to the rainforest belt of the world, they are at the forefront of Climate Changes producing our favourite foods and drinks - eg tea, coffee, cocoa, bananas and pineapples. Fairtrade offers sustainable payments for goods grown in ways that limit further damage to the planet. This Fairtrade Fortnight, do try a Fairtrade product new to you, and enjoy!
 
Special Guests
A reminder of some special guests who will be coming to St Stephen’s this Spring. On Sunday 13th March, we will be welcoming our Archdeacon Catherine Pickford and on Sunday 20th March, former member of St Stephen’s the Revd Urmila Kurkalang.  They will be speaking at both morning services. And then on Sunday 8th May our new Bishop Lusa will join us as he begins to get to know the area.  
 
Confirmations
We are hoping that whilst Bishop Lusa is with us, on 8th May, he will be able to confirm those who wish. So, if you are not yet confirmed but are baptised, a regular worshipper at St Stephen’s and now wish to make a public commitment to Jesus through Confirmation, please do speak to Steve Newbold or Caroline Newbold by the end of this month. 
 
Parish Prayer
These are the streets in our parish we are praying for this fortnight – please do pray for all who live there and for people to come to know Jesus
The Avenue
Sutherland Avenue
Colebrooke Avenue
College Road
Dominion House and Sinclair House ( The Avenue - flats behind Drayton Pub)
 
Prayer for the Week
Almighty God,
give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.