Weekly Update - stamps

Lent Sermons
During Lent our Sunday sermons will take us through the statements that we say in The Creed to help us all grow in our faith and trust in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.  We start off on 6th March with ‘I believe in God the Father’.
 
Visiting Preachers
Do make sure you are present to hear our Archdeacon Catherine preach on Sunday 13th March and former member of St Stephens, Revd Urmila Kurkalang preach on Sunday 20th March.
  
George Dunkley
Many of us will remember George Dunkley who died in April 2020.  Because of Covid restrictions only a few people could attend his funeral so Alison and Shaun are now arranging a Memorial Service at St Stephen’s on Saturday 2nd April at 12noon.  All are welcome to attend.
 
AGM and Electoral Roll
This year our Annual Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 15th May at 6:30pm. 

Our Electoral Roll (ER) will also be open for applications. The ER is a register of our voting members. This means those qualified to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting or stand for the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  You can apply to join any time until Sunday 17th April. Any application received after 17th April will not be accepted. In order to qualify for the ER you must meet certain requirements which you can read about on the application form here. If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Clergy or Morgen Edwards our Electoral Roll Officer. If you have already joined the Electoral Roll you do not need to sign up again.
 
Lent Appeals
During Lent, we ask that you consider donating to our chosen appeals. This year we are supporting the Bishop of London's Appeal for three Christian charities working in different ways to support the growing number of people suffering from mental health problems. Demand grows as the pandemic has dragged on and statutory services have been overwhelmed. See our leaflets for more information. 

We are also supporting the residents of the Marylebone Project, who care for women made homeless as they flee domestic violence, trafficking or severe mental health and family breakdown. £5 will fund a Real Easter Egg which comes with the story of the first Easter. See the Traidcraft Stall for more information You can donate to either appeal here or or via our card machine at church on Sundays.
 
Card Donations
You may have noticed the new Card Giving station on the table as you come into church on a Sunday.  This is ‘self-service’ and you can make a donation either to church or, when running, to one of our Appeals.  You will be able to make a gift aid declaration (if you can), and if you do and if you use the same card again for future donations it will remember this. You can also ask for a receipt to be emailed to you.  Any queries to Jane Maffett.
 
Traidcraft Stall
This Sunday, 6th March, marks the end of Fairtrade Fortnight. The stall will be open during Café and you can see our new expanded range of products. Support Fairtrade Farmers as they learn new ways to combat Climate Change and grow organically to protect the environment and produce lovely food items that will give them sustainable living conditions such as clean water, toilets, and help with education.
 
Big Clean/Odd Job Morning
Our next big clean up and odd job morning will be on Saturday 9th April - last time lots of people came along to help out and we’d love to have a good turnout again to get the building spruced up for the spring. 
 
Sponsor Caroline Newbold
Caroline is going to wear the same 10 items of clothing for the whole of March!  She is taking part in Tear Fund's Great Fashion Fast which aims to raise money for Tear Fund whilst highlighting the negative effect of 'Fast Fashion' on the world's poorest communities.  More details and an opportunity to sponsor Caroline here.
 
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
Ruislip Road East to railway bridge
Argyle Close
Brentside Close
Crossway
Peal Gardens
 
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.