There's a lot of news this week - so please do read to the end!
Yesterday we started a new sermon series for Lent looking at the statements of faith in the Creed. Caroline and I talked at the 9am and 10.30am services about the how God the Father shows his love for us by giving us the choice to follow him but always welcoming us back if we stray. If you missed out you can catch up with our All Age Service here.
Next Sunday (13th) we are looking forward to having our Archdeacon Catherine join us for both services and she will be continuing our Lent sermon series by looking at what it means to say that We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. An Archdeacon shares oversight of the Area with the Bishop so we are honoured to have her coming to us - please make a special effort to be in church to welcome her!
Every Wednesday during Lent we hold Stations of the Cross at 8pm on Zoom. This service of Bible readings, prayers and meditation on pictures is a way of observing Lent and preparing for Easter. Zoom log in details are on the St Stephen’s app or you can ask me.
Our Lent appeal will be supporting 3 charities working with those with mental health issues (see details here). We are also collecting to buy Easter Eggs for women at the Marylebone Project. You can give by card at church on the touch screen or via our website here. You can also give cash by using a yellow gift aid envelope.
Caroline Newbold is wearing the same 10 items of clothing for the whole of March to raise money for Tearfund. Unfortunately the link in the church update didn't work so for more information and how to sponsor her please click here.
Obviously the situation in Ukraine dominates our new bulletins and I am sure our prayers. Some people have asked how they can get involved in supporting those in need. Here are three practical suggestions:
1. Give financially to the Disasters Emergency Committee this includes a number of Christian mission agencies including Christian Aid, Tearfund and World Vision.
2. Some local people are making collections of (good quality) clothes, blankets etc to take directly to refugees. You can find details on local Facebook groups.
3. Take part in a protest either at the Russian Embassy or on an organised march in London.
However you decide to get involved, please do keep on praying as we believe in a God of miracles who changes things.
With my prayers for a safe and good week.