Weekly Update - stamps

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 leaflet 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.
 
Visiting Preachers
Next week on Sunday 20th March we welcome former member of St Stephens, Revd Urmila Kurkalang to preach at both morning services.
 
Baptism
On Mothering Sunday, 27th March, during our All Age service we will be welcoming Josh Tate into the family of Christ as he takes the wonderful step of being baptised by full immersion. Do come along and support him
 
Church Electoral Roll
The Church Electoral Roll is being revised for the Annual Church Meeting. Only those on the Electoral Roll can vote at the Annual Meeting. If you are not on the Roll please consider joining (you need to be over 16, baptised and either live in the parish or have worshipped here for at least 6 months). Application forms are available in the church entrance area or here on our website and must be returned to the church office by Sunday 17th April. Applications received after this date will not be accepted
 
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 and there will be light refreshments after the service. If you have any memories of George and would like to share them at the service there will be an opportunity to do so.
 
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 jane@ststephens-ealing.org.
 
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. 
 
Earth Hour
Saturday 26th March marks the international event of Earth Hour, when we are encouraged to switch lights off from 8.30 - 9.30pm. This symbolic action gives us time to pray for and reflect on the beauty of our natural world and re-commit to doing what we can to slow the effects of the climate crisis. People and Planet is hosting a Zoom meeting and invite all who would like to join us. Families will be particularly welcome as we have ideas for what children can do while it's dark, and we're sure you'll have others too! For more information click here and speak to Sue Charlton and she will send you details of how to join.
 
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
Cleveland Road
Kent Avenue
North Avenue
 
Prayer for the Week
Eternal God,
give us insight
to discern your will for us,
to give up what harms us,
and to seek the perfection we are promised
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.