The staff and Leadership Team wish everyone a very Happy and blessed Easter and pray that you will know afresh the joy of the resurrection.
Alison and Shaun would like to thank the St Stephen’s Church Family for making George’s Memorial Service so special. They are especially grateful to all who helped on the day and shared reflections of times with George.
There is still time to give to our lent appeals. If you have not yet done so please consider using our website to donate online.
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 this Sunday, 17th April. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.
Our Church Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday 15th May at 6.30pm at Church. At that meeting we will need to elect 2 Churchwardens for a one year term (Mary Ann Auckland is willing to stand for re-election) and 3 members of the Church Council for a three year term. Anyone wishing to stand as Churchwarden is asked to speak to Steve Newbold in advance of submitting a nomination. Nominations open on Sunday 24th April.
The Church Council met on Monday 28th March. The meeting focused on updates from The Grove, Children, Youth and Mission Team. The updates were very positive. The PCC were also shown basic plans that have been submitted to the local council for outlined planning permission and they were updated on the plans to urgently repair the weather worn Cupola.
Christian Aid Week - Plant Seeds for 21st May
Amongst other fund raising events, we will be organising a Fair for 21st May. We'll need lots of seedlings for the Plants Stall. We are asking you to please get planting so we have plenty of items to sell. Money raised will go to provide drought-resistant crops, for families in Zimbabwe, that survive the harsh climate, and help to develop skills in preserving and storing food for the dry season. Tip: tomatoes, courgettes, beans etc are always popular and we usually sell out.
For five weeks in the summer (31st July - 28th August inc) we will be combining our Sunday morning services. For 5 weeks there will be just one service at 10am which will contain hymns, songs, teaching and Holy Communion in a relaxed but structured format. We will revert to our normal pattern in September.
People & Planet
We are arranging a visit in late April. Further details to follow. We also recommend supporting Ealing Transition, which meets next at St. Mary's Church, South Ealing on Sunday 24th April at 7.30pm. They are arranging a hustings - inviting representatives of all parties before the local elections on 5th May to join discussion on their views on environmental care and reducing carbon. No registration required. Modest donation asked for refreshments. Sign in on the door. Contact Sue Charlton (email@example.com) who will be attending, and if you want to know more.
Dates for your diary
Sunday 8th May - Visit from the new Bishop of Willesden, Bishop Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy
Friday 3rd June - Sunday 5th June - Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at St Stephen's
Sunday 3rd July - Sunday services and Hog Roast to welcome our new Curate, Ruth Robinson
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
Prayer for the Week
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A hard copy of this will be available in church for the next fortnight. The information on it will be the same as this mailing.