Vicar's Update

Tuesday 10th May

My heart is still full after Sunday.  It was such a joy to have our new Bishop Lusa visit St Stephen’s for both of our morning services.  It was also wonderful to celebrate with Monika, Jason and Adriel as they told their stories of faith and were confirmed by the Bishop.  Thank you to all who helped in any way with making the services go so well.   If you were unable to attend you missed a very special morning but you can still catch up by watching the service here.

Next week is Christian Aid Week and we will be seeking to mark this and raise funds for this important work as follows:

  • Saturday 14th – Fair from 11am to 2pm.  We need donations of Plants, homemade Cakes, Books and Jigsaws & Games (cards and board games). Coffees and teas, light lunches to enjoy too!
  • Saturday 21st - Car Wash from 4pm. Book your slot by email to
  • Sunday 22nd - Concert from 3pm with tea to follow.
  • We will also mark the start of Christian Aid week in our Sunday services.

Also on Sunday (15th) we have our Church Annual Meeting at 6.30pm.  At this we will elect two Churchwardens (at the moment Mary Ann Auckland is willing to stand for re-election but we still need a nomination for the other position) and three members of the Church Council.  The agenda, minutes and nomination details are on our website here. Please do download them to your tablet or laptop to save paper. The meeting will be followed by a glass of wine.
Last night the Church Council met and agreed some changes as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. 

  • Later this month, we will be re-introducing the option to take wine at Holy Communion Services.  At first this will be by the use of individual glasses (we experimented with this in April).  Only when we feel it safe to do so will we return to the option of a common cup.
  • We are aware that many people now seem comfortable to shake hands and exchange hugs at church so we will reintroduce the option to physically exchange ‘the peace’ at those services where this is part of the liturgy.  At this stage we would ask you to do so in a restrained way and to recognise those who will not yet feel comfortable to do so.

Please do feel free to talk to me about these changes should you wish to.
Wishing you a good week.