Vicar's Update

Monday 18th July 2022

It was lovely to see the Church so full yesterday as we welcomed Mark Dishley from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) at both morning services.  Mark shared with us some encouraging and hope fuelled stories of how he had seen lives changed by the work of CAP.  It you missed the service you can catch up here.  After the 10.30 service we had a splendid lunch for church families when about 70 adults and children had a great time together.  Then later in the afternoon our Youth Group took part in a Park Challenge.  It was a lovely fun filled day.
Thank you for those who have been praying for a new Youth Leader.  Unfortunately, we were unable to appoint a candidate last week and so we will have to advertise again in the autumn.  Until we fill the post we are grateful to Caroline Newbold who will continue to oversee our youth work.

Sadly, Nancy Nolan, a long standing member of St Stephen’s, died last week.  Although she had been ill for some time her death was unexpected.  The funeral is likely to be held towards the end of August.  Please do pray for Geoffrey at this difficult time.  Please also pray for the Johnson family following the death of Sophie’s father last week.    
New Wine takes place next week.  A few of us are going for some or all of a week but there is also the opportunity to join in online.  For just £40 a household you can gain access to the whole weeks’ sessions – details here. 
This Sunday (24th) is the last with our usual services times of 9am and 10.30am until September.  From Sunday 31st July until Sunday 28th August we will have just one morning service for all the church at 10am.  This will be a relaxed Communion service with hymns and songs. Café will be after the 10am service each Sunday.

Have a great week and keep safe.