Paddington Course in Christian Studies

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After the much appreciated first run of the course, a new Paddington Deanery Course in Christian Studies starts this autumn on Tuesday evenings between 8-10pm. This is a partnership project supported by churches across the deanery and open to anyone worshipping in the Paddington area.

CCS is a one year introductory course to explore Christian life and thought. It provides participants with the tools to think deeply about and articulate their Christian faith and to grow in their discipleship. It will help participants grow in knowledge and enjoyment of the Bible and the Christian tradition. It takes place within a supportive and stimulating group.

The sessions are hosted at St. Matthew’s, Bayswater and led by Helen Simms-Williams, Revd Owen Dobson and our own Christine Statham – churchwarden at St. Stephen’s.

The course will consist of five modules, including Introductions to the Old and New Testaments, Christian Doctrine and Church History.

To book a place on the course or for further information please contact Helen Sims-Williams, course Coordinator at hjsimswilliams@gmail.com

Course in Christian Studies Leaflet

 

 

90th Birthday Celebrations

_DSC1982Thelma Coker is a much-loved and honoured member of St. Stephen’s church and so it was with great enthusiasm that we gladly hosted special celebrations for her 90th birthday.

During worship, Thelma shared a few words; she was presented with a gift, flowers and giant birthday cake; and then we prayed for her – giving thanks for her life, her health and her great faith. After the service, we joined with her family and friends for a delicious, birthday lunch.

It was a wonderfully happy occasion and Thelma thoroughly enjoyed her special day!

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Family Centre Awards

Summer 2017-6A number of different young people were presented with special awards by Trustees of the Westbourne Park Family Centre for the numerous different and special ways each has contributed and participated in activities over the past year – including our holiday clubs, Friday evening Club Xpress and Youth Clubs, Wednesday football etc.

The young people were excited to receive their awards and their parents were proud of the recognition given to their children’s achievements.

St. Stephen’s Church is a sponsor of the Westbourne Park Family Centre – and at present a number of the activities are hosted at St. Stephen’s School. This is a wonderful example of how the Christian community works together in effective partnerships in our ministry across Westbourne Park.

Summer Picnic

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Throughout the year, the St. Stephen’s church family take time to share Sunday lunch together. This is a fantastic way to spend more time together, enjoy each others company and get to know people better.

Taking advantage of the summer weather, we headed to Kensington Gardens for a summer picnic and a great time was had sharing food, playing cricket and hanging out in the sunshine.

Keep an eye out for details of of our regular lunches – our next will be a bring and share, international lunch after our Harvest Family Worship on Sunday 15th October. Come and join us – all are welcome!

Praying for the Victims of Grenfell Tower

Summer 2017-1Both the school and church communities at St. Stephen’s have responded to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower by creating prayer spaces to pray for all those caught up in the disaster.

In particular we have been praying for Hanan Wahabi  – a much-valued member of staff and Governor at the school – and her family who lived in Grenfell Tower but managed to escape. Tragically they had close relatives who died in the fire.

St. Stephen’s has also sought to help through volunteering, giving support to local residents, and by financial donation.

We continue to pray for all those affected – the grieving; those made homeless; local residents and neighbourhood groups; members of the emergency services; and all professional and government authorities seeking to help.

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