Ordination Of Revd Michele Lee At St. Paul’s-July 4th

 

Laying on handsWe are delighted and excited to welcome Rev Michele Lee to serve as Curate at St. Stephen’s and St. Matthew’s for the next three years. Michele has come to the two parishes to continue her training and development in ordained, parochial ministry.

Prior to training for ordination, Michele initially worked in the hotel and hospitality industry in Devon, Cornwall, Whitby and Central London. She then qualified as a Ballroom and Latin American dance teacher, coaching beginners, medallists and student teachers.   Latterly she took music and dance into care homes and day centres where she saw a notable improvement in general wellbeing, especially amongst those with dementia.  Michele was Pastoral Assistant at St Marylebone Church for the past ten years.

In 2000, Michele joined the chaplaincy team at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where she has specialized in paediatrics, offering pastoral and spiritual support to parents and children. Michele has recently gained further experience as part of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Michele will be with us part-time as she continues her vital ministry as a  chaplain.

Please take every opportunity to introduce yourself and to make Michele feel truly welcome. She is a great gift to us from God.

 

Thank You

toolsThank you to Shan who has been busy doing some pruning and clearing in our church garden; and to others who have helped throughout the year so far.

Our gardens are very lovely and appreciated by our neighbours but they do need considerable looking after.

If anyone thinks they might be able to help with some gardening then please do speak to Jeremy or ‘Tola.

All help would be appreciated!

 

St. Stephen’s Spectacular Summer Fete

IMG_7184On Saturday 20th June, despite a very gloomy forecast of heavy rain, about 1000 people gathered to enjoy another fantastic and exciting – and relatively dry and bright – St. Stephen’s Church Fete. (In so many ways, the Lord answered our prayers!)

Many gathered outside to enjoy the tea-cup ride, surf simulator, inflatable rock-climbing wall, and a 25 metre long inflatable pirate ship. Or alternatively gathered under the gazebos for face-painting, tin-can alley, hook-a-duck etc all accompanied by live music from local, talented musicians led by our very own Nicolette van Gendt.

Inside many enthusiastically rummaged through the bric-a-brac, skimmed second-hand books, bought raffle tickets, played the bottle tombola, enjoyed a cream tea or were seduced into buying some of the extraordinary array of delicious cakes on sale. And we could go on and on about the BBQ, jewellery, knitted toys, Miss Ballooniverse etc, etc

It was a great day, gathering people from all across our local community, to celebrate our special neighbourhood.

Massive thanks to the army of people who helped out – including friends from St. Matthew’s and WPBC – and to everyone who came along and joined in the fun.

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VE Day Celebration Quiz

IMG_7157Brilliantly organised by Tiffany Jackson, some of our young people and their families, St. Stephen’s hosted a fun and creative quiz night themed around the national VE Day celebrations 8-10th May. Eight teams fought through ten rounds of topical questions – e.g. Trafalgar Square, Winston Churchill, post-war Britain etc – for the right to be crowned quiz champions and receive the coveted trophy of a nodding, British Bulldog. Appropriately the title was claimed by a team named ‘Enigma’ who clearly had a ‘Turing-like’ ability to find the difficult answers.

The church was decked out with Union Jacks and the tables set up as a street-party with plenty of food including sandwiches, tea and cake!

The quiz aimed to raise money to support 13 of our young people attending special summer holidays organised by CPAS Ventures. These are fantastic opportunities for the young people to go away together, meet children from across England and from other churches, have fun, try new things, and grow in their Christian faith. Thanks to everyone who helped to raise over £1200.

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Holiday Club goes into Orbit

IMG_7177Westbourne Park Family Centre – with the support of St. Stephen’s Church – hosted another much appreciated and exciting children’s holiday club from 27-29 May. Each day an average of 44 primary school aged children attended the club for a mixture of fun activities, games, sport, crafts, cooking, dancing etc with opportunities to reflect on the theme of running the race of life. It was a great success with positive feedback from the parents and the young people.

The leadership team were ably assisted by 16 teenagers who served as ‘young leaders’ with maturity and commitment across the three days – growing in their own skills and personal development.

A highlight of the club was the day trip to the Olympic Park and the chance to go up the Orbit to enjoy the spectacular views across London.

The holiday clubs are organised for each school half-term holiday – in February, May and October.

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