Remembrance Sunday at St. Stephen’s

red-poppyOn Remembrance Sunday – 12th November 2017 – there will be an all-age service at St. Stephen’s beginning at the earlier time of 10.30am. Much of the service will be led by local, young people.

We will be welcoming members of the Paddington Branch of the Royal British Legion and representatives of the local, emergency services. Wreaths and personal tributes will be laid at the local war memorial within the church.

All are welcome to join us.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Will bear us all away;
We fade and vanish as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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Harvest Festival

Harvest Lunch

Harvest was celebrated with a special all-age service with 19 young people helping to lead liturgy, play music, read scripture and offer prayers of thanksgiving.

Harvest gifts were received and, in combination with those donated from St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School, will be passed on to support the ministry of the Upper Room in Shepherd’s Bush.

After the service many stayed on to share in an international lunch with members of the congregation sharing food that reflected their own ethnic and national culinary traditions.

The weather was so warm many sat outside to eat in the sunshine!

Loving God, we come this day to praise you,
to celebrate your great goodness.
We come with thanksgiving, joy and wonder,
reminding ourselves of the richness of your creation,
and acknowledging your faithfulness
in providing for all our needs
and far beyond.
Lord of the harvest:
We give you thanks and praise!

For the beauty of the seasons,
the constant cycle of night and day,
and the vital gifts of rain and sunshine,
Lord of the harvest:
We give you thanks and praise!

For the miracle of growth,
the wonder of life
and the incredible variety
that surrounds us in the world,
Lord of the harvest:
We give you thanks and praise!

Receive our worship,
accept our offerings,
bless our celebration,
and fill us with thankfulness
for all you have given,
Lord of the harvest:
We give you thanks and praise!

Welcome Denzel and David

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Just two weeks after his birth, Chinaka and Temitope brought their wonderful baby son, Denzel Chuckwuechetam Oluwaferanmi, to St. Stephens to be baptised as part of our Harvest worship. One of his older brothers, David Ayodeji Awoniji was also baptised – a double family celebration!

Family and friends gathered to join in this special occasion as Denzel and David were welcomed into the Church, and the parents and godparents made commitments to bring them up as followers of Jesus.

Chinaka, Temitope, Daniel, David and Denzel have been worshiping at St. Stephen’s since last Christmas. It is lovely to have them as part of our church family.

If you would like to speak to someone about your child being baptised at St. Stephen’s then please join us for worship at 11am one Sunday and introduce yourself to Jeremy our Vicar.