Overflowing with thankfulness

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During the school half-term holiday, over 50 primary aged children enjoyed a fun and exciting holiday club organised by Westbourne Park Family Centre, supported by St. Stephen’s Church, and hosted at St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School.

Club Xpress meets at St. Stephen’s School every Friday evening but also during each school half-term break.  Along with the adult staff and volunteers, over 15 teenagers – many of whom have been former participants at the holiday clubs – help run many activities and support the younger children.

The theme for the holiday club was ‘Overflow with thankfulness’ – Colossians 2 v7. This included a wide game in Kensington Gardens where the children overcame barriers to thankfulness – such as Envy, Greed, Selfishness – to pass on 276 thank you letter’s expressing their gratitude for things as varied as the weather, their families, their homes and God. A wall of thankfulness was created at the school which was added to throughout the club.

The club was inspected by Ofsted during the Friday sessions and the inspector seemed very impressed by what she saw.

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Prayer Tree

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As part of our commitment to praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come‘, we invited people to write prayers and hang them on our Prayer Tree.

The Sunday congregation on 13th May wrote prayers and hung them on the tree. Throughout the following week, children and staff from St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School also brought prayers.

Prayer tags were made available in the garden all week and neighbours, passers-by and tourists all took the opportunity to write and hang prayers in the tree.

By the end of the week well over 200 prayers were colourfully decorating the tree – all inviting God’s Kingdom to come – into our lives, our church, our school, our neighbourhood and our world.

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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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Harvest

 

Harvest 2015-4In October, St. Stephen’s Church and St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School both enjoyed special celebrations for Harvest at the church.

Both the church and school communities gave generous donations of food and toiletries to support the work of the Upper Room.

This week pupils from the school personally delivered about 40 carrier bags of groceries to support their amazing and vital work with the homeless and the vulnerable.