Welcome From The New Vicar

Richard Dryer PhotoWelcome to St Stephen’s Westbourne Park. Thank you for stopping by our website. My great passion is that as a church family we should know Jesus and make him known.

The apostle Paul writes: We proclaim Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28-29)  I love these verses. They capture what I long for us to do at St Stephen’s:

  • We proclaim Christ: It is in Jesus, as we see him revealed in the Bible, that we have hope for the future, know forgiveness today and are set free to see the glory of God.
  • We proclaim Christ to everyone: Three times Paul speaks of everyone. This includes people of all ages and backgrounds. We want all people to come to know Jesus, even if church feels like an alien place to them. We all need to grow in Christian maturity, even if we have been going to Church for years.
  • We proclaim Christ with Jesus’ energy. We do everything reliant on the power of God’s Spirit through prayer.

Wherever you find yourself in life, we would love to meet you, to welcome you and to help you grow in your knowledge of Christ. We meet on a Sunday at 11am.

In the Autumn we will be launching mid-week Bible study groups and also a Christianity Explored course for people wanting to rethink the Christian Faith. Hope to connect with you soon,

Richard

Songs of Praise

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This Sunday St. Stephen’s will host a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in which several members of the congregation will be choosing their own favourite hymn or worship song, and sharing with the congregation the reasons for their choice.

This comes at the end of a series of services where each Sunday the different preachers have chosen a favourite hymn or song and spoken about their themes, theology or spiritual significance. Choices have included:

If you would like to know what has been chosen for this Sunday come along and join us at 11am, Sunday, 10th June – everyone is welcome!

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Meeting together through Lent

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There are many fruitful ways to make the most of the season of Lent but one popular tradition is to commit to joining a Lent group. The group meet together weekly throughout Lent in order to meet with other Christians to pray, to study and to grow. If you would like to join us there are two groups meeting this year:

The Magnificence of Prayer

– an exploration of some of the great prayers of the Christian faith

Wednesday evenings from 21st February – meeting at St. Matthew’s Church, St. Petersburgh Place, London, W2 4LA

Food will be served from 7.30pm.
Lent discussions will start shortly after 8pm.
A time of prayer will start shortly after 9pm.

Praying is like breathing; it gives life to our Souls, connecting us to our creator.  

The Joy of the Gospel

– a prayerful study of ‘Evangelii Gaudium – the Joy of the Gospel’ written by Pope Francis

Pope Francis writes: ‘The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.’ 

Thursday evenings from 22nd February – 7.30-9.30pm – meeting at St. Stephen’s Vicarage, 25 Talbot Road, London, W2 5JF

Copies of the book are available from St. Stephen’s church.Lent Group 2018

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!