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

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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Brunel Tutors Thriving

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Brunel Tutors – a project initiated and run by St. Stephen’s – is continuing to thrive and grow.

Good news includes improvements to the venue, new grant funding, healthy numbers attending and an additional new group aimed more at teenagers.

Led by Mike Moritz, our Community Mission Co-ordinator, and a growing team of volunteers, Brunel Tutors is a free after-school tutoring service aimed at families living on or near the Brunel Estate.

Brunel Tutors meets each Wednesday and Thursday during school term dates from 3.45-5.15pm for any children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each week, exciting and lively sessions are planned to help young people develop their understanding and skills in either English, Maths or Science. The children learn as a group by having fun, through games, play and competition.

Now, in addition, an extra session has been organised on Wednesdays between 5.15-6.30pm for those studying in Key Stage 3 to offer more one-to-one support with learning, homework and exam revision.

If you would like your child to attend, offer to volunteer or just learn more please make contact through the Brunel Tutors dedicated website.

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