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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Paddington Course in Christian Studies

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After the much appreciated first run of the course, a new Paddington Deanery Course in Christian Studies starts this autumn on Tuesday evenings between 8-10pm. This is a partnership project supported by churches across the deanery and open to anyone worshipping in the Paddington area.

CCS is a one year introductory course to explore Christian life and thought. It provides participants with the tools to think deeply about and articulate their Christian faith and to grow in their discipleship. It will help participants grow in knowledge and enjoyment of the Bible and the Christian tradition. It takes place within a supportive and stimulating group.

The sessions are hosted at St. Matthew’s, Bayswater and led by Helen Simms-Williams, Revd Owen Dobson and our own Christine Statham – churchwarden at St. Stephen’s.

The course will consist of five modules, including Introductions to the Old and New Testaments, Christian Doctrine and Church History.

To book a place on the course or for further information please contact Helen Sims-Williams, course Coordinator at hjsimswilliams@gmail.com

Course in Christian Studies Leaflet