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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Thy Kingdom Come

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From Ascension to Pentecost, we are joining in with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s international prayer initiative to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

After the ascension of Jesus, the disciples stayed in Jerusalem, as he had commanded, and prayed as one until the Holy Spirit came upon them with great power on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 1 v14.

Now we join for 10 days in praying for God’s kingdom to come – waiting to see the Holy Spirit act with great power.

On Saturday, 12th May the church will be open for prayer from 10am to 10pm for anyone who wants to pop in.

“Gracious and generous God, almighty and ever merciful, we turn to you with care and concern for our world…”

 

 

Ascension Day

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All are warmly invited to our Ascension day celebrations….

6.30-7.30pm
Youth Group welcome us
to join them for supper

7.30-8.30pm
A service of
Praise and Prayer
for
Ascension
including a helium balloon release,
sparklers and fireworks

 

From the bottom to the top

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We continue to give thanks and praise for the great progress being made with the structural repairs being undertaken within the St. Stephen’s buildings.

From the outside of the building it is hard to imagine much is being done. However, once inside it is evident that hard work has been undertaken from the very depths of the building to the highest of heights.

Please pray for our repairs and for all those involved.

If anyone would like to know more about the structural repairs and maybe see first hand the work that is being done do please get in touch.

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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