Vacancy At St. Stephen’s: Parish Vicar

Following on from the departure of Rev’d. Jeremy Allcock , The Bishop of London seeks to appoint a Vicar for St Stephen with St Luke Westbourne Park (W2)

We are seeking an experienced leader who shares our vision for St Stephen’s as a twenty-first century parish church, rooted in tradition and alive in the Spirit, engaged in serving the diverse community of Westbourne Park.

We are looking for:

  • a strategic leader who, guided and supported by the Holy Spirit, will be able to think clearly and be resilient to the challenges of urban ministry
  • an inspirational communicator who can speak to churched and unchurched alike, who is able to build relationships with and draw people in from across our community
  • a preacher and teacher who can deepen our understanding of the Scriptures and the Christian faith, igniting in us a passion to know God’s Word and how it applies to our lives
  • a mission-minded pastor who will challenge us to look and reach outwards, stretching our horizons and our capacity for mission, taking us beyond our church building to be a tangible presence in our community
  • someone who enjoys working with children and young people in church, school and community settings
  • a creative and innovative spiritual leader, who shares our ‘open evangelicalism’ and values the richness of the traditions and styles of worship within the Christian church
  • a skilled team leader who can encourage and develop staff and volunteers, and is able to delegate and empower others to use their gifts
  • someone who is able to model a life of devotion to the Lord, fuelled by personal prayer and study, with a desire to encourage others in their discipleship

Parish profile (PDF format) and application form The Bishop of London’s PA, Janet Laws.  020 3837 5211

Enhanced DBS clearance will be required

Closing date for applications:  Noon February 12th, 2019

Interviews:  March 27th,  2019

We welcome applications from all. However, we are aware that women and those from ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented among our clergy and so we particularly encourage applications from these groups. Appointment will of course be based on merit alone.

Please download our Parish Profile.


Songs of Praise


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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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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Car Wash!

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On Saturday, 19th May – while the rest of the world was watching the Royal Wedding – a group of 10 young people, ably assisted by some of their parents, undertook a fund-raising car wash outside the front of the church.

In brilliant spring sunshine, and with military efficiency, they worked extremely hard to polish and preen, inside and out, a stream of cars for 5 hours.

While their cars were washed, the owners consumed home-made cakes, tea, coffee etc, before being re-introduced to their cars, now in near showroom condition – and in some cases that was quite a challenge!

All customers went away pleased and impressed, and donated generously . Thanks to all who made donations and to those who worked so hard.

The young people are raising funds towards the cost of going on summer camps and in total hope to raise £1500. So all donations are welcome, and watch this space to hear about future fund-raising events.

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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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