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Advance Notice: St. Stephen’s Summer Fete Saturday, 28th June Plans are already underway for this year’s Summer Fete which has become an incredibly popular and important event drawing large crowds from across our community. The success of our Fête depends on all of us coming together to help. Please, please put the date in your diary now and think about how you might be able to get involved and support this wonderful event.
One traditional and popular way to observe Lent is to join a Lent group or Lent study. This can take various forms - study of the bible, a collective reading of a book, a series of presentations or reflections etc.... In each case the desire is to observe a spiritual discipline and seek to grow in our faith and relationship with God. This year we shall again be joining with members of St. Matthew’s, Bayswater for our Lent group. After our Ash Wednesday worship on 5th March, there will be the opportunity to meet for 5 studies looking at different forms of Christian spirituality and to consider how they can help us encounter God and grow in our faith. We shall also explore the links between our different types of personality and our spirituality. The programme each Wednesday will be: 7.30pm Optional Supper 8.00pm Presentation and discussion followed by prayer Wednesday, 12th March at St. Matthew’s A spiritual smorgasbord Wednesday, 19th March at St. Matthew’s Ascetics: loving God in solitude and simplicity Naturalists: loving God outdoors Wednesday, 26th March at St. Stephen’s Traditionalists: loving God through ritual and symbol Enthusiasts: loving God with mystery and celebration Wednesday, 2nd April at St. Stephen’s Activists: loving God through confrontation Contemplatives: loving God through adoration Intellectuals: loving God with the mind Wednesday, 9th April at St. Stephen’s Sensates: loving God with the senses Caregivers: loving God by loving others Our Lent observance will end with opportunities for worship throughout Holy Week - on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Details to follow…. ‘Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn or the coming of the rains in early spring.’ Hosea 6 v3