In this section
Dates for Diary
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade Labelling was created in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. The Max Havelaar Foundation launched the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label in 1988 on coffee sourced from Mexico. Here in the UK, the Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992, with the first products to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in 1994. The FAIRTRADE Mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Sales of Fairtrade products in the UK have risen from £16.7 million in 1989 to over £1.3 billion in 2011. The largest sum is spent on sugar products - 42% of sugar sold in the UK carries the Fairtrade Mark. This is followed by cocoa products, then bananas and coffee. The list also includes things such as other fruits, tea, flowers, cotton and wine. St. Stephen’s is a Fairtrade church and we only use Fairtrade coffee, tea, sugar, communion wine and toilet roll. As you do your shopping look out for products bearing the Fairtrade Mark and consider how you might increase the Fairtrade content of your shopping. If you would like to know any more information about Fairtrade then please speak to Clare Allcock who is part of the diocesan Fairtrade committee.
This will be held immediately after our morning worship on Sunday, 6th April. This will be an opportunity to receive our annual report including the annual accounts and to ask questions about our church life. We shall also elect: Þ 2 churchwardens Þ 2 representatives to Paddington Deanery Synod (3 year post) Þ and 8 further members of our Parochial Church Council for the coming year. Information about our PCC, being a churchwarden, nomination papers etc. are on the table at the back of church. If you would like to know more please speak to Angharad, Anne, Jeremy, Tola or any other member of our present church council.
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.
After the huge success of last year’s quiz night, we are organising another exciting, fun quiz night to raise funds to help some of our young people attend summer camp in July. If you would like to join in or would like more information then please speak to Tiffany or ‘Tola. The cost of the event is £50 for a team of 8 people or £7/person or £25/family. (Either bring a whole team, or book and join a team.) This price includes a selection of international food dishes. There will be the opportunity to purchase delicious deserts and a range of beverages, and for the less confident even purchase the correct answers! Last year, a team from St. Matthew’s were victorious and they are feeling confident they can retain their trophy! Are you ready to rise to the challenge? We have 6 children who will be attending a camp for 8-11s; 4 attending camp for 11-14s; and 4 attending camp for 14-18s. If you would be interested in sponsoring a child to attend summer camp then please do speak to ‘Tola.
11am, Sunday, 2nd March Morning Worship Sunday before Lent with Sunday Club Why did Jesus die? The problem of sin
11am, Sunday, 16th March Family Worship Lent 2 an all-age service Why did Jesus die? Redemption
11am, Sunday, 23rd March Holy Communion Lent 3 with Sunday Club Why did Jesus die? Justification
Travel the Regent’s Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock via Regent’s Park while listening to stories, doing experiments, simply relaxing and enjoying church fellowship on Saturday 22nd March! Come as an entire family and enjoy a FREE day out. There are only 25 places available, so be sure to tell us you're coming as soon as possible. This could be a great chance to invite friends from school or neighbours as well! Mark it in your diaries and reserve your spot! If you would like to join us please speak to Tiffany.
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
If you would like to join us, there is the opportunity to stay and share in a simple lunch after our morning service on Sunday, 16th March. All are welcome—it is a great opportunity to spend time together and get to know each other better. The Eden Brunel team will be hosting us that Sunday.
11am, Sunday, 30th March Morning Worship Lent 4/Mothering Sunday with Sunday Club Why did Jesus die? Reconciliation