You may have noticed in the pew sheet, that this year’s Summer Fair has been cancelled.
Have you wondered why? Well, the answer is simple. There was no-one to organise it! Not quite true in one way. The four people who turned up to the last social team meeting felt that they could not do it alone.
Last year, even though a good number of people turned up on the day, only about six people were willing to do the planning or the heavy work of setti...
On Sunday 3 June we are keeping the lovely Feast of Corpus Christi, sometimes called Corpus et Sanguis Christi, Body and Blood of Christ, or Feast of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Liturgically, at this celebration, the Mass is celebrated in the normal way until after Communion. Normally at that point the consecrated Bread of Holy Communion is returned to the Lady Chapel (I’ll explain this later!) On this occasion however, t...
This will be my 13th Annual Report here at St Stephen’s. I normally give my report (rather than the formal statutory report) in the form of a homily. This year however, because we are having an extended fabric report from our parish architect, I have decided to write it.
I’m never sure how much people listen to spoken reports (or sermons!). Firstly they are out of date even before they are written and secondly, I am not convince...
We all know that the Season of Advent is not an easy one for Christians to observe.
I’ve moaned about it often enough I know!. But we all often join in. We all complain that Christmas trees are up and decorations in the shops far too early. But we all fall foul of it. it is not just Advent that gets lost though. The Church has a whole Christmastide Season that so easily completely disappears.
In 1985, within a few days of being ordained Deacon, I was caught up in part of the Billy Graham Mission in Sheffield.
I wasn’t too pleased! My ordination had been planned for 30th June. All the prayer cards and invitations had been sent out, accommodation booked for family and friends. Then, with just a few weeks’ notice the ordination was put back by a week.
Everything had to be changed. This was no easy task and cost quite a bit to...
Times tides and seasons wait for no man, so they say. Well, over the Easter period, there is certainly is an interruption of normal routines for those who take their Christian faith seriously.
It has been hectic, tiring and, for those who have fully participated I think very fulfilling. No-one has said very much to me, but thanks to some very dedicated people working extremely hard, I think the services have gone very well.