Coronavirus Update from Rev Jon

The Peace of the Lord be with you my friends.

This Sunday, the worship of St Stephens Church might look a bit different, but lets still worship together!

Due to all public services being paused nationally, I am inviting you all to join together, with a lot of others Christians around the country, in joining the Archbishop’s service at either 8am on radio 4, or 9am on the CofE website or their facebook page –

https://www.churchofengland.org/…/media-centre/online-church

https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/

I know this will be different; but its about joining together no matter what’s going on in our lives to come before God and praise him still.

I will aim to post a St Stephens mothers day reflection to our facebook group on Sunday as well. And as I feel a number of people will miss communion, I will do a communion service video for people to join in with ‘spiritually’ in due course as well.

Keep talking to one another 🙂

God bless you all,
Jon

Rev Tanya Lord’s Resignation

Rev Tanya Lord

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to be at the Cathedral as Bishop Vivienne Faull was enthroned as the new Bishop of Bristol. It was a service hugely moving in parts and reminded me of my own installation and licensing here at St Stephens almost 6 years ago. 

I remember Archdeacon Christine taking me by the hand and placing me in the Priests Stall here.

I answered Gods call to come back to Southmead to minister alongside you all, and what an incredible journey it’s been…

Today I need to tell you that my time here is coming to an end…

In January I will take up the post of Deputy Chaplain to Lincolnshire Constabulary. My last service will be on the 16th December at the Carol service.

I have done what God asked of me with the gifts and skills he’s given me, its now time to step back as you enter a new phase in the life of the church, you will have a new Priest with different skills to guide you, the building project is really on the cards now and I don’t have the right skills for that, but your new priest will…

We have plenty of time for good bye’s I’m not going just yet!

But I wanted to say today what an immense privilege the past six years have been. 

Watching you grow and flourish as a family, making room for new people to explore faith and find a home here has always been my dream for St Stephens.

Seeing established members stepping ‘way’ out of their confront zone and trying things they never thought they could do! and discovering for themselves that nothing is impossible with Jesus, you can do all things through him who gives you strength! You really can! 

You are all a blessing to Southmead and Glenn and I will miss you all, but when God calls…God calls…

and as his disciples we must follow!  

A Reflection on Kids Matter

A Reflection on Kids Matter

 

During the spring, St Stephen’s Church hosted Kids Matter. Kids Matter is a programme for any parent or carer who wants the best for their child(ren) and is looking for a safe place to talk through some of the highs, lows and everything in between. Debbie, a mother of two young children, took part and wrote the following:

“As a mother of two young children and with a hectic daily routine, I am always open to suggestions to make life a little easier.

After being approached by Joanna at our toddler group, I decided that I would take on the eight-week course. This was made possible by the fantastic help and support of the volunteers at the church.

The course is delivered in a casual setting yet was really informative. Joanna really makes everyone feel very welcome. She is a true people person, who makes people feel safe and when you give her feedback via questions on the course, she is non-judgemental. The course can be emotional and soul searching but you’re not alone in your experiences.

The workbooks are very easy to use and the questions help you with alternative ways to deal with situations. You also get to keep the books. Even after a few weeks of finishing the course, I do review some of the great tips I got.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to parents and carers regardless of age. Thank you to Tanya and Joanna for giving me this experience.”

We will be running Kids Matter again in the autumn. There will be a taster session on 19th October and the programme will run on a weekly basis from 2nd November. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve your place or find out more information.

Summer Holiday Club

Summer Holiday Club

We are excited to confirm that, in conjunction with Community Church, we will be running a holiday club across three days on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th August. The theme for this will be Creation Using Narnia: Through the Wardrobe.

 

Alpha

Alpha

Alpha is a series of evenings exploring the Christian faith. We will eat a lovely home-cooked meal together, listen to a talk about the Christian faith and discuss the important questions in life.

Alpha is for everyone and no question is out of bounds.

Our next course starts on 6 March 7-9pm. Email Rachel at [email protected] for more information or to register your interest.

Upcoming CAP Money Course

The CAP Money Course is a free, short course that makes managing your money simple.

The CAP Money Course will teach you budgeting skills and a simple cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks you will get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt.

More than 1,100 churches run the course for their communities, with over 10,000 people benefiting from it every year.

Is the CAP Money Course for me?

Whether you feel organised or whether it’s a lucky dip whenever you try to withdraw cash, the CAP Money Course can help you take control of your finances. There are additional resources available for those on low incomes, self-employed, couples, families and those preparing for retirement. Whoever you are, the CAP Money Course will be relevant to you.

To find out more or to register visit https://capuk.org/i-want-help/courses/cap-money-course/introduction or email [email protected].

CALLING ALL PEOPLE WHO LOVE DRAMA IN SOUTHMEAD!

Would you like to take part in a Christmas drama that will be performed at the Christmas Carol service, here at St Stephen’s Church, on the 17th December?

If you are between 0 and 150 years old (basically any age!) and you love drama this is for you! This will be an improvised drama, with a script we make up as we go along, with both large and small parts.

The only thing you need to do is be available for rehearsals on the 3rd and 10th December and on 17th December for the Carol service. On both the 3rd and 10th Dec we will be rehearsing after a lunch provided by St Stephen’s Church after the 10am service.

So either come to the 10am service and stay afterwards or turn up at 12pm for food and rehearsals.

Feel free to invite friends or family you know would like to be involved.

Everyone is welcome 😀

See you at rehearsals!

 

Harvest Service

We would like to invite you to celebrate Harvest with us on Sunday 15th October at 10.00 am.

Please bring some food donations for “The Sisters of the Church” in St Paul’s.

Following the service, we will be having a ‘Bring and Share Brunch’ and we would be delighted if you could join us.

Colourful fruit and veg at market

Advent Quiet Reflection

With thanks to Rev. Brenda Dowie, this year’s themes is “Travelling to Bethlehem”. There will be four evenings of poetry, prose, music and quiet contemplation. Why not take some time out to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

The evenings will be run on 28th November, 5th December, 12 th December and 19th December from 7-8pm. It would be lovely to see you there!

Make Lunch is Back!

On Monday 23rd October and Wednesday 25th October, we will be opening our doors for crafts, fun and games and to provide the community with lunch. Please do come along for an opportunity to have some lovely food, fun with the children and perhaps the chance to make some new friends.

All are welcome.

Child enjoying crafts at Make Lunch