St Stephen’s news bulletin August 2020

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our news for August 2020
This will be our only news bulletin for this month.
Regular bulletins will return in September

Services each Sunday
There will be a service of Morning Worship in the Church at 11 am each Sunday during August.
Please visit the website for information about attending.
The service will last for 30 minutes.
Please wear a face covering when you arrive and leave the Church.
(You do not need to wear this throughout the service as 2-metre social distancing will be maintained)
Think carefully about whether it is right for you to attend. If you are classed as vulnerable because of your age or health conditions please follow NHS advice or talk to your GP.
The Church is organised so that social distancing of 2 metres can be maintained.
We will broadcast the service live on Zoom. Follow this link to join us from 10.45 am.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09
Please keep your microphone muted throughout.
You can access a copy of the service sheet via the website home page as well.
The service will also be recorded and posted on the website’ Sermons and services’ page and on the recorded telephone line – 02080501091.
We will post the recordings early on Sunday afternoon.

Services in August will be:

Sunday 2 11am Morning Worship
Readings: Isaiah 55:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21
Leader and preacher: John Beauchamp

Sunday 9 11am Morning Worship
Readings: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Matthew 14:22-33
Leader and preacher: Suzanne Roberts

Sunday 16 11am Morning Worship
Readings: Isaiah 56:1,6-8; Matthew 15:21-28
Leader and preacher: Stuart Evans

Sunday 23 11am Morning Worship
Readings: Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20
Leader and preacher: Timothy Muller

Sunday 30 11am Morning Worship
Readings: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Matthew 16:21-end
Leader and preacher: John Beauchamp

Podcast for younger members
The podcast for younger members will still be posted each week on the website and on the recorded telephone line.
Feel free to listen into the latest Billy adventure no matter what age you are.

Meeting on Zoom
Each week we hope to continue to offer a meeting on Zoom following the service.
Stay on after the service or log on at 11.30 am using the Zoom service link on the website home page.
We need a few volunteers to help host this if it is to happen each week.
Contact me if you can be part of a group doing this.

Staff changes at Urban Hope
Anna Herold has decided not to return to the UK and her post at Urban Hope following her time on furlough. We are grateful to Anna for what she has brought to Urban Hope over the past 18 months and wish her well as she discerns the next steps for her life and work. We will soon be advertising for a replacement female youth worker.

Black lives matter
As a church, we seek to take seriously the issues raised by the death of George Floyd and the ‘Black lives matter’ protests across the world. In the autumn the PCC will be discussing how we can move beyond our aspiration to be a church that welcomes and gives equal opportunity to all, to how we can become an ‘antiracist’ church that speaks out against racism in all its forms in our society, the church and across the world. In this we will need to learn a lot together about historical and contemporary events and structures that have embedded racist attitudes and behaviours within our culture and find ways of owning and repenting of the hurt and harm that has been caused to generations of people who are black and from many different ethnic minorities. This is not a journey that we can start lightly or expect to finish quickly (if ever). It is a journey that will require commitment and honesty from all of us and so a journey we will take time to plan and prepare for. A big part of the preparation is prayer, so I urge you to hold all of this in your prayers and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide and support us on this journey.

Annual meeting and elections
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is scheduled to take place on Sunday 20th September. This year the meeting will be part of our 11am service as we worship together, reflect on the past year and face the challenges of the year to come. At an APCM we appoint people to a number of key roles within the church. Church Wardens are elected (see the separate notice), we have 4 vacancies on the PCC for people to serve for 3 years as part of the council that helps establish our vision and enables our ministry. And we will appoint 2 Deanery Synod representatives who connect us with the churches in Islington and the diocese. Nominations for these roles open on 30th August, but now is the time to think and pray about whether you might be willing to take on one of these roles or whether you feel someone else you know could do this. All candidates must have been members of the electoral roll for at least 6 months and be proposed and seconded by other members of the electoral roll. To find out more about any of these roles, talk to John or Janice or other members of the PCC. The annual report and accounts are available on the website and paper copies, along with agendas and minutes, will be available nearer the time.

Church Warden vacancies
Later this year we will have 2 vacancies for Church Wardens when Janice steps down after 3 years in this role. I am immensely grateful to Janice for her time as warden and for carrying this responsibility alone for the past 18 months. Wardens play an important role in the life of the church, supporting the vicar and helping shape our worship and ministry as well as helping organise events and services. Wardens are nominated and elected by the congregation at the annual meeting so we need you to think and pray about who you would like to see as your wardens for 2020-21. Think through the people you know at St Stephen’s. Who do you think would be right for these roles? You could talk to people yourself or you can let John know any names on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

Electoral roll
As we approach the annual meeting we need to update our Electoral Roll to ensure it reflects our membership at the current time. The electoral roll is the list of those who have a connection to St Stephen’s through residency in the parish and/or as regular worshippers. Being on the roll gives you the right to take part in our elections for PCC members and officers and to be nominated for these roles. Anyone who is 16 or over (or who will be 16 by 20th September) and qualifies as a resident or a regular worshipper can apply. There is a very simple form to complete and help can be provided if you need it. After the full review of the Electoral Roll last year all current members will remain on the roll unless there is a request for names to be removed. If you have moved home since March 2019 please let us know so the roll can be updated. Application forms are available in the Church and from the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02086165505.

Website manager needed
We need someone willing to take over management of the church website. This includes:
Formatting and uploading content generated by others.
Writing/generating some content as directed.
Ensuring all aspects of the site are functioning and current.
Helping to develop a vision for the website and our online presence.
There are several weekly tasks and other times when a quick response is needed to post news and information.
Basic IT and website management skills are needed. The platform we use is very simple to operate.
For several years the site has been managed as a favour by my son but I feel it is unfair to expect him to continue to do this for us.
If you think you have the skills needed and can commit the small amount of time needed to do this regularly, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

Summer holidays
It is good to hear that many of you are managing to get away for a break over the summer. After all the anxiety and uncertainty of the past few months, let’s pray that this will be a time of physical and spiritual rest and refreshment before we return to the challenges of the autumn.

St Paul’s Cathedral – Hard Questions for Hard Times
St Paul’s are continuing their series of short reflections from a selection of speakers, asking the hard and relevant questions for our time.
Visit: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/hard-questions-for-hard-times

Website technical issues
A technical issue with the church website resulted in the archive of sermons and services being deleted. The 2020 services have been restored and we will eventually restore 2019 as well. Apologies though that earlier sermons will no longer be available.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services’ page. If you haven’t listened to them yet you will find news and reflections from St Stephen’s members and our mission partners along with poems, music and more.
It was suggested at the PCC that we might continue to publish a podcast as an audio church magazine once a quarter or so. If this is to happen an editor will be needed to plan this, ask people to contribute and collect contributions for editing. If you would like to think about taking this on please contact me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

A time to reflect
The Wednesday ‘Time to reflect’ group has decided to take a break for the summer. Those who have joined this group have found it stimulating and thought-provoking and we are keen to find a way of continuing this in the autumn term. Watch out for information in September.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
There is a prayer requests list on the website at http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
Please remember to use this in your prayers during the week.
If you have specific prayer requests for yourself or others please email or phone me to have these added to the list.
There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time. http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
You can access our daily prayers on the recorded telephone service - 02080501091

Prayer list for August 2020

Please pray this month

Urban Hope
For the summer programme and opportunities to reach young people across the community.
For safety for young people with time on their hands during the holiday
For the appointment of a new female youth worker.
For opportunities to return to work in schools in September.

Manna
For Manna as it moves from lock-down provision and seeks new ways of working and supporting the most vulnerable clients.
For all clients who have found this time distressing and isolating and need to reconnect with support services.
For all currently accommodated in hotels. For renewed efforts and funding to provide permanent accommodation for all.
Give thanks for the faithful team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support Manna’s lockdown provision.

Church
For those who are unwell and those who support them: Mary Allen, Mary Fergus, Joy Maitland, Vivian Mehmet, Bryan Gault, Joyce Lowe, Stephen Spencer, Carol Mellor, Tish Gleadall, Terry Barber. Also for all mourning the loss of loved ones, particularly family and friends of Val Bull and Susan Daphe.
For Joy and Rufin as they prepare to become parents during August
For people willing to be new Church Wardens and PCC members this year.

World
For a genuine desire to end racism in all its forms and work for justice and equality for all.
For a world affected by Covid 19 and for all working to develop vaccines and treatments.
For all affected by the economic impact of the pandemic in the UK and across the world. For supportive economic strategies for individuals, communities and nations.
For Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and all countries where Covid 19 has added yet more distress to the lives of those affected by war and ongoing conflict.
For Angola and Mozambique and the ALMA partnership through which we can offer support. For our partner church of St Stephen in Luanda marking 40 years since they were founded.


St Stephen’s news update – 23rd July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our weekly mailing

Service this Sunday
There will be a service of Morning Worship in the Church at 11 am this Sunday.
Please visit the website for information about attending.
The service will last for 30 minutes.
Please wear a face covering when you arrive and leave the Church.
(You do not need to wear this throughout the service as 2-metre social distancing will be maintained)
Think carefully about whether it is right for you to attend. If you are classed as vulnerable because of your age or health conditions please follow NHS advice or talk to your GP.

The Church is organised so that social distancing of 2 metres can be maintained.
We will broadcast the service live on Zoom. Follow this link to join us from 10.45 am.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09
Please keep your microphone muted throughout.
You can access a copy of the service sheet via the website as well.
The service will also be recorded and posted on the website’ Sermons and services’ page and on the recorded telephone line – 02080501091.
We will post the recordings early on Sunday afternoon.

Podcast for younger members
The podcast for younger members will still be posted on the website and on the recorded telephone line.
Feel free to listen into the latest Billy adventure no matter what age you are.

Meeting on Zoom
This week we will also meet up on Zoom after the service. Stay on after the service or log on at 11.30 am.
We would like to keep this option available each week but we will need a small group of people willing to help make this happen. Mat and Rachel who will be setting up Zoom from the Church cannot carry on with this after the service. So people are needed who will log on by 11.30 am each Sunday and take over the Zoom meeting so that this can continue and others can join.
If you would like to see this continue and can join a small group to help keep this going please contact me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Website manager needed
We need someone willing to take over management of the church website. This includes:
Formatting and uploading content generated by others.
Writing/generating some content as directed.
Ensuring all aspects of the site are functioning and current.
Helping to develop a vision for the website and our online presence.
There are several weekly tasks and other times when a quick response is needed to post news and information.
Basic IT and website management skills are needed. The platform we use is very simple to operate.
For several years the site has been managed as a favour by my son but I feel it is unfair to expect him to continue to do this for us.
If you think you have the skills needed and can commit the small amount of time needed to do this regularly, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

Summer holidays
It is good to hear that many of you are managing to get away for a break over the summer. After all the anxiety and uncertainty of the past few months, let’s pray that this will be a time of physical and spiritual rest and refreshment before we return to the challenges of the autumn.

Wedding at St Stephen’s
On Sunday 2nd August Mary Allen’s granddaughter Rianne will marry her partner Tudor in St Stephen’s. Only a small number of guests can be invited to what will have to be a socially distanced service. Please pray for Rianne and Tudor and all the family as they prepare for this special day.

St Paul’s Cathedral – Hard Questions for Hard Times
St Paul’s are continuing their series of short reflections from a selection of speakers, asking the hard and relevant questions for our time.
Visit: [https://www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/hard-questions-for-hard-times]*https://www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/hard-questions-for-hard-times)
To access the whole series.

Website technical issues
A technical issue with the church website resulted in the archive of sermons and services being deleted. The 2020 services have been restored and we will eventually restore 2019 as well. Apologies though that earlier sermons will no longer be available.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services page. If you haven’t listened to them yet you will find news and reflections from St Stephen’s members and our mission partners along with poems, music and more.
It was suggested at the PCC that we might continue to publish a podcast as an audio church magazine once a quarter or so. If this is to happen an editor will be needed to plan this, ask people to contribute and collect contributions for editing. If you would like to think about taking this on please contact me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

A time to reflect
The Wednesday ‘Time to reflect’ group has decided to take a break for the summer. Those who have joined this group have found it stimulating and thought-provoking and we are keen to find a way of continuing this in the autumn term. Watch out for information in September.

PCC Secretary
Don’t forget that we are seeking an interim PCC secretary to fill this role initially until the annual meeting in September. If you could help, or suggest others who might help, please contact me on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

Church Wardens
We need to find 2 Church Wardens to stand for election in September when Janice steps down. You are asked to talk to people you think are possible candidates or contact me with any suggestions. We do need to find Church Wardens as they play an important role in enabling the life and worship of the church to keep running. Please think and pray about this and contact me with the names of anyone you suggest I should ask. Vvicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk – 02072267526. Thank you

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
There is a prayer requests list on the website at
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
Please remember to use this in your prayers during the week.
If you have specific prayer requests for yourself or others please email or phone me to have these added to the list.
There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
You can access our daily prayers on the recorded telephone service - 02080501091


St Stephen’s news update – 21st July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our Monday mailing.
This will be the last Monday mailing as we will return to a weekly mailing circulated each Thursday from next week.

Returning to worship in the Church
It was good to be able to open the Church doors for worship on Sunday.
Attendance was small but others were able to join us on Zoom.
A recording of the service is now online via the ‘Sermons and services’ page of the website and on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091.
The podcast for younger members is also available on the website and the telephone line.
We will continue to broadcast services on Zoom and post recordings and podcasts throughout the summer. Visit the website for information about accessing the service on Zoom.
There will be a service in St Stephen’s at 11am next Sunday.
Visit the website for information about attending services at this time.

Meeting on Zoom
We are sorry that we cannot meet up on Zoom after the Sunday service. We are exploring how we might offer this at another time. Watch out for more information.

Summer holidays
It is good to hear that many of you are managing to get away for a break over the summer. After all the anxiety and uncertainty of the past few months, let’s pray that this will be a time of physical and spiritual rest and refreshment before we return to the challenges of the autumn.

Wedding at St Stephen’s
On Sunday 2nd August Mary Allen’s granddaughter Rianne will marry her partner Tudor in St Stephen’s. Only a small number of guests can be invited to what will have to be a socially distanced service. Please pray for Rianne and Tudor and all the family as they prepare for this special day.

Website technical issues
A technical issue with the church website resulted in the archive of sermons and services being deleted. The 2020 services have been restored and we will eventually restore 2019 as well. Apologies though that earlier sermons will no longer be available.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcasts
The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services’ page. If you haven’t listened to them yet you will find news and reflections from St Stephen’s members and our mission partners along with poems, music and more.

A time to reflect
The Wednesday ‘Time to reflect’ group has decided to take a break for the summer. Those who have joined this group have found it stimulating and thought-provoking and we are keen to find a way of continuing this in the autumn term. Watch out for information in September.

PCC Secretary
Don’t forget that we are seeking an interim PCC secretary to fill this role initially until the annual meeting in September. If you could help, or suggest others who might help, please contact me on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

Church Wardens
We need to find 2 Church Wardens to stand for election in September when Janice steps down. You are asked to talk to people you think are possible candidates or contact me with any suggestions. We do need to find Church Wardens as they play an important role in enabling the life and worship of the church to keep running. Please think and pray about this and contact me with the names of anyone you suggest I should ask. vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk – 02072267526. Thank you

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
There is a prayer requests list on the website at
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
Please remember to use this in your prayers during the week.
If you have specific prayer requests for yourself or others please email or phone me to have these added to the list.
There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
You can access our daily prayers on the recorded telephone service - 02080501091


St Stephen’s news update – 16th July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to this news update

Returning to worship in the Church
We will return to the Church for worship this Sunday at 11am.
Visit the church website home page for information about attending.

Please wear a face covering when you arrive.
The Church is arranged to ensure social distancing of 2 metres for all.
The service will last for 30 minutes.
The service will be broadcast on Zoom for those who cannot attend.
Click on this link after 10.45am to join us.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09
You can access a copy of the service sheet via the website as well.
Please keep your microphone muted throughout.
We will record the service and post it on the ‘Sermons and services’ page of the website and on the recorded telephone service (02080501091) later on Sunday.
You are welcome to join us in the Church. However, if you are classed as vulnerable because of your age or health conditions please think carefully before attending.

Meeting on Zoom
We are sorry that we will not be able to offer the general catch-up on Zoom after the Sunday service. We will explore how we might offer this at another time. Watch out for more information.

Podcast for children
We have issued a podcast for children each week with some things to think about and a story to enjoy.
We will keep doing this over the summer before we can hopefully begin Sunday School and Dreams again in September.
The podcast will be posted on the ‘sermons and services’ page of the website and on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091
If primary aged children attend services they are welcome to listen to the podcast on a mobile device. Wi-Fi is available in the Church.

Val Bull
It was lovely to be able to gather in St Stephen’s on Monday for Val’s funeral. I hope those of you who listened on Zoom felt part of the service as well. Richard and Peter thank all for taking part in the service and for the messages of support they have received at this time.

Website technical issues
A technical issue with the church website resulted in the archive of sermons and services being deleted. The 2020 services have been restored and we will eventually restore 2019 as well. Apologies though that earlier sermons will no longer be available.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcast
The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services page. If you would like to contribute to the 5th in the series please get in touch with John. You can record your thoughts, reflections, a poem, book review, a piece of music or just the sounds from the world around you, in fact anything really.

A time to reflect
The Wednesday ‘Time to Reflect’ group is taking a break for a few weeks. Watch out for news of when we will start again.

PCC Secretary
Don’t forget that we are seeking an interim PCC secretary to fill this role initially until the annual meeting in September. If you could help, or suggest others who might help, please contact me on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

Church Wardens
We need to find 2 Church Wardens to stand for election in September when Janice steps down. You are asked to talk to people you think are possible candidates or contact me with any suggestions. We do need to find Church Wardens as they play an important role in enabling the life and worship of the church to keep running. Please think and pray about this and contact me with the names of anyone you suggest I should ask. vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk – 02072267526. Thank you

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
There is a prayer requests list on the website at
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
Please remember to use this in your prayers during the week.
There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
Email me or phone to add requests to the list.


St Stephen’s news update – 13th July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our Monday mailing.

Returning to worship in the Church

We are considering how and when we can best return to offering services in the Church. I hope this will be very soon. Watch the news emails this week for more information.

Val Bull

Val’s funeral will take place in St Stephen’s today (Monday 13th July) at 12.30 pm. Attendance has to be by invitation only to ensure social distancing is possible in the Church. We will, however, broadcast the service on Zoom for those who are unable to attend. Log onto the following link between 12.15 pm and 12.30 pm to listen in.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82330927810?pwd=bEM4VlZ6NmhmU000WE1HSjJWNCtCQT09

Please keep your camera off and your microphone muted throughout.

From Fola Faleti

Fola has been unwell, but writes ….

Dear All, It is a joy and an encouragement to feel supported and being prayed for by sisters and brothers in Christ. It is a blessing and I thank God for this. Please continue to pray for all of us struggling health-wise. May God bless us all. Amen

From Libby and Rich Senez

Hello St Stephen’s! The Senez family have arrived in Vancouver. The flight was strange as there were only 40 people on the plane. The 14 day quarantine was challenging - we live in a small downtown apartment so our small children did not enjoy being stuck inside for so long. But that is over, and we are now free to enjoy the delights of Vancouver. Libby started her new job, and Rich has started the dissertation for his masters with London City University which is due in September. We have found a lovely nanny, Gabi, who is caring for our children during the day. Stanley can say her name already, but he is still working on Juno’s! Rich’s parents have been wonderful supporting us during the quarantine, and we look forward to settling into our new life here on the West Coast. It is a lot of work finding a new community, and we miss our friends at St Stephen’s very much.

Black lives matter

From Margaret Evans

Dear All,

Many of us have been talking with friends about small steps we can take to educate ourselves and respond in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and to help each other move forward in our desire to be antiracist as individuals and in the church.

On Wednesday 29 July 8-9.15pm, Alexandra Lilley of St George’s Tufnell Park and I are hosting an online discussion on Reni Eddo-Lodge’s influential book, ‘Why I’m’ no longer talking to white people about race.’.

The zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81200954358. Please share via email.

But please don’t post this online or on social media - sadly some churches have had hostile and disruptive interventions to services etc.

It would be lovely if you can be there!

We just ask that people read the book in advance and come ready to discuss!

Thanks so much, Margaret and Alexandra

Service podcasts

I hope you enjoyed the recorded service this last Sunday and the podcast for younger members. They are still available via the website and on the recorded telephone line – 02080501091.

Depending on what decision we make about resuming services, I will circulate details of how to access worship for next Sunday later this week.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service

You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcast

The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services page. If you would like to contribute to the 5th in the series please get in touch with John. You can record your thoughts, reflections, a poem, book review, a piece of music or just the sounds from the world around you, in fact anything really.

A time to reflect

The Wednesday ‘Time to Reflect’ group is taking a break for a few weeks. Watch out for news of when we will start again.

PCC Secretary

Don’t forget that we are seeking an interim PCC secretary to fill this role initially until the annual meeting in September. If you could help, or suggest others who might help, please contact me on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526.

Church Wardens

We need to find 2 Church Wardens to stand for election in September when Janice steps down. You are asked to talk to people you think are possible candidates or contact me with any suggestions. We do need to find Church Wardens as they play an important role in enabling the life and worship of the church to keep running. Please think and pray about this and contact me with the names of anyone you suggest I should ask. vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk – 02072267526. Thank you

2019 Annual Report and Accounts

We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner.
You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.

If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.

2 Church Wardens

2 Deanery Synod Representatives

4 PCC Members

If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044

The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying

I have updated the prayer requests list which is now on the website at:

http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/

The list is quite long now so do divide it up for your prayers during the week.

There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time.

http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/

A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.

Email me or phone to add requests to the list.


St Stephen’s news update – 9th July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our news update.

This Sunday
As you will be aware, we have decided that at the moment we cannot return to Sunday services in the Church safely with current social distancing guidelines. We will continue with the recorded services online and on the recorded telephone service.
In this week’s service, Stuart Evans will share a reflection on the parable of the sower and there is a podcast for our younger members with yet another Billy adventure to enjoy.
You can access them on the website via the ‘Sermons and services’ link.
Or by phoning the recorded telephone service on 02080501091
Listen to the service at 11 am on Sunday if you can but make your own time to listen if you cannot manage this. The recordings remain on the website as part of our sermons archive and will be available on the phone line until Friday each week.

Sunday meeting on Zoom
Once again you are invited to log in to our Zoom meeting at 11.30 am on Sunday to catch up over coffee. This is a chance to tell us what has been happening for you this week, comment on the service and sermon and to share any prayer points for our prayer requests list.
The link for the Zoom meeting is below and will be at the top of the ‘Sermons and services’ page on the website.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09

Funeral of Val Bull
Val’s funeral will take place in St Stephen’s on Monday 13th July at 12.30pm. Attendance is by invitation only and restricted to just the closest family and friends.
You will be able to listen to the service on Zoom. The link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82330927810?pwd=bEM4VlZ6NmhmU000WE1HSjJWNCtCQT09
Log on from 12.15 pm. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide video of the service. If you log on please keep your microphone muted throughout.

Church Wardens
Later this year we will have 2 vacancies for Church Wardens when Janice steps down after 3 years in this role. Wardens play an important role in the life of the church, supporting the vicar and helping shape our worship and ministry as well as helping organise events and services. Wardens are nominated and elected by the congregation at the annual meeting so we need you to think and pray about who you would like to see as your wardens for 2020-21. Think through the people you know at St Stephen’s. Who do you think would be right for these roles? You could talk to people yourself or you can let John know any names on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

PCC Secretary
Joy Faulkner-Mpeho has stepped down from the role of PCC secretary as she and Rufin prepare to become parents later in the summer. So the PCC needs to find someone who will take on the administrative tasks that help the council run smoothly. This includes: communication with the council members via email to send papers for meetings, accept apologies, set up Zoom links; overseeing the taking of minutes and distributing these as directed; receiving some communications from the diocese and handing information on; helping to facilitate Standing Committee meetings.
It is not necessary for the secretary to be a member of the PCC but they can be co-opted for this purpose or stand for election to the council.
It would be helpful if we can find an interim secretary to cover the time from now until the annual meeting in September, hoping that someone might take this on and then want to continue.
The secretary will work closely with me as PCC chair and it is not necessary to have any experience of this role in order to take it on. All that is needed is some basic admin and IT skills.
The PCC secretary is an important role that enables the governance of the church to work smoothly and the PCC to deal with issues efficiently.
If you feel you have the skills for this role and would like to explore more about it, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
Thank you

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcast
The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services page. If you would like to contribute to the 5th in the series please get in touch with John. You can record your thoughts, reflections, a poem, book review, a piece of music or just the sounds from the world around you, in fact, anything really.

A time to reflect
We are taking a break from our Wednesday reflections for a couple of weeks. Watch the news for details of when we will meet again.

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
If you would like to talk about taking on one of the roles that will become vacant – Church Warden, Deanery Synod representative or PCC member – please contact me for a chat.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet, tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Resource hub from St Paul’s
If you are looking for some stimulating things to listen to or read, St Pauls’ have drawn a range of their resources together into a resource hub. You can find it at https://resourcehub.squarespace.com/

Keep praying
There is a list of prayer points at the top of the ‘Praying Together’ page on the website. I will update this each Monday after our Sunday Zoom meeting.
If you have a prayer request for yourself, your family or others, you can also email me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk


St Stephen’s news update – 6th July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our Monday mailing.

Returning to worship in the Church
Apologies once again that we had to postpone our plans to reopen St Stephen’s for services this Sunday. We will be reviewing this regularly and hope to find a way of beginning services again in the near future.

Val Bull
Val’s funeral will take place in St Stephen’s on Monday 13th July at 12.30 pm. Attendance has to be by invitation only to ensure social distancing is possible in the Church. We will, however, broadcast the service on Zoom for those who are unable to attend. I will circulate the Zoom link later in the week. Please continue to pray for Peter and Richard and all of Val’s family.

Mary Allen
Please continue to pray for Mary and her family supporting and caring for her. Mary is at home but, with dialysis and other appointments, spending a large amount of time at the hospital. She is grateful for your prayers and support.

Fola Faleti
Please pray for Fola who has been unwell with back pain and is waiting for test results.

Service podcasts
I hope you enjoyed the recorded service this last Sunday and the podcast for younger members. These will be available as usual for next Sunday when Stuart will be reflecting on the Parable of the Sower and young people will have another Billy adventure to enjoy. On 19th July The Bishop of Stepney, The Rt Rev Joanne Grenfel, will provide the reflection as part of the service.
The recordings can be accessed through ‘Sermons and services.’
And on the recorded phone line by ringing 02080501091.
The recordings remain on the website as part of the service archive and will be on the phone line until Friday when next Sunday’s service will be uploaded.
Listen at 11 am on Sunday if you can or find your own time on Sunday or during the week.

Meeting on Zoom
We will continue to meet on Zoom at 11.30 am each Sunday to catch-up with each other, collect any prayer requests and share any thoughts about the service and reflection.
The Zoom link for each week is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09
This is also included at the top of the ‘Sermons and services’ page of the website.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcast
The lockdown podcast series is still available on the website on the ‘Sermons and services page. If you would like to contribute to the 5th in the series please get in touch with John. You can record your thoughts, reflections, a poem, book review, a piece of music or just the sounds from the world around you, in fact, anything really.

A time to reflect
The Wednesday ‘Time to Reflect’ group is taking a break for a few weeks. Watch out for news of when we will start again.

PCC Secretary
Joy Faulkner-Mpeho has stepped down from the role of PCC secretary as she and Rufin prepare to become parents later in the summer. So the PCC needs to find someone who will take on the administrative tasks that help the council run smoothly. This includes: communication with the council members via email to send papers for meetings, accept apologies, set up Zoom links; overseeing the taking of minutes (sometimes by secretary but also by others) and distributing these as directed; receiving some communications from the diocese and handing information on; helping to facilitate Standing Committee meetings.
It is not necessary for the secretary to be a member of the PCC but they can be co-opted for this purpose or stand for election to the council.
It would be helpful if we can find an interim secretary to cover the time from now until the annual meeting in September, hoping that someone might take this on and then want to continue.

The secretary will work closely with me as PCC chair and it is not necessary to have any experience of this role in order to take it on. All that is needed is some basic admin skills along with basic IT skills as well.
The PCC secretary is an important role that enables the governance of the church to work smoothly and the PCC to deal with issues efficiently.
If you feel you have the skills for this role and would like to explore more about it, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
Thank you

Church Wardens
Later this year we will have 2 vacancies for Church Wardens when Janice steps down after 3 years in this role. Wardens play an important role in the life of the church, supporting the vicar and helping shape our worship and ministry as well as helping organise events and services. Wardens are nominated and elected by the congregation at the annual meeting so we need you to think and pray about who you would like to see as your wardens for 2020-21. Think through the people you know at St Stephen’s. Who do you think would be right for these roles? You could talk to people yourself or you can let John know any names on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
I have updated the prayer requests list which is now on the website at:
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
The list is quite long now so do divide it up for your prayers during the week.
There are also links to prayer resources specially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
Email me or phone to add requests to the list.


St Stephen’s news update – 2nd July

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our news update.

Returning to worship in the Church
I am really sorry that we have had to postpone the return to services in the Church. We had hoped that this would be possible, but after guidance issued on 30th June, we had to decide that we could not meet the social distancing requirements in a safe and effective way. We will constantly review this as guidance changes and restrictions are eased and hope that it will not be too long before we can worship together again in the Church.

This Sunday
This week we will continue with our recorded services and podcast for younger members. These will be available on the website via the ‘Sermons and services’ link and on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091.
Listen to the service at 11 am on Sunday if you can but make your own time to listen if you cannot manage this.

Sunday meeting on Zoom
Once again you are invited to log in to our Zoom meeting at 11.30 am on Sunday to catch up over coffee. This is a chance to tell us what has been happening for you this week, comment on the service and sermon and to share any prayer points for our prayer requests list.
The link for the Zoom meeting is below and will be at the top of the ‘Sermons and services’ page on the website.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09

Val Bull
Val’s funeral will take place in St Stephen’s on Monday 13th July at 12.30 pm. Attendance will be by invitation only and restricted to just the closest family and friends. We hope to be able to broadcast the service on Zoom for those who cannot attend. Details of this will be circulated. Please pray for Peter and Richard and the family as they arrange the funeral with these restrictions.

Church Wardens
Later this year we will have 2 vacancies for Church Wardens when Janice steps down after 3 years in this role. Wardens play an important role in the life of the church, supporting the vicar and helping shape our worship and ministry as well as helping organise events and services. Wardens are nominated and elected by the congregation at the annual meeting so we need you to think and pray about who you would like to see as your wardens for 2020-21. Think through the people you know at St Stephen’s. Who do you think would be right for these roles? You could talk to people yourself or you can let John know any names on vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526. Thank you.

PCC Secretary
Joy Faulkner-Mpeho has stepped down from the role of PCC secretary as she and Rufin prepare to become parents later in the summer. So the PCC needs to find someone who will take on the administrative tasks that help the council-run smoothly. This includes communication with the council members via email to send papers for meetings, accept apologies, set up Zoom links; overseeing the taking of minutes and distributing these as directed; receiving some communications from the diocese and handing information on; helping to facilitate Standing Committee meetings.
It is not necessary for the secretary to be a member of the PCC but they can be co-opted for this purpose or stand for election to the council.
It would be helpful if we can find an interim secretary to cover the time from now until the annual meeting in September, hoping that someone might take this on and then want to continue.
The secretary will work closely with me as PCC chair and it is not necessary to have any experience of this role in order to take it on. All that is needed is some basic admin and IT skills.
The PCC secretary is an important role that enables the governance of the church to work smoothly and the PCC to deal with issues efficiently.
If you feel you have the skills for this role and would like to explore more about it, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
Thank you

Black lives matter
We are gathering an increasing list of resources, books and articles to help in our thinking and reflection on issues of racism and injustice. Scroll through past news bulletins on the website to find the full list. I’ll try and get this put on the website as a separate link to make it easier to find. This week Katie Melville sent me the link to a challenging article called ‘Worship of a false God.’ Although it presents an American perspective it is still very relevant to us in the UK.
https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/worship-false-god

Recorded telephone service
You can now access our recorded services and podcast for younger people on a local phone line. The number is 02080501091. Calls will be charged as local calls or will be included in the minutes in any call package or contract you have on landline or mobile. You can also access our daily prayers which are a chance to pause and pray for a couple of minutes in the morning, during the day and in the evening. I hope this will be an easier way for some to access this material.

Lock-down Podcasts
Our ‘Lock-down Podcast 4’ is now online for you to listen to. You will find reflections from Katie Melville’s garden, a summer poem from Fran Trafford, the view from Kuala Lumpur from Tim and Rachel Green and thoughts on working with the homeless during lock-down from Rachel Woolf.
Visit: http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/
Where you will find all 4 of our lock-down podcasts.
If you have any ideas for contributions to podcast 5 please get in touch. You could share thoughts, reflections, music, readings, poems, interesting sounds from your world. You just need to be able to record an audio file on a phone and email this to me. Get in touch with any ideas.

A time to reflect
We are taking a break from our Wednesday reflections for a couple of weeks. Watch the news for details of when we will meet again.

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
If you would like to talk about taking on one of the roles that will become vacant – Church Warden, Deanery Synod representative or PCC member – please contact me for a chat.

Church of England Survey
The Church of England have launched a survey of church members to gain views and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Everyone is invited to take part.
Visit this link

Hard questions for hard times
This is a series of short videos from St Paull’s in which people answer some of the pressing questions of our time.
The question posed for this week is ‘Has the pandemic shaken your faith in God?’ A number of writers reflect on this question in a series of short video clips.
Visit the link
Or search for ‘St Paul’s Hard questions for hard times.’

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet, tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Resource hub from St Paul’s
If you are looking for some stimulating things to listen to or read, St Pauls’ have drawn a range of their resources together into a resource hub. You can find it at
https://resourcehub.squarespace.com/

Keep praying
There is a list of prayer points at the top of the ‘Praying Together’ page on the website. I will update this each Monday after our Sunday Zoom meeting.
If you have a prayer request for yourself, your family or others, you can also email me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk


St Stephen’s news update – 29th June

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our Monday mailing.

Returning to worship in the Church
From this coming Sunday (5th July) services can resume in Churches but with a number of restrictions in place.
There will be a service in St Stephen’s at 11 am on Sunday but we realise that many will still be unable to attend at the present time.
The service will be Morning Worship and will last for 30 minutes.
We will broadcast the service on Zoom so you can also join us at home.
The link will be on the website and in the Thursday mailing.
We will also post a recording of the service on the website and on the recorded telephone line as soon as we can after the service has finished. (This Should be by about 1 pm each Sunday).
We will continue to provide a podcast for younger members both on the website and on the telephone service.
Social distancing will have to be maintained in the Church and the pews have been moved to enable this.
This restricts the number of people who can be in the Church but we hope also to provide an overflow in the halls where the service can be heard.
At the moment we cannot sing and cannot allow socialising before or after services.
We also cannot provide Sunday School or a youth group or any materials/facilities for children in the Church. The crèche cannot be used either.
You are still asked to think carefully about attending.
If you are in the vulnerable group and have been asked to shield it is advised that you do not attend yet.
If you are unwell or have any symptoms – temperature, cough, lack of taste and smell – you must not attend.
If you have been instructed to isolate because of contact with someone who has had symptoms you must not attend.
This though is an important step on our way back to being fully open as a Church for the parish and the local community.
If you feel confident to attend you are very welcome to join us.
Please aim to arrive from 10.45 am onwards. You may need to form a socially distanced queue at the door as it will take longer than usual to get everyone in and seated safely.

Meeting on Zoom
It will not be possible for us to meet on Zoom after the Sunday services. As many have appreciated this time though I will explore if we can set up an evening Zoom meeting for a catch-up and a short service of Compline each Sunday. More information to come.

Val Bull
We give thanks to God for Val who died peacefully in hospital last week. Val and her husband Arthur were at the centre of St Stephen’s for many years and we rejoice that they are now reunited and that Val is at peace after several years of illness. Please pray for her sons, Peter and Richard, and the family as they arrange her funeral.

Mary Allen
Please continue to pray for Mary and her family supporting and caring for her. Mary is at home but, with dialysis and other appointments, spending a large amount of time at the hospital. She is grateful for your prayers and support.

Morning, daytime and evening prayers now on recorded telephone service
You can now access our daily pattern of prayer on the recorded telephone service – 02080501091. Along with our weekly service and children’s podcast, you can now ring in for a moment of prayer at the start of, during and at the end of your day. It will only take a couple of minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Lock-down Podcast
Our ‘Lock-down Podcast 4’ is now online for you to listen to. You will find reflections from Katie Melville’s garden, a summer poem from Fran Trafford, the view from Kuala Lumpur from Tim and Rachel Green and thoughts on working with the homeless during lock-down from Rachel Woolf.
Visit: http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/
Where you will find all 4 of our lock-down podcasts.

A time to reflect
Each week you are invited to listen to an online talk and then meet to discuss this on Wednesday evening at 8.30pm on Zoom.
This week we continue the C S Lewis theme we started last week with a talk given by my old doctrine lecturer, Alistair McGrath, as part of the St Pauls’ Adult Learning series. Alistair is talking about his biography of Lewis and some of the insight he gained into his life and work.
The link for the talk is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jPPfHVncYg
The Zoom link for our meeting on Wednesday is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84697630447?pwd=MWpRUGVLVWR6Z0t2SmlUMGtHMWdIdz09

I’ll send an email with some starter questions for our discussion.
All are welcome to join us.

PCC Secretary
Joy Faulkner-Mpeho has stepped down from the role of PCC secretary as she and Rufin prepare to become parents later in the summer. So the PCC needs to find someone who will take on the administrative tasks that help the council run smoothly. This includes communication with the council members via email to send papers for meetings, accept apologies, set up Zoom links; overseeing the taking of minutes (sometimes by the secretary but also by others) and distributing these as directed; receiving some communications from the diocese and handing information on; helping to facilitate Standing Committee meetings.
It is not necessary for the secretary to be a member of the PCC but they can be co-opted for this purpose or stand for election to the council.
It would be helpful if we can find an interim secretary to cover the time from now until the annual meeting in September, hoping that someone might take this on and then want to continue.
The secretary will work closely with me as PCC chair and it is not necessary to have any experience of this role in order to take it on. All that is needed is some basic admin skills along with basic IT skills as well.
The PCC secretary is an important role that enables the governance of the church to work smoothly and the PCC to deal with issues efficiently.
If you feel you have the skills for this role and would like to explore more about it, please get in touch with me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
Thank you

Resource hub from St Paul’s
If you are looking for some stimulating things to listen to or read, St Pauls’ has drawn a range of their resources together into a resource hub. You can find it at
https://resourcehub.squarespace.com/

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
I have updated the prayer requests list which is now on the website at:
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
The list is quite long now so do divide it up for your prayers during the week.
There are also links to prayer resources especially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/
A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
Email me or phone to add requests to the list.


St Stephen’s news update – 25th June

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our news update

Returning to worship in the Church
You will have heard the announcement that services can resume in Churches from Sunday 5th July. There will be many restrictions on this though to ensure that Churches are as safe as possible for everyone.
There will be an 11 am service at St Stephen’s on Sunday 5th July. It will last for 30 minutes and include liturgy, prayers and a reflection as in our podcast services. At this time we cannot sing or share Communion together. Social distancing will need to be maintained but households can, of course, sit together. The arrangement of the pews has been changed to maximise the number who can attend but inevitably this is limited. To maintain social distancing 17 individuals or households can attend. Unfortunately, we will need to keep to this limit on attendance but really hope it will not be necessary to turn anyone away. If however, we find that new people come to services and we are over capacity, we hope that regular members will be prepared to give up places to enable the Church to be welcoming to those who might be attending for the first time. The service will also be available online and on the telephone service as we have been doing throughout the lockdown.
You are still asked to think carefully about attending. If you are in the vulnerable group and have been asked to shield it is advised that you do not attend yet. If you are unwell or have any symptoms – temperature, cough, lack of taste and smell – you must not attend, and if you have been instructed to isolate because of contact with someone who has had symptoms you must not attend.
In order to maintain social distancing, we will need to be strict about how the service runs. When you arrive you will need to use hand sanitizer and then go straight to a place observing the markings on the pews and the floor. You are then asked to remain in your seat throughout the service unless it is absolutely necessary to move. At the end of the service you will be asked to leave the Church carefully, maintaining distancing at all times. It will not be possible to stay behind to talk with friends and we cannot serve after-service coffee.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to resume our Sunday School or youth group immediately but we will be exploring how we can do this safely in the near future. Unfortunately, we also cannot offer children’s resources in the Church or make the creche available either.
Clearly these restrictions will change the character of our gathering but this is a significant stage on our pathway out of lockdown. If you feel confident about attending on 5th July you are very welcome to join us.

Val Bull
Val died peacefully in hospital yesterday. We give thanks for her life of faith, humour, friendship and service. Val and Arthur were at the heart of St Stephen’s, and particularly the Almorah road church plant, for many years, giving their time and energy freely and lavishly to worship and service. We are thankful for all that Val has brought to us and rejoice that she now knows the reward of her faith in the wonder of her heavenly home. Please pray for Peter and Richard and all the family as they come to terms with her death and begin to arrange her funeral.

Black lives matter
I apologise that our past news updates and bulletins have been accidentally deleted from the website, including the ‘Black lives matter’ mailing and resource list. I will include that mailing at the end of this one so you can still access the resources listed.

Recorded telephone service
You can now access our recorded services and podcast for younger people on a local phone line. The number is 02080501091. Calls will be charged as local calls or will be included in the minutes in any call package or contract you have on landline or mobile. Very soon you will also be able to access our daily prayers which are a chance to pause and pray for a couple of minutes in the morning, during the day and in the evening. I hope this will be an easier way for some to access this material.

St Stephen’s lock-down survey
Thank you to the 27 people who completed the lockdown survey. We are now analysing the results to help us in our planning for the next few months and into the future.

Lock-down Podcasts
Our ‘Lock-down Podcast 4’ is now on line for you to listen to. You will find reflections from Katie Melville’s garden, a summer poem from Fran Trafford, the view from Kuala Lumpur from Tim and Rachel Green and thoughts on working with the homeless during lock-down from Rachel Woolf.
Visit: http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/
Where you will find all 4 of our lock-down podcasts.

This Sunday
A service and reflection and a podcast for younger members will soon be posted for this Sunday. This week the reflection is by Margaret Evans. There will be another podcast for younger members as well with another Billy adventure to enjoy.
You can find the podcasts by visiting:
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/ You can also now listen to them on the phone by dialling 02080501091.
If you can, listen at 11 am on Sunday so we can worship together even though we are separated. If you can’t listen at this time though, find your own time and space to pause for worship and reflection. The recordings of all our lock-down services are always available on the website to use.

Sunday meeting on Zoom
Once again you are invited to log in to our Zoom meeting at 11.30 am on Sunday to catch up over coffee. This is a chance to tell us what has been happening for you this week, comment on the service and sermon and to share any prayer points for our prayer requests list.
The link for the Zoom meeting is below and will be at the top of the ‘Sermons and services’ page on the website.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84961803983?pwd=RFFIb1VkMWFCMDJyRFVibTdpa1prQT09

A time to reflect
Each week you are invited to listen to an online talk and then meet to discuss this on Wednesday evening at 8.30pm on Zoom.
This week we continue the C S Lewis theme we started last week with a talk given by my old doctrine lecturer, Alistair McGrath, as part of the St Pauls’ Adult Learning series. Alistair is talking about his biography of Lewis and some of the insight he gained into his life and work.
The link for the talk is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jPPfHVncYg
The Zoom link for our meeting on Wednesday is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84697630447?pwd=MWpRUGVLVWR6Z0t2SmlUMGtHMWdIdz09

I’ll send an email with some starter questions for our discussion on Monday.
All are welcome to join us.

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk
If you would like to talk about taking on one of the roles that will become vacant – Church Warden, Deanery Synod representative or PCC member – please contact me for a chat.

Church of England Survey
The Church of England has launched a survey of church members to gain views and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Everyone is invited to take part.

Hard questions for hard times
This is a series of short videos from St Paul’s in which people answer some of the pressing questions of our time.
The question posed for this week is ‘Has the pandemic shaken your faith in God?’ A number of writers reflect on this question in a series of short video clips.
You can also search for ‘St Paul’s Hard questions for hard times.’

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet, tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Resource hub from St Paul’s
If you are looking for some stimulating things to listen to or read, St Pauls’ have drawn a range of their resources together into a resource hub. You can find it at
https://resourcehub.squarespace.com/

Keep praying
There is a list of prayer points at the top of the ‘Praying Together’ page on the website. I will update this each Monday after our Sunday Zoom meeting.
If you have a prayer request for yourself, your family or others, you can also email me at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Black lives matter

In the light of recent events in the USA with the death of George Floyd and many of the inequalities and disadvantages experienced by many minority groups exposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic, our Zoom meeting on Sunday was devoted to reflecting on the issue of racism.

This email is to share some of the responses that have come from the Church of England and to provide you with resources that others have found helpful in finding out about and reflecting on the historic context and contemporary issues of racism.

Statement from the Archbishops.

In the light of the death of George Floyd and the unfolding protests, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued this statement.

A statement from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu in response to events in the United States of America:

“Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy. Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity.
“As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, ‘In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
“We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.”

In a mailing to Stepney clergy sent on Sunday 7th June, Bishop Joanne wrote:

Racial justice

In the light of recent events in the US and protests there and in the UK, I suggest revisiting Archdeacon Liz’s conversation with Bishop Michael Curry last year in which they discussed the experience of black people in the US and UK. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ZGkq4ZcHo
I have also been grateful this week to Revd Roxane Liddell and Revd Dilly Baker who drew my attention to this blog by Revd Azariah France-Williams:
https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/blog/the-death-of-george-floyd-is-the-death-of-every-black-human. It is powerful and I recommend it.
What is happening around us is serious and long overdue. We need to take time to understand our own part in what is wrong, repent where needed, and make some definite commitments to changing what we can. This is just the beginning of a conversation which we need to have across the Diocese of London. Bishop Sarah has asked me and Revd Dr Jason Roach to work with the Deans of Black and Minority Ethnic ministry as convenors, to support them in leading the conversation about racial justice here in our church.

When we met on Zoom on Sunday several people shared information about books and videos they have found useful as an aid to trying to listen to and understand a little of what both historic and contemporary voices say about the causes of and experiences of racism.

These are listed below. They are not offered as an ‘approved’ list of resources but as suggestions from across the St Stephen’s community of things that people have found helpful.

YouTube videos
Akala - talking about everyday racism

Akala - interviewed on Good Morning Britain about knife crime and race

Reni Eddo-Lodge - interviewed about her book ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race.’

You could also search for:
‘Akala addressing the Oxford Union’
‘Reni in conversation with Emma Watson for Our Shared Shelf bookclub’

Also, see the videos highlighted by Bishop Joanne above.

The Netflix documentary The 13th, about incarceration in the US, is very powerful

Books
Why I’m no Longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Slave Trade by Hugh Thomas
Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinene
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ghost Ship by A.D.A France-Williams: Institutional Racism and the Church of England this book isn’t out yet but is due at the end of July.
Ghandi – Racism and the British Empire
Behold America Sarah Churchwell
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The issue of societal and institutional racism in the UK, USA and across the world must lead all who have enjoyed and exercised power and privilege to self-examination and collective and personal repentance.
Over the next weeks, months and years we will need to seek how we can address these issues as a church and contribute to the national and international movement to recognise and tackle this and all forms of injustice.


St Stephen’s news update – 22nd June

Visit www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk for all our latest mailings and information and for our podcast services.
Contact John at vicar@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk or 02072267526

Welcome to our Monday mailing.

St Stephen’s lock-down survey
This is your last chance to complete the St Stephen’s ‘lock-down survey.’ The survey seeks to get your views of what we have offered during the lock-down and how you are feeling about eventually returning to worship in the Church. Your feedback will help us shape what we offer over the next few months and help us begin to discern what this lock-down experience might be teaching us for the future. Please complete the survey today or tomorrow, if you haven’t done it yet, and we will analyse the results later this week. The average completion time as been 8 minutes.
The link to the survey is
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V9D982J
Thank you.

Lock-down Podcast
Our ‘Lock-down Podcast 4’ is now online for you to listen to. You will find reflections from Katie Melville’s garden, a summer poem from Fran Trafford, the view from Kuala Lumpur from Tim and Rachel Green and thoughts on working with the homeless during lock-down from Rachel Woolf.
Visit: http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/
Where you will find all 4 of our lock-down podcasts.

Recorded telephone service
You can now access our recorded services and podcast for younger people on a local phone line. The number is 02080501091. Calls will be charged as local calls or will be included in the minutes in any call package or contract you have on landline or mobile. Very soon you will also be able to access our daily prayers on this number. these are a chance to pause and pray for a couple of minutes in the morning, during the day and in the evening. I hope this will be an easier way for some to access this material.

Mary Allen
Mary would like to thank you all for your prayers for her at this time. She is at home but having additional dialysis treatment each week. Pray for Mary and her family and doctors as they decide what will be the best continuing treatment and care.

Val Bull
Val is still in hospital and is very unwell. Pray for her and her sons, Peter and Richard, and all the family at this time.

Abi and Peers Ronan
Abi has told us that their move to New York has been delayed due to travel difficulties at this time. Pray for them as they wait for travel restrictions to be eased.

‘Black lives matter’
As a church we want to find ways to encourage reflection and discussion on the issue of racism and particularly to hear the voices of those in our community who have experienced racist attitudes and treatment. We will be developing ways of doing this in the near future. In the meantime, this issue has featured in our Sunday Zoom meetings over the past few weeks and a number of books and online resources have been highlighted by different people. We recommend you look at some of these as you hear about and reflect on the issues that are highlighted in the daily news. You can find a list of resources by visiting the news and information link on the website and scrolling through some of last week’s mailings.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Easing the lock-down
It is now possible for Churches to be open during the day for private prayer and for small funerals to take place. At the moment we do not have plans to open St Stephen’s during the day as this has not been our tradition before. We will though be preparing the Church so that socially distanced funerals could take place if needed. Locally, St James Prebend Street is now open during the day and St Mary’s Upper Street are planning how they can do this but are not open yet. We will need to wait for permission from the government for any further activities to take place in Churches.

Church of England Survey
The Church of England have launched a survey of church members to gain views and experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Everyone is invited to take part.
Visit this link

Sunday Podcasts
I hope you enjoyed the podcasts for last Sunday. All the recordings remain on the website so you can listen again or catch them at a later time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/sermons-services/

Next Sunday the reflection will be by Margaret Evans. There will be another podcast for younger members as well with another Billy adventure to enjoy.

We will meet up on Zoom at 11.30 am again. The link will be on the ‘Sermons and services’ page and in Thursday’s mailing.

Tell others what we are doing
Feel free to ‘Tweet’ or share links to our services and podcasts via social media. The shorter, easy to access services are a great introduction to St Stephen’s and many people who would not usually attend church are making time to listen at home to podcasts or live stream services.

Time to reflect
A time to reflect.
Each week you are invited to listen to an online talk and then meet to discuss this on Wednesday evening at 8.30 pm on Zoom.

This week you are invited to step back in time to 1944 and listen to one of C S Lewis’s legendary broadcasts on the BBC. The series of talks, that became his book ‘Mere Christianity,’ spoke of the Christian hope to a nation and a world in the grip of the darkness of war. Although we have to overlook some of Lewis’s less than inclusive use of language from over 75 years ago, his talk, ‘The new men,’ is still both a rich and ‘down to earth’ exploration of Christian hope with relevance for us today. This is also the only surviving original recording of these broadcasts so a chance to hear Lewis’s actual voice.
The link is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3jYLGcDUFE
The Zoom link for our meeting on Wednesday is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84697630447?pwd=MWpRUGVLVWR6Z0t2SmlUMGtHMWdIdz09

I’ll send some discussion questions round in a separate email.
All are welcome to join us.

Resource hub from St Paul’s
If you are looking for some stimulating things to listen to or read, St Pauls’ have drawn a range of their resources together into a resource hub. You can find it at
https://resourcehub.squarespace.com/

2019 Annual Report and Accounts
We have not been able to hold this year’s annual meeting yet but our accounts and annual reports have now been signed off by our independent examiner. You can find the full report, a summary report and a summary account on the church website.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/annual-report-and-annual-meeting-2020/
If you would like to view the full church accounts please get in touch through the office at administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk

Please think and pray about whether you could take on one of the roles we need to appoint at the annual meeting which we hope will be on Sunday 20th September.
2 Church Wardens
2 Deanery Synod Representatives
4 PCC Members
If you would like to talk about taking on any of these roles you can talk to me by phone or email.

Daily Hope Phone Line - 0800 804 8044
The Church of England has launched a new ‘Daily Hope’ phone line. The number is 0800 804 8044. This is free to call and offers messages, services and hymns 24 hours a day. If you know people who are not connected to the internet tell them about it and try it out yourself.

Keep praying
I have updated the prayer requests list which is now on the website at:
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/prayer-requests/
The list is quite long now so do divide it up for your prayers during the week.
There are also links to prayer resources especially for this time.
http://www.ststephenscanonbury.org.uk/praying-together/

A prayer for each week is also on the ‘Praying Together’ page along with our own pattern of prayer.
Email me or phone to add requests to the list.