Resuming Public Worship
Sunday Services are now open for you to attend in-person. Mask wearing and social distancing are still required.
All those attending services are asked to provide contact information to comply with the government’s Test and Trace programme. Please bring a slip of paper with the name and two methods of contact details (e.g. landline telephone number, mobile phone number, email address or home address) for each person attending the service. Details will be stored securely, and deleted 21 days after the service.
Thank you! to everyone who made the Corpus Christi service last Sunday such a special day
PCC Meeting – Tue 22 June at 7.30pm
Notes from Fr Sebastian
I am away for a week on a Curate training course that the Diocese runs. Please pray for me as I pray for you, I look forward to being back with you all soon.
The month of June is traditionally a month to celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the month in which many people are ordained. Please do remember all those preparing for ordination in your prayers, especially Jacqueline from our own team. A station of prayer has been set up at the statue of the Sacred Heart, and particular prayers will be offered at the Mass on Wednesday 23rd at 10:30am.
CNC and Emmanuel 30 days of Prayer
Through June CNC and Emmanuel are embarking on a month of prayer for mission, vision and discernment. This involves themed days of prayer, a prayer space in Emmanuel and the use of the new South Cheltenham Prayer labyrinth. If you would like to find out more or receive an ecopy of the prayer diary get in touch with Sarah: email@example.com
Cheltenham Elim Food Bank (seeded by The Trussell Trust)
Please donate an item of two from the list:
cereal, tinned fruit, long life fruit juice, tinned tomatoes, rice pudding, tinned meat, tinned carrots, tinned peas, pasta sauce, ketchup, mayo, brown sauce, tinned custard, coffee, tinned fish, long life milk, cup a soup, savoury snacks. Please place any donations in the Green box next to the font.
Pray for India
Diocese of Gloucester India is suffering from a very severe second wave of Coronavirus and we would like you to hold all those living and working there in your prayers. Information from the diocese can be found here.
For Your Prayers
- For all who work in the NHS, and essential workers
- For all residents in care homes including Dot Cook, Jean Haigh and Gary Hiscock
- For all who are unwell including Kay Quinnell, Shirley, Joy and for Sue Rowe as she prepares for an op on Tuesday
- For those who have died, especially Kathy Thorne who passed away on 25th May. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Generosity in Thanksgiving for Vaccinations
Bishop Rachel encourages us to give to a new initiative developed with Christian Aid to show our thanksgiving for our vaccines. Information can be found here.
Since the beginning of the first Lockdown in March the Ministry and Mission of the Church at St Stephen’s, in the Deanery and the Diocese has continued for which we give thanks to God. Many members of our Parish Family have generously continued with their regular giving and it is thanks to them that St Stephen’s have been able to meet the Parish Share in full. However, our income is down and our treasurer has advised that we will be in deficit this year.
Please can you help? With our church being locked for so many weeks it has not been easy for our regular givers to continue to do so: the following ways may be helpful for you…
- By standing order from your bank:
A/C name: St Stephen’s PCC, Sort Code: 30 95 72, A/C No: 00261747
- By Cheque made payable to St Stephen’s PCC
(Please send to Jacqui at 7 Hamilton Court Cheltenham GL51 0SG)
- By the regular giving envelopes.