Welcome to St. Stephen’s in March
This month sees the beginning of Lent when many of our Small groups will be following the Lent Course “The Journey to Jerusalem” (see details further down on this post) this will be linked with our Sunday readings and sermons. Right at the end of the month we celebrate Mothering Sunday. Our Sunday services are at 10.00am with our original service pattern using Common Worship, 11.30am an All-age worship service with worship songs, teaching, prayer and ministry time, with provision for children and at 4.00pm ‘Gathering’ a time of worship, fellowship and friendship. Continue reading for our March Sunday services, Coffee shop & events. A summary of all other events can be seen on our Calendar page.
Mothering Sunday and Easter Services at St Stephen’s Church
Mothering Sunday 30 March
11.30am Puppet Service
– a short family service, followed by cake
Maundy Thursday 17 April
7.30pm Holy Communion
Good Friday 18 April
10am Good Friday Reflection
Afternoon Café Church (time tba)
Saturday 19 April
10.30am – 12noon Children’s Activity
Easter Gardens & Easter Crafts – for children with adult carer
Easter Day Sunday 20 April
10am All-age Worship with Holy Communion
Free home-made heart-shaped biscuits were given away this morning on Valentine’s Day to passers by around the church and Chapelfield with flyers to announce various activities happening at St. Stephen’s and the Coffee Centre and a new pricing policy fitting in with our call to be different in the midst of the city centre commercial environment……’Eat Drink Pay What You Think’- Pay a bit more for someone else or pay a bit less if you can’t afford it.
Approximately 400 heart-shaped biscuits were given-away today and were enjoyed by young and old alike.
Just over a week ago one of our big glass doors into the church “broke” with a loud bang and a lot of mess. That entrance is now boarded up, but it doesn’t mean the church is closed up… we are still open and access for Sunday services and weekday coffee is through the wooden South and North doors at either side of the church.
Beckie (with able assistance) has been busy with paintbrushes as the photos show, ‘enhancing’ the boarding and getting the message across that we are ‘open as usual’.
You are most welcome to visit us – we are open Mondays to Saturdays 10 am – 12 noon for coffee, tea and homemade cake and to enjoy the interior of our church in this busy city. On Sundays we have services at 10am, 11.30am and 4pm.
Exhibition of St. Stephen’s Prophets alabaster
MASTERPIECES: Art and East Anglia exhibition opens at the Sainsbury Centre on Saturday 14 September and includes some wonderful items including our own St Stephen’s Alabaster carved panel depicting the ‘the Prophets’ (click on the image to enlarge). It will join its partner panels of ‘the Angels’ from Norwich Cathedral, ‘the Apostles’ and ‘the Virgins’ from St Peter Mancroft – and also the newly-discovered ‘Holy Church’ panel from Nottingham Museum. This will be the first time the five elements of this medieval Norwich Altarpiece have been re-united since they were originally split up several hundred years ago.
If you’ve seen the coverage the exhibition has received on TV and the other media you’ll know that apart from our own personal link there’s a host of other items of great and general interest – well worth a visit!
Admission to the special exhibition costs £8 (concessions £6) and it is open from 10 -8 Tuesday to Saturday, and from 10 – 5 on Sundays. The exhibition continues until February 2014. Entrance to the permanent Sainsbury Centre remains free.”
Photograph acknowledgement: David White