Prayer for Redditch 2017

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As Christians of any denomination we gather each month to pray for our Town; for the People, Places and Events of Redditch.

Unless otherwise stated our meetings take place at St Stephen’s 7.00pm – 8.30pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month.  Our dates are:

4th April (at the Ecumenical Centre, Emmanuel)
2nd May
6th June
4th July
1st August
5th September
3rd October
7th November
5th December

Webheath Digital Photographic Club Exhibition

Webheath Digital Photographic Club, the Redditch History Society and University of the Third age have been participating in a photographic completion. 

The theme was, “From field to factory” – a spiritual journey from the Abbey to where we are today.

There was lots of interest and Paul and Ros, the editor of the Standard, had an interesting time judging the two categories; one for prints and the other for digital images (viewed on a big tele – courtesy of Hughes).  Remarkably Paul and Ros did not fall out and remain friends!

The quantity and quality of the entries was high.  The winners were presented with the “St Stephen’s” trophies by our Mayor, Cllr. Jenny Wheeler on Saturday Morning.

If you have a moment on Sunday, and you didn’t get to see them on Thursday PM or in the Kingfisher (opposite Muffin Break) Friday or Saturday then they are still there today.

We hope to select 12 of the images to produce a calendar that will be sold with the proceeds coming to St Stephen’s.   Thanks to Dennis from the Club, Elaine and many others for arranging this.

Thy Kingdom Come & The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Having moved the week of Prayer for Christian Unity to the alternative date which runs up to Pentecost this now coincided with the Archbishops’ call to prayer, Thy Kingdom Come. This is a call to prayer for churches, individuals, and families to pray.

The aim is simple. Between 25th May and 4th June, communities, and churches around the world as asked to pray that our friends, families, and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. In partnership with Churches of all denominations across our town there are opportunities to come together to prayer in a variety of ways:

Wed 24th May, 8pm prayer – Baptist Church

Thur 25th May, 8am prayer breakfast at Ecumenical Centre

Fri 26th May Morning Prayer at St Stephens

Sat 27th May Prayer Scatter starting from St Stephens;

Sun 28th May, Church Prayer Swap

Mon 29th May, 8am prayer meeting at Oasis Christian Centre

Tue 30th May, 7pm Prayer 4 Redditch at St Stephen’s

Fri 2nd to Sat 3rd June 24 hour prayer.

Pentecost (Sun 4th June), 4pm picnic at Forge Mill / Abbey visitor centre, to coincide with 4pm pilgrimage from Our Lady of Mt Carmel to Bordesley Abbey, leading to 5pm joint Pentecost praise/worship/reflection service in Abbey ruins.

We are hoping to observe morning prayer each weekday at 9.00am and evening prayer each weekday at 5pm. Friday’s and the bank holiday (25th) may present some challenges. Watch this space.

Easter Services April 2017

Travel through Holy Week with us at our special services:

As usual Monday to Thursday – 8.30am  for quiet prayer
9.00-9.30am  for morning prayer

7.00pm – 7.30pm for Night Prayer (Quiet and Reflective) – Monday to Wednesday

Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Holy Communion and Vigil

Good Friday
10.45am – Churches Together Walk of Witness starting with Communion at Redditch Baptist Church
10am-noon – Messy Church Ecumenical Centre
12.30-3pm – Multi-Media Reflection before the Cross

Easter Sunday
5.30am – Dawn Service at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge
10.30am – Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

Art Competition

artThe exhibition of entries is now up in the Lady Chapel (at the front of church, on the right-hand side)

The entries will be on display until the prize giving which will be on Thursday 30th March at 2pm.   Daz Hale from BBC Radio WM will be presenting the  prizes – everyone welcome.

Lent Courses 2017

The clergy team, with others will be facilitating a Lent course this year. If you are interested in being part of a Lent time of small group learning and reflection speak to Paul Lawlor, Paul Irving or Bethan Craner. The groups will start following Ash Wednesday (1st March). These options are available:lent-crosses-image

  • Tuesday 7.30pm at St Stephen’s
  • Wednesday 10am at St Philip’s
  • Wednesday 7.30pm at Margaret Lloyd’s
  • Friday 10am at St Leonard’s

Christmas Services 2016

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Sunday 18th 10.30am – Traditional 9 lessons and carols at St Stephens

Christmas Eve 3pm – Family Crib Service at St Stephens

Christmas Eve 11.30pm – Midnight Mass at St Stephens

Christmas Day 9.15am – Holy Communion (BCP)

Christmas Day 10.15am – Family Christmas Service at The Ecumenical Centre

Art Competition

Our newly decorated entrance hallway needs a welcoming splash of colour over the doorway into the Forum. If you are 14yrs or under you could enter our competition.

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Wannabe Leonardo da Vincis and Michelangelos are being urged to get creative and design a welcome sign for a Redditch church.

Children aged five to 14 are invited to enter a competition to create the sign to sit over one of the entrance doors to St Stephen’s Church.

Vicar the Rev Paul Lawlor said: “Entrants are being asked to create a piece of artwork – sized A4 or A3 landscape – which displays a sense of welcome, using the words ‘love, faith, peace, hope and compassion’, which are the biblical fruits of the Holy Spirit, as an inspiration, and incorporating the words ‘welcome to St Stephen’s Church’.

“As well as having their artwork made into a permanent welcome sign for all to see, the lucky winning student will also receive a trophy and a Wi-fi tablet and there will also be runner up prizes of an Amazon Kindle, a voucher to ‘name a star’ from The Star Name Registry and other prizes still to be announced.”

Entries should be submitted to ‘This is Your Church Art Competition’ St Stephen’s Church, Church Green, Redditch B97 4DY by January 31.

Judging will take place, followed by an exhibition of the shortlisted entries, and the winner will be announced in March.

Rev Lawlor said: “The winning artwork will enhance an important entrance to the church, helping to create the welcoming atmosphere we are working to develop.”