Dr Lavinia Byrne is a former Roman Catholic nun who left her religious order in 2000 after 34 years, over the issue of women priests. She is the author of several books and a contributor to Radio 4’s thought for the Day and currently lectures and leads travel groups on Jon Baines cultural tours.
Jules Morgan, Director of Operations & Development writes...
On 08 April, the 2013 Annual Meeting was held in the church. Church wardens and PCC members were elected; the 2012 financial accounts were presented by the church treasurer, Martin Duffy and there was opportunity to hear about vision priorities from Jez and to ask questions regarding anything in the life of the church.
David Wilson stepped down as warden after six years of faithful service. Alex Pett was re-elected as warden and Sarah Mumford was elected as a new warden, both to serve for 2013-2014. Sandra Jennings was re-elected and Helen Chen, Steve Nixon, Jean Moorhouse, Hugo Foxwood and Carol Fletcher were elected as new members to the PCC.
‘The church is looking for people to help with running the next Alpha course’, I announced casually at our Life Group meeting, expecting that possibly a few people would volunteer. I was surprised when after some discussion everyone was on board! So we abandoned our programme for the next term and joined the team running the Alpha course.
Some of us helped in the kitchen serving the delicious suppers, whilst others were involved with leading and helping in the small group discussions. We all loved doing it and grew in faith as we journeyed with new friends and saw prayers being answered and people being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Watch the prayer gathering at Parliament teaser here>>
Co-ordinated by both Pentecost Festival and 7:14 Prayer, this prayer gathering will take place on Parliament Square, launched by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. The vision is to see hundreds gathering on the Square to pray for our Church, our capital, our nation and the world.
This is a free event but registration is required.
This February we took seven of our youth across the world to Delhi, India to spend ten days working in the slums. We worked alongside an Indian charity that we support as a church called Asha. We helped to paint and revamp their medical centre whilst teaching and spending time with young people and families that lived in the slums. Here are some of their impressions of the time away…
On 9th March Dominic de Souza, the Senior Pastor of LGCC, an Elim Pentecostal church, came to speak to us. There was a plentiful supply of coffee, bacon, sausages and rolls for the 40 men attending and as we ate and drank Dominic spoke to us about the challenges faced by Daniel, who had been deported by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, to Babylon after his conquest of Jerusalem in 597 BC (Daniel Chapter 1).
At the last PACT we looked at business and poverty - Nicky Day led the evening and it was incredibily informative and interesting and gave a lot of information and understanding I would love to be shared wider. For example:-
44% of the top 100 economies are companies not countries
We would need 3 planets to provide the resources we need if the entire world lived as we live in the UK
Some businesses are taking the lead in corporate social responsibility/ creating shared value.
After the meeting, Nicky wrote the following to help with further action
Jules Morgan writes: The PCC meetings in November and January primarily focused on considering the prayer life of the church (November) and a Partnering Globally proposal (January).
• At the November meeting Jez led devotions from Acts 2 vs 42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer’, and reflected on how this links with our vision as a church and what it would mean to become more of a praying church.
Nick Herbert Writes: On a Thursday in February, I hosted a day out at the Crossway for Worship Central Academy students. Worship Central is a ministry pioneered by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon at HTB and the academy is a collection of twenty students from all over the world who have signed up for the year to develop their worship leading skills. I’m involved in the Academy throughout the year teaching on songwriting and prophetic worship. This was the first time the students have had a ‘day out’ like this and it was a storming success.
Jane and I are absolutely delighted at the opportunity to stay at St Stephens for my curacy. We’ve been here for nearly ten years, and I’ve spent the last 2 1/2 years studying for a degree while working part time in a number of areas within the life of the church. God is always at work within the church (it is His!), but now feels like a very fresh, new and significant time for St Stephens; our current Alpha has 32 guests; a number of our community activities are at record levels of attendance; there is a greater encounter with God in sung worship; and there are many other signs of new life. What a place to be!