As a church family we would like to offer our support to those in need at this difficult time. If you need practical support in any way we would love to connect with you.

Simply fill in the form in the link below, and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as they can, alternatively further resources can be found here.

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We are committed to supporting people during this difficult time. If you would like to offer help to people in need, please get in touch via the link below.

Additionally, please find information on how we are dealing with Covid-19 here.

CLICK HERE TO OFFER SUPPORT

REQUEST PRAYER

As a church we want to do all we can to help our community through these troubled times and we believe in the power of prayer. Whether you have a prayer request for yourself, loved ones, your city or nation we have a dedicated prayer team that would love to pray for you.

Please use the email address below to send us your prayer request or if you would like someone to pray with you over the phone please leave your phone number and someone will get back to you as soon as they can. The caller will withhold their number and the call will last between 5-10 minutes. All prayer requests will remain confidential.

prayer@st-stephens.org.uk

ST STEPHEN’S HARDSHIP FUND

We recognise that for many of us this is a difficult time financially, or will become so over the coming months. It’s therefore important for us to pull together as a church community, and it’s wonderful to hear of that happening as financial and other resources are being shared between friends and within life groups. To complement that, we have also created a centrally managed Hardship Fund for those who are members of the church family. 

If you are experiencing financial hardship or feel unable to afford life’s basics, then do please contact us via email pastoralcare@st-stephens.org.uk or phone the church office on 020 8892 5258. You will then be contacted by Caryn Weber, our pastoral care co-ordinator, or Hugo Foxwood, our curate, for a confidential discussion about accessing this fund. 

Biblical background

At the heart of Jesus’ teachings is the command to love one another. For the early church, this was expressed by a willingness to share resources among believers, so that “there were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:34). Carrying on this principle, Paul helped organise church collections for the believers in Judea, particularly following the famine that Agabus predicted (1 Cor 16:1-3; Acts 11:27-30). Sharing resources is not only a practical way to love for another, but it can also have a missional impact. As Jesus taught: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

FOODBANK

In answer to prayer and a call out last week, we are happy to say that we now have four hubs collecting goods for the Foodbanks in St Margaret’s, Central Twickenham, Isleworth and Hampton. Feedback from the Foodbank at St Paul’s Hounslow West last month is that over 90 people had food last week due to that generosity. Thank you!

If you would like to set up a local collection hub, or find out where your nearest drop off point is so that you can donate, please get in touch via email office@st-stephens.org.uk

A list of products needed can be found HERE.

Alternatively, you can help the foodbank in Richmond. Please get in touch with them by visiting their website Richmond Foodbank

SCRUB HUB

We are proud to support the amazing work of Scrubhub.org.uk by joining forces to sew scrubs and wash bags for the NHS, Care Homes and Hospices. If you can sew and have a sewing machine and/or overlocker or you can wash and iron to finish off scrubs then Scrub Hub would love to hear from you. Alternatively, you can donate good quality cotton/polycotton material/duvet covers. Contact office@st-stephens.org.uk to offer your help or find out more.

CARE BAGS FOR ST STEPHEN’S DROP IN GUESTS

Thank you SO much to everybody who contributed by donating to supply these care bags. We are now at full capacity which is wonderful and the guests that have so far received the care bags are very thankful and touched by your care.