Autumn 2019

News, Prayer Requests and Sermons.

Church News: Harvest festival October 2019

On October 6th we celebrated our Harvest Festival. The Church was beautifully decorated throughout and members of the congegration brought offerings of fruit and vegetables. The produce was taken to various charities after the service.  Some of our Harvest offerings were taken to Action Pantry who offer to those in need of food support - over 30 families - fresh and preserved foods.


This service was a profound and deeply moving way for us to remember those who are no longer with us. The many names of all those known and loved by us who had passed on in this last year were read out.  At one point in the service everyone there had the opportunity to light a candle in memory of one or more loved ones and to place this on the wooden cross on the floor of the chancel.   Participants were given a bulb to hide in the earth during the darkest days and to look forward to the Spring flowering. We are very grateful for the comfort and reassurance this service provided.. 

"God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

deanery Mothers' union: Action against gender violence

We look forward to 16 days of Activism focus on Gender Violence, starting on 25th Nov . 

We'll be supporting Bath Refuges during that time by donating supermarket vouchers, and would welcome donations of vouchers or cash to convert into vouchers. Please contact Pam Cavallini.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign. It takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 

Next Bath Deanery meeting is on 27th Nov 7.30p.m. with Madeline Hellier our Diocesan President speaking about the MU/Clewer Initiative about Modern Slavery,  Please see poster attached below.

The Clewer Initiative enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. 

Mothers' Union: Poster about Modern Slavery

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More church and community news

CHURCH NEWS​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • ​​​​​​​Our Rector Philip's Sabbatical

Philip is over halfway through his sabbatical for three months from 16th September till 15th December. Pray for him and Lizzie, Annie and Ted. And for Debbie who is holding the fort during this time. ​​​​​​​

  • ​​​​​​​Save the date: Church weekend away 16th to 18th October 2020 to Sidholm Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon. Details to follow.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Could you help us? 

- Cleaning St Stephen’s on Saturday mornings during the coffee morning and Pop-In - sign up in the foyer. Thanks.

- Mothers and Toddlers need a leader, and helpers to set up and to prepare snacks. More information from Debbie or Sue Russell

- St Stephen’s Gardens need some new gardeners to supplement the team. Monthly Saturday garden mornings. More information from Debbie or Bob Carlton Porter  Forthcoming date for clearing up the leaves etc is November 23rd. 

500 bluebell bulbs were planted on Saturday 26th October so many thanks to those who braved all that rain!  Very well done!

SS gardeners would like to create a ‘cyclamen corner’ near the Lansdown Road gate. Donations of any indoor potted cyclamen plants welcome.  Please leave them at Lansd. Rd. church door or plant them yourselves, adding to the existing ones. Also welcome before 23rd November any donations of packets of small species tulips to replace the sunflowers.

Please see the link to Bob Carlton-Porter's Annual Report for 2019 at the bottom of this page.​​​​​​​

  • Carol Service on Sunday 8th December, 5pm at Oasis Church (formerly Hay Hill Baptist).

An LGBT affirming joint event between St Stephen’s, Christ Church and Oasis for the city. Mince pie donations very welcome – please see Debbie – but do come and support. Speaker: Steve Chalke.

  • Ensleigh Christmas Celebration; a joint event between both our churches and Abbot Alphage Academy (AAA) on Monday 16th December from 6pm at Abbot Alphege AcademyIf you can help with food (BVM) or drinks (SS) please see Debbie, Christian(SS) or Sue Thomas (BVM)

  • St. Stephen’s Church Eco group – are looking for new members to help improve our environmental impact.

Please contact Kathy on or 07957 345198 for more information and to get involved.


  • Lansdown Friendship Club

This is taking place at St Stephen's Centre on the first Friday every month 2:00 – 3.30 pm, and is especially suited for anyone experiencing memory difficulties. All welcome with an accompanying family, friend or carer. NEXT MEETING IS ON FRIDAY 6th December 2:00 - 3:30 pm.  See poster on link below this Section entitled Lansdown Friendship Club.

  • Popcorn

Popcorn is St Stephen’s new monthly film night for young people of secondary school age. Meeting on the first Sunday of the month 6.30-9:00 pm St Stephen's Church foyer. Bring a snack to share. email for more information


  • Madagascar is not just lemurs! An illustrated talk in support of Bath Cantata Group by Alastair Chalmers :

Sun 1st Dec. at 3pm at SS Centre. Tickets (£15 to include a good tea) from Helen 310624, 

St Nicholas Day coffee morning and craft sale on Fri 6th Dec. at Alma Cottage, Charlcombe, 10.30am – 12noon. All welcome. For Friends of Charlcombe Church.


  • Prayer is the foundation of being church. St Stephen’s Mondays 8.45am, Saturday 9.30-10am. St Mary’s 8.10am and 9am Tuesdays, and meditation 7.00 pm Wednesdays. 

Please pray for:

  • Climate Change

B&NES council has declared a climate emergency and has voted to make our city carbon neutral by 2030. We will pray how our churches can support this.  

  • Chaplaincies

Please pray for the chaplaincy of Debbie at Send-a-Cow.

  • Pray for those associated with us training to be priests:

Jane Hoe beginning her training at Sarum, Tim May in his second year at Durham, and our new curate to be, Andrew Avramenko also at Sarum. We pray also for their families.

  • Community Houses of Prayer

These groups meet once a month on a Tuesday at 19:45.  Meetings take place within the various Bath communities to pray for Bath and the area represented.  The event is organised by Bath Christian Action Network andmore information is available on    Click on preceding web link for more information.

Click on link below for the 2019 Garden Report (with photos)

Annual Report on Gardens 2019

Lansdown Friendship Club Poster

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Debbie's Sermon 27th October 2019: unveiled faces

Please download the sermon to listen to it in full.

Download Oct 27 19 DP.mp3

Debbie's sermon 3rd November 2019: 
the challenge  of the saints

Please download the sermon to listen to it in full

Download Nov 3rd 19 DP.mp3

Debbie's Sermon 10th November 19: re-membering

Please download the sermon to listen to it in full

Download Nov 10th 19 DP.mp3

Debbie's SErmon 24th November 2019 Christ the upside down King

Please download the sermon to listen to it in full 

Download Nov 24th 19 DP.mp3

Posted: 13th October 2019
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