St Stephen's Newsletter: March 2019

By Editor, Apr 6 2019 01:16PM

March seems to be a quiet month here at St. Stephen’s, but I think that’s a false perception. For Judith and Linda especially, this is a time of much active preparation, in addition to the quiet contemplation the rest of us enjoy in this period leading up towards Easter.

We began on the Sunday following Liz’s celebration service, with its beautiful flowers. Friends were invited to share in the distribution of those beautiful flowers, in remembrance of Liz. I think Liz would have loved that gesture, and so St. Stephen’s was left in its beautiful, stark simplicity, ready for the Lenten season.

Thinking of Liz, this seems an appropriate time to remember too Lidia, a kind and gentle lady, courteous and caring. So we send our thoughts to Stefano and to all those who loved Lidia.

Next I include a contribution from Judith that was a pleasure to receive – you would not believe the number of fruitless requests that have been sent out over the years!

Judith writes:

‘Perhaps you could mention the success of the Churches Together ‘Taste and See’ Cake Stall in Epsom last Saturday and thank those who helped by making cakes, especially Frances, Martine and Phoebe. It was wonderful that so many people came to help with the Stall from all the different churches and we had so many wonderful colourful cakes to give to people who passed by. We had great fun on the stall meeting new people, and for those who missed it this time they can pop along on Saturday 15th June when we’ll be outside the Metro Bank from 11am for two hours.’

I would just like to add that Phoebe is the eleven year old grand-daughter of Frances. She is an accomplished little cook and bakes the most delicious cheese straws.

Speaking of food, now seems an appropriate time to mention your invitation to Pat’s Lenten Lunch, held on behalf of The Children’s Society, at 12.30 on Tuesday 2nd April at 15, Grosvenor Road. Regular attendees will know that Pat always provides a simple but delicious lunch of home-made soups, bread and cheeses, accompanied by lots of interesting facts about the chosen charity and friendly discussion.

Pat will also be providing her home-baked Simnel Cake for our Mothering Sunday service. I gather from Judith that those preparations are already underway. So, worthwhile making the effort to join us for the service, even if we will all be missing an hour’s sleep because the clocks are ‘changing’!

As we move on to services in April, Judith has asked me to remind you of Epsom’s Passion Play which takes place on Good Friday, starting at 9.50am. The procession begins in the car park opposite the Fire Station and proceeds to the Market Square, with the drama unfolding en- route. It concludes in the Square at approximately 11am.

Following the conclusion of the Passion Play, hot cross buns will be distributed, both in the Square and at Epsom Methodist Church. Linda has attended the Play in the past and highly recommends going along to witness what she has described as a surprisingly moving event.

Then in the afternoon St. Stephen’s Good Friday continues at 2.00pm, when Ruth Foxcroft will be joining us to lead an hour of reflection and prayer.

There is, of course, a published programme of Lenten Services and events available from both St. Stephen’s and St. Martin’s.

So we end by looking forward to the most joyful service of the year, Easter Day on Sunday April 21st, this year enhanced for us at St. Stephen’s by the baptism of little Georgiana, Pauline’s grand-daughter. Do join us for this or any of our other services, you will be most welcome.

Happy Easter, on behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s

Janie Grinstead

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