Welcome to St Stephen’s Church

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Welcome and thank you for visiting St Stephen’s Church, North Mundham.  St Stephen’s is part of a strong and vibrant community in the Parish of North Mundham, south of Chichester.  This is a popular church, with a large congregation, attracting people from near and far.

The services during the month offer an opportunity to praise God in different ways.  The Church runs a Sunday School on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.  We welcome children to all our services with a monthly All Age Service.  Children and youth groups meet in the Village Hall for games, singing, activities and Christian teaching.

St Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s churches work closely together as a united benefice and are ministered by Revd. James Russell.

Prayer Meeting – Tuesday 19 June

9.15 – 10.15 at the Cabin, St Leodegars Church, Hunston.

We will have a particular focus on the REDLANDS camps, praying for all involved.

All are welcome

Letter from the Diocese

We have received a letter from the Diocese warning of a spate of break-ins in recent weeks in churches across the Diocese (including Barnham and Aldingbourne). Congregations are encouraged to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in and around their church buildings and to report it to the Police at the time on either 101 non-emergency or 999 emergency.
As always, please make sure that valuable items such as silver plates are locked away as appropriate in order to minimise the chances of opportunist theft during open hours and reduce the likelihood of valuables being stolen if there was a break-in at a time when the church is closed.

PCC Members

Could all PCC Members please make sure that you have a passport style photo (only you can smile in this one!) to give to Suzy and Barry for the websites and also to Gillian (PCC Secretary) for the noticeboards. We did this a couple of years ago and it is helpful in enabling people to put a name to a face.

Many thanks
James

Archdeaconary Pilgrimage

As part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer you are invited to take part in a pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral on Saturday, June 9th. We meet at the Hunston canal bridge at 10.30am and then make our way to the Cathedral for a Eucharist at 12noon followed by a ‘Bring & Share’ lunch. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Mark and the Archdeacon of Chichester, Douglas McKittrick. If you would like to come please sign up at the back of church.  Thank you.  James

Pastoral Visiting Team

As we seek to develop our pastoral care within our churches and the wider community we feel that it would be a real help and benefit if we can set up a Pastoral Visiting Team. Pastoral Visitors would be on hand to visit and care for people who are in difficult situations and who would value particular support at such a time. Specific areas of need might include supporting those who are coming to terms with bereavement or those facing up to illness and the need for hospital care. Pastoral Visitors can have a key role to play in offering focussed support for people as well as being able to pray with those who would find that helpful. Initial training will be provided for those who would like to be on the team – certainly enough training to get people to the start line as it were! As things develop more will be put in place in keeping with the need.

Please be assured that visitors will never be dealing with a situation alone and that there will be on-going support available for people wanting to de-brief after a visit. Please also be assured that there is no expectation that each pastoral visitor will be able to offer a response to ALL of the potential needs that might be presented – that’s why having a number of people on the team with different gifts would be helpful. In terms of time commitment, whatever you can give will be hugely appreciated. Some people might be able to give a couple of hours a month, others more. Time will also need to be made for termly team meetings. If you would like to be a member of this new team then please do speak to James (Vicar), Stephen (Curate) or Katrina (Lay Reader).