The latest edition of the Focus Magazine has now been published - Read it here.
Reopening The Church Building....
Although our government has given permission to open church buildings, after careful consideration our Church Council has decided that it's too early - the prevalence of Covid-19 in our area is still too high. So along with many other churches, including Our Lady of Victories, our building will remain closed. This will be regularly reviewed.
We are a small, welcoming and busy church at the foot of the railway bridge in Hightown; very much a part of the local community. Eucharistic worship, every Sunday at 10.30am, is ”middle of the road” and there are alternative worship opportunities: BCP (Book of Common Prayer) Evensong every Sunday at 6.00pm.
We have a large and excellent, well-equipped parish hall, which is available to hire.
St. Stephen’s has a friendly and inclusive feel, which comes from the warmth and enthusiasm of its people. If you haven’t already, why not give us a try?
We have our Harvest Festival on Sunday 20th September when we, once again, recognise how fragile our existence is and thank God that this year there’s been a harvest, albeit less than some of the bumper years we’ve had recently. The floods earlier in the year made sowing late and the six weeks of little rain in March and April, didn’t encourage growth - though the sun every day did make lockdown easier!
Two weeks ago, I dog-walked with my friend Catherine, around some of her large farm in Shropshire. This is a yearly event so I’m used to seeing her farm in August. I noted some differences this year. Firstly, the strips next to the hedgerows around the arable land were wider. Then the barley, almost ready for harvesting, had lots of ‘weed’ in it and also the hedgerows themselves were ‘bushy-er’. I asked about these and Catherine told me about how they have made a conscious effort to be better managers of the land. They are using less pesticide and herbicide - hence the weeds in the barley; they only trim the sides of the hedges alternate years and have given a wider margin to encourage more wildlife.
St. Stephens Hightown takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.
We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines.
You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at ChurchOfEngland.org/Safeguarding
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at Liverpool.Anglican.org/Safeguarding
During this current crisis, whilst services in church are suspended, we are unfortunately unable to receive food bank donations. We would however, urge people to donate at the supermarket where they shop as we understand supermarkets are matching each item donated.
Remember the five most needed items are:
UHT Milk, - Cordial / Juice, - Tinned Tomatoes, - Tinned Fish, - Tinned Rice Pudding.
Remember the need continues and is increasing.