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. (Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches)
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?
Because of Tier 3 lockdown, sadly, we can’t go ahead with the Remembrance Service around our war memorial this year.
However, on our village website on Sunday 8th November at 10.45am there will be a short service to watch. In this service, we will remember all those who lost their lives in the two world wars, those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts and all those whose lives have been marred by war. In the service there will be a short video of Father David and I laying wreaths at the war memorial on behalf of all in Hightown. We will lay those wreaths with particular gravity this year as we know others can’t join us to pay their respects. It will feel a real privilege to do this on behalf of our village.
As we move towards Remembrance Sunday, I’ve been reading about the famous football match which happened during the World War 1 in No-Man’s land on the Western Front between the Germans and the British on Christmas Day and learning this wasn’t the whole truth. I’ve always presumed this football match was a spontaneous short burst of the Christmas Spirit. And a one-off. I now know that truces were more common than this.
In his book on trench warfare in the First World War, historian Tony Ashworth describes, what he calls, the 'live and let live system', where there were local truces and agreements not to fire at each other, developed by men along the front throughout the early months of the war. These often began with agreement not to attack each other at tea, meal or washing times, and in some places became so developed that whole sections of the front would see few casualties for extended periods of time.
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.