Stepney Area News

Lent Clergy Quiet Day

There will not be a Lent Clergy Quiet Day this year. Instead there will be an optional afternoon prayer walk through the three deaneries, from Islington to Tower Hamlets via Hackney along the canal on 7th March. We will start from City Road lock after lunch at 1.30pm...

Rev’d Tania Witter, RIP

It is with sadness that I let you know of the death yesterday of Revd Tania Witter, associate priest at Christ Church Highbury. Tania died after a short period of illness, at home, in the presence of her family. She was a well-known and much loved member of the Christ...

Vera Preedy ordained Deacon

Vera Preedy ordained Deacon

Saturday 3rd December 2022, a day I thought I would never see, has now become a day I will never forget. The day I was Ordained Deacon by Joanne, Bishop of Stepney after many years of first hearing God’s call. I had been serving for eleven years as a Licensed Lay...

Visiting clergy permissions and safeguarding checks

What checks should you do on clergy who are invited to take part in services outside of the parish where they are licensed, whether from another diocese, another jurisdiction, or another denomination? Current practice in the Diocese of London is that checks are...

We are One Project

Aleka Gutzmore and Laura Luz have been working with Anu Omideyi and produced this resource 'We are One' which could be used online as well as in schools and Sunday schools to allow children to explore themes of race from a Biblical Perspective. We came to create this...

A Hymn for Church Safeguarding Officers

When I organised an event several years ago for Parish Safeguarding Officers I commissioned Ally Barrett to write a hymn specifically for the occasion.  You can find it  here on her website; she’s a great hymnwriter.  Have a look - it would be great hymn to sing on...

Bishop Joanne’s summer/autumn diary

Belonging in, praying for, and caring for people and parishes in Stepney Area is the core of Bishop Joanne’s role. She is also the lead bishop for safeguarding on behalf of Bishop Sarah, supports the work of the Compassionate Communities team, and, with Monica Bolley,...