A hundred years of witness, engagement and service at St Stephen's

A moving mass and veneration was held at St Stephen's Church, East Park Road, Leicester to mark a century of every day witness, engagement and service. The service was held at the foot of the Calvary sculpture that was dedicated a hundred years earlier by Bishop Frank Weston just after the end of World War I. 

The first stone was laid for the church in 1897 but the Calvary was dedicated in 1919, exactly 100 years year from the day the current St Stephen's congregation celebrating its centenary, marking the ongoing witness to Christ's sacrifice for all of us, as well as the church's service to the community.

A sermon was given by Canon David Jennings and a talk given after the service by Church Warden and organist Baden Favill who said the Calvary sculpture reflected the painting which was hung on the wall inside church, from an original published in The Graphic newspaper in 1914, showing a fallen soldier at the feet of Christ.  His talk included a reminder of Romans Chapter 12 which encourages us to offer our lives as a living sacrifice to God.

Baden said that it was faith that inspired people in the church to try to show and share God's love in everyday action: "We sacrifice our time, we sacrifice our monmey, we sacrifice our energy, that's what we do as Christians."


First published on: 14th October 2019

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