St Stephen's - Manor Park


London Borough of Newham

Dear friends, I hope this finds you well.

As you may have already heard, the MHCLG have released guidance that places of worship will be permitted to open for private prayer from Saturday 13 June but must observe strict social distancing rules.

They have also provided a definition, additional guidance on precautionary measures and restrictions. Do visit their website  to see the full article.  (more…)



We can still support the Lent Foodbank appeal whilst our church building is closed in two ways. The RAMP Foodbank has joined together with several other Newham Foodbanks to provide much needed Coronavirus relief packs to vulnerable local residents.

You can make DONATIONS DIRECTLY to RAMP on Tuesdays or Fridays 10am to 2pm (this is now called the MANOR PARK Hub) at The Renewal Programme. 395 High Street North, E12 6PG: food, hygiene, cleaning, baby, feminine and household items desperately needed please.

In fact Peter Laing and the RAMP Team sent out a recent request that they were running low on rice, pasta, biscuits, tea bags, tinned tuna and tinned tomatoes.   (more…)

St Stephen’s Parish: An updated Easter Card coming to you

Hi Everyone,

Hoping you are all keeping well and safe in these challenging times. A copy of our Easter card which has been revised slightly to include support to get to the mass streaming on You tube, it’s on it way to you,  as we have had feedback that some of you are having difficulties which I hope that you will find useful.
As you will realise with the lockdown continuing we are not able to make collections and this means that the parish is only collecting 1/3 of the normal collections, from those who choose to donate through standing order. If you are able it would be helpful if you could consider making a donation, if times are tough for you then we totally understand. There are details of how to make a donation to the upkeep of the church in the Easter Card.

We hope you are all finding what you need in these times, if you do need support then please do email us at and we will do what we can.

Best wishes to you all.

Virtual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Our annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham was due to take place on Saturday 23rd May but had to be cancelled due to the closure of places of worship as a result of Covid-19. However, thanks to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham’s 24 hour live-stream service we can still have a virtual pilgrimage by joining the services being live-streamed or via the Shrine’s website on Saturday 23rd May from 11 am.

Your experience of life under COVID-19 in LONDON

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unimaginable impact on our lives. Please take part in this quick survey on Talk London so that our policy teams better understand how Londoners are experiencing life, including work, renting, your health, volunteering and parenting.

Take the quick survey HERE!

Once you’ve taken the survey, you’ll be redirected to one our discussions below. Tell us your thoughts and ideas, it’s so important that we hear from you and understand how this crisis is affecting Londoners.


How has your employment situation been affected by the coronavirus crisis? Tell us in our discussion here!


The voluntary and community sector (VCS), food banks and the faith sector provide vital support services across London and the UK.

What kind of support would be most helpful for them? Tell us in our discussion here!


What more could City Hall, Government or others do to support local businesses? And what can Londoners do to support their local businesses and high streets, now and in the future? Do you know of any initiatives in your local area? Tell us in our discussion here!


Are you a renter or landlord and have you been affected by the crisis? How are you coping? What do you think should change for renters in London once the coronavirus is behind us?
Tell us in our discussion here!


How are you doing? How are you feeling? What can City Hall, Government or other organisations do to help ensure good mental health for all Londoners and prevent us from feeling lonely, now and in the future?
Tell us in our discussion here!


Are you currently working from home, with children? How are you doing it and how are your children finding it? What kind of support would be helpful? What more do you think Government should do?
Tell us in our discussion here!

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Social Distancing/Self Isolation is difficult.

There is no doubt that people are struggling/will struggle with this new reality.

Unfortunately there will be issues resulting from this.

Here are a list of numbers you may find useful:

Childline – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 116 123

Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247

The Survivors Trust – 0808 801 0181

Mind – 0300 123 3393

Age UK – 0800 169 6565

In addition:

The Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151

LGBT+ Switchboard – 0300 330 0630

The Mental Health Charity Good Thinking has a lot of useful resources to help you look after yourself – @GoodThinkingUK

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