St. Stephen's in the 21st Century
St. Stephen's has seen many changes over its seven hundred years of existence. It is now seeing more changes, not universally welcomed, but dictated by circumstances that include great changes in social attitudes and a shortage of priests. Women are now playing a much greater role in its organisational structure; they are ordained into the priesthood, but in 2012 they still cannot become Bishops. Few parishes have dedicated Vicars, many now operate on a Team Ministry serving a group of Parishes.
Despite the fall in numbers regularly attending Services when compared with ,say, a hundred years ago, and  the fall in numbers of people getting married, the Church remains an important influence in the 21st Century, and in Winsham , St. Stephen's is still filled to capacity at Christmas and Easter and has a regular congregation on Sundays.
Below are pictures taken at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols held during the Christmas period in 2012.
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The Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
St. Stephens was filled to capacity on Sunday 23rd December. An annual event, this year the Choir was augmented by some extra volunteers, who practised for weeks prior to the celebration. But it was not only the choir that was in good voice-the congregation joined with vigorous support for all the well known carols.
The readers of the Lessons were all well known representatives of the various village and church organisations, and the lessons, as intended refreshed our memories of the full Christmas story.
A welcome addition to the event was the serving of mulled wine and mince pies at the end of the service, which gave everyone the opportunity to wish one and other their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Many will be leaving the village to spend time with their families; others will be entertaining family and friends at home.
Best overall

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