Welcome to our website
As the lockdown is due to end on 2nd December and our area moves back into Tier 3, St Stephen's will open for public services again on Sunday 6th December.
You will need to book a place through Marilyn Hargeaves if you wish to attend.
Our online services (see below) will continue after lockdown ends so you will still be able to watch and join in at home.
You can watch our Sunday Eucharist and Evening Prayer services live-streamed on facebook. Click here for more details.
Rev. Shelagh will be recording a short, weekly 'Service of the Word' on this website.
Click here to access these videos
Advent and Christmas
Advent starts on 29th November as we begin our spiritual and practical preparations for Christmas. Each week, in church, we will be lighting our special Advent candles, which Sheila Hammond had already prepared during the lockdown.
Of special interest during Advent is a new series of reflections produced by the Church of England. To receive these free daily email reflections, please click here and enter your details.
Further information about Christmas services will be given later in the month.
Your Financial Help is Needed
Due to the cancellation of our main fund raising events, St Stephen's will lose over £8000 this year and we are in the difficult position of struggling to meet our financial commitments. Many of you have been extremely generous in the past, attending our events and buying items. If you are able, would you please consider donating something in lieu of what you might normally have spent? Any amount you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us for more information on how you can help.
A prayer for these difficult times
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.
And your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of God's grace.
Resources for prayer and worship at home
The Diocesan website has a list of digital resources which are easily available for anyone seeking help with prayer and worship at home. Please click here and then scroll down towards the bottom of the page.
Coronavirus information Links
Below are links to organisations where you will find up to date information on the Coronavirus and what to do.
Information from the UK Government
Information from the NHS
Information from Church of England
Information from the World Health Organisation