Welcome to our website
St Stephen's church is now open for public services.
See below for more details.
We look forward to welcoming you back
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Following the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip on 9th April, a special joint Eucharist service will be held at St Michael's church at 6 pm on Friday 16th April. This service will be live-streamed to St Michael's facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person. You will need to book a place with Beryl Johnson, Pat Stork or Claire Evans at Carleton if you wish to attend. Please contact us for their details if you do not already have them.
On Saturday 17th April St Stephen's church will be open for private prayer from 1 pm to 2 pm, for anyone in the village. Booking is not necessary. At 2 pm, the church bell will be tolled for one hour before Prince Philip's funeral. The funeral service, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, will be televised on BBC at 3 pm, preceded by a national one minute's silence.
Buckingham Palace has suggested that, instead of leaving floral tributes, members of the public could donate to a charity in Prince Philip's memory.
Due to Covid restrictions, physical books of condolence will not be offered. If you would like to leave a message in an on-line book of condolence, here are two links which you can use:
The Church of England book of condolence which also has statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
The Royal Family website book of condolence which also has information about Prince Philip's life and interests.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Our APCM will be held on Zoom at 7 pm on Wednesday 28th April. This meeting is open to the public. Please click here for Notices and full information.
Our special Easter page is now live for you to enjoy. Click here
We have pictures, poems, stories, crafts and a new 'virtual choir' presentation by the singing group of a lovely Easter song called 'Risen'.
Our Easter Egg raffle raised £100 towards our roof repairs fund and the prize was won by Anne Dyer. Thanks to all who took part.
Sunday Services in Church
Church is now open for our regular Sunday morning Eucharist service at 9 am. You MUST book a place with Marilyn if you wish to attend any of these services and please remember that you must still wear a mask inside church at all times, sanitise your hands and maintain 2m social distancing. These rules still apply even if you have received your Covid vaccination.
We have live-stream and video services for you to watch and worship at home.
Rev. Shelagh will be recording a short, weekly 'Service of the Word' on this website.
Click here to access these videos
You can watch our Sunday Eucharist, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services live-streamed on facebook. Click here for more details.
Electoral Roll Review
We are currently undertaking our annual review of the Electoral Roll. Click here for more information
A prayer for these difficult times
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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.
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