Welcome! We are delighted that you have come to St Stephen’s!
We hope you will include us in your spiritual journey, whether you are just taking your first steps or have been on the road for some time. Our desire is to provide the atmosphere and tools for you to grow as you go. St Stephen’s is a lively and dynamic place with lots going on both within our walls and outside. For more details of our many activities see our events section.
Our wonderful welcome team will be ready to meet you and help you to feel comfortable at our gatherings. Do ask them for one of our Hello Cards and fill in to stay in touch and find out more about the life of the church or complete the online form below.
How do I find out more?
If you’re going to a church for the first time, or the first time in a long time, it can be very daunting. We want you to feel at ease and welcomed when you visit us, so here are some answers to questions you might have as to what to expect.
1. How long are the services?
Usually around one hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half.
2. What about bringing children?
Children are welcome and we don’t mind noise. The 10.45am service is particularly family friendly, and we have a range of children’s activities in our church hall next door which start about 15 minutes into the service. The service leader will make an announcement for children to go out. Follow the others and someone will be able to direct you to the right room. Your children are welcome to go out with the other children or stay with you.
3. What happens during the services?
Usually we sing Christian songs; there are prayers, a Bible reading, a talk and, sometimes, special presentations. We normally stand to sing songs and sit to pray and listen to the talk. Our songs are a mixture of traditional hymns and modern Christian songs played by a music group.
4. What do I do in a Communion Service?
Communion is where we share bread and wine (non-alcoholic wine and gluten free wafers are available) in remembrance of Jesus’ death for us. All those who are following Jesus as Saviour and Lord are welcome to go up to the front of church to have the bread and wine. (Covid restrictions permitting).Those who are not Christians, or who do not want to take communion for any reason, can either stay in their chairs or go up to the front for a prayer of blessing (simply keep your hands by your side to indicate that you would like prayer).
5. Can I talk to someone about problems or ask for prayer?
We have people who come to the front of the church during and after services to pray for people and talk about questions or difficulties about faith. You are also able to fill out one of our prayer request cards if you would prefer for us to pray for you at another time. We can also put you in touch with other support organisations who specialise in specific areas.
6. How accessible is the Church?
We have written an accessibility page specifically to answer some of these questions.