About Our Church


Madeline LightOn behalf of St Stephen’s church community you are most welcome. We are a community experiencing a lot of change and we come in a great variety of forms. However we are united in many ways including our desire to welcome all visitors.

St Stephen’s is one of the many medieval churches in Norwich with a history of being bold in their faith and open to others.

We have an extraordinary building which has been restored after the chancel wall cracked from top to bottom. With God’s provision we have been able to install heating and a welcome area by the West door after the restoration work finished.

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ST Stephens AGM Video 2015 from Adam Jackson.


Sundays every week…

10.00am an original pattern of Holy Communion and Morning Prayer services

  • 1st Sunday a Service of the Word
  • 2nd Sunday Holy Communion
  • 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer with Healing
  • 4th Sunday Holy Communion
  • 5th Sunday (where occurring) as announced on the monthly web post.

11.30am “All-age Worship” a pattern of worship, teaching and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit, with provision for children.



Children are welcome at all services. There is specific provision in another room during the second half of the 11.30am service. There are toys bags available.


IMG_7412 (1)The Café is here for all, offering a different atmosphere and environment to commercial ventures; a peaceful place to come by yourself or with friends and family.

We are here to serve the city in many different ways, including providing a place for over 30 volunteers to be valued. Without our volunteers this café would not function.

We operate a “pay what you can” policy.  The guide price is just a reasonable suggestion.  If you can’t afford to pay that amount, pay what you can, or pay nothing at all.  We will, of  course, always be grateful to receive donations from anyone wishing to support the work of St Stephen’s in this way.

The food is all homemade or made on the premises.  The coffee and tea are good quality and Fairtrade.IMG_7447

In 2015 the Café celebrates 25 years of service, having opened in 1990 as a joint project with Age Concern.

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Take a look at this short video about our cafe and what we’re doing here at St. Stephen’s building on the foundations of hospitality and welcome.

Opening times: 

10am – 2.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for coffee, tea, homemade cakes and light lunches.

10am – 12noon on Saturday for coffee, tea and homemade cakes only.

Church opening times

The church is open Monday to Saturday during our cafe opening hours.

Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm and Saturday 10am-12noon

The church is open to visit at these times and there is an opportunity to see an exhibition of the restoration of St. Stephen’s. The cafe is now located at the West end of the church – following the restoration work which enabled us to construct a new welcome lobby, kitchen and office at that end of the church.


Communion bread and wineAt 11.30am on the second Thursday of the month our monthly midweek communion service will be held in the church meeting room. It will last for half an hour, with the option of sitting down together to enjoy refreshments afterwards. (Please be prepared to pay for refreshments, as these will be provided by the cafe.) Everyone welcome!

 Weekly Meetings and courses

Several small groups meet on different days and times for Bible study and prayer. Courses such as Alpha and the CAP money course (Christians Against Poverty) also take place. Click here for more details


Informal Morning Prayer services are held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  from 9.30 to 10am, and weekly on Sunday morning at 9.30am. Prayer Circle can be asked to pray for any specific needs.


Giving on Sundays is via an offerings basket. Envelopes are available for regular giving. The bank details for giving by standing order are: St. Stephen’s PCC Norwich sort code: 20-62-53 Acct. no.50794244

Registered charity No:1147706

The church supports four charities at present, in India, Peru, Romania and Thailand. We are personally linked with the people who run these charities. You may be interested in the displays that explain their work.


Notices are always printed with the readings on our weekly service sheet. Our monthly ‘what’s on’ posts on this website and calendar page also give further information about services and events.

In 2005 with the construction of the Chapelfield shopping centre, the churchyard underwent re-landscaping resulting in a quiet and restful green space, which many enjoy to sit in, within the centre of the city.


Rev Madeline Light is our Priest-in-Charge.  Rev Matthew Hutton is our curate. There are three service ministers; Peter Carroll, Anne Murphy and Stanley Hansell who are involved at 10.00am on Sunday. There is a wider variety of preachers at 11.30am including some from Fountain of Life, Ashill.


There is no public parking at St. Stephen’s. Chapelfield car park has spaces on lower level at £1.20/hr, (£2 for unlimited time after 3.00pm). Bignold School car park 1.20/hr.

Events/booking Enquiries

Please telephone the church office 01603 617697 or email admin@ststephensnorwich.org.

Contact: Revd. Madeline Light- see our contact page.


visit the Christianity website where you can find out more, send a prayer request, look at the questions others ask and discover the Bible…

Visit the gallery page to view photos of St. Stephen’s old & new and the post St. Stephen’s the story so far….

Links with Veterans Associations

St. Stephen’s Church has links with the Normandy Veterans Association (Norwich). There are books of Remembrance at the church on display only. These may be viewed on an individual basis by appointment with the Normandy Veterans Association (Norwich).

St. Stephen’s also has links with the Royal Norfolk Veterans Association and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Association. Theses associations are represented at an annual ‘Veterans Service’ usually held in October.