April and Easter 2017 at St. Stephen’s

welcome to st. stephen’s in april

St. Stephens exterior

A very warm welcome to St. Stephen’s in April. Our Sunday services are at 10.00am with our original service pattern using Common Worship, and at 11.30am an All-age worship service with worship songs, teaching, prayer and ministry time, with provision for children. Continue reading for details of our April services. A summary of all other events can be seen on our Calendar page.


IMG_7451Our Cafe hours… Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 am – 4.00 pm. On Saturdays the cafe is open 10 am – 12 noon.

Please note that our Easter opening times are:

Maundy Thursday – Open
Good Friday to Easter Monday – Closed
Tuesday 18 April and onwards – Open.

See some more about our cafe and a short video here. The church is open to visit at that time and there is an opportunity to see an exhibition of the restoration of St. Stephen’s. Prayer in Church:There are prayers in church in the morning 9.30am – 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Easter CrossSee below for Services this Good Friday, Easter Day, etc.

IMG_7005 Bible Croppedbible teaching courses

Run on alternate Monday evenings 7.30-9.30pm in St. Stephen’s until July 2017. Enrolment termly. The courses are:


  • Open Word – which started on 19 September 2016 – is presented by Matthew Hutton. It will take us through the whole Bible to see how God’s grand story hangs together and how He speaks to us through the unfamiliar as well as the better-known bits; an adventure rather than a course.
  • Digging Deeper – which started on 26 September 2016 – is presented by Freddy Hedley. It will cover the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Book of Acts. The teaching will be interactive and conversational, designed to build strong spiritual foundations enabling us to live a powerful, transformative Kingdom-centred life.

Details are at the back of church. You can try each on the first evening without committing to either. There is a cost for Digging Deeper which can be covered by St. Stephen’s.

Read Through the Entire Bible in One Year

I recently came to the end of Nicky Gumbel’s “Bible in One Year” and can heartily recommend it. It is only available online (https://www.bibleinoneyear.org), and you get three passages each day under a single over-arching theme (from Psalms/Proverbs, the NT and the OT), each with a very practical devotional comment from Nicky, followed by a single pithy thought from his wife Pippa. So, if you have internet access, why not start it today as your New Year’s resolution? (I have signed up for 2017.) It will also fit in well with the St. Stephen’s plan of working through an overview of the Bible over the course of the 52 Sundays of 2017.


Audio Recordings from the Open Word Bible Course

These may be found here.


april services

sunday, april 2

10.00am: Service of the Word (5th Sunday in Lent).

11.30am: Contemporary Worship (Sunday School for children), followed by shared lunch. Coffee from 11am.

sunday, april 9 – PALM SUNDAY

10.00am: Special All-age Service for Palm Sunday.

11.30am: Special All-age Service for Palm Sunday. Coffee from 11am.

thursday, april 13 – Maundy Thursday

4.30-7.00pm:All-age informal service with the theme “Do this in remembrance of me.” Telling the story of how we got from The Passover, through The Last Supper, to Good Friday.

FRIday, april 14 – GOOD FRIDAY

10.00am: Meditative service of hymns, readings, reflections and silences.

sunday, april 16 – EASTER DAY

10.00am:Holy Communion

11.30am: Contemporary Worship (All-age), with Holy Communion. Coffee from 11am.

sunday, april 23

10.00am: Morning Prayer with healing – shortened (2nd Sunday in Easter)

10.45am: Annual Parish Church Meeting

11.45am: Contemporary Worship – craft at side tables for children.

sunday, april 30

10.00am: Holy Communion (Madeline’s first Sunday back – 3rd Sunday in Easter)

11.30am: Contemporary Worship (All-age). Coffee from 11am.

Prayer in Church

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings in church
9.30-10am. A short time of prayer led by Madeline, Gail, Peter, Tim or Biddy – all welcome.

Communion bread and winemonthly midweek communion

This month our monthly midweek communion service will be held in the church meeting room on Thursday 13 April at 11.30am and 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!

Coloured,_textured_craft_cardcraft group At the cafe

New Craft group – open to all at the Cafe. Bring your own craft or learn a new one. 3rd Friday of month. 11.30am – 1pm. Meeting on 21 April.


Small groupssmall groups

There are various small groups meeting throughout the week… in the daytime and evenings ….click here for details.

openphotonet_prayer2Monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast

This group meet monthly for prayer, reflection and fellowship on a Saturday morning.Men meet on the 1st Saturday of the month at 8.00-10.00am, which this month will be on Saturday 1 April, in St. Stephen’s meeting room. All welcome.


This group is currently no longer meeting.

The Diocesan Website

The Diocesan Website has listings of events and courses available by date, details of on-line courses and training events can also be found in the Diocesan Magazine – (this used to be published in the quarterly leaflet ‘Everyone Learning’).


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