March 2017 at St. Stephen’s

welcome to st. stephen’s in march

St. Stephens exterior

A very warm welcome to St. Stephen’s in March. 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 February 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.

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.

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 (, 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.


march services

wednesday, march 1

11.30am: Holy Communion (Ash Wednesday)

sunday, march 5

10.00am: Service of the Word (1st Sunday in Lent).

11.30am: All-age Worship with provision for children. Coffee from 11am.

sunday, march 12

10.00am: Holy Communion (2nd Sunday in Lent).

11.30am: All-age Worship with provision for children. Coffee from 11am.

sunday, march 19

10.00am: Morning Prayer with Healing (3rd Sunday in Lent)

11.30am: All-age Worship with provision for children. Coffee from 11am.

6.00pm: Monthly Prayer Service led by Rev. Rachel Alexander and her husband Noel.

sunday, march 26

10.00am: Holy Communion (4th Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday)

11.30am: All-age Worship with provision for children. 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 9 March 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 17 March.


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 4 March, in St. Stephen’s meeting room. All welcome.


This group normally meet monthly for prayer, discussion and fellowship on the 1st Saturday of the month at 8.00-10.00am. The group is currently having a break and will re-group on 1 April. The meetings take place in the side chapel. All welcome.

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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