Sunday services are a key part of life at St Stephen's. We believe that God transforms our lives step-by-step as we gather together to worship, pray, hear from God's Word and respond to his Spirit. Our three Sunday services aim to cater for all ages and have different styles of worship. After all of our services there are opportunites to receive prayer ministry.
We welcome Christian believers from all denominations to participate in Holy Communion, where we receive bread and wine to remember that Jesus gave his life for us so that we might know fulness of life though him.
This follows a more traditional liturgy than our other services, making use of hymns, classical music, contemporary worship and time for quiet reflection. Holy Communion takes place on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month and refreshments are served after the service.
This is an informal, friendly service, popular with young families. It is usually the 'busiest' of our Sunday services, with Crèche available for 1-4s, Kids Church for 4-11s and Younger Youth for 11-14s. From time to time we have an All Together service - where all ages stay in the church building throughout - with a theme and style that is accessible for children. The 11am service usually ends around 12.15pm and Holy Communion takes place on the second Sunday of the month.
This is an informal, contemporary service, popular with all ages and consciously aiming to engage with the emerging generation. Worship is led by a band and we make use of mulit-media. Occasionally we set the space up differently to alter the shape of our worship. Refreshements are served at the end of the service and Holy Communion takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month.
On the second and fourth Thursday of each month we have a Healing and Encouragement service at 10.30am. On the fourth Thursday, Holy Communion is part of the service. Prayer ministry is available at the end of the service as are refreshments.
We also have a number of specific services at different times of the year including; the Service of Light, where we remember those we love who have died, Christingle and Carol services during Advent and meditative services during Holy Week.