St. Stephen's: Welcome
We are a small, welcoming and busy church at the foot of the railway bridge in Hightown; very much a part of the local community. Eucharistic worship, every Sunday at 10.30am, is ”middle of the road” and there are alternative worship opportunities: BCP (Book of Common Prayer) Evensong every Sunday at 6.00pm; and Peewits, simple worship every Friday at 9.00am, with coffee, for Mums or carers with little ones.
Enquirers and Nurture courses are run regularly. New members and visitors are always given a special welcome. St. Stephen’s Youth Club meets every Friday in term-time at 6.00pm in the Church Hall.
We have a large and excellent, well-equipped parish hall, which is available to hire.
St. Stephen’s has a friendly and inclusive feel, which comes from the warmth and enthusiasm of its people.
If you haven’t already, why not give us a try?
Advent starts this year (officially) on Sunday December 3rd - though my Advent calendar will be on day 3 by then. We try to keep Advent (from the Latin and Old English - Adventus meaning coming) without too much of The Creeping Christmas. This is getting increasing harder but we try to remember Advent as Advent. This is important because at no other time of the year do we practise those feelings of ‘waiting with rising expectation for something good to happen’ or ‘waiting to be wowed’.
If we are not careful, we start thinking ‘Jesus will come - yah, yah. Boring.’ And the trouble with getting older is that the cynicism of ‘what’s it worth waiting for anyway; Christmas is just another day.’ becomes like an invasive weed. And this attitude then runs into the rest of our faith. ‘Jesus will answer this prayer? Yah, yah! That will so not happen.’