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.
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?
My best friend, Anne, who is also a vicar, recently conducted a funeral of a teenage boy who had ended his own life. Anne saw at first hand the devastation his suicide wreaked on his family and friends. Suicide is a topic we don’t want to discuss or even think about. But because suicide is now the biggest killer of young people – male and female – aged under 35 in the UK, a statistic I didn’t believe until I checked it, I think perhaps it’s time for us to start a conversation round the causes of suicide and suicide itself.
Until 1961, suicide was a crime in the UK – those who had attempted suicide before this time and the families of those who had died by suicide could be prosecuted. It might seem a bit nit-picky but try not to say ‘He/she committed suicide.’ You can only ‘commit’ a crime and suicide is no longer a crime. Try to find kinder ways to describe a suicide.