Reopening The Church Building....
Although our government has given permission to open church buildings, after careful consideration our Church Council has decided that it's too early - the prevalence of Covid-19 in our area is still too high. So along with many other churches, including Our Lady of Victories, our building will remain closed. This will be regularly reviewed.
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.
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?
On Sunday July 5th, it’s the 72nd anniversary of the start of our National Health Service and we’ve been asked to say thank you to all the key workers, volunteers and all those who supported us and continue to support us since lockdown started in March. At St Stephen’s we’re holding a special ‘thank you’ service when we’ll publicly express our gratitude and also pray for those who have been affected negatively during this time. We’ll be hearing from some people who have helped and continue to help others since lockdown began: a barrister, NHS worker, volunteer shopper and others.
Being grateful and saying thank you is so important in our faith. It goes beyond mere politeness. It’s an acknowledgement that we can probably survive on our own but we only flourish with inspiration and help from others; we need each other. I am what I am because others have helped me, shown me the way, supported and loved me. Secondly, regularly saying thank you to God reminds us we are not as much in control of our existence as we’d like to think. We are upheld and given what we need from God who created us and our world, and who continually sustains it. Saying thank you for everyday blessings reminds us of this.
St. Stephens Hightown takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.
We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines.
You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at ChurchOfEngland.org/Safeguarding
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at Liverpool.Anglican.org/Safeguarding
During this current crisis, whilst services in church are suspended, we are unfortunately unable to receive food bank donations. We would however, urge people to donate at the supermarket where they shop as we understand supermarkets are matching each item donated.
Remember the five most needed items are:
UHT Milk, - Cordial / Juice, - Tinned Tomatoes, - Tinned Fish, - Tinned Rice Pudding.
Remember the need continues and is increasing.