Regular Services at St Stephen with St Paul's
The church is open every day for private prayer or quiet reflection. Please see our What's On section for details of special events and services.
Many people find that they want to come to a service but are not sure what to expect. Some feel embarassed that they don't know much about Christianity or what goes on in church.
Do not worry. Our invitation is to come and join us and see what you make of us.
What to expect
As you enter the church you will be welcomed by one of our welcome team. Please do let them know if you are visiting with us for the first time.
We do not use service booklets during our morning services, everything is displayed on the overhead screen.
During the service we stand to sing hymns both traditional and contemporary. Music is also played before and after the service.
Our services come in different parts.
Firstly we gather and ask that God will open our hearts and allow us to see something of his beauty and freshness, to see who we really are, to acknowledge where we have gone wrong and to be forgiven and strengthened for the future.
Secondly, we listen to readings from the Bible: from the Old Testament (the Jewish scriptures), the New Testament (early Christian letters and texts) and from the Gospels (the early accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus).
After the Gospel has been read, a talk (sermon) is given that explores what we have heard and tries to enrich our reflection.
For Morning Worship after the sermon we pray for those in need around the world, in our communities and in our church
During a communion service, after giving voice to our faith, praying for those in need and sharing peace with each other (turning to our neighbour and saying “Peace be with you”), we take communion, remembering the night in which Jesus gathered with his friends, gave them bread and wine and asked them to remember him in this way.
We conclude services with a hymn. The last words we hear are “go in peace to love and serve the Lord”.
Allage Community worship sevices are a little different. They are led by members of our fellowship group and each has a different flavour.
Refreshments are served in church after the service and everyone is invited to stay and to meet their fellow worshippers.
Morning services ~ 10:30am
1st & 3rd Sundays of month: Holy Communion
2nd Sunday: All-Age Community Worship
4th Sunday: Morning Worship
5th Sunday: Holy Communion
Children and young people's groups are held during every morning service except the second Sunday of each month. Groups are for children aged three years and up. There is also a creche area in the lounge at the rear of the church for under-threes to be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Evening services ~ 6.30pm
1st Sunday: Evening Worship (in different styles each month)
2nd & 4th Sunday: Holy Communion
3rd Sunday: Discussion
5th Sunday: Worship at one of our CHIPS Partner churches
Services for Sunday 8th December
Second Sunday of Advent
10:30am: All age community worship
Led by Clive and Karen Burrows
NO Children's groups this morning
Readings this week
Luke 14: 15-24
Led and Presided by Rev Naeem Bahadur.
Preacher Sandra Brailsford.
1 Kings 18:17-39
John 1: 19-28
In addition to services, we invite you to join one of our small Fellowship groups which meet fortnightly (evenings) for bible study, discussion, support and prayer. Please contact Rev. Clive Burrows regarding the evening Fellowship groups.
7.00-9.00pm We Play. Community games evening. Table Tennis every week. Occasional Basket Ball and Badminton. Vine
Hall. NO We Play until the New Year.
7.30pm (fortnightly): Fellowship Groups groups meet in homes for bible study and discussion. Please contact Rev Clive Burrows for more details via the church office.
10am - 10.45am: Open prayer meeting in church lounge. All welcome. Prayers for healing on the 1st Wednesday of the month.
11am onwards: Gardening Group. Meet to keep the Church and Vine grounds neat and tidy.
7.30pm (fortnightly): Fellowships groups meet in homes for bible study and discussion. Please contact Rev Clive Burrows for more details.
9.30am - 11.30am: PALS Parent/Carer, baby and toddler group held at The Vine community Centre, adjacent to St Stephen's church. Free entry. Tea and coffee 50p. Term time only.
5:00pm - 6.30pm: Farsi Fellowship Group. Small group for Farsi speakers incorporating Worship, Bible study and fellowship
11.00am - 1.00pm: Messy Church. St Stephen's Church and The Vine Community Centre. Monthly See Events page for dates
For Parents/Carers and children together. Come along for messy crafts, games, songs, stories, lunch and lots of fun. For more details please contact Karen on 0115 9784480.