ASsociate Priest and rector
Reverend Debbie Pow Associate Priest with Rector Philip Hawthorn
Beacon of Light
Church for all
on this page you will find information about:
- The Importance of Belonging;
- Inclusive Church: Disabled and Dementia Friendly; LGBTQ+ Friendly;
- Behaviour Statement and Code of Conduct;
- Location Map;
- People you will meet at St Stephen's: Clergy Team, Church Wardens and Treasurer;
- St Stephen's Centre;
- St Stephen's Church History and Architecture;
- St Mary's Charlcombe - our Sister Church.
Access to other pages of this website is to be found through the live links at the top and bottom of this page.
At Saint Stephen’s belonging is very important. God is community, and Jesus lived his life within groups of family, friends and followers. There is a whole range of beliefs within the church, but we all belong to the family of Saint Stephen’s.
When we belong we have a sense of being in the right place, we are rooted well. Roots both nourish the plant and hold the soil together, and that's what belonging means - being included in the heart of the church family. As we gather as a family our friendships deepen, we become more aware of God's love in us and between us, and we grow. We are formed into the people God intends us to be - living life to the full. And this is evident in our showing the fruit of God's Spirit in us: love, joy, peace, kindness, compassion, generosity and hospitality. This is good news for ourselves, our community, and the world.
* DISABLED ACCESS * DEMENTIA FRIENDLY * LGBT+ WELCOMED * OPEN CHURCH NETWORK* BEHAVIOUR STATEMENT *
ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE MAKE a member of the clergy team OR A CHURCH WARDEN AWARE OF YOUR NEEDS
Saint Stephen's Parochial Church Council (PCC) has discussed and adopted a Behaviour Statement of Intent taken from that of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, which states and exemplifies appropriate behaviour for the church in its commitment to inclusion. You can read this statement by clicking on the link below.
"How we love others is how we love God."
St Stephen’s Church is situated on the fork of Lansdown Road and Richmond Road on the northern slopes of Bath. Access to the St Stephen’s Church Centre (under the church) is via Lansdown Road. Post Code is BA1 5SX
Walking: It takes about 15 minutes to walk (good for the legs and lungs) up the main route. There are more scenic meandering routes taking in the Assembly Rooms, and St James’s Square and Lansdown Crescent, allow an extra ten minutes.
Bus: The church is served by the Lansdown Park and Ride, 31 which stops outside the church.
Car: There is usually space in the 4-hour parking bays around the church. There are other roads around which have no restrictions.
Cycling: It’s a good schlep up, and great fun going down. You can often see the Rector grinding his way up the hill. His motto is ‘No Heroics’. Very wise!
people you will meet at st stephen's - The clergy team
Rev'd Philip Hawthorn: Rector
Philip has been at Saint Stephen’s for 10 years. This is his first job as a rector. Before that he was a writer, director and presenter in various media, mostly for BBC Radio and Television. He is, amongst other things, husband to Lizzie, father to Ellie, Billy, Peter, Annie and Ted, cyclist, breadmaker, grower, scribbler and sketcher, henkeeper and supporter of the best football club in the world. (He was born in Watford.)
Rev'd Debbie Pow: Associate Priest
Debbie is a rare species – priest, farmer’s wife, mother … noted for being vertically challenged but high on agricultural anecdotes. Happiest nurturing things: people, plants, animals – and creating: with food, fabric or a hammer and nails. Smitten with Jesus - and husband Will (a wonderfully long-suffering and patient species) she’s proud mum to their three grown up daughters, Jess, Ceci, and Maddie.
Rev'd Andrew Avramenko: Curate
Andrew is a tech-wizard and fan of using technology to bring people together and make life better. Before being a curate he worked in environmental, educational and community engagement (he got people involved in things!) and is a life long fan of Formula 1 (he promises not to cut short his sermons on a race weekend!). He is married to Elaine, father to Josh and Abigail, and servant to Ron (the family’s cat).
church wardens and treasurer
Carolyn Cowley: Churchwarden
Carolyn relocated from the Cotswolds to Bath in 2013 when she joined St Stephen's. She is a retired art historian, church recorder, and madly passionate about stained glass windows. She is enthusiastic about Home groups, Alpha and Happiness Lab courses.
Carolyn is mother to two daughters, Julia and Jennie and grandmother to Miro and Neve. She is looking forward to helping St Stephen's grow alongside the Heart of Lansdown and to outreach and involve the wider community.
Penny Cracknell: Churchwarden
Having been educated at the then Royal School, life has surprisingly come full circle for Penny who returned to Bath in 2020. Several moves, both in the UK and overseas, have taught her the joy of being an active member of a welcoming and caring church. Laughter, gardening, good coffee, reading, friends, prayer and two much loved grown up daughters, Natasha and Clementine, are all vital strands in Penny’s life. However, she lacks one key C of E skill - Penny is not a cake maker!
Mike King: Treasurer
Co-wardens and ordinand
Hester Davies: Co-Warden
Hester has spent most of her working life in Bath where she was a cardiology nurse at the RUH until retirement 3 years ago. She has been part of St Stephen's since 2013, enjoying the welcome that she found, being part of home groups and serving in various capacities. She's excited to be part of St Stephen's mission to grow and thrive for the people of Lansdown and beyond, and the adventures that lie ahead for us.
Jude Dent: Co-Warden
Jude is married to Simon and they have three children between them, Emily, Alice and Barnaby. A committed Christian for over 20 years she has recently moved to St Stephen's from St Bart's. She is passionate about spreading God's word, with young and old, and growing St Stephen's community in faith and fellowship
Emma King: Ordinand
St Stephen's centre at the heart of Lansdown
St Stephen's Centre sits under St Stephen's Church and is a wonderful community space with level access available for groups or individuals alike to hire.
Saint Stephen's Church: the building and its history
St Mary's Charlcombe
St Stephen's is part of the United Benefice of Charlcombe with Bath St Stephen's. Our sister church, St Mary's Charlcombe is just over a mile away in the hamlet of Charlcombe. It shares the same warm welcome as St Stephen's and the same clergy team, but is smaller and more contemplative in nature. More information about St Mary's is available from their website below.