on this Page you will find:
Information about Church and Community Events: Advent Windows 2020, Friends of St Stephen's, Eco-Church Principles and Practice, Buildings and Gardens; Lansdown Neighbourhood Group; Other Church Activities including Mother's Union, Toddler Group, Bell Ringing, Scruffy Church
Advent windows 2020
We're excited to introduce our Advent Windows projects in both Lansdown and Ensleigh - 24 lit window designs in each area. Each day a new one appears until all 24 are lit on Christmas Eve - rather like a giant advent calendar.
We're looking for windowholders in both areas to host an advent window. The windows need to be easily visible from the road, but can be of any design so long as they're Christmassy.
Friends of Saint Stephen’s
The ‘Friends’ was set up ten years ago when the church tower was found to have serious structural faults. The Friends pioneered and encouraged fundraising, and the tower (and church building) were saved.
A few years ago those that had energized the Friends retired and the group hasimage-paragraph been in abeyance. However, with a few exciting building projects on the horizon, watch this space…paragraph
As a Church and as individual Church members we are committed to doing all we can to reduce our carbon footprint and so make a difference in preserving the earth for future generations. We are working towards the A Rocha Bronze Award. Some churches have already achieved this and are aiming for the next level, and many others, like us, are on their way. A Rocha Eco Church states as their mission "to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth" and as a church we identify with these aims. To discover more about A Rocha click link on Green Tab below.
We hope you will visit our own website blog page entitled "God's Glorious Creation" where you can find out more about what we are doing on this front and take part in our Challenge Activities: https://ststephensbath.org.uk/news/-/gods-glorious-creation_91/
If it seems like a massive undertaking, which indeed it is, take courage from the sentiment expressed in the ancient Chinese proverb quoted below.:
A journey of a thousand miles starts beneath one's feet.
buildings and gardens
Our team that oversees building and garden work does a wonderful job in making the church and its grounds a place the community can be proud of. There are regular working parties to clear, tidy, plant and dream. These are on Saturday mornings, and cake is obligatory. Under the leadership of Bob Carlton-Porter, and with the enthusiasm of Christian Duckworth, Mike King, Di Morgan, Ian Willis, Karl and Luke Stringer and Rick Meopham, the team has secured a steady stream of awards in Bath in Bloom and South-West in Bloom. Help is always welcome!
Lansdown Neighbourhood group
Lansdown Neighbourhood Group is a vital area of support and ministry for those in need living locally, particularly the elderly and lonely. It was started around thirty years ago, and has helped countless older people to stay connected to the community. It is a registered charity run mainly by members of St Stephen’s Church.
We hold monthly coffee mornings (2nd Thursday of each month 10.45am-12.15) in St Stephen’s Centre and weekly shopping trips to Morrison’s, usually Wednesday mornings. We go out for an Afternoon Tea in July and Christmas meal at the beginning of December.