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23rd April 2018
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23rd April 2018
sundays at 10.45: worship at saint stephen's
Hospitality, Generosity, Inclusion
Our Sunday Morning Service is at 10.45am. You will always be made welcome - it’s important to us that you feel at home no matter what your tradition, beliefs of experience of Church. On first and third Sundays we have Choral Communion, while on second and fourth Sundays we meet for a more informal communion service. There are children's and young people's groups on the first, second and third Sundays and ‘Pew Boxes’ (in-pew-entertainment) available on the fourth Sundays, often with some informal crèche or children’s provision during the sermon. Fifth Sundays are flexible.
You do not need to have any church background to join us for these services – all are welcome: regular churchgoers, occasional visitors, people who find something in church that they can’t find anywhere else, or if you just want to find out what it’s like: all are welcome.
We use the rich resources of the Church of England services, as well as music, readings and prayers from other traditions. We are an Inclusive Church, and have strong links with Living Springs Metropolitan Church, the LGBT church in Bath.
Easter is a special time at St Stephens, with a plethora of different services.
We begin our journey on Palm Sunday when we remember Jesus Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our service starts at the Millenium Green at 10.30 and process across the road to the church to complete it.
The beautiful Compline service happens at 8.00 pm on Monday, at St Mary's Charlcombe, Tuesday at St Stephen's and Wednesday at Christ Church Julian Road
Thursday finds us celebrating an Agape Meal, before stripping the altar and holding a candlelit vigil
Good Friday begins at 9.00 am, joining other churches in Bath, for a walk of Witness. Our families will be getting together for a family fish supper later in the afternoon.
Saturday will find our young people holding an overnight vigil in the church - possibly with a game or two of hide and seek in the dark - having walked to St Mary's Charlcombe to bring back the blessed light that will sit in the church with them.
Easter morning celebrations begin at 6.30 am with a sunrise service - followed by cooked breakfast. We hope our Easter chicks will be hatching in Church during our Easter Family Communion service at 10.45 am as they did last year. If they don't there'll be Easter Eggs anyway! Do come and join us.............
afternoon FAMILY worship: SCRUFFY CHURCH
Every fourth Sunday of the month we meet at 4pm in St Stephen’s Centre for Scruffy Church
This is particularly geared to young families, though all are welcome. The style is… well, scruffy. There are songs, stories, activities, and also times for reflection and prayer together. We also have the ‘Scruffy Church Samba’ to sing. Afterwards we share tea that we’ve brought, and the church provides tea and coffee and squash.
Four o’ clock on Sunday
I know where I’ll be:
down St Stephen’s Centre
with all my family …
When we say the Morning Office we are connected by prayer to other Anglicans throughout the world, and all time
We gather to say Morning Prayer on Mondays at 8.45am and Saturdays at 9.30am.
Saint Stephen’s has a very strong choral tradition, and maintains an excellent choir
There is choral communion on the first and third Sundays. The Choir also leads us in key festival services, such as at Christmas and Easter. Andrew Russell has been organist and choirmaster for over 25 years, and has developed the music of the church with skill and sensitivity to worship. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings. It is a very friendly group which is always looking to welcome new members - ability to read music not essential.
We are 0.7 mile up Lansdown Road, towards the Park and Ride
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 2A, and the Lansdown Park and Ride, 31 which stop 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.
Pop In: This happens each Saturday from 10-12. It’s a good time to meet, chat and drink coffee. There is often work going on in the garden.