Advent & Christmastide 2019

News, Prayer Requests and Sermons.  Find Christmas Service Dates ​​​​​​​ 

Dates for all Christmas Services at St Stephen's in 2019

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find sermons from this period

St Stephen's gardens' "outstanding" award

St Stephen's gardens' "outstanding" award

Thanks to our dedicated gardens' team, St Stephen’s has received another OUTSTANDING from South West in Bloom! We collected our "Outstanding" Certificate at the SWIB Awards Monday 9th December - a well attended event with BANES people as well as gardeners.

church and Community News

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CHURCH NEWS​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Philip and Debbie say "Thank you  in advance to all in both church families who will enable us to celebrate Christmas this year - especially the unseen work of preparation, clearing and hospitality. Together we shall enable many folk to worship, reflect, tingle and find peace amidst the madness. Blessings and joy be with you."

  • ​​​​​​​Our Rector Philip's Sabbatical

On Sunday we welcomed Rector Philip back from his sabbatical.   Philip says: "My ongoing thanks to all who helped keep things vibrant and wonderful whilst I was on sabbatical. Especially Gabriela, the wardens, and Debbie."

  • St. Stephen’s Church Eco group – are looking for new members to help improve our environmental impact.

Please contact Kathy on or 07957 345198 for more information and to get involved.

  • Christmas Cards in aid of Tear Fund and Mothers’ Union for sale in the foyer at St Stephen’s.


  • David H, long term member of St Stephen’s family, who with his wife Jean, was key to the development of St Stephen’s Centre, sadly died this last week. A thanksgiving  servicefor his life will be held at St Stephen’s in January. Our thoughts and prayers are with Simon and Caroline and their families.
  • Thanksgiving  service for the life of Sue  H will be held at St Stephen’s Church 11am Friday 24th January.


  • Lansdown Friendship Club

This is taking place at St Stephen's Centre on the first Friday every month 2:00 – 3.30 pm, and is especially suited for anyone experiencing memory difficulties. All welcome with an accompanying family, friend or carer. NEXT MEETING IS ON FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2:00 - 3:30 pm.   We are very grateful to Roper Rhodes, the Allen Lane Foundation and Wessex Water for their financial support.

  • Popcorn

Popcorn is St Stephen’s new monthly film night for young people of secondary school age. Meeting on the first Sunday of the month 6.30-9:00 pm St Stephen's Church foyer. Bring a snack to share. email for more information


  • Prayer is the foundation of being church. St Stephen’s Mondays 8.45am, Saturday 9.30-10am. St Mary’s 8.10am and 9am Tuesdays, and meditation 7.00 pm Wednesdays. 

Please pray for:

  • Climate Change

B&NES council has declared a climate emergency and has voted to make our city carbon neutral by 2030. We will pray how our churches can support this.  

  • Chaplaincies

Please pray for the chaplaincy of Debbie at Send-a-Cow.

  • Pray for those associated with us training to be priests:

Jane Hoe who has begun her training at Sarum, Tim May in his second year at Durham, and our new curate to be, Andrew Avramenko also at Sarum. We pray also for their families.

  • Community Houses of Prayer

These groups meet once a month on a Tuesday at 19:45.  Meetings take place within the various Bath communities to pray for Bath and the area represented.  The event is organised by Bath Christian Action Network andmore information is available on    Click on preceding web link for more information.

  • God's Glorious Creation!  See the link below to discover our Eco Church Advent Challenge
Eco Church Advent Challenge

Jane's Sermon from Advent sunday: light in the darkness

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Download Dec 1st 19 JH.mp3

Debbie's sermon of 8th December: different perspectives

Download 191208_001.mp3

Debbie's SErmon of 15th December: Confounding ideas of Jesus

Download 191215_001.mp3

Philip's sermon of 22nd december 2019: advent 4

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Download New Recording 18.mp3

Simon's Sermon of 29th December 2019

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Philip's sermon of 5th January 2020: Epiphany 

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Download New Recording 19.mp3

Posted: 1st December 2019
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