Ascension Day Sung Eucharist

Join us for our Festal Sung Eucharist for Ascension Day, this Thursday 26th May, held in the intimate surroundings of the Chancel of our beautiful church at 7.30pm. The service will also be live-streamed for those unable to get to church at this time.

St Stephen’s Bellringers win the Canterbury District Striking Competition!

The Canterbury District Striking Competition which took place at Monkton Church on Saturday 14th May 2022 (The first one since 2019 due to ravages of the pandemic). 7 teams entered and the St Stephen’s Sunday Quarter Peal Band won, just pipping our friendly neighbours (St Dunstan’s Church) by 2.50 points.

Whilst called the Canterbury District, it is not just the immediate Canterbury area. This Bellringing District stretches as far as Lynsted and Teynham, Lyminge, Dover, Whitstable and the whole Thanet area.

One of the rules of the competition is that entrants must be regular Sunday service ringers. St Stephen’s Band consisted of ringers from other towers who help Jane ring for a Sunday service each Sunday by ringing a quarter peal either Sunday morning one week and Sunday evening another week. Without their help the faithful would not be called to service, there would be no public announcement that the church is there and open for worship, the bells would be silent. The observant may recognise the Presenter of the cup as Elizabeth, Don and Ruth Nibletts daughter who learnt to ring at St Stephen’s many years ago. Elizabeth and her husband were the judges – but they do not know the teams until the end of the competition as the judges are hidden away and out of sight.

Congratulations to them all!

The presentation of the winner’s cup to Jane

Christian Aid Week 15th – 22nd May 2022

There will be a special service for Christian Aid week for the whole of the Canterbury community, held at St Stephen’s Church on Sunday 22nd May at 6.00pm.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Steven Moore Percussion Concert

Friday 13th May 2022, 7.00pm in St Stephen’s Church

Steven Moore has thrust himself into the world of solo percussion over the last few years, receiving praise from audiences throughout the UK.  Determined to succeed, he returned to the academic world, completing his bachelor’s and Master’s degree with distinction.  He has now began work to complete his PhD, researching Marimba performance.  Continuously developing his performance skills, Steven has received tutelage from Jason Huxtable, Pius Cheung and Dame Evelyn Glennie.  As a soloist, he has collaborated with solo artists and performed concerto’s with various orchestras across the north east.  Following success in previous years, 2022 will see recital tours across Scotland and the UK.  Check out the ‘concert’ section for details or ‘contact’ if you require details about booking a performance.

Bishop of Dover Preaching at Choral Evensong

The Bishop of Dover will be preaching at Choral Evensong on Sunday 1st May. Do join us in church or online at 6pm.

Mothers’ Union Lady Day Service

St Stephen’s Mothers’ Union is hosting a Lady Day Service on Friday 25th March at 2.30 pm in St Stephen’s Church.  The Members extend a welcome to anyone who would like to come along and join them.  There will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards.

Ash Wednesday – 2nd March 2022

We have two Communion services on Ash Wednesday with the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish to take part. We look forward to welcoming you at these and any of our services.

A quiet said service with the Imposition of Ashes.

A choral service with music sung by our choir and with the Imposition of Ashes. This service will also be live-streamed.

Rowan Williams on: Pandemic Lessons: What have we Learnt about our Society and our Churches?

Wednesday 16th February Contemporary Theology Group 

St Peters Methodist Church at 7.30pm also live streamed. If you would like to access the live stream please email Rosemary Walters at and you will be sent the link.