The Acorn Café Charity Coffee Morning

Wednesday September 22nd
from 10.30
In St Stephen’s Church Hall
In aid of MacMillan Nurses
Cakes and paperbacks
Do join us

Dear All  – it would be great if you were able to join us for the charity Coffee Morning on Wednesday of next week – even if you were able to pop in briefly!

There will be a stall for sweet and savoury items and also paperbacks.  We will not be having other stalls so the hall will not be so crowded.  

Items for the bakery stall will be most welcome!

It would be lovely to have your support!

Jenny and Libby

Ride + Stride Saturday 11th September 2021

Kent Ride and Stride Logo

Ride & Stride is the sponsored bike ride or walk in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities.

The next Ride and Stride will take place on 11 September 2021, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, and you can be part of it. Participants plan their own routes, and seek sponsorship for riding, cycling, walking, or manning the church. After the event the money is collected and divided between churches in need of repair, by your own choice and by the Friends of Kent Churches, the area organiser. More information and forms you will find on .

Christian Aid Week

Normally this week many of us would be getting ready for our house to house collection of Christian Aid Week. St Stephen’s usually raises around £2000 through this – a significant some for those in poor countries living on a few pounds a week.

This year we cannot do that but instead we have set up a “Just Giving” page so that all of us, whether we normally collect for Christian Aid or not, can both to make a donation and also encourage our friends and neighbours to contribute.

Some people usually raise money through activities – cake sales, coffee mornings etc. Instead of (or as well as) asking people for donations why not be imaginative and create some online fund raising activities people can take part in? There are ideas and more information on

Please help to make sure we don’t let those who rely on Christian Aid down in this year when they too face the problems of Covid-19 but without the NHS and our comfortable houses to help us ride it out. Start planning NOW what you are going to do this week Christian Aid week. Why not post your ideas on the St Stephen’s Facebook page ?

Choir Open Morning

Monday 17th February 10.00–11.30am
St Stephen’s Church, Hales Drive, Canterbury, CT2 7AB

Are you between 7 and 11 years old?

Do you enjoy singing and making music? 

Come along to St Stephen’s Church for a fun morning of singing on the Monday of half-term, and see what it would be like to be a chorister.

Information for your parents or carers…

St Stephen’s is well-known for it’s choir throughout Kent. We believe that music is important not just to enrich our church services, but for our individual general well-being.

Our regular rehearsals for our junior choir will be on Monday evenings, 5.00–6.00pm with plenty of opportunities to sing with our main choir at Sunday morning services.

Our Director of Music, Stephen Barker, has over 20 years experience of working with choirs and is also a qualified music teacher.  All of our adults who work directly with young people have an enhanced DBS disclosure; we take safeguarding very seriously.

What could your son or daughter get from joining a choir?

Singing in a choir is a great way to develop as a musician – there’s lots of research about the positive effect that music has on the academic development of young people.  Amanda Spielman, head of ofsted, recently said that “mastering singing sets children up well for a musical future”, so singing in a choir may spark a greater musical interest and develop into learning to play a musical instrument.  Singing as part of a choir is also great for developing concentration and the sense of contributing to something as part of a team.  It’s also a great way to make friends who share similar interests!

if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by emailing

I look forward to meeting you and your son or daughter at our Open Morning on 17th February, or at any following Monday evening rehearsals.

Week of Prayer for Lent

28th February – 6th March 2020
St Stephen’s Church, Hales Drive, Canterbury, CT2 7AB

Friday 28th February, 7.30pm

Opening Service of Prayer for Christians Together in Canterbury

Three Canterbury People of Prayer:

  • Lady Loretta de Braose
  • Thomas Clark
  • Teilhard de Chardin

An opportunity to experience the very different approaches to prayer of three great Christians with links to Canterbury.

Other events during the week:

Sunday 1st March6.00pm–7.00pmChoral Evensong with Meditation on St David
Monday 2nd March11.00am–12.30pmSacred Dance workshop by Dorothy Jerrome
Tuesday 3rd March7.30pm–9.00pmPaying attention to God’s Creation by Rev. Kevin Maddy (first of 5 weekly Lenten sessions on ‘Caring for Creation’)
Wednesday 4th March7.30pm–9.30pmTalk on the Langton brothers and Loretta by Mr Ken Moffat, Executive Headteacher of Simon Langton Grammar Schools, followed by Compline, sung by Canterbury Gregorian Society
Thursday 5th March7.30pmSensory meditation using clay led by Sally Musker
Friday 6th March4.30pm–6.00pmTeas, sharing of experiences and closing prayer (labyrinth walk if weather permits)

Monday 2nd – Friday 6th March

St Stephen’s Church will be open daily from 10am to 4pm for anyone to pray however they wish.

Morning Prayer10.00am daily
Meditation with music3.30pm
Monday to Thursday
Evening Prayer4.00pm
Monday to Thursday

Resources will be available in church for different ways to pray:

Churchyard Prayer WalkLeaflets in the porch
Praying with the BodyLeaflets in the porch
Stations of the CrossLeaflets in the porch
Prayer PoolCrossing – South Side
Praying with CreationManwood Chapel
Visitation Window MeditationManwood Chapel
Creative PrayerNorth Transept
Prayer CafeNorth Transept
Lady Loretta’s Life of PrayerChancel
Praying for the WorldChancel

All welcome – come through the week as a Lenten retreat at home, or just drop in once and try something new

Christmas Services at St Stephen’s

Everyone is warmly welcome to celebrate Christmas with us at any of our services over the Christmas period – we look forward to meeting you!

Sunday 22nd December * The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Sung Eucharist
6.00pm Carol Service

Tuesday 24th December * Christmas Eve
2.00pm Crib Service
a service for young children and families
11.30pm Midnight Mass with carols 

Wednesday 25th December * Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Sung Eucharist with carols

Thursday 26th December * St Stephen’s Day
10.30am Holy Communion

Sunday 29th December * The First Sunday of Christmas
8.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Sung Eucharist with carols

A Guided Sensory Meditation for the Autumn Season: Nuts and Seeds

Everyone is welcome to join us in St Stephen’s church at 7.30pm on Thursday October 24th for a guided sensory meditation led by Sally Musker.  Sally is an experienced leader of meditations and is completing a postgraduate degree on sensory mediation at Canterbury Christ Church University.  The meditation will last approx. 40 minutes and will include some silent reflection and optional sharing.

Harvest Festival

Join us for our traditional Harvest Festival at 10.30am on Sunday 6th October 2019. A service to give thanks for the harvest with worship, prayer, and music, lasting about an hour.

During the service, donations of food and toiletries will be offered for those who are less fortunate than us.

Everyone is warmly welcome.