We will be holding a ‘Songs of Praise’ service at St Stephen’s at 6pm on Sunday 2nd July 2023. All of the hymns at the service will be chosen by you – some will be chosen by popularity, based on the most votes that they receive, but others (as this is also an opportunity to raise some funds for St Stephen’s) will be selected by receiving the highest bid. However… it is also possible to bid to block a hymn from being sung!
To vote for your favourite hymn, please complete the form below and make your bid donation no later than Sunday 18th June. It would also be lovely to hear why you have chosen the hymn, so please indicate on the form if you’d be willing to speak about your choice during the service. If you’ve got lots of favourites, you can always submit an additional form or two!
This year’s World Day of Prayer is on Friday 3rd March. There will be a service at St Stephen’s welcoming people from across Canterbury at 11.00am, followed by a soup lunch in the church hall. It would be lovely to have a good number from St Stephen’s joining us if you’re able to.
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 22nd February 2023
This year, Lent begins on Wednesday 22nd February. We will be marking Ash Wednesday with two services, our regular 10am Holy Communion, and a special Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm. The Imposition of Ashes is when a cross of ash made from last year’s Palm Crosses is placed on the forehead remind us to ‘remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return, turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ’. This will be a part of both services for those who wish to partake.
Advent and Christmas Services at St Stephen’s
Join us at St Stephen’s this Christmas as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus.
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.
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.
Following our PCC meeting on Tuesday 10th May, it was decided that we will be gradually returning to some of our pre-covid practices over the next few weeks. Please look at the Coronavirus updates page for more information.
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.
10.15am HOLY COMMUNION A quiet said service with the Imposition of Ashes.
7.30pm SUNG EUCHARIST A choral service with music sung by our choir and with the Imposition of Ashes. This service will also be live-streamed.