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.
Would like to contribute to the services week by week by becoming an intercessor?
We are very short of intercessors at the present time and consequently people are being asked to do them rather often; it would be good to have some new blood. It is not difficult, you are given the scriptures for the week and the names of those sick to pray for and those whose deaths fall on the particular Sunday. You can make up your own prayers or you can use prayers from the large variety of books available. We can take you through the procedure and give you an opportunity to have a practice to get the feel of doing them. There is always someone available to help you whenever you feel you need support. If you are interested please speak to either Margaret Horwood or the Rector. Thank you.
Evensong during Winter
During November and December, Evensong will be at 4pm on Sunday afternoon to make it easier for people to come out during the darker inclement evenings. We will review this at Christmas and make a decision for the rest of winter at that point. Do let us know if you have strong feelings one way or the other.
This means that our Advent Carol Service on Sunday 28th November and our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 19th December will also be at 4pm this year.
Next Sunday, 3rd October, is our Harvest Festival. It is our tradition at St Stephen’s to support the work of Catching Lives and the Canterbury Food Bank with the generous donations of members of our congregation. If you are thinking about donating something next weekend, you might find the following suggestions useful:
Catching lives are particularly looking for Bottles or cartons of water, juice or squash; Hand sanitiser, treat items – chocolate, crisps, etc; packs of tissues, baby wipes, cotton buds; totes and batteries, waterproof ponchos, foil blankets; underwear; dog treats; fruit cereal bars; lip balm; hand cream
Canterbury Food Bank is currently very low on the following items, but would also appreciate any non-perishable goods: laundry detergents; cleaning sprays; cereal; long-life milk; fruit juice; instant mash; large nappies (size 5/6); baby wipes
Donations can be made at any of our services next Sunday, and don’t forget that we have yellow bins for the Canterbury Food Bank in the church porch and church hall all year round.