St. Stephen's: Welcome
We are a small, welcoming and busy church at the foot of the railway bridge in Hightown; very much a part of the local community. Eucharistic worship, every Sunday at 10.30am, is ”middle of the road” and there are alternative worship opportunities: BCP (Book of Common Prayer) Evensong every Sunday at 6.00pm.
Enquirers and Nurture courses are run regularly. New members and visitors are always given a special welcome. St. Stephen’s Youth Club meets every Friday in term-time at 6.00pm in the Church Hall.
We have a large and excellent, well-equipped parish hall, which is available to hire.
St. Stephen’s has a friendly and inclusive feel, which comes from the warmth and enthusiasm of its people.
If you haven’t already, why not give us a try?
By the time you read this there will be less than four weeks to Christmas. It’s a lovely time but very busy. There’s two events being celebrated: the coming of God’s son Jesus and the coming of Santa Claus As a child, I tended to blur God and Santa Claus; almost as if they were the same being. Sometimes listening to adults I hear the same blurring as if God and Santa Claus are interchangeable. So what are the differences?
Santa Claus gives gifts. Santa Claus is generous and kind and often gives us the gifts we’ve asked for. Good that, isn’t it? Santa Claus enjoys the giving of gifts which cost money. It’s what Christmas is about. This and family. This gift giving is his sole purpose. We can write to Santa Claus and ask for the gifts we want knowing we will be heard and money spent to buy them. As a child I did post a letter up the chimney, knowing this is the way Santa Claus will come to me with those gifts. Santa Claus says, or it is said about Santa Claus, that he only gives to good boys and girls. Yet this doesn’t seem to be true as Santa Claus gives gifts to everybody. Santa Claus does seem to give more gifts to richer children than to poorer children. And sometimes Santa Claus gets people in debt. But overall Santa Claus is good.