St. Stephen’s Church building was first used for worship in 1846, and it was the Church members who set up the Church Primary School opposite in 1863. There have been strong links ever since, and we hope these continue.
We would love to see more people, from our Church and School family, at Church on Sundays. Services take place at 10.30 a.m. and, during the service, children have activities in their own Children’s Corner. They are guided and supervised by Church members who have, of course, been appropriately D.B.S. checked. The children love these activities and we get good feedback from adults too.
During the last year we have introduced “Messy Church” straight after school. Our next Messy Church afternoon will be on Thursday June 27th and everyone will be welcome. Children do, however, need to be accompanied by an adult. These events have been really successful, they are planned and led by Peter Shone, Jill Phillips and Janet Harrison, and a number of other Church members help too, with activities, refreshments and a short act of worship. Again we have had very positive feedback from parents and from staff, including Mr. Shelton who helped us last time.
We are very pleased to host School Services at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the end of the School Year (Leavers Service this year on Friday July 26th) and you are all welcome as you know. We have, from time to time, arranged extra events for Year 6 children, and this year we are hosting two concerts at the end of the “I sing Pop” week (Fri. July 12th). They will be both enjoyable and inspiring. It has been our privilege to help fund this event.
Our Church people want to support School in as many different ways as we can. Our Vicar, Rev. Roger Dixon leads collective worship on Tuesday afternoons and welcomes classes into Church regularly for guided tours, or curriculum-related sessions. Classes from Poplar Street School and Audenshaw Primary have also been to our Church building. The Vicar is also, automatically, one of our School Governors and, of the present Governing Body, four others were appointed by our Church Council. Other Church members support School events, and help in voluntary roles.
Finally we have Church Open Days every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. so if you want to drop in, after School, for a cuppa and a look round, you will be very welcome.
Our mission, of course, is to share the love of Jesus Christ, and his message, in as many ways as we can. We love doing this, and we love getting to know people of all ages.
Roger Dixon - Vicar