St Stephen’s is a church family meeting every Sunday in the heart of Elton, Bury.

We have services every Sunday and we invite you to join us for any of these. Full details are given on this website and are also posted on

If you would like to come to a midweek gathering, why not come to the Community Cafe which takes place every third Wednesday between 10am and 1.30pm?  Click ‘What’s On’ for full details. Next date is Wednesday 19th February.

Half-term Pantomime

  • tickets available now!

Click red ‘What’s On’ link for details of : –

  • Community Cafe
  • Pantomime – Humpty Dumpty

Introducing our Priest-in-Charge

Rev. Paul Sanderson – formerly from the United Benefice of Walmersley Road – was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St Stephen, Elton in March 2019.

The Bishop of Bolton, Rt Rev Mark Ashcroft officiated at the service and in his talk he encouraged us to ‘drink the living water’ offered by Jesus (John 4) , and to continue doing so.  

Paul writes:

After serving as a Reader for 20 years I was ordained as a local minister in 2005.

I am a local lad having been born in Radcliffe and living in Rochdale Bury. I am married to Diane, have one daughter Eleanor and a deaf Jack Russell called Dodger. I retired from a career as a science teacher in secondary, further education and sixth form in 201

Apart from serving God my passion is walking and if I’m not in the Lake District or walking a long distance footpath you will see me out and about in the local area with the dog.   

About St Stephen’s

Our church is liberal catholic in tradition and this is reflected in our worship which involves lots of our church family, many of whom live outside of the parish, in many aspects of our worship. Our church family is made up of young families through to people who have lived in Elton and have worshipped at our church over several decades!

We are connected with our community through our link with our church primary school, and events like our annual pantomime which includes lots of people from our local community, and we also have good and developing relationships with other churches from across the denominational spectrum, sharing in events such as Praise in the Park and working together in mission. St Stephen’s also has a 20 plus strong Mothers Union which meets monthly and is involved in local mission as well as uniformed organisation linked to the scouting movement.

We look forward to you coming along to St Stephens and getting to know us … tea and coffee in our community room after our 10.00am services is a great time to do this.

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Safeguarding Contacts

If you are worried that someone you know is at risk, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others please contact:

Barbara Ingham (Parish Safeguarding Officer) 07747 803575

Rev Paul Sanderson (Priest in Charge) 07795 810016

Abbey Clephane-Wilson (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser) 0161 828 1451

Bury Council 0161 253 5678 / 6606

If there is an immediate risk of harm or danger please contact the police on 101.

Click the link below to see St Stephen’s Safeguarding Policies

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- February 8, 2020

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- January 13, 2020

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- December 26, 2019

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- December 25, 2019

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- December 24, 2019

Join us on Christmas Day Morning at 10am when we look back to Jesus' birth and remember the reason for him coming a…
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- December 24, 2019

As well as the Christmas Eve service 'around the Christmas Tree' at 6pm, there will be a traditional midnight Eucha…
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- December 23, 2019

Christmas Eve around the #Christmas Tree 6pm Wrap your children up and bring them to sing carols and hear the stor…
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- December 21, 2019

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- December 21, 2019

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- December 10, 2019

#Christingle service TONIGHT in school hall at St Stephen's Elton @StStephens_Bury at 6pm Instructions will be give…
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- November 30, 2019

Tomorrow is the First Sunday in the Advent season as we start to prepare for Christmas. Please come along to either…
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- November 23, 2019

On Sunday at St Stephen's #Elton we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ by sharing Holy…
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- November 9, 2019

Remembrance Service 10.30am Sunday 10th Nov @ St Stephen's #Elton At the going down of the sun and in the morning…
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