Holy Week 2020

Although we are unable to meet together during the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’, we can still devote personal time during Holy Week to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice our Lord made when he died on the cross for us.

To help us with this, a devotional to use during Holy Week is shown below:

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

Currently during the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ we are not meeting at St Stephen’s. You can however join in with a service being broadcast on all BBC local radio stations and BBC Radio 4 every Sunday at 8am.

There are also several churches in our area who are livestreaming services via their Facebook and Twitter pages. These include Bury Parish Church, St Andrew’s Radcliffe, Bury Christian Fellowship and others as well.  Check their websites for more details.

We normally 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 https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/16035/

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 to be confirmed.

Coronavirus – a message from Rev Paul Sanderson

See the ‘Services’ page for a simple Morning Prayer to use at home during the Coronaviris pandemic

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

  • Community Cafe

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.

Click black link to be taken to our newsletter page.

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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