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

Play Your Part

Following on from producing our Mission Action Plan (MAP) we are going to spend the weeks in September up to Harvest thinking about what we are ‘doing’ in church and how we ‘Play our Part’ in ministering to each other and the wider community.

Each Sunday will take a different theme as we explore what each part of the Sunday service is about and what it teaches us about ourselves and our response to God and other people.

01-Sep The Gathering

08-Sep Liturgy of the Word

15-Sep Baptism

22-Sep The Liturgy of the Sacrament Pt1

29-Sep The Liturgy of the Sacrament Pt2

06-Oct The Dismissal

13-Oct Harvest Festival

There will be a pack for each of you to take away on 1st September to consider prayerfully what your response will be to getting involved with the mission of St Stephen’s. It may be to stay the same or it might be God is encouraging you to something new.

St Stephen’s is over 100 years old and built on the legacy of others who have given their Time, Talents and Treasure to pass on to us.

What will we leave for the next generations?

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 ‘What’s On’ for details of : –

  • Hymns to be sung in June and July
  • DRAMA GROUP – Thursdays
  • German Youth Brass Band Concert – Tuesday 29th October 2019 7.30pm


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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