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

Changes to Service Times

From June the second morning service will begin at 10.00am rather than 9.30am.

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 on Wednesday 27th 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)

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 below to see St Stephen’s Safeguarding Policy

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- May 21, 2019

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- May 11, 2019

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- May 4, 2019

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- May 4, 2019

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- April 21, 2019

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. #Easter @DioManchester
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- April 19, 2019

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- April 18, 2019

Peter went out and wept bitterly. Watch and pray.
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- April 18, 2019

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- April 18, 2019

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- April 14, 2019

The wonderful work of our junior church #palmSunday #Easter2019
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