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

Easter Services 2019

Palm Sunday 14th April 8am and 9.30am at St Stephen

Two services when we remember and learn about Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
A quiet reflective Holy Communion service at 8am, and a Holy Communion service which includes a Dramatic Narrative at 9.30am

Maundy Thursday 18th April 7.30pm at Christ Church Walshaw

We remember how Jesus washed his followers’ feet and then taught them how to remember him at what we now call the ‘Last Supper’, on the night before he was crucified. This will be a combined service with other churches in the West Bury partnership.

Good Friday 19th April 2pm at St Stephen

Good Friday meditation

Easter Eve 20th April 6.30pm at Bury Parish Church

We join in the Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday  8am and 9.30am at St Stephen

We come together to celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At 8am we have a said service of Holy Communion, and at 9.30am we again celebrate Holy Communion accompanied by dressing the Easter Cross with flowers

Stations of the Cross 7pm on 15th and 16th

We invite you to join us at any of these Easter services.

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 will be officiating at Sunday’s  Holy Communion  services at 8am and 9.30pm and we look forward to seeing you there!

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 9.30am services is a great time to do this.

Click ‘What’s On’ for details of : –

  • Hymns to be sung in April
  • DRAMA GROUP – Thursdays


- 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

#GoodFriday meditation this afternoon at St Stephen's #Elton Join us at 2pm for an hour to reflect on the love Jes…
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- April 18, 2019

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

We watch and pray for the hour has come. #easter #MaundyThursday
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- April 18, 2019

#MaundyThursday TONIGHT @ 7.30pm @WalshawChurch we remember how Jesus washed his followers' feet and taught them to…
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- April 14, 2019

The wonderful work of our junior church #palmSunday #Easter2019
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- April 12, 2019

Our #newsletter from St Stephen's #Elton can be found at Check it out for everything hap…
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- April 12, 2019

The #Easter season is nearly here! #HolyWeek starts with #PalmSunday services at St Stephen's #Elton remembering J…
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- March 30, 2019

Clocks go forward an hour tonight! If you plan to come to the 8am service at St Stephen's #Elton #Bury and forget,…
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- March 30, 2019

Mothering Sunday services at St Stephen's #Elton are at 8am and 9.30am. Our weekly newsletter can be found at…
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- March 27, 2019

#Celebration at St Stephen's #Elton #Bury as Rev Paul Sanderson was licensed Priest-in Charge! Challenging words…
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- March 15, 2019

This week's newsletter containing details of services and other news from St Stephen's #Elton can be found at…
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- March 10, 2019

This week's newsletter from St Stephen's #Elton can be found on our website at
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