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


08.30am    Holy Communion (said)

10.00am     Parish Eucharist (sung)

10.00am     All-age worship (2nd & 5th Sunday)

06.00pm    Evensong (2nd Sunday)

A warm welcome…

Hello, I am Paul the Vicar. I have been at St Stephen’s now for 5+ years. I originally came as a volunteer for 12 months to help out between Vicars. I enjoyed it so much I stayed and am now the Vicar. Come and join us! We are a welcoming and busy church on the A58 Bolton Road, coming out of Bury. We are very friendly, love children and doing things together. We seek to reach out into our local community, to our schools, care homes and wherever we can be a positive help. We have Eucharistic worship most Sundays at 8.30am and at 10.00am and Evensong every 2nd Sunday of the Month at 6.00pm. On 2nd Sundays at 10am we have All Age Family Worship and on 5th Sundays we try something different.

If you are looking for somewhere to worship, and a great bunch of people give us a try.

God bless


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.

The Church of England has a weekly online service at 9am every Sunday at

The BBC 1 broadcast a service on Sunday mornings at 10.45am.

BBC Radio 4 broadcast a radio service every Sunday at 8.10am.

BBC Radio Manchester broadcast a radio service every Sunday at 8am. 

(Check the times each week in case they change)

Free Daily HOPE phoneline

The Church of England has recently set up a means of engaging with a weekly service for people without access to the online service. This can be accessed without charge by phoning the number shown below, where you will hear a greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as being able to hear and join in with hymns and prayers.

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 (Vicar) 07354 902873

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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