Below is detailed information describing St Stephen’s for our Priest In Charge vacancy
St. Stephen’s belongs to the Church of England, and we want to share with our neighbourhood our experience of a God who both comforts and challenges his people. We believe in a loving creator God, that Jesus of Nazareth was God in human form, and that the Holy Spirit of God is active in the world today. We aim to worship in a way that is free and informal, and yet serious and relevant, using modern translations of the Bible and a mixture of traditional and newer songs.
Our services are mostly Holy Communion, at 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays. We also have a network of home groups, where we help one another to understand the Bible and apply it to our lives. YOU are welcome, whatever your background and whatever is happening in your life at the moment.
The modernist church building was dedicated in the 1960s as part of Harlow New Town, and is spacious and flexible, with comfortable seating arranged so that no worshipper is far away from the sanctuary.
By Tooley & Foster, Hall 1957, with the church at the, North end, 1964, forming a T with short square tower over the entrance, with open copper fleche and cross. Brick with concrete framing the windows and outlining the balustrade. Sanctuary against the North wall with altar, pulpit and lectern grouped on a dais with a canopy. Central font of Doulting stone.
(Comment: There is a large and ancient quarry at Doulting in Somerset, which provided stone for the West front of Wells Cathedral. A Google search gives more information)
This cutting from "The Buildings of England" by James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner (pub.2007): and comment from Rev. Richard Bray.
As part of the outreach of our church, we run a Mums, Dads & Tots group. This popular group is run by both volunteers and church members who between them have a vast amount of experience with the under 5's. We have regular visits from the PLA representative of the Harlow area who is always extremely complimentary about what this group has to offer.
We have a wide variety of toys for the under 5's which includes a baby area.
During our time together, to put back a bit of energy, we sit down for some refreshments......................... since play can be so exhausting!
On various occasions throughout the year, we have special events such as a Christmas activity morning and an Easter egg hunt.
We meet every Tuesday in term time from 10.00a.m. till 11.30a.m.. We welcome everyone: Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers and Childminders and especially children from birth until school age.
If you wish to find out more please contact Marilyn on (01279) 433777
Our Sunday School meets every Sunday morning.
The youngsters join in the start of the service with the grown-ups, then go into the church hall for their own activities.
They enjoy games, making things, and teaching.
They usually come back into the church towards the end of the service, to be part of the communion.
We are committed to valuing, listening to and respecting young people and promoting their welfare, and protection. We recognise that the parish's work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.
We are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all the young people who come to our church. Our Child Protection Policy sets out guidelines and commitments by which we can achieve this. It covers all our work with those less than 18 years old.
Our child protection policy is available here. It has been written following the guidance in the Diocese of Chelmsford Child Protection Policy and Manual.
This policy was formally adopted on 10 September 2013. It will be reviewed and re-adopted annually.
Any adult or child with concerns about abuse, of themselves or of someone else, is encouraged to contact the Parish Child Protection Representative, the Diocesan Child Protection Advisor, or the local child protection agencies.
Concerns shared within the church will be dealt with in accordance with the Diocese of Chelmsford Child Protection Policy and Manual.
The Parish Child Protection Representative is Anne Keeble, on 01279 428478.
The Diocesan Child Protection Advisor is available day or night on 07903 831965
Essex County Council 24 hour protection line for children & vulnerable adults: 0845 606 1212
Every Sunday 10 am Holy communion except 1st Sunday each month which is Cafe Church.
Every Wednesday at 10 am. Holy Communion followed by tea/coffee and social time.
We welcome parents who wish to celebrate the life of their child. If you are interested please do contact us.
We welcome couples to get married in St Stephens. If you are interested please do contact us.
For your special day, we can even offer you the opportunity of having your wedding invitations handmade, at very reasonable prices, by one of our church members. All profits from the invitations go towards much-needed church funds. For more information contact Sue Johnson (01279) 444717
St. Stephen's church will always accommodate funerals, which are normally arranged through the funeral director.
On Sunday the 3rd June 2018, the Bishop of Barking will be visiting St. Stephen's as part of the South Harlow Covenant, presiding over a service of Confirmation.
If you would like to be Confirmed during the service, please contact one of our Clergy as soon as possible.
Here are some other websites which you may find helpful.
Heart4Harlow: Church and communities working together www.heart4harlow.org.uk
Father Loves Harlow fatherlovesharlow.com
Gateway Christian Fellowship www.gatewaycf.co.uk
Freshwater Christian Fellowship www.freshwaterscf.org.uk
The Chocolate Run : helping the homeless in Harlow www.chocolaterun.org.uk
Streets2Homes : reach out to and help homeless people www.streets2homes.org
Harlow Foodbank: working to restore dignity and revive hope mrct.org.uk/foodbank
We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.
The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Kim Allen, who may be contacted at church or by email email@example.com