St Stephen's

St Stephen's

Saint Stephens's Church, Tye Green In Harlow.

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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.

Our Building

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.

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Mums, Dads & Tots

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.

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We have a wide variety of toys for the under 5's which includes a baby area. 

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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

Sunday School

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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.

Safeguarding

Policy Statement.

We are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all people who come to our church especially those less than 18 years of age by valueing, listening to and respecting adults and young people, 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.

Our Child Protection Policy sets out guidelines and commitments by which we can achieve this.  Our child protection policy is available below and will open in a new window. 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.

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The Church Of England, House Of Bishops safeguarding policy document can be found following this link.

Concerns.

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.

St Stephens Church is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford, their Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding Contacts click here. The page includes contact details for Safeguarding organisations and charities.

If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm you should call 999 and ask for the police.

For Local Harlow Safeguarding Issues Please Contact:

The Parish Child Protection Representative Kim Allen on 07811 984646.

The Diocesan Child Protection Advisor is available day or night on 07903 831965

Harlow Council’s designated Safeguarding Officer on 01279 446192 

Essex County Council 24 hour protection line for children & vulnerable adults on  0845 606 1212

Other Helplines:

• NSPCC : 0808 800 5000

• Childline: 0800 1111

• Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

• NAPAC : 0808 801 0331

• Samaritans: 116 123

• Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

• Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

• Vulnerable adults you can call the ASKSAL helpline on 03452 66 66 63 

(SAL - Safeguarding Adults Line)

Calendar

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Regular Services.

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.

Christenings, Weddings & Funerals

Christenings/Naming & Blessing/Baptism

We welcome parents who wish to celebrate the life of their child. If you are interested please do contact us.

Weddings

We welcome couples to get married in St Stephens. If you are interested please do contact us.

Wedding Invitations

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

Funerals

St. Stephen's church will always accommodate funerals, which are normally arranged through the funeral director.

Visit By The Bishop Of Barking.

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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.

Links

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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

Churches

Gateway Christian Fellowship www.gatewaycf.co.uk

Freshwater Christian Fellowship  www.freshwaterscf.org.uk

Helping Harlow

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

Child Protection Policy

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Alpha Course 2019

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Want to explore more about the Christian faith in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere?  Then try Alpha!

So what is Alpha? It’s a series of sessions run over 10 weeks exploring the Christian faith. It’s made up of good food, good talks and good conversations – everything you need for a good night!

Alpha will run here at St. Stephen’s Church starting in September starting approx. 5pm (lasting about 2 hours) and will run for 10 weeks, finishing in November.

So if you would like to come along please phone Kim Allen on 07811 804936 to book your place.

All Welcome!

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.
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Kim Allen, who may be contacted at church or by email tyg1957@hotmail.com