Coronavirus guidance from the Church of England
St Stephen’s is a Covid Secure place of worship. In line with Government guidance we require a mask to be worn at public worship before you enter the Church, and have set the Church up to adhere to social distancing requirements. We also have a Track and Trace register on arrival, and ask for you to use the hand gel dispenser. Music is being listened to, but no singing will take place until advice changes from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York or Diocese of Chelmsford. You can read the Church of England’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches here. You can find a live stream service or event to watch from home here.
St Stephen’s is a part of the Church of England and global Anglican Church. In our local community we want to extend the love of Christ, which has been made real to us – recognising the command of our Lord to be salt and light. Our worship recognises the dual challenge for us to know God better, and for us to serve our community with the gifts God has given us.
We also want to play our part in the global Church, and at St Stephen’s we look outwards to consider the needs of our world and are delighted to welcome people from every background and many different nations. All are welcome, as we learn together to receive the love of God – and seek to become better followers of Jesus with our whole lives.
Our services are Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sundays. By invitation on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. is a special service for those shielding and the vunerable - contact Marilyn or Darren for more information. 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.
We continue to Livestream to Facebook, and services will be available on our St Stephen’s, Harlow Youtube Channel by Monday lunchtime following the service.
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.