Coronavirus guidance from the Church of England
St Stephen’s is a Covid Secure place of worship. In line with current Government and Church guidance, wearing of face masks is optional but recommended as is the need to maintain social distancing where possible. We also have a Track and Trace register and ask for you to use the hand gel dispenser upon arrival. Singing is now allowed. You can read the Church of England’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches 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.
Cafe church is on the first Sunday of each month. Iona Service gives us an outward looking view; Northumberland Service allows us to reflect inwardly. There are Eucharistic Services that use the Northumberland and Iona focus, with a monthly Sunday Eucharist on the 4th Sunday. This has allowed a broader base of involvement in services from laity.
Our services are 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.
Where recorded, 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.