Who we are
The Parish Church of Bath St Stephen is set on a hill in Lansdown on the north slopes of Bath. Famed for its tower and the LED lights that enhance the city’s skyscape, St Stephen’s Church is much more than just a building. It is a thriving community of people of all ages who gather together for prayer, fellowship, community engagement and worship. Built by the Victorians of Lansdown and Walcot, St Stephen’s has served Bath for a century and a half.
We are a welcoming, child-friendly and inclusive church community made up of people from all backgrounds – on different parts of the Christian journey through life. We are members of the Church of England in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and we are part of the North Bath Local Ministry Group which links us with two other local churches: Charlcombe Parish Church (Blessed Virgin Mary) and Christ Church, Julian Road. We warmly welcome you to join us at one of our regular services.
The Sunday service at 10.45am each week gathers us together for prayer and the celebration of Holy Communion, with traditional music. Our trained team of children’s leaders offer children’s groups on first and third Sundays during the first part of the service. On the 4th Sunday of the month we have an all-age service with contemporary music for all the family. We have an active choir that is affiliated to The Royal School of Church Music, and always welcome new voices. We have a new ring of six bells and a band of ringers, and are members of the Bath & Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers. We have baptisms (christenings), funerals, weddings and other special celebrations. Our Church School, St Stephen’s Church of England VA Primary School, is an important part of our church community. We built it in 1840 and today it has 420 children. As a church we help to govern it through appointing the majority of its governors. The Church Centre and kitchen (below the church building) is home to community and church organisations for children, families, and older people. You can book it for social events.
There is a place for everyone here – and all are welcome.
What are our services like?
Holy Communion is at the heart of our parish life and worship. On the first and third Sundays we have five Sunday Groups during the service for all ages. We also have a wonderful choir to lead us in our singing. On the second Sunday there is a Whole Church Communion at which children are given Activity Boxes (known as ‘In Pew Entertainment’).
On the fourth Sunday there is an All-Age service, which is more informal, and usually lasts about 45 minutes. There is a small worship band to lead the music, and our aim is that there is something special in the service for everyone.
We have coffee and biscuits at the end of each service when all of the congregation can meet and chat. We aim to combine a traditional Church of England service and style of worship with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all.
During our regular services children from nought upwards are well catered for with their own fun-filled activities, organised by trained and CRB-checked leaders. There is also a dedicated space for very little people at the side of church with toys and children’s books.
Working for sustainability
St Stephen’s Church is proud to have installed a low-energy lighting system for the church tower. Click here for information about this project.
St Stephen’s is a Fairtrade Church. We are also committed to environmental sustainability in all we do, and support the
Our Community Wildlife Space (just north of the church) is being created by 16-25 year old volunteers with a generous grant from The SITA Trust.
To join the volunteer team please contact the Church Office.