Not sure about church? Just want to pop in to St Stephen's, Prenton for a visit? Considering joining us? Thinking about exploring faith? We hope the following information will be helpful.
What’s the best service to come to at St Stephen's?
If you’re coming with children or would like something that’s relaxed and informal come to our 10.30am service. This lasts around 60-75 minutes and includes modern songs and well known hymns, a group for children and refreshments at the end.
If you want something a bit quieter, try our midweek communion service, which has a quieter more traditional feel and lasts around 45-60 minutes with refreshments at the end once a month.
What should I wear?
Whatever you’re comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.
Where is the St Stephen's church building?
The church building and church hall's are a short walk from Sainsbury's in Prenton. View on map.
Can I park at St Stephen's?
There are a small number of parking spaces (around 15) in the church car park and plenty of on-street parking nearby. Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking.
What time should I arrive?
5 to 10 minutes early is a good idea. Then you can get settled. Lots of our regular members chat before the service starts – but you don’t have to do that – get in early and you’ll definitely get a seat.
How do I make sure I’m not in someone’s seat?
There’s no such thing, really, even though some people do tend to sit in roughly the same places each week! If there’s a space, and no ‘reserved’ sign on it – you can sit there. We’re always happy to see visitors, and it does us good to get a different view from time to time.
How do I get into the church?
The main entrance is through the large church door, which you can see from the road.
There is a ramp to the right of the main door, which is buggy and wheelchair accessible.
What books do I need, and where do I get them?
At our 10.30am Sunday service all the words are projected on a screen. There are Bibles in the chairs so you can follow the readings. Our midweek service uses a printed booklet.
Can I bring my children?
Please do! Children are very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. The 10:30am Sunday service is the best, because it has a creche and children’s group. See our children’s page for more information on activities for families and children
What if my child makes a noise?
Children make noise and that’s fine we’d rather have the noise and your lovely child and you than boring peace and quiet! We’re happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child – there’s also a creche area at the back if it helps.
When do the children go to the Sunday Club?
See information on our children's page.
How do I know when to stand or sit?
The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and for a couple of other bits. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure.
Do you have toilets?
Yes – one can be found at the front of church, or over in the Church Hall where these facilities include disabled access and baby changing.
What happens after the service?
At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the church. We offer refreshments after the service so please stay for a cuppa - we’d love to meet you.
Matt Graham (Vicar)
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