On the very first Christmas, people from an assortment of backgrounds and cultures responded to an invitation to meet Jesus. They weren’t perfect. They went just as they were. And yet their lives – and the lives of millions of others – where changed forever.

So in a similar way, I invite you to ‘follow the star’ and make a potentially life-changing journey, and visit us this Christmas.

Mark Barker, Vicar of St Stephen’s

Please find below details of all our Christmas activities and events this year.

30th November: 11am Christmas Fayre

7th December: 9am Christmas Café

7th December: 7.30pm Christmas Jazz Concert (tickets available here)

15th December: 10.30am Family Carols

22nd December: 9am Carol Service (at St Eanswythe’s, Priory Road Carols)

Please note, there is no 10.30am service at St Stephen’s on 22nd December

22nd December: 6.30pm Contemporary Carols (followed by mulled wine and mince pies)

24th December: 3pm Christingle Service

24th December: 4.30pm Christingle Service

24th December: 7pm Carols by Candlelight (mulled wine and mince pies served from 6.15pm)

24th December: 11.30pm Midnight Communion

25th December: 9am Christmas Celebration (at St Eanswythe’s, Priory Road Carols)

25th December: 10.30am Christmas Celebration


Where can I park? Parking is available in Waterloo Road car park (which is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Once the car park is full there is plenty of local on-street parking, but please be considerate to our neighbours.

Will photos and video be captured at these events? Yes, but we endeavour to respect your privacy at all times. Please note that this media may be put on social media, on our website, in our electronic communication as well as our printed literature. If you would prefer not to be included in this media please let us know by emailing