Recent Events


It was good to join with St Peter's on Saturday 6th April, as we celebrated the approach of Easter and Passover with a Seder Meal.  It was good to learn more of how Christianity is rooted in the Jewish faith, and the we learnt about the various symbols of Passover and were able to related them to Christianity.

We heard the story of the how the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt and why they celebrate the Passover to this day.  We went on to enjoy a wonderful meal, enjoying good fellowship with one another.  If you missed it this time, make sure you don't miss out if we do it again in the future.



SIXTIES NIGHT - 16th February 2019

Our Sixties night was a huge success with £700 being raised for church funds.  Thank you to The Badger Sett for an incredible evening, and to all who helped and supported the event.


There were a number of events at St Stephen's during the month of December, beginning with the Mothers' Union Christmas Lunch at Burnley Football Club, followed by the Nativity Service which took place during Wake Up and Worship the following Sunday.  There was a very special carol service on 23rd December with the 'St Stephen's Sings Christmas with Christingle' Service - very special and to be repeated next year!  The year ended on 31st December with a New Year's Eve Party as we welcomed in 2019.



More than 200 people crowded into St Stephen's for what turned out to be a poignant and moving tribute to the seventy-seven young men from Burnley Wood who lost their lives serving their country in the Great War.  There was poetry, drama, song and film, culminating in a short act of worship during which, Noah Davies, aged six, stood up in front of the whole crowd to read A Children's Prayer for Peace - Well done, Noah!


70 children and young people enjoyed a wonderful fun-filled time at this year's Light Party - St Stephen's alternative to a Hallowe'en Party. There were crafts, hotdogs, a disco and - if you hadn't had too many hotdogs - a bouncy castle to bounce away all that energy.


The sun shone as Accrington Pipe Band led the procession around the parish of Burnley Wood. Once again the congregation of St Peter's joined with St Stephen's for a walk of witness following our morning service.  We stopped en route at various points to say a blessing on Burnley, its people, its schools and colleges, its businesses, and not least its sports teams.


What a wonderful day - over 140 people read 240 sections of the Bible to enable us to read the whole of the Bible in one day.  Revd Patrick kicked off with Genesis Chapter 1 and we were treated to a double act of the Dean of Blackburn, Peter Howell-Jones and The Bishop of Burnley, Bishop Philip North, to finish the day by reading the last chapter of the Book of Revelation - 'Amen, Come, Lord Jesus'

Radio Lancashire featured the event and you can listen here:

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, especially the readers and helpers.  

GOD HAS SENT YOU A TEXT - Please read it!

TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC - 10th March 2018

A wonderful time was had by all at our Teddy Bears' Picnic organised by our fantastic Sunday School.  There was fun, food and crafts with our favourite teddys - and we raised £270!



Our very own Youth Ambassador, Jess Fort, put on a show to remember, most ably accompanied by friends from Burnley College and some of our home-grown St Stephen's talent.  It was a fantastic night, oozing with talent, held together by the very funny clerical duo of Jack & Crack who MC'd the event.  The icing on the cake was the £435 raised for church funds - well done all!



A wonderful day where over £2,000 was raised for church funds. 

A special thank you to everyone who supported us.

CONFIRMATION - November 7th 2017

Ten candidates were confirmed by Bishop Philip at a service at the newly re-furbished St Stephen's on 7th November - and there was cake!



28th October 2017

Many aspects of prayer were discussed and experienced on this enlightening and inspiring day at St Stepehen's, held as part of our Vision 2026 programme.

A number of people came along during the course of the day - some for the whole day - to learn and pray. There was prayer for the world, the community, the Church, our families and ourselves.

It was a new venture for St Stephen's and one which will most definitely be repeated.


We're Back!!

Almost 200 people packed into St Stephen's Church on Sunday October 8th as we returned following the summer refurbishment.  

We were joined by Bishop Julian and a number of invited guests, including previous clergy. the Mayor and local Councillors, and others who had been involved with all the work which had been carried out over recent months.  It was a wonderful occasion followed by a wonderful lunch with a celebration cake baked specially by Victoria.


There were a number of presentations: 

Ruth Fort was presented with a prayer book to mark her recommendation for ordination training, which Ruth has now begun;

Cllr Geoff Sumner presented the church wardens with a  cheque for a £1000 from the local Council, which will go towards a new industrial dishwasher for the kitchen - this will facilitate more community activities;


Last but not least a presentation was made to  the Churchwardens, Betty Galloway, Keith Pounder and Jean Beeston, who have done so much work in bringing the whole project through to a successful conclusion.  Special mention was made of Jim and Elaine Taberner who were away on holiday but who have worked tirelessly on the necessary administration to bring about such a tremendous transformation of our church building.