At St. Stephen’s we want to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and to be growing in their faith and trust in him. We encourage one another to grow in faith, love and hope through Bible study, prayer, service and fellowship.
Our church motto is:
“to know Jesus and to make him known”
In particular we want to:
Reach out: to tell all people about the good news of Jesus.
Build up: to help each other grow in our relationship with the Lord through Bible teaching, prayer and fellowship
Equip: to enable each other to serve Jesus whole-heartedly whoever we are and in whatever we do
Our 10.30am Sunday Service at Shirley Intermediate Hall is a central component of our ministry in the Shirley area. We gather together to listen to God's Word being faithfully preached, for fellowship and to worship our wonderful Creator and God.
We have programs running for infants, children and youth during the service which are run by leaders passionate about the good news of Jesus Christ. These are not compulsory, but are great ways for your children to learn about our Lord and Saviour.
Our service runs for around one hour, but feel free to stick around for morning tea or even just a chat with our friendly church family.
We offer a wide range of children’s groups to cater for young people of all ages. Our aim is to help children learn more about God as they study the Bible together in a fun, safe and age-appropriate environment. All our programmes are run by godly, reliable and trained leaders, under the supervision of the full-time staff. Children’s programmes run each week during school terms, together with a Sunday morning holiday programme for pre-school and primary children.
St. Stephen's has two main programmes for youth, where we meet together regularly to learn more about God's love for us in Jesus and what it means to
be a follower of him.
JYz is for young people in Years 7-9 and currently meets on a Friday evening 7-9pm at 12 Berwick Street. Our Senior Youth group, for those in Years 10-13, meets on Sunday evenings 7-8.45pm at 12 Berwick Street.
Leaving school and living as a young adult can bring unique challenges, as well as unique opportunities. The young adults group at St. Stephen’s aims to bring together people at similar stages of life, offering chances to build relationships with each other and to encourage each other to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
The focal point of our young adults ministry is small groups, which meet on various evenings during the week for people to study the Bible, pray
together and enjoy hanging out in a relaxed environment.