St Stephen & All Martyrs, Bolton

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St Stephen & All Martyrs, or Lever Bridge church is at the heart of the community of Darcy Lever. We aim to be an open and welcoming church, seeking to serve our neighbourhood which also includes part of the Haulgh.

We have a Sunday School meeting during the first part of our 10am service and there are Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides linked to the church. We are closely involved with our church aided Primary School which shares the site. There are groups for discussion and learning together.

Members of the church are actively involved in a variety of ways in our local community and welcome visitors from the locality and further afield. The church is open over the Open Heritage Weekend in September and most Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons - check the events calendar for details.

The church building is the first of Edmund Sharpe's 3 churches built from terracotta, hence the nickname of the Pot Church. It is the prime example with ornate decorations inside and out and beautifully decorated inside. The openwork spire had to be removed in 1939 and the lower tower was removed by Fred Dibnah, the local steeplejack, in 1966.
In 1989 a massive outbreak of dry-rot was discovered. Since then the dry-rot has been eradicated, the church has been re-roofed, redecorated, the heating system replaced, some missing/damaged terracotta replaced,  the west porch re-roofed and the East end repaired, including the stained glass window.

The church is still undertaking long-term phased restoration work funded mainly by English Heritage /Heritage Lottery Fund Repair Grants and local fund-raising. The west window has recently had some of the original stained glass from the tower installed inside the newer plain glass window (it was taken out when the lower tower was removed).

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St Stephen's Vicarage
Radcliffe Road
Bolton
BL2 1NZ
(01204) 528300 (Team Rector)

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SSAMs Easter Activities and worship
A worship and activity session for accompanied children and adults based on the events of Holy Week and Easter. We start in the school and will go outside and into church. Wear suitable clothes - you will get messy - and a waterproof coat.
Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 11:00 AM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
 
Heritage Open Day
Church open 10.00am - 3.30pm as part of Heritage Open Days. Refreshments and craft activities.
Saturday 12th September 2015 at 10:00 AM for 330 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
 
Heritage Open Day
Church open 11.30am - 3.30pm as part of Heritage Open Days. Refreshments and craft activities.
Sunday 13th September 2015 at 11:30 AM for 4 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
 
Christmas Craft Day
Times to be confirmed. Held in the School hall: a fun day for accompanied children and adults. Lots of craft activities. No charge. Bring your own lunch - drinks are provided
Saturday 5th December 2015 at 10:00 AM for 4 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
 
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Carol Service
A traditional style Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 21st December 2014 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Crib Service
The Christmas story and placing of Crib figures with Carols. A short service for children, families and the young at heart.
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
First communion of Christmas with carols
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Christmas Communion
Holy Communion with Carols
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
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Sunday

Eucharist
Said Communion (Common Worship)
Every Sunday at 8:30 AM for ¾ hour
Common Worship
Parish Eucharist
Communion service with hymns (Common worship Order One) 1st Sunday is usually a Parade Service including the uniformed groups or an All Age Service There is currently Sunday School on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
SSAMs Sunday Night
A lively and active informal monthly service for children, their parents and anyone else who would like to come. Hot chocolate with marshmallows to follow.
Date may change in December, usually combined with Christingle and Nativity
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly

Wednesday

Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat
Church open Wednesday mornings March to November
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Resumes Sunday 1st March 2015
Coffee

Thursday

Team Bible Discussion Group on Thursdays
contact us for venue details
Not usually in school holidays (July, August, December)
Every last Thursday at 1:30 PM for 1½ hours
Coffee
Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat
Church open Thursday afternoons March to November
Every Thursday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Resumes Sunday 1st March 2015
Coffee

Saturday

Coffee Shop
Monthly Coffee Shop in church selling coffee, tea, chocolate and home made cakes and jams. Time to chat with friends and see the historic church.
not January or February
Every first Saturday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Resumes Saturday 28th February 2015
Family Friendly Coffee
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Carol Service
A traditional style Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 21st December 2014 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Crib Service
The Christmas story and placing of Crib figures with Carols. A short service for children, families and the young at heart.
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
First communion of Christmas with carols
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Christmas Communion
Holy Communion with Carols
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Ash Wednesday service
Joint service of communion with the opportunity to receive the sign of the cross in ash.
Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
SSAMs Easter Activities and worship
A worship and activity session for accompanied children and adults based on the events of Holy Week and Easter. We start in the school and will go outside and into church. Wear suitable clothes - you will get messy - and a waterproof coat.
Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 11:00 AM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Maundy Thursday Eucharist
Team Communion for Maundy Thursday
Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Good Friday service
Reflective service on the cross with readings and silence.
Friday 3rd April 2015 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Good Friday Service
A reflective service for Good Friday, following Jesus' way of the cross
Friday 3rd April 2015 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Heritage Open Day
Church open 10.00am - 3.30pm as part of Heritage Open Days. Refreshments and craft activities.
Saturday 12th September 2015 at 10:00 AM for 330 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
Heritage Open Day
Church open 11.30am - 3.30pm as part of Heritage Open Days. Refreshments and craft activities.
Sunday 13th September 2015 at 11:30 AM for 4 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Remembrance Day Service
A short service to mark Remembrance Day at the War Memorial. The 10am Communion service will be shortened on this occasion.
Sunday 8th November 2015 at 10:55 AM for ¼ hour
Coffee
Christmas Craft Day
Times to be confirmed. Held in the School hall: a fun day for accompanied children and adults. Lots of craft activities. No charge. Bring your own lunch - drinks are provided
Saturday 5th December 2015 at 10:00 AM for 4 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Sunday School Regular Choir Grade 2* Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Visitor Parking Available Foodbank Pilgrim Discipleship Course
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Currently open for services, Heritage Weekend in September, and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons (March to November); also Coffee Shop on first Saturday of the month - see the events calendar for details.

Nurture Courses

Emmaus has run at least once a year

 
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16109
Built: 1842-4
Architect: Edmund Sharpe
Style of worship: Open Catholic
Our Patron: The Crown
Archdeaconry: BOLTON (243)
Deanery: WALMSLEY (24307)
Benefice: Leverhulme (24/202BR)
Parish Legal Name: Lever Bridge (240198 24/198)
CofE Church Info: (624198 24/198)
Short URL: acny.uk/16109/
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The current editor is: Julie Johnson

 
 
St Stephen & All Martyrs , off Radcliffe Road, to rear of St Stephen & All Martyrs CE Primary School, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 1NZ

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