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
(01204) 528300 (Team Rector)

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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


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 Tuesday 1st March 2016


Midweek Communion
said communion service in the chapel followed by coffee / tea
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for 40 minutes
Coffee Common Worship
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
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 Tuesday 1st March 2016


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 Sunday 28th February 2016
Family Friendly Coffee


Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Emmaus has run at least once a year
Church Open 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.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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)
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The current editor is: Julie Johnson

This page was last updated on Sunday 8th March 2015
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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