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St Stephen’s Church, Guernsey, has, since the middle of the nineteenth century, been the main focus for Anglo-Catholic worship in the island. We still maintain the same Anglican High Church ethos and our liturgy has always been much influenced by the Oxford Movement.
Our eclectic congregation is regularly joined by the many visitors to the island, who return each year to experience again our tradition of music, ritual, vestments and incense and to be welcomed back as part of our worshipping community. You can be assured that you, too, will receive a very warm welcome at St Stephen’s.
The Church itself is situated at the top of the hill on the left hand side of the main road heading west out of St. Peter Port.
With its large nave, lofty chancel and wonderful acoustics, St. Stephen’s makes a superb venue for choirs, concerts, and organ recitals.
Along with the immediately adjacent Vicarage and the Old Church Schoolroom across the lane to the rear, the Church is in a conservation area, which forms an oasis of green on the edge of the town, a haven for wildlife and a sanctuary of peace.
Following the Napoleonic Wars, there was a massive increase in the population of St. Peter Port and it was agreed that a Chapel of Ease should be built to serve the western part of the Parish.
In 1862 the foundation stone was laid and St. Stephen’s opened for worship on January 6th 1865, the Feast of the Epiphany. It became a Parish Church on 31st December 1884.
The architect, George Frederick Bodley, designed the building in the Early English, Gothic Revival style, with tall arches and long narrow windows. Built in local pink and blue granite, it has pillars and arches of Caen stone.
St. Stephen’s has a wonderful selection of stained glass. In particular, the church is noted for an important series of windows by William Morris, which are amongst his firm’s earliest work.
Whilst Morris was responsible for the overall design of his windows, he employed various Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb and Edward Burne-Jones for the actual scenes and figures.
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