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, centred on God, reaching out into the community 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 most weeks 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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Christingle
Includes informal nativity involving any children who wish to take part, come as a shepherd or angel or other nativity character. A service for all the family in aid of the Children's Society.
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 4:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
 
Carol Service
A traditional style Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
 
Crib Service
The Christmas story and placing of Crib figures with Carols. A short service for children, families and the young at heart.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
 
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Christingle
Includes informal nativity involving any children who wish to take part, come as a shepherd or angel or other nativity character. A service for all the family in aid of the Children's Society.
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 4:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Carol Service
A traditional style Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib Service
The Christmas story and placing of Crib figures with Carols. A short service for children, families and the young at heart.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Midnight Mass
First communion of Christmas with carols
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship Christmas Carols
Christmas Communion
Holy Communion with Carols
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship Christmas Carols
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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 Refreshments 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, or cold drink in summer.
Date may change in December, usually combined with Christingle and Nativity
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Ends Sunday 11th December 2016.
Resumes Saturday 31st December 2016
Family Friendly

Wednesday

Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat Open till 12
Church open Wednesday mornings March to November
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Refreshments

Thursday

Midweek Communion
said communion service in the chapel followed by coffee / tea
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for 40 minutes
Refreshments 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
Refreshments
Church Open
Call in to look ... or pray ... or chat Open till 4pm
Church open Thursday afternoons March to November
Every Thursday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Refreshments

Saturday

Cake and Coffee Shop
Monthly Cake and 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 Tuesday 28th February 2017
Family Friendly Refreshments
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Christingle
Includes informal nativity involving any children who wish to take part, come as a shepherd or angel or other nativity character. A service for all the family in aid of the Children's Society.
Sunday 11th December 2016 at 4:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Carol Service
A traditional style Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib Service
The Christmas story and placing of Crib figures with Carols. A short service for children, families and the young at heart.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Midnight Mass
First communion of Christmas with carols
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship Christmas Carols
Christmas Communion
Holy Communion with Carols
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship Christmas Carols

Features


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
Organ

 

www.pilgrimcourse.org

Emmaus has run at least once a year
     
Guidebooks
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 )
CofE Church Info: (624198 24/198)
Short URL: acny.uk/16109/
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The current editor is: Julie Johnson

This page was last updated on Monday 24th October 2016
 
 
 
St Stephen & All Martyrs , Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 1NZ - off Radcliffe Road, to rear of St Stephen & All Martyrs CE Primary School

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