Our Way, Our Hopes


The church we envisage is Christ Centred, Spirit Led and God Honouring.

Our Way

"To love God with all of who we are, compassionately serving others, and spreading the wonderful news of the hope we have in Jesus"

Our Hopes

Hope 1 - "To grow deeper spiritually within ourselves, building each other up and engaging in the Great Commission our Lord Jesus gave"

Hope 2 - "To make known the wonderful love of God through Jesus, as revealed to us in the scriptures, to all people within our community and beyond"

Hope 3 - " To bring everything we do and have to God, in prayer and service, giving thanks for everything he does for us"

The church we envisage is exciting! We see a church made up of adults and children from different people groups and different walks of life. St Stephen's is bursting with life with a number of initiatives focused on changing lives, changing our community and changing the perception of Church.

The church we envisage has a strong sense of family. Everyone has value and everyone has a part to play in God's great story. Family life is outworked through a network of Growth Groups spread out across the city. If you have not yet joined a small group why not go visiting and find a group where you can be blessed and can be a blessing.

The church we envisage is passionate. Meetings are hallmarked with exuberant praise, intimate worship and inspiring preaching.

In 2015 the Diocese of Blackburn launched Vision 2026, Healthy Churches Transforming Communites.  This vision embodies the elements of "Our Way and Our Hopes" and has become our working document.  Vision 2026 can be found on our website here