Our Church is Open for Worship in spite of the pandemic and the works at the church premises!
Worship 11:00am on Sundays – at church – All Welcome!
Pulpit Exchange Information
Our congregation forms part of a Cluster Group together with Murrayfield Parish Church, Palmerston Place Church and Stockbridge Church. Temporarily named DEAN CLUSTER.
On Sunday 26 September St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church and Murrayfield Church will have a pulpit, or other a minister exchange. We will be visited and led in our worship by the Rev. Keith Graham M.A., PGDip, B.D., MTh.
Keith has been serving at Murrayfield Parish Church since 2014. Previously he served for 5 years as minister at Stenhouse St. Aidan’s, Edinburgh. He trained for ministry in Glasgow. Before pursuing a vocation as a minister he worked in Glasgow with people experiencing homelessness.
[image and information were taken from Murrayfield Parish Church’s website and are used with permission]
We are very much looking forward to have him with us and share in worship and fellowship.
COVID related information about worship
- When coming to worship, please wear your face covering while you are in the building. At the entrance your name and phone number will be recorded for track and tracing purposes. There is a one way system in the church, please follow the signs. There are designated seats for single visitors and family groups at 1 metre distances between designated seats. You will be shown to an available seat. The capacity of the church sanctuary is 110 within 90 seating areas.
- We can sing at the service, which is just great, but you need to wear your face covering while praising the Lord – don’t worry He will still hear it! While the worship is going on in the church, children gather for their Sunday Club and young people for their Inspire sessions in the large hall and at Number 7 (courtesy of Stockbridge Church). We are permitted to have informal hospitality after the service respecting the valid distancing rules. Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.
Building Work related information
We are refurbishing and upgrading our building to be as suitable for 21st Century worship and fellowship and community uses as possible. The work is carried out mainly in the halls (new kitchen, new toilets, new office and more spacious access to the halls. Some of the work is carried out in the sanctuary as well, we hope and pray that this will not disturb our regular worship too much. We very much appreciate your understanding in this matter. The work is planned to finish in the autumn of 2021, late September, early October. We appreciate your prayer and support in all this.
General Information about worship at SSCB
St. Stephen’s Comely Bank is a relaxed and lively church, we don’t mind what you wear or when you stand up or sit down. We want you to feel very welcome here.
Services normally start at 11:00 and finish around 12:00. There is access for prams and wheelchairs, and a hearing loop is also installed in the building.
In the present COVID PERIOD our worship service is simplified, and is streamed via Zoom. The usual order of service is:
- Welcome (by minister)
- Notices (by minister)
- Praise (streamed, congregation reflects)
- Prayer of Approach, confession and Lord’s Prayer (by minister)
- Scripture Reading (by member of congregation, live or Zoom)
- Message (by minister)
- Praise (streamed, congregation reflects)
- Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession (by member of congregation, live or Zoom)
- Benediction (saying the ‘Grace’ together, live and Zoom)
Worship is followed by informal hospitality (tea, coffee, refreshments, fellowship) respecting teh valid rules and regulations.
Families with pre-school children are welcome, and the whole Church Family can help because physical distancing and one-way system restrictions can be a struggle for younger children. To support this, we made the Prayer Room available for them as a more spacious “base.”
During worship school age children have their Sunday Club activities in the halls. All children are welcome to join. Our Youth Fellowship, Inspire, also meet in the halls.
IN NON-COVID TIME services normally include:
• Hymns or songs of worship ranging from traditional to modern, accompanied by a full band with guitars and drums, or an organ. The words are projected onto a large screen and are easy to sing along to.
• Prayers are led from the front of the church at various points in the service. You are encouraged to engage in private prayer at any time.
• The Children’s Talk and song is towards the beginning of the service, after which children go into the halls for Sunday Club. Babies are welcome to stay throughout the service, but there is a crèche available too.
• Bible reading. St. Stephen’s uses the New International Version and there are copies in the pews for you to read.
• The Sermon is led by our minister George, or a visitor. They will talk about a Bible passage, helping to understand what God is telling us through this passage, and how to apply it to our lives today.
After the service there is tea, coffee, cake and an opportunity to chat to people. There is also an opportunity to speak and pray privately with a member of our prayer ministry team.
Once a month there is a soup lunch after the service with everyone welcome. Communion, the taking of bread and wine is celebrated on the last Sunday of every other month, namely January, March, May, July, September and November.
You don’t have to be a Christian to come along to SSCB, you are welcome just as you are.