Our Church is Open for Worship and Prayer

Worship 11:00am on Sundays – at church and on Zoom – All Welcome!

Prayer at church 10:00-12:00 on Wednesdays – All Welcome!

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 2 metres distances between designated seats. You will be shown to an available seat. The limit of 50 people in attendance at worship is now replaced by a capacity limit for the building based on physical distancing rules. However in the case of our church this still means about 50 people. Singing is still not permitted during worship. We use recored worship music and praise instead. While the worship is going on in the church children gather for their Sunday Club and young people for their Inspire sessions in the halls. We are permitted to have informal hospitality after the service respecting the valid distancing rules. Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.

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.