We would love to have you visit us at one of our church services. Whilst sharing a common focus in their worship of Christ, each service has a different style so we invite you to choose the one that most appeals to you.
Sunday@11.00 am is a contemporary worship service. It unashamedly wants to provide a church service that works well for modern families. Sunday morning is a chance to relax and unwind, and people are encouraged to come as they are. Children actively participate in the first part of the service, with a kid’s talk and marching song. Our kid’s club program operates within the Sunday@11.00am service. It uses the ‘Kid’s@Church’ curriculum materials to help our children understand what is going on. The adult service finishes earlier than the children’s program, so please join us for refreshments after the service.
Sunday@9.30 am is Sunday worship for everyone. We enjoy both traditional hymns and modern songs , and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly. The service rejoices in the reality that the church family embraces all as we worship Christ together. Children attending this service remain in the service for the whole time.
Sunday@8.00 am is a traditional celebration of the Lord’s Supper. This is quiet and reflective liturgical service using the Anglican Prayer Book of Australia. There is no singing, the clergy robe, and the sermon provides a concise reflection of our passage. There is no children’s program at this service time. This service is unashamedly Anglican in the low church tradition.
Where to find us:
St Stephen’s is located on the corner of Woodville and Ardgour Streets in North Balwyn. You will find us in your Melway directory on Map 46, Grid reference G2. We are close to the Eastern Freeway and Doncaster Road interchange.
We are located off Doncaster Road near the Greythorn Shops, and can be reached by turning into either Sylvander St or Walnut Rd. The first side street is Ardgour St. There are signs showing the way on these corners.
To visit us using public transport, catch the 48 tram to it’s terminus in North Balwyn and then walk along Doncaster Road until you reach Walnut Road. Turn left in Walnut Rd and then the first right is Ardgour St. It is about 700 metres in total.
If catching a bus, alight at the Sylvander St stop on Doncaster Road. Walk along Sylvander and then turn left in Ardgour St. it is about 150 metres in total.
We are committed to the bible as the word of God, and each of our services features a sermon reflecting on a passage of scripture.
Our services share a common preaching program and we are committed to the regular exposition of scripture at all our services. Our sermons and kid’s talks are based on the key bible passage each each, and our preaching program is developed with a commitment to regularly reflecting on all parts of the bible, and to reflecting biblically on key doctrinal and topical issues.
The bible passage for the sermon next weekend can be found by checking the latest copy of our weekly handout, ‘Contact’, which can be downloaded from the Contact page.
What to Wear:
Most of the time people wear the same as they would when going shopping or out to a movie. Neat casual is the typical standard of dress, although someone might wear a tie, and someone else might come in their workwear or sports gear. We promise to welcome you no matter what you’re wearing.
What about the children:
Church is for everyone, so we want to encourage and support families and children as much as the other members of our community. We want church to be a place where kid’s always enjoy being, and where parents feel supported and encouraged as they nurture their kid’s spiritual development. We want to ensure our kids grow up knowing Jesus as their Lord, Saviour and friend.
Joining in with some other activities
We enjoy a regular program of social activities that seek to network our members for mutual support and encouragement, specially enabling members to develop a strong network of friendship. These activities are advertised during our worship services.