St. Stephen’s is
a Grade II* listed building which has been at the very heart of this
neighbourhood – now a beautiful and much-loved conservation area - since
its inception over 150 years ago. St. Stephen’s is an intrinsic part
of our local landscape and a highly valued centre for community life.
Was almost closed
In 1991 St. Stephen’s Church was closed – supposedly for good. The building was
in such an atrocious state of repair that plans were made for demolition and
for probable residential development.
Saved by the community
Thankfully, a team from Holy Trinity,
Brompton, led by Rev. Tom Gillum, were able to put together a rescue
package, with the generous support and donations of local residents and
Westminster City Council.
Over time the building was restored – thanks largely to a huge grant
from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and a great deal of time, hard-work
and commitment from Tom and his team.
Now a living Church
Once more St. Stephen’s is a place of Christian worship and prayer with
a vibrant, multi-ethnic congregation. It is also a building of great
value to the wider community, hosting a wide range of valued activities,
for young and for old, seven days a week, accumulating in at least 25,000
visits to our buildings each year. Some of the uses of the Church building
· pre-school music activities (8 separate sessions each week)
· support groups
· fitness and social activities for senior citizens
· resident’s association meetings
· a ballet school
· a Montessori nursery
· a cello school
· children’s parties
· charity events
· training events
· lectures and presentations
· worship and related activities for two congregations
Friend’s of St Stephen’s
It is hard to imagine the impact on this neighbourhood if the demolition
had gone ahead and St. Stephen’s was no longer in existence…
Since the re-opening we have invested time, money and hard work into
maintaining and restoring these beautiful premises. This is very expensive.
The funding for the building work comes mainly from members of the congregation.
We receive nothing towards these costs from local nor national government,
nor from the central Church of England. The future condition of our buildings
is firmly in our own hands.
In order to help us keep St. Stephen’s at the heart of our community
and maintain its beauty and usefulness, we invite you to become a Friend
of St. Stephen’s
By becoming a Friend of
St. Stephen’s Church, your financial support
would be used exclusively to support the fabric of the church, that is
the building, churchyard and fixtures including the stained glass. Your
support will make a huge difference, enabling us to undertake much needed
restoration and refurbishment.
The funds collected by the Friend’s of St Stephen’s will be used to finance
projects approved by the PCC of St Stephen’s. Over the next 12 -24 months
we hope, with your support, we would be able to start work on a number
of vital projects such as:
· repairs to stained-glass windows
· restoration of war memorial
· restoration of font
· upkeep of the garden
· essential repairs to the garden walls
· annual maintenance of clock and bell
· repairs to tower roof
As a Friend of St. Stephen’s we would like to keep you updated on the
progress you make possible. As a result we will be in touch at least
twice a year with news from St. Stephen’s. We would also like you to
see how we have been moving forward and will invite you into St. Stephen’s
to see the projects the Friend’s
of St. Stephen’s have funded.
How you can become a Friend
of St Stephen’s
To become a Friend of St Stephen’s send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or send us a letter with you name, address, contact details and cheque
- payable to the Friends
of St Stephen’s
Membership is a minimum donation of £100, or a monthly
direct debit of £5/month.
Please note donations will not be eligible for Gift Aid.
Your contact details will be administered by the Friend’s scheme and
details will not be passed on to any other organisations.
If you would like to see the full Terms of Reference
for the Friends of St. Stephen’s,
or would like to see a copy of last year’s
annual accounts, please contact us at: email@example.com
St Stephen's Church
Westbourne Park Road
London W2 5QT
T: 020 7221 9329
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St Stephen's Church