About Us

Who we are

St Stephen’s  is a real mix of people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. At the centre of all we do is a passion for Jesus and a heart for serving those around us.

The church lies at the heart of the local community of New Town, Colchester. The congregation of around 100 has people of different ages and backgrounds and Christian experience and we believe this diversity is a real strength. Our style is informal and relaxed. We take God seriously and see Him making a difference in our lives. If you are searching spiritually, new to the area or just want to drop by and find out what goes on you will be most welcome.

Rev. Ian Hilton writes:

“The church has grown over recent years.  The pace of change in our parish is being accelerated by the building regeneration that is already upon us.  Our vision for building our new Church Centre was that it would be a heart to this community for the next 100 years.  Well, that community is changing and we have big questions to face.  In all of this it is important to affirm what we are achieving.  The APCM report lists some of the vibrant life that already exists.  Yet we are being called to more, to think more widely.  It could lead to us feeling overwhelmed.  Paul, in Philippians ch 3 v 14. ‘So I run straight towards the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above’. Paul reminds us to keep focused on priorities.  Keep focused, in particular on Jesus.  Together as a church we will need to discern those priorities prayerfully.  Then we need to go for it.  The fields are white for harvest.”

What do we believe?

Our vision statement says that we wish St Stephen’s to be a place where people can:

Be, Belong, Encounter, Grow

  • Be: That the church will be an accepting place where we can be ourselves before each other and before God.
  • Belong: That church will be a place where we can discover a sense of belonging as part of God’s community.
  • Encounter: That church will be a place that enables us to meet with God.
  • Grow: That church will be a place that encourages us to discover more about God and what that might mean for our lives.

Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.


Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are Richard Cording and Sue Broughtwood, who may be contacted at church or by email office@ststephens-colchester.org.uk.

Abbeyfield Project

We are also one of the churches involved in the Abbeyfield Community Project. The project was established to maintain a thriving and caring community within the new housing development.

Please see the website for more details.