St Stephen with St Julian welcomes you

St. Stephen with St. Julian welcomes you

Welcome to the parish of St. Stephen with St. Julian in St. Albans. We hope this website will give you an introduction to both churches and to the parish. We hope you will join us in worship and in some of the many activities as this slowly becomes possible. We look forward to getting to know you.

Coronavirus outbreak

While public worship has now re-started in our churches, we are taking precautions to try to ensure the safety of all – especially those in our congregations who are vulnerable. If you need to go into either church for reasons other than worship, please let one of the churchwardens know so that social distancing is properly observed and entry points can be properly sanitised. Please also sign in: there is a book in the vestry at St Julian’s and in the Lady Chapel in St Stephen’s. This is for Track and Trace purposes.


Note that social distancing means that the number of people we can safely allow into our Churches is limited, so that for some time to come, places at our Sunday services will be allocated according to expressed preferences. If you have not yet registered your preference and would like to come, please contact the Parish Office – [email protected]
Unless you are exempt, you must wear a face covering in our public services. You also need to leave contact details for Track and Trace purposes, and sign a form consenting to these details being retained for 21 days.

The normal pattern of services in church is as follows.
Sunday  – 8am Holy Communion at St Stephen’s, 9:30 am Holy Communion at St Julian’s, 11am Holy Communion at St Stephens.

Tuesday 9:15am Morning Prayer at St Stephen’s

Wednesday at 9:15: Holy Communion at St Stephen’s.

Thursday at 9:15: Morning Prayer at St Julian’s.

Thursday 8pm Night Prayer at St Stephen’s – in the open air if possible.

Friday 9:15 Morning Prayer on Zoom – details from the Parish Office or the Vicar – [email protected]).

Online services will be held on Sundays at 1pm, Tuesdays at 9pm, and Thursdays at 9:15am.

Details of any additional services will be put on the Services page.

The clergy will continue to record or live stream some services. Links to online services are put on the SERVICES page when they are available. You can also get to this page by using the SERVICES tab, towards the top of the page on the left. This will be updated regularly.

If you find the link to a service doesn’t work, it may be because the service has been recorded to start at a specific time. The message is something like ‘Video unavailable: this video is private’. If that happens, try it at the time it starts.

St Stephen’s Church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 9 and 4pm, Saturdays between 9am and 4pm and Sundays between 12 noon and 4pm. You are very welcome, but please follow any guidance from the stewards or on notices.

All events including the Lunch Club, Community Cafe, Tots & Teas and Choc Stop will not operate until further notice.

Tots & Teddies is meeting on Wednesdays at 10:30 at St Julian’s. Bring something to sit on (a rug or groundsheet) and ensure you and the children are warmly wrapped: we have to keep the building well-ventilated so it may be cold. There are stories, videos and resources aimed at our pre-school Tots & Teddies group on the Children Welcome page: this may help entertain your children too.

You might like to know

Kirsty Wainwright, our curate, was ordained at 7pm on 28 September at St Peter’s Church. Numbers were severely restricted, so the service was made available online. The link is here

* Recordings and other information is also available on our parish facebook page.

* The latest Notice Sheet and ‘Together in Prayer’ are being uploaded here regularly: you can find them on the SERVICES page (which you can also get to by using the SERVICES tab, towards the top of the page on the left).

* If you need help or support please contact Rev’d Becky Leach, [email protected] or 01727 862598.

* You may find Worship at home during the week useful.

* The Church of England’s Daily Hope phone line is at 0800 804 8044. It has music, prayers and reflections which you may find helpful.

* We are also supporting the idea of putting pictures of rainbows and teddy bears in our windows. Small children being taken for exercise and fresh air like to go bear-spotting! A bear and a rainbow are on display at St Julian’s.

* You could visit a garden (or host a garden visit). We were going to run an Open Garden weekend, to raise funds for the church. As this wasn’t possible, Virtual Garden Tours are available instead. You can now have a virtual tour of Becky’s garden at the Vicarage (where her husband Phil is the gardener!). You can also tour Elizabeth’s garden, Mary’s garden or Anne’s – or of course all of them! Enjoy!
For a suggested minimum donation of £5 you can follow the tour of Becky’s garden online here. Donations can be given either by card using the link given at the end of the film or by sending it to St Stephen’s Vicarage, 14 Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2PX. Please do share this with your family and friends to help us raise funds for the parish. We are also looking for more gardens to add to the Tours (and we already have one interested gardener). You can either film your own garden or we can organise someone to come and film it for you. Please contact (Becky ) or Alison (Alison) if you are interested in doing this.

* There is a video on self-isolation which you may find helpful.

* You could make an Icon. In these strange times we are living in, try a bit of adult art! Many of you will cry ‘I’m useless at art’ and some of you may be fully occupied juggling the demands of work and children and the like. It’s just an idea, not compulsory but it might be something to try rather than just watching endless news bulletins. A guide sheet on icons is here. Now, icon art is not so much about art but about prayer and it might be a helpful process to think of people you are grateful for in your life, rather than someone who is formally recognised as an actual saint.
One contemporary icon of St Alban just started with a bit of cardboard box. Another has been started with Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus) on a bit of cardboard. Having something creative on the go – the act of doing it – is very therapeutic. If we had a few, we could do a little display when we do make it back inside our churches. Have a think, have a go….even with a biro on the back of an old envelope. Even if it’s like one a friend saw on a wall somewhere of a saintly person washing the dishes!


In the wider world

· Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.

· Smart speakers – daily prayer audio content can be accessed using the Church of England’s Smart Speaker apps.

This information is correct at 17 October 2020 and will be kept updated.


St. Stephen’s Church,
Watling Street AL1 2PT

Situated on the junction of St. Stephens Hill and Watling Street, St. Stephen’s is a lively and friendly church.

A brief history

St. Stephen’s is a beautiful old parish church, founded in 948 A.D. The Anglo Saxon building was small, probably divided into two rooms and without a tower. Little remains of this building, but the small window, deep set in rough masonry, just by the door to the Parish Centre has been dated to around 950 A.D. The building today is largely medieval, but it was sympathetically restored from a near ruinous condition in the 1860s. The spire, replacing a “Hertfordshire spike” on the tower, dates from this time. The pews and ornamental woodwork are Victorian, and the attractive pulpit and canopy date from 1936. The eagle lectern is a copy of a much earlier famous one which until recently stood in its place. There is a leaflet in the church giving details of the history of the early much travelled and plundered lectern.
There is more on the history page.


The ancient building has seen many changes in worship styles over the centuries and today the peaceful ambience, sense of history and continuity still inspire people to worship, as they have done for many centuries.

A warm, tranquil and welcoming atmosphere is immediately apparent, even as the church resounds to today’s modern worship.
Attached to the church are hall, kitchen and meeting room, all well used by a variety of church and community groups.
The Church aims to cater for the spiritual needs of all ages from babes in arms to senior citizens. More details about what we do can be found on this site – in particular, on the Service Times and News & Events pages. The Church is open every weekday during the daytime – do drop in.
Buses 321, 621, 724 and S8 stop near the Church: the SMS code for the bus stop is hrtatwpt. There is a car park at the Church.

St. Julian’s Church,
3 Abbot’s Avenue AL1 2HY

In the heart of Cottonmill Estate in Sopwell , St. Julian’s Church provides a friendly and modern space for worship.

A brief history

St. Julian’s started life in 1952, initially in a wartime Nissen hut which had stood in fields as part of an anti-aircraft searchlight emplacement. It was founded to serve the large Cottonmill housing development then going up around it. The name relates to a former leper hospital which once stood near St. Stephen’s. The present building dates from 1956, and was partly paid for by individual community subscriptions of 6d (just over 2p).


The church was built as a daughter church, to be the responsibility of St. Stephen’s. In practice, however, St. Julian’s largely runs its own affairs.

The dual-purpose building allows either church or hall to “expand” as necessary for a particular event. It provides a well-equipped focal point for the spiritual and secular needs of the community. A highlight is the group of figures over the altar, created by Siegfried Pietsch (who worked with the Faith Craft organisation, based at one time in the Abbey Mill in St. Albans).

An extension project, completed in the Spring of 2010 and formally opened by Bishop Alan, made the building even more user-friendly.

The clergy at both churches share duties throughout the parish, work closely together and run many joint activities. The Church aims to cater for the spiritual needs of all ages from babes in arms to senior citizens. More details about what we do can be found on this site – in particular, on the Service Times and News & Events pages.
Buses on route S4 from the City Centre (St. Peter’s Street) stop at the Church: the SMS code for the bus stop is hrtawpta. St. Julian’s has a car park.

The Church is open most Thursdays between 9am and 4pm (2pm, second Thursday of each month) – do drop in.

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