Welcome to the Website of St. Stephen’s Memorial Anglican Church in London
Welcome to St. Stephens Memorial Anglican Church in London. Our website contains all kinds of information about who we are and what we do. We hope that you will explore the website and if you have questions, email us or call us at the Church.
This is the second building for St. Stephens Memorial. The original church was a "rebuild" of the a structure from north London, that was assembled just to the west of where the church stands today. The first St. Stephens was home to many families who were part of the Veterans Land Act settlement in what was wide open farmland in the late 1940's. Many of the families were not cradle Anglicans, but they wanted a church in their community, and St. Stephens was to be that church.
In the 1960's, it became obvious that the first church wasn't big enough and the geography was to change when the growing city "straightened" a curve creating a new path for Wellington Road as it crossed Southdale. By the early 1970's, a new church was built facing Southdale, just east of both Wellington and Wellingsboro (the original Wellington) roads. The facility has undergone a couple of significant renovations and continues to serve the needs of the congregation.
In 2010 we celebrated 60 years of St. Stephens Memorial, by establishing the Veterans Memorial Garden just behind the church building; a lasting and colourful tribute to our original families. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of those originals still with us. Our 60th Anniversary also saw us launch a Capital Campaign, called "Our Next 60 Years" which has allowed us to do necessary upgrades and start new programs such as Messy Church - a non traditional way for families to come to church. Check out the link in our menu.
St. Stephens Memorial is a rather laid back church, oriented to meet the needs of those who have been here for a while and those who are just joining. We use power point technology, midi players, facebook and guitars: but we also have a more traditional early service, a variety of music from contemporary to traditional to Taize to country and everything in between. While we have a strong group of recent retiree's we also have a core group of families. Together we seek to find what we believe about life and faith as we follow Jesus Christ.
It would be our pleasure to welcome you in our midst as we worship or to have a chat with you on the phone. We gather Sunday mornings at 8:30 for a traditional language Eucharist with features a variety of music types. Our 10:30 service can be traditional or contemporary in music format, with the liturgy leaning to an understanding of today. We also have church each Wednesday evening at 6:30, often followed by a study group.
We certainly don't have all the answers, but we do like to look at the questions and journey together through life, both spiritually and socially. Drop in an see us some Sunday morning.
Rev. T. Keith Nethery
Rector (a fancy title for lead minister!)