We have agreed the following statement about how we see ourselves and what we are seeking to do as a church:
The church family of St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s exists to bring glory to God by following Jesus and serving others in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We aim to do this through:
- reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ
- building one another up in him
- sending each other out to love and serve him
St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s belongs to the Church of England.
The best way to find out about us is to come to one of our Sunday Services.
You can find out about what we believe here.
St Stephen’s was built in 1871 as a ‘daughter’ church for St Mary’s, Selly Oak. St Wulstan’s was originally a mission church from St Mary’s, created in 1893 and located on Exeter Road, Bournbrook. It was a separate parish until it was combined with St Stephen’s in 1980. At the same time, the original St Wulstan’s building in Exeter Road was given to Selly Oak Elim Church and their building in Alton Road (built in the 1960s) became the present St Wulstan’s. In 2004, Christ Church, Selly Park became a distinct parish, having previously been known as The Church Centre and part of St Stephen’s. In 2015 we completed a major building project at St Stephen’s. Read more about our Building for the Future project here.
Who was St Stephen?
St Stephen was “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit”, chosen to help with practical ministry in the early church in Jerusalem, around AD35. He was the first Christian martyr, stoned to death for his bold witness to Jesus. This gives us a great reputation to live up to as a church! The account of his ministry and death can be found in the Bible in the book of Acts, chapters six and seven.
Who was St Wulstan?
Born around the year 1008, St Wulstan spent the first twenty-five years after his ordination in the monastery at Worcester. Against his will he was elected Bishop of Worcester in 1062, but went on to prove an able administrator and pastor. He was involved in nurturing both church and state through the transition from Saxon to Norman rule. He died in Worcester on 19th January 1095.
St Wulstan was noted for his strong committment to the monastic life and to the pastoral needs of his people; he also campaigned against the slave trade which existed in his time between England and Ireland.
Photo by Richard Shephard