Celebrating 150 years of God’s faithfulness

150 Years

On 18th August 1871, the foundation stone was laid at St Stephen’s Church in Selly Park.

In 2021, St Stephen’s Church celebrated its 150th anniversary. We are very grateful to God for his goodness and faithfulness over these years, and we pray that over the next 150 years and beyond, until Jesus returns, there will be a church here to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in Selly Park, Birmingham.

We marked the occasion with an Exhibition of Photos and Stories of some of the people who have been involved in the church family and the local community since St Stephen’s opened its doors, from John Jaffray and his daughter, Annie, who laid the foundation stone, up to many members of St Stephen’s today.

We held a 150th Anniversary Dinner in Church on Friday, 3rd September.

On Sunday, 5th September 2021, we held a day of celebrations. This began with two Services of Thanksgiving with guest speaker, Rico Tice, co-author of Christianity Explored. After the services, we enjoyed a BBQ lunch, Victorian-style fairground games and an inflatable slide, a 150th birthday cake and afternoon tea, and we buried a Time Capsule. The Time Capsule was buried by Chris Hobbs, the Vicar, Rico Tice, Karen McCarthy, local counsellor, Betty Day, our eldest member, and Sophia Luckwell, one of our youngest members. The Time Capsule contains contributions from Raddlebarn School, members of the local community and the church family, past and present.

Photo Exhibition

Our photo exhibition shows photos of people and their stories of the past 150 years of Selly Park.