My Church 4.April

St Stephen’s Norbury

Andy newI am Andrew Chadney and am the organist of the church of St Stephen, Norbury with Thornton Heath was built in 1909. The chancel was added in 1914. St Stephen’s is an Anglican Church in the modern Catholic tradition. We are a friendly congregation drawn mainly from the local community and reflecting the rich diversity of this part of London.

http://www.ststephensnth.co.uk

We aim to be an inclusive church welcoming everyone, whatever their age, background, sexuality or relationship status and regardless of how much or how little faith they may have. Honest doubters and people with questions are positively welcomed!

There are a number of activity groups including: Parent and Toddler GroupInterest GroupsYouth Alive , Sunday School , Boys Brigade , Bible Study Group and Mothers Union.

MUSIC

front of filmAlthough there is no robed choir we have for many years managed to assemble a good-sized body of singers to sing at Christmas and Easter services. More recently we have extended that to include leading the congregation on the first Sunday of most months.

The congregation sings well and we currently use the Dom Gregory sung service.

ORGAN

The organ is a 2m/p instrument by Brindley and Foster (a third manual was prepared for but the instrument was considered so effective that the choir manual was never added) and was installed high up on the north wall of the chancel and was dedicated in May 1914. A trumpet was added to the Great organ in memory of a young man killed in 1917. Two more stops were added circa 1965 by JW Walker. Click on the photo (or here)  to hear me play the Postlude in D by Stanford.

Details on NPOR http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D08220

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