St. Stephens Church, Macclesfield Forest, (Forest Chapel)
St Stephen’s is the oldest of the three churches, set in the beautiful scenery above Macclesfield Forest. The chapel serves the local community and the many walkers and cyclists that come from all over the country to take a moment of peace and reflection in a place where people have worshipped for over 340 years.
If you are passing through, please do take a moment to add your name to the visitor’s book, and place any prayer requests in the basket provided. We’re always glad to hear from those who have dropped by and include you in our prayers.
Though Evensong is traditionally choral, our service is a more relaxed, prayerful and meditative one for those looking for a quiet space in amongst the busyness of life.
Light in the Forest
This is a lay-led service held every Wednesday, during which prayers are said for all those that have left prayer requests in the basket and/or filled in the visitor’s book.
This is an annual service held on the first Sunday after the 12th August, which celebrates the changing of the rushes. It is a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, when most buildings had earthen floors and rushes were placed on top as a form of renewable floor covering.
The carol service at Forest Chapel is traditionally held on Christmas Eve.