Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Core Values

At St Stephens Church Claremont our aim is to know and love God through Christ crucified


Our core values

  1. We work out our aim by placing the Bible at the centre of everything we do. We read it personally, study it in groups and preach it publicly seeking to live under its authority.
  2. We commit to prayer. We will motivate each other to be disciplined and regular in prayer.
  3. We commit to growth in personal holiness. In response to God’s salvation we will hold each other to the highest standards of Christian living.
  4. We share our faith making evangelism something that we live.
  5. Recognising that our love for people shows our love for God, we consciously seek to further community by serving each other in genuine, joyful, love relationships.
  6. We commit to training future workers for gospel ministry and training ourselves in discipleship to better serve God.
  7. We recognise the significant amount of poverty and need in our country, to this end we uphold gospel-motivated social concern.
  8. We endeavour to be constantly involved in planting new (and strengthening existing) churches, groups, communities and ministries trying to reach every corner of our society with the gospel.
  9. We commit to world mission (across international borders), regional mission (across cities and provinces) and local mission (within our own city).

Pastoral Care Ministry

Pastoral Care's purpose is to witness to the love of Christ and the extension of His Kingdom by trying to help with the material well-being of the St Stephens family. We in the Pastoral Care Ministry endeavour to put into practice our vision for God's work in our church.

Members of the committee with the help of the congregation visit and phone those of the family who are not well or are lonely. Ready-made meals have been made or purchased to distribute to those who are unable to cook for themselves. We distribute grocery vouchers to those needing assistance.

We organise varied entertainment functions which we name "Over 60s" but all are welcome. Social soup lunches in winter and pancake mornings are very popular and help with fundraising.

We need you, the congregation, to inform us of people who are in need. Names and details of needs are always kept strictily confidential.

Financially we are blessed by donations from the congregation. We thank God for those who pray and support the committee so that we are able to assist where necessary.

The committee members are:

Doreen van den Berg, Jenny Lones, Etienne Malan, Christine Dimbleby, Clive Biggs, Elizabeth Came, Marvia Rossouw.

To contact the team email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Been thinking about becoming a member? See below to have some of your initial questions answers. And of course we're always happy to meet with you to discuss further.'

If you are considering becoming a member here at St Stephens Church we ask that you prayerfully read the Basic Statement of what we believe, since you will need to indicate your agreement to both this, as well the the responsibilities it will involve by completing and signing the membership declaration.

Click here to view the full Basic statement of what we Believe.  This statement covers the following items:

  1. The Authority of Scripture
  2. Humankind's Sinfulness
  3. Judgement
  4. Christ our only Hope
  5. Necessity of conversion
  6. Holiness - the result

Membership brings with it responsibilities and obligations. Listed below are some of the Bible’s main expectations of you.

  • The Bible is the Word of God. As a result a Christian should be involved in regular Bible study personally, in a small group and in church. This is essential for spiritual development.
  • A Christian’s life should be filled with regular prayer.
  • Godliness is our normal response to God’s grace. Every Christian should pursue Christlikeness in every aspect of their lives.
  • Lost people matter to God and therefore all Christians should be involved in evangelism.
  • All Christians are gifted by God and should be using these gifts in some aspect of service for the church.



Click on the images below to download the relevant forms.


Please download the form, print, complete and return to Geoff Gertzen at the Church Office or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.