Concerts, recitals and small gatherings.

St Stephen’s is often asked to host concerts, meetings and other public events.  The church building boasts a warm acoustic, suitable for concerts ranging from guitar and vocal ensembles through to symphonic brass and orchestras.

First and foremost, St Stephen’s is a church, and whilst we do try to accommodate concerts and the like, our first priority is that of a functioning Parish Church. If the Church is required for pastoral services, especially unforeseen services such as funerals, the latter will always have precedence over any hired event. During Victorian school terms, Ivanhoe Grammar School often use the facilities on site for their Urban Studies programme. This will also limit the availability of the Church and surrounds.

Under the rules of the Diocese of Melbourne, the Church cannot be utilised for political purposes, nor for commercial gain.

The church is equipped with a PA system and hearing aid loop, chairs to seat up to 150 people, a Yamaha C6 grand piano, and facilities to serve finger food and hot and cold drinks.  The main entrances to the church building are step-free, and disabled toilet facilities are available on the property.

The interior of the church is a flexible space.  The usual configuration is a circle of 80 chairs surrounding the altar at the centre of the church.  All furnishings are easily moveable, although we insist of appropriate consideration that this is a sacred space.

How to arrange a booking

If you wish to inquire about using St Stephen’s Church, there are a few simple requirements.

Contact the parish office on 9428 4871 or by email to see if the time and date is available on the church diary, and the proposed hiring is within the Diocese of Melbourne guidelines.  We strongly recommend booking well in advance; many groups book dates in the church diary twelve months in advance.

The Parish Office will send you a quote for the event, and a document.  This document details your obligations when you hire St Stephen’s. Once you accept the quote and conditions, an invoice will be prepared. The office will then liaise with you regarding your access and departure.

How much time will you need?  Most concerts involve having the church open at least one hour before the audience arrives, and a further hour afterwards.  Be aware that you will be needing time to set up before your event, and further time to tidy up afterwards.

Think about the details of your event.   Do you need to arrange delivery and collection of percussions or props?

Will you need more than 130 chairs?  Additional seating is the responsibility of the hirer.

The Church is not available due to regular commitments at the following times:

Sundays: all morning, and from 5.50 p.m.

Limited access Tuesday evening.

Wednesday mornings and evenings.