The 2019 Hymnfest will be held on the 24th March 2019 commencing at 2:00pm at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 64 George Street, East Maitland. The hymnfest will feature the Maitland Salvation Army Brass Band and the  St. Stephen's Church Choir. There will be some great hymns song by all who attend the show. You will be guaranteed a great time. The entertainment value will be tremendous. Come along and enjoy and be part of the hymnfest.

 A light afternoon tea will be provided at the St. Stephen's Church Hall.




The World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 1st March 2019 at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, George Street, East Maitland, at 10:00am. Everyone is invited to come along. Visitors are welcome.

St. Stephen's Church Building 80 Years Old 15th July 2018

A Tremendous Day in the Life of the Church

15th July 2018 St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church building celebrated its 80th Anniversary (1938 - 2018). Approximately 200 people formed the congregation on this special day. The Order of Service was conducted by Reverend Gordon Peden and Reverend Dr. Paul Logan conducted the Minister of the Word, was the special guest Minister for the day. 

Ministers of St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church 1938-2018

1930-1938    Donald Finlayson

1938-1942    Andrew Watson

1942-1952    James Goudie

1952-1958    William Torrence

1959-1964    Robert anderson Caldwell

1965-1976    Thomas Robertson

1978-1984    John Fursden Broadhead

1986-2002    Donald Maurice Smith

2002-2005    John Buchanan

2009-2019    Gordon Peden


Communion Service

Celebrated at the opening service, it is supreme way to honour the Lord Jesus Christ's sacrifice for our sins, and to obey His command to "do this in remembrance of Me, until I come"


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Special Parking / Coach Transport

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Luncheon After the Service

A luncheon was held at the conclusion of the Anniversary Church Service in the St. Stephen's Church Hall. The Welcome to Maitland for guests and visitors was presented by trhe Mayor of Maitland, Loretta Baker.

The cutting of the  Anniversary Cake was done by Mrs Robyn Maher, the great granddaughter of the buider of the Church and Hall, Mr George Pilgrim.




On Sunday, the 15th July 2018, St. Stephen's Church Building will be celebrating its 80th year since the Church was built. The first Church service was held on the 16th July 1938, and we are planning to celebrate this event by inviting past ministers or their relatives, past office bearers members descendants or their representatives, Elders, Committee of Management descendants or their representatives, organists, Sunday School Superintendants past and current Church members, the builder and the Architect of St. Stephen's Church, the Elders at the time or their descendants, anyone who has been attached to the Church.

We will feature the current St. Stephen's Church Choir under the leadership of Mrs Lyn Brattan. We will have special guest to conduct our Anniversary Lord's Supper and give the address plus other dignitaries will be invited to attend to help celebrate the occasion. We are planning to have a photogragher / videographer to help record the special day.


The Original St. Stephen's Church was completed in 1860 with the foundation stone being laid on the 31st May 1858 was a simple and unpretending design able to accommodate 300 congregation members. The First Church Services was held around 17th May 1860. The last service held in the original St. Stephen's Church was held on the 14th April 1938. The Church suffered in the great flood of 1893 and with the drift of  the population to higher parts of East Maitland, a new Church was built  on higher ground at its current location, and officially opened on 16th July 1938.  Constructed in brick in a contemporary Gothic idiom, the building  incorporates a square tower flanking the entrance porch. The dimesions  were 77 feet in length by 41 feet wide. The bell in the tower came from  the old Presbyterian church at Hinton, and is inscribed "The First  Protestant church at Hinton. Robert Blain, Minister,  1849."   The Moderator Rev. E.N. McKie dedicated the building and commented  during the dedication that "as we gather in a new church we are prompted  to think of the reasons why we build churches and the methods by which  we set about an important task."


Recent Events


Reverend Gordon Peden retired on 31st January 2019. The congregations of St. David's , St. Stephen's and St, Andrew's Presbyterian Churches were ss that Gordon had decided to retire as he was very weiked by the congregations. His style of preaching the word of God was very endearing and was very warmly received. Gordon  made lots of friends during his 10 years preaching the word of God, always attending and helping out the various functions that were held. Gordon was not classified as a Minister of the Church, but as a  Home Missionary. To the congregations of the Churches, we  classified Gordon a minister of high quality.

With Gordon's retirement, this also meant that Gordon's wife, Margaret, also retired. Margaret was a Minister's wife, helping Gordon with his ministry, attending the various functions that were held. Margaret was also the President  of the  East Maitland PWA.

The Presbyterian Churches of the  Parish of East Maitland truly lost two great people who were always willing to help anyone who was in need. unfortunately, Gordon's and  Margaret's involvement with the Churches will not be as great as it once was due to their retirement.

God bless you both Gordon and Margaret, and may your retirements be long and healthy.  


 Cuppa for a Cure was held on Saturday 1st December 2018. The show was conducted by Dr Colin Martin of the Leprosy Mission. 


A Fashion Parade was held on Saturday, 3rd November 2018. 


The PWA held a Market Day on Thursday, 25th October 2018. Various items of bric and brac were for sale along with sweets and savouries. It was a successful day with the PWA raising $1300 which will be distributed to various organisations at the end of the year. A big thank you to all the helpers who organised, helped setup and dismantled everything  at the end of the sale. The sale was only successful due to the generous donations of all items that were for sale.


A soup and damper luncheon was held on the 26th May 2018 at St.Stephen's Church Hall with between 50 to 60 people enjoying the delights of a great meal. All funds raised go to the PWA for distribution to worthy causes at the end of the year. Congratulations to everyone who help organise and participate in the event.


Presented by Ian Wilson and Graeme Brooker, on Saturday, members and guests were entertained by the  duo calling themselves 2 Shades of Grey. The show was very well received by all who attended, in fact I believe everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Based on the music of the 40's, 50's and the 60's. It was a great show. Highly recommeded. Another great show organised by the hard working ladies of the  PWA.


Sunday 25th March 2018, St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church paid host to a Hymnfest featuring the Maitland Salvation Army Brass Band and the St. Stephen's Church Choir. It was a great day with a large crowd enjoying the music of the Band the hymns sung by the Choir. The variety of hymns sung were enjoyed by everyone  if you can be judged by the volume and enthusiasm of the people singing. A big thanks to the Salvation Army Band, The St. Stephen's Church Choir and to those people who were involved in organising the Sunday afternoon's

show. Afternoon tea was enjoyed at the conclusion of the Hymnfest.

P.S. This year's Hymnfest was the twelveth year that the Hymnfest has been held.


 There were 15 new members to St. Stephen's Church following a ceremony during the Church Service on Sunday 4th March 2018. These members had been coming to St.Stephen's Church for some time and it was a pleasure to see them show there devotion to Jesus Christ and the Church by becoming members. It was exciting. Glory to God.


On the 4th February we were priveledge to have Robyn Davies, from Wycliffe Bible Translators,  attend St. David's Church and St. Stephen's Church to give a presentation on her ongoing missionary work in Papua New Guinea. Robyn has followed God's will to be where he wants and to do what he wants, so it was interesting to hear of her success in Papua New Guinea.

Christmas Function - A Time of Goodwill  

A Christmas Day Function was organised by our Minister, Rev. Gordon Peden along with Margaret Peden and Paddy King for a Christmas Lunch for any person who may have been spending Christmas alone. Held in St. Stephen's Church Hall, all those who attended enjoyed a time of goodwill and fellowship on such a special day. A great deal of thanks goes to Gordon, Margaret and Paddy for organising the day and bringing joy to those people who may have been spending Christmas alone.

Closure of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

 St.  Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Raymond Terrace held their last church  service on the 10th December 2017. The church service was conducted by  Rev. Gordon Peden. A Communion service was also held. There was a good  attendance of past and current congregation members as well as Ministers  who had conducted services at the church being able to attend the last church  service. A meal and refreshments were enjoyed at the conclusion of the   service. It was sad that the church that had charm and was set in a  quaint setting has had to close due to the lack of patronage. A great  deal of thanks to Rick and Mandy Blunt for all the work involved in  organising the church services and for the maintenance of the site. For  all those who provided the refreshments at the conclusion of the church  services and the fellowship, thank you. 


PWA Clothing Sale

You may have heard of David Jones or Myer clothing sales where they offer big discounts, well they do not compare to the clothing sale the PWA ladies organised on the 30th September 2017 at the St. Stephen's Church Hall. Quality designer clothing with a value of up $130 was discounted to $5 and $10. No wonder over 300 people attended the sale raising in excess of $3000 on the day. A job well done by all who were involved on the day.

Upcoming Events


The World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 1st March 2019 at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, George Street, East Maitland, at 10:00am. Everyone is invited to come along. Visitors are welcome.


A Communion Service will be held at St. David's Presbyterian Church, Beresfield at 7:45am Sunday 3rd March 2019 followed by a Communion Service at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, East Maitland commencing at 9:30am. All are welcome to come and join in the celebration of Jesus Christ's Sacrifice.


Family day  services will be held at St. Stephen's Church on the following days:

St. Stephen's Church Organ

 The St. Stephen's Church Organ programmed maintenance stage 1 was completed in November 2018 in time for the upcoming festivities. The sound of the organ is so much better than the keyboard that was used to conduct the music while the organ was under going stage 1 of the programmed maintenance program.

Stage 2 of the organ programmed maitenance will occur in 2019. the exact time is not yet known.


The Little Fish Playgroup is held each Monday and Wednesday, excluding school holidays, from 9:30am to 11:30am for pre school children at the St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church hall in George Street East Maitland (near the railway line). Under the expert control of co-ordinator Miss Linda Begg the children will enjoy the various activities that are available at the playgroup. The helpers are all Working with Children qualified. The Little Fish Playgroup  have a website that you can log into and see what the Little Fish Playgroup is all about.The link to the website is:    https://littlefishplaygrou.wixsite.com/littlefishplaygroup

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for the Presbyterian Parish of East Maitland incorporating St. Stephen's Church and St. David's Church will be held on Sunday 17th March 2019 after the combined Church Service. We welcome nine new or existing members to the Committee of Management plus the Elders. We look forward to a fruitful year in managing and expanding the operations of the two Churches.