Welcome to the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. St. Stephen's has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
Centering Prayer - Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
Every Tuesday for one hour in Ramsden Hall we meet for Centering Prayer. The prayer session includes about 20-30 minutes listening to a DVD by Rev. Thomas Keating and 20 minutes involved in silent contemplation. We are grateful to Rev. Amber for introducing Centering Prayer at St. Stephen’s. Jesus’ wisdom instructed followers that …” When you pray go to your inner room, close the door, and pray. Your Father, who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) According to Keating our “inner room” is within each of us and our spiritual source, God, is always there. Centering Prayer is a process that opens up our inner room to communicate with the Lord. Communication requires the ability to quiet our minds from those swirling thoughts that distract our at-tention. We clear our mind in order to allow a quiet re-lationship with God to occur. This relationship gives us the opportunity for a completely quiet time with the Lord. Quiet time with the Lord teaches us to be aware of God’s presence in every aspect to our lives. Please join us! No training required.
Clean Up Paint Up Fix Up Day ! August 20th
We are having our first joint Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Day with Grandmother’s House on Saturday, August 20th, starting at 9:00AM. Please come and help out in whatever way you’d like. Lunch will be provided at noon for all. If you know of anything that needs cleaning, painting, or fixing, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be added to the list.
Diocesan Conference August 27
First We Belong, Then We Believe - Young people want to belong before they “believe." Traditionally parents and elders teach young people to believe first, then behave . . . and then we allow them to belong. How can we turn this around, placing relationships first, so that we can connect with the younger generation in authentic and faithful ways?
To help us answer that question, our diocese is offering a day-long conference on Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Salinas. The conference is open to anyone who is in ministry with children and youth; professionals and volunteers, both lay and clergy, are invited.
Putting relationship-driven ministries in the context of a holistic model of sustainable and missional ministry called Holy Currencies, the Rev. Canon Eric Law will guide participants on a transformational journey to explore how to build our ministries through strengthening our internal relational networks and expanding our external network into the neighborhood community. If you're interested in attending, email email@example.com to coordinate car pooling.
Meet St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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