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.
Palm Sunday, March 29, 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
Palm crosses are distributed at the beginning of each service at the triumphal procession when we recall Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
This is the beginning of the sacred three days of the Passion. Jesus’ Last Supper with the disciples finds its focus in the gift of love with the giving of bread and wine which Jesus tells them will be his life given for them. The service ends with an account of Jesus’ arrest, the stripping of the altar, emptying of the sanctuary and a ceremonial washing of the altar. A silent recession initiates a time of watching, waiting, and contemplation through the night into Good Friday.
Good Friday, April 3, noon
The liturgy begins in silence and continues where we left off the night before. We hear a dramatic reading of the Passion according to John, the solemn collects and sing some of the very beautiful hymns for the day. The second part of the service is the Stations of the Cross. Each year on Good Friday we receive a special offering for the Anglican Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 4
The Great Vigil is the culmination of the sacred celebration of Holy Week and the beginning of the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. It is the climax of the Christian Year and unfolds in Scripture, the Sacrament of Baptism and the first communion of Easter. It begins in darkness and proceeds to a joyous burst of light.
Easter Day, April 5, 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
We sing out our “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” with the beautiful music at the festive service at 10:00 am. Remember to bring cut flowers to take part in the “flowering of the cross.”
Chocolate Easter Eggs Help Our Community
Order our Parish Council's wonderful Chocolate Fudge Easter Eggs for yourself, your friends and family or sponsor an egg for a needy child. Proceeds from the sale of these eggs go toward community programs through our Parish Council. Click here for an order form. The deadline to order is Sunday, March 15th and orders will be ready to pick up after services Palm Sunday.
Meet St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Come to the About Us section to meet the staff and clergy, and find out what we're all about!