The St. Stephens' Day Bell-A-Bration!
September 9

Everybody is Invited!

11:30 A Grand Celebration
Picnic luncheon (free to all). Enjoy food and drink as you share the company of your SLO community friends, explore SLO's second-oldest church building, and enjoy the entertainment.

Non-Profit Fair feating local agencies. A dozen smaller non-profits will take this opportunity to showcase their good works. Find out about the amazing work being done across SLO!

Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser. Our annual delicious way to raise money to give away! The proceeds go to the non-profits in December. It's the only thing you will need cash for!

Activities for kids. Crafts and the playground are staffed to engage your children and provide childcare while you enjoy the event.

Church Open House. Children of all ages get the opportunity to have unlimited access to the worship space and explore much of what we do on Sunday morning.
- Ring the bell
- Swing incense
- Play the organ
- Explore the second-oldest church building in San Luis Obispo!


Worship Beforehand - Remembering St. Stephen himself and our SLO Heritage
Whoever you are, and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we welcome you to join us in worship:

10am Bell-A-Bration Eucharist
A celebration of bells to ring in the new steeple with handbell and choral music from St. Stephen's 150-year history.


8am Holy Eucharist
A quieter gathering with the ringing of the refurbished bell in the new steeple



Our bell tower is back!

It was taken off for repairs on February 19th, 2018
and put back on the first week of June, 2018.


After almost 50 years, St. Stephen's iconic Carpenter Gothic bell tower had deterioriated significantly.


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                      There were pieces missing.                The bell rope was frayed, timbers were rotting.


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                The cross on top had deteriorated, and it and the support posts had extensive damage.




Our steeple was repaired and our bell was being recoated. 


Then the Bell was Blessed and a Giant Crane put it back in place.

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For a "Drone's Eye View" of the installation, click below:



The Bell Tower replacement is just one part of the repairs and renovations of St. Stephen's. There is also redwood siding and trim to replace, work on the front entry and painting.


The total estimate for all of the work is $200,000. Of that, $30,000 is for Ring The Bell. As of Tuesday, February 13th,2018, we had raised more than $28,000 of that goal.


Please help us ... "Ring The Bell". Should we be lucky enough to surpass that goal, the amount above $30,000 will be applied to the next $170,000 goal for the repairs, entry, and paint.



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