Worship With Us!

Everyone is welcome to attend any service or activity at St. Stephen's. When attending a Sunday morning service, please sign the Vistors Book at the entrance, if you feel comfortable doing so.


Our weekly Sunday worship is called Holy Eucharist, which is a service of scripture readings, sermon, prayers, and Holy Communion. There are two Sunday services, one at 8 am that we call a "spoken" service that is simple and quiet. Our 10 am service is called a "sung" service that includes a choir, organ, hymns, and often other musical participation. The congregation takes part in all our worship. Our worship is ordered, God-centered, contemplative, and prayerful; our community is caring, warm, studious and active.  All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the bread and wine.

 

After the service you are invited to be seated for the Postlude music or go quietly in peace after the blessing. Coffee and goodies are provided in the Parish Hall behind the church after the 10 am service.

 

If you have children with you, they can remain with you in the service, or participate in Sunday School classes held during the 10 am Sunday service in the Education Building. There are two classes from September through May - Godly Play for infants through early Elementary School and Teen Class for older children through High School.  During the summer there is one class for children of all ages.  Children who are not yet taking Communion stay in class throughout the service and older children come into church a bit after the sermon finishes.


We want you to feel at home, and hope you find St. Stephen’s to be a place where you can meet new friends, experience an inspiring worship service, and find many different opportunities that will help you continue on your spiritual journey, whatever your background, even if you have never been to church before.

 

St. Stephen's has been serving the San Luis Obispo community since 1867. There are many opportunities to minister within the church and within the community.

 

Sundays

Acolytes Trained children & adults who serve at the altar at the 10 a.m. Sunday services, and some special services.
 
altarguildAltar Guild These women and men are trained parishioners who work on teams to set up, & clean up before & after each service as well as keeping the altar 'equipment' in 'tip-top' condition.
 

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Choir We welcome singers of high school age and above to participate. If you enjoy singing, come try us out. You will find yourself right at home. The choir rehearses in the church on Wednesday evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No audition is necessary. Just come. The choir sings at the 10 a.m. service and rehearses beforehand at 9:10 a.m.  In addition to Sunday anthems, the Parish Choir usually undertakes an extended musical event each year.  Past events have featured Camille Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Traditional English Lessons and Carols, a Cathedral Evensong, the Faure Requiem, Dale Wood’s Service of Darkness and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C. Choir members serve from mid-September through early June.

 

St. Stephen's Handbell Choir We have four octaves of beautiful Schulmerich handbells. If you've rung before, or are inexperienced and would like to give it a try, contact Kathleen.   Last year's rehearsals were on Tuesdays at 3:30 with children in third grade or older welcome to join our handbell choir, as well as adults of any age.  Children and beginning ringers rehearsed from 3:30-4:30 p.m., intermediate ringers from 4-5 p.m..  The two groups rehearsed together from 4-4:30 p.m.. The schedule for 2017/18, beginning after Labor Day, is under development.

 

Coffee Hour Coffee hour is a wonderful time of fellowship among parishioners following the 10 a.m. service. Individuals, families and groups sign up to prepare, serve and cleanup for a specific Sunday.

 

Children & Teens

Activities St. Stephen's offers many activities for young people. Activities vary according to age but include Handbell Choir, Acolyting, participating in the Christmas Program, Chidren's Sunday, outdoor trips, and activities with other young people in our Deanery or Diocese. Young people are important to this parish and are included in the activities of our parish family.
 
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Our Young People collected 143 pounds of food to donate to Grass Roots II as part of the "Souper Bowl of Caring."  Throughout the year they engage in service projects including helping with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the needy in our community, holding a For Kids From Kids Toy drive at Christmas, hosting parties for homeless children and participating in Sierra Service Projects to join with teams of other young people to do hands on work to improve impoverished communities.
 
Sunday School Classes meet Sunday mornings at the beginning of the 10am service. Nursery and younger elementary age children gather at their altar for a Bible story, followed by a "feast" & their "work" of "Godly Play." Teens meet for prayer and discussion of scripture as it relates to their lives in the 21st century, using "Weaving God's Promises" curriculum. Children from both classes who take communion come into the main church at the Offertory and join their families for communion, while infants and younger children stay in the Children's Chapel for a time of supervised play. Sunday School is held all year for younger children and during the academic year for the teens.

 

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This year's Vacation Bible Camp was held July 10-14 from 1-4 pm.  The theme was "Finding God's Treasures" as the parish hall became the center of fun faith building activities for ages 3 to 11 including games, crafts, songs, Bible activity labs and healthy snacks. The cost was $25 and scholarships were available for families in need. A similar program will be offered in July of 2018.  Check back in April for 2018 Vacation Bible Camp information and forms.

Community Children's Choir  Children in grades 3 - 8 are invited to come and enjoy making music with friends, learn about hymns and other church music, learn to read music and share the joy of music with others.  Rehearsals last year were on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 in our Parish Hall.  Performances included the Blessing of the Animals service at Emerson Park, Christmas Caroling in the neighborhood, and singing at The Manse and other places in the community. Community Children's Choir will resume after Labor Day.  For more information, contact Kathleen.
 

Campus Ministry

Canterbury Club is an Episcopal, LGBTQ-inclusive, and theologically progressive college and young-adult ministry committed to building a loving, supportive, and anti-racist community that is grounded in the Good News of God in Jesus Christ, acting through us in the world.
 
Canterbury Ministry is the Episcopal Church Chaplaincy on college campuses.  The Canterbury Ministry for Cal Poly and Cuesta College is based at St. Stephens. The Chaplain, Berkeley Johnson, regularly visits both campuses to be present for students.  The Canterbury Ministry is inclusive of all people and committed to building a loving, supportive community. The Shire at Canterbury is a gathering place for young adults aged 18-25, located at St. Stephen's.

 

Community Outreach

St. Stephen's is very active in reaching out to help our community. Below are some of our outreach activities. If you have a heart for those in need, join us in serving people with love and dignity.

 

Christmas Breakfast On Christmas morning parishioners, young and old, prepare and serve a hearty breakfast for homeless and needy people.  There are also small gifts for children, and warm socks and blankets for anyone who needs them.

 
 
Overflow Shelter During the month of February the Parish Hall houses the homeless overflow from the local homeless shelters. The overflow consists of mostly women and children. We provide a safe and comfortable night's rest.
 
People's Kitchen 30 churches & private groups serve one meal each month at the Prado Day Center which offers services for the homeless. St. Stephen's serves a delicious Sloppy Joe lunch on the 4th Wednesday of each month for 80 to 150 people. Parish Council coordinates this lunch and parishioners volunteer to cook and serve and sponsor ingredients.
 
Parish Council The Parish Council supports many organizations in the community, the county, Episcopal organizations in California and the world. Their fund-raising events include sales of Easter Eggs (lovely decorated home-made fudge eggs), a Craft Fair, July Jubilee and other events.
 
Parish Council Outreach distributions have included Achievement House, AIDS Support Network, Alliance for the Mentally Ill, ALPHA, CASA/Voices for Children, Casa Solano, CDSP, Food Bank Coalition of SLO, Friends Outside, Goodwill Industries, Grass RootsII, Hospice Partners, Literacy Council of SLO, Parent Support Center, Prado Day Center, St. Mary's Retreat House, Salvation Army-SLO, SLO Child Development Center, St. Steven's - Food Supplies, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center, School for Deacons, UCC, Women's Shelter of SLO.

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