Note:  This page describes "normal" worship and activities at St. Stephen's.  COVID-19 issues cause many things to be different than normal.  As of January 2022, worship services are in person but require proof of vaccination and registration by calling or emailing the office. Coffee Hour is by zoom. Sunday School for younger children is in the Parish Hall and other children's programs are suspended.  The choir records music to be used during special services.


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. For the "What and "How" of worship at St. Stephen's, see "Episcopal Church 101"

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.  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. During the summer there is only the Godly Play class.

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.



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.


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.   Children in third grade or older are welcome to join our handbell choir, as well as adults of any age. 


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.

Service Projects Throughout the year Acolytes and children  engage in service projects such as the "Souper Bowl of Caring" food drive, raising money for Transitions Mental Health Association through their Bowl-a-thon, raising money for Get on The Bus, having a Bake Sale to raise money for Heifer International and holding the "For Kids From Kids" Toy drive at Christmas,
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." Older children meet for prayer and discussion of scripture. 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.


VBSDancingWebVacation Bible Camp

Kids ages 3 to 11 gather for a week of fun faithbuilding activities, including games, crafts, songs, Bible activities and healthy snacks. Watch for details on this summuer program just after Easter.  If you'd like to be on an email list to get information as it becomes available, email




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 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.

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.

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