We take seriously what Jesus told us about loving our neighbors as ourselves. We work together to make donations of our time, talents, and treasure. We also help connect people with volunteer opportunities, allowing members to find projects that let them work where their deep joy meets the world's great need. Below are some of the things we do. We welcome ideas for more outreach opportunities. Contact Joan in the office (734-284-8777) if you would like to help. Here are some of our ministries:
Year Round Activities
We have a small food pantry where people can come to get a bag of food to tide them over until they receive a check, register for assistance, or visit a larger food pantry. Our mission is to be a place where people can come in an emergency. Each week, the congregation is asked to bring specific items to help keep the shelves stocked. We have the current needs listed on the front page of our website. Please call the office if you want to make a donation or if you are in need of food. Our regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am - 2 pm.
Our Clothing Closet is like a boutique with no cash register! We have clothing and shoes for babies through adults available for free. Please call contact Audrey at 734-775-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come and "shop" or donate items.
Caring for Each Other
We are a community where we all care for each other. Our secretary Joan sends the weekly bulletin to people who are sick or unable to get out. We also have a calling ministry, where people make phone calls to check in with people who are on our prayer list. We are also developing a group of Eucharistic Visitors who will bring Communion to those who can't attend services.
Socks for Kids
Our collection of socks for kids at Garfield Elementary was so well received that we have made it a year-round program. The school told us that many kids come to school without socks in all kinds of weather - cold, snowy, rainy... We collected a giant tub of socks last winter and the office gave them out in two days! Recognizing this need, we have decided to collect sock year-round. Plain white socks are best, but any kind are welcome. You can drop off the socks at church on Sunday or call the office to make arrangements to drop them off at another time.
A dedicated group of knitters and crocheters make shawls, wraps, and lap blankets, which are then blessed during worship. People who are ill, grieving, or struggling in any way receive the blankets, which symbolize the way that the congregation is wrapping them in prayer. Prayer shawls are also given to babies who are baptized. This is a perfect way help others if you like to knit or crochet. You can even do it in your own home!
Dresses for Haiti
In collaboration with the First Methodist Church, people in our congregation make dresses from pillowcases that are sent to girls in Haiti. In February 2016, we sent 64 dresses to Haiti! Helpers to make dresses are always appreciated.
We have a growing lending library available to the community in the choir room upstairs. People are welcome to borrow a book for as long as they would like.
Although not affiliated with St. Stephen's, two twelve-step recovery groups use our building five days a week. Please see the calendar for information on times and dates for the Mustard Seed and the Gift Group. Note that the times listed include set-up time as well as meeting time.
Collection of School Supplies for Garfield Elementary
During the summer, we collect school supplies for kids at our neighborhood school, Garfield Elementary. Please bring in pencils, notebooks, glue, crayons, markers - anything kids might need.
Food for Kids in the Summer
The need for food assistance is huge. Over 900 children in Wyandotte who receive free or reduced price school lunches have signed up for Blessings in a Backpack, which provides them with food on the weekends during the school year - but in the summer, kids can't eat at school and Blessings in a Backpack doesn't operate. In the summer of 2016, the Wyandotte Ministerial Association worked with the Green Box Recreational Program in Wyandotte and Meet Up To Eat Up (a federally funded program) at First Presbyterian to provide almost 1,000 meals.We'll be doing this again next summer.
Flint Water Crisis Lenten Program
The Flint water crisis is affecting "the least of these," the people on the margins of society whom Jesus told us to help. During Lent 2016, we responded to Jesus's call with a traditional three-fold discipline: prayer, study, and giving. To see more, please go to the Flint Water Crisis page. We raised $500!
Christmas and Street Art Fair Parade Hospitality
We provide free cookies on Chestnut Street during the both the Christmas Parade and the Wyandotte Street Art Fair Parade in the summer. At the Christmas Parade, we offer free hot chocolate, and in the summer, we offer free bottles of cold water. These acts of hospitality allows us to serve our neighbors as Jesus taught us to do.
At Christmas, we provide food baskets with everything needed for a family dinner (including a ham or turkey), plus gifts for each child, winter weather gear, and a $100 Meijer gift card. In 2016, we provided nine baskets to the community.
Blessings in a Backpack
At Christmas, the ECW, Men's Club, and individual people in the congregation donate to Blessings in a Backpack, which helps support kids in need in the community. In 2016, we donated $1,300 to Blessings in a Backpack.
St. Stephen's Day Dinner for the Community
In 2015, we hosted our first free dinner for the community. St. Stephen was the first deacon, and we celebrated his feast day by offering a feast to those in need of food or fellowship in the community. We were joined by volunteers from Grace Episcopal Church in Southgate in preparing and serving this meal.
"White Gifts" for Men in Recovery from Substance Abuse
Each year in December and January, the Men's Club collects donations of personal items (socks, underwear, deodorant, etc.) for the men in recovery from substance abuse at Mariners Inn in Detroit.
Ministries in Development
Got an idea to help address a community need?
We welcome new ideas. If you have a ministry you want to start, contact Pastor Andrea at email@example.com or 734-771-0618.