Faith Formation

All the children of God, of all ages, are welcome in worship at St. Stephen's. We believe that formation - living more deeply and intentionally into who we are and whose we are - is a lifelong process. Sunday worship is our primary way to come together to hear and respond to God's word as a community. In addition, we believe that working together to serve each other and the community helps us grow together in Christ. Click here to go to the Ministries page to see how you can get involved. We sometimes also offer specific educational opportunities. See below for our current offerings and online materials from select past formation events.

Family Funday Sundays - March 25 and April 29 at noon in the Parish Hall

On March 25 and April 29, we're going to be doing something fun and different for people of all ages in the St. Stephen's family. On March 25, we'll get ready for Easter by dying Easter eggs and making Empty Tomb Rolls. On April 29, we'll get ready for Pentecost by flying a drone (representing the Holy Spirit) around the Parish Hall and making a Pentecost display for the church.  On both days, things will get started around 12 noon and go until 1:30 pm. There will be some light snacks. We'll read some verses from the Bible that go along with the activities, but there will not be a celebration of the Eucharist. These are fun, informal gatherings open to everyone. If you have kids or grandkids, come! If you don't have any family around and you miss getting ready for the holidays, come! If you just want to see what this whole thing is about, come! Invite your friends! 

Coloring Posters Are Back for Lent 2018!

We had such a positive reaction to the coloring posters last year during Lent that they are back again this year! The focus on the posters is the Psalms. Each poster depicts one of the Psalms of Lent. A devotional guide is available to go along with the coloring posters or to be used on its own. We have nine posters available to color. This year, they are printed on a special paper that is supposed to take color more easily and effectively. Posters are due back by March 11. Please see Pastor Andrea if you would like to take home a poster to color.

Lenten Program on the Psalms

Wednesdays from 12-2 pm – February 21-March 21

In the Psalms, you can find every human emotion – grief, anger, joy, contentment, yearning, self-aggrandizement, desire for people to get what’s coming to them… The Psalms are the hymns of ancient Israel, and they contain some of the most memorable imagery and poetry in the Bible. And yet, we typically don’t think much about them, beyond reading them responsively on Sundays. In this year’s Lenten study, we’ll talk about the origins of the Psalms and how we can use them in our personal prayer life. In addition to this general discussion, we’ll focus particularly in the Psalms appointed for Lent. Because the Psalms were originally sung, we’ll listen to some musical settings and maybe even practice singing or chanting ourselves. Here's a devotional guide that has great material, plus links to some musical settings of the Psalms.

The program will begin at 12 noon with Noonday Prayer with a healing focus (no Communion) in the Children’s Chapel. At 12:30 pm, we’ll have a light lunch provided by participants (a sign-up sheet is available in the back of the church). From 1-2 pm, we’ll study the Psalms. You are welcome to come for all of the program or just part, as your schedule allows.

Instructed Eucharist
An Instructed Eucharist is a commentary on what we do during worship and why. In January, we had an Instructed Eucharist on two Sundays. Written materials are available here.

Episcopal 101
Episcopal 101 is a class for those who want to know more about our tradition. Materials are available online here!