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.

Current Events

2020 Lenten Bible Study
Our Lenten study is based on Living the Way of Love! We have a group during the day on Wednesdays and a group in the evening on Thursdays. Please note that this is a seven-week study, so we will go through Holy Week and finish after Easter! (You do not need to attend every session.) We’ll be using Living the Way of Love by Mary Bea Sullivan. The book offers forty brief reflections about the seven Jesus-centered practices identified by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in "The Way of Love" initiative. Sullivan tells stories from her own and others' experiences as a starting point for discussion about how to seek and find a deeper connection to God. In our weekly meetings, we’ll focus on one practice per week, reading scripture and discussing questions designed to help us go deeper into the Way of Love. As of March 12, both groups have moved to conference call meetings. The daytime group will meet Wednesdays at 12 noon, and the evening group will meet Thursdays at 7 pm. (Please note that the evening group will depart from its usual schedule for one week only and meet Wednesday, March 18.) To join the conference call, please call 408-650-3123 and use code 263316829. You will be asked to enter an “audio PIN” or press #. Just press #.

Sunday School (September - May)
We’ve got a great group of leaders and a curriculum focused on God’s love for everyone. We will have Sunday School every Sunday during the 10 am service, except for the last Sunday of each month, which will be Youth Sunday in church. Kids will rejoin the main service at the peace, so that they can participate in Communion. All ages from about 3-11 are welcome. If you have a child on the edge of that range who’s interested, talk to Pastor Andrea. We are committed to having Sunday School available every week, even if only one child shows up. 

Materials and Information from Past Events

Lenten Program on the Psalms (2018)
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 last year's Lenten study, we talked about the origins of the Psalms and how we can use them in our personal prayer life. Here's a devotional guide that has great material, plus links to some musical settings of the Psalms.

Instructed Eucharist (2018)
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 (2018)
Episcopal 101 is a class for those who want to know more about our tradition. Materials are available online here!