Spiritual Needs

  Spiritual Needs  

EUCHARISTIC VISITORS
Contact Marc Genty
A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take Holy Communion to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at church. Eucharistic Visitors are trained and supervised by Deacons, and they are licensed by the Bishop after submitting paperwork signed by the rector. For more information please contact Marc Genty.


HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY
Contact the parish Secretary.
The purpose of this ministry is to be a healing force for the parish and individual parishioners: to pray, to love, to heal and to assure each other of God's love for us all.
 

PRAYER CHAIN
Contact Shirley O'Brien
This group provides confidential intercessory prayers for those in need. All members pray individually for that person, and first names are included with the Prayers of the People during Sunday worship for a specific time.


SACRED GARDEN & COLUMBARIUM
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Contact Chris Ray to learn more.
Those wishing to help with this minstry are responsible for maintaining and administering St. Stephen's consecrated garden where the ashes of the deceased are buried. The garden also provides a pleasant place to meditate or pray, as well as visit in memory of those who rest there.
 



 


 

FOR CHILDREN

Contact Jennifer Wojniak
St. Stephen’s offers Sunday school during the 10 a.m. service for kids from Pre-K to 5th grade on the 2
nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Children join their families in the Sanctuary during the exchange of Peace.

 
YOUTH GROUP
Contact Roman Krafczyk
The purpose of Youth Group is to build community, develop relationship with God, gain a greater understanding of the church, and have fun doing all of these things. Middle school and high school youth meet from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm two Sundays per month for lunch, games & Bible study.
 

CONFIRMATION, RECEPTION, & REAFFIRMATION
Contact The Rev. Larry Bradford
Confirmation is a rite for those 16 years of age and older who wish to understand more fully their own spirituality and our church rituals. Reception is a ceremony for those who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and some branches of the Lutheran church. Reaffirmation is a service for those who are confirmed in the Episcopal church and are interested in learning more about the faith and wish to reaffirm their baptismal vows in front of the Bishop
 

    Being Episcopalian
  • The Episcopal Church is a place where you are encouraged to participate in ways that fit your spiritual needs.
    Episcopal simply means having bishops. The Episcopal Chuch, which has over 108 dioceses and 3 mission areas in 17 countries, is also a part of the Anglican Communion.  The Anglican Communion is a world-wide fellowship of churches with more than 70,000,000 members. These churches are in communion with one another, meaning they all share the common origin: the Church of England.


    The word "Anglican" has taken on an international meaning. While Anglican Churches have a common heritage, their worship is expressed in a variety of languages and customs. What we share in common is the Book of Common Prayer. Common Prayers Is what links us. 


    All members in this communion accept:

    • Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as containing all things necessary for salvation.

    • The Apostles' and the Nicene Creeds as sufficient statements of the Christian faith. 

    • Two great sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as instituted by Christ himself.

    • Ministry comprised of the laity, deacons, priests and bishops whose succession reaches back in time to the Apostles
       

    In this sense, Anglicans share a heritage with both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. Although these three great communions remain separated, all are working toward understanding and cooperation. By seeking the middle way ("via media"), Anglicanism bridges both Protestant and Catholic traditions and is often referred to as "the bridge church."
     

    MEMBERSHIP

    To become a member of the Episcopal Church one must first be baptized with water and with the words: "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Baptism brings us fully into the life of the family of God.  As an Episcopalian, one becomes a part of the Anglican family of churches of the Body of Christ throughout the world.

    The Sacraments
  • THE SACRAMENTS
    As Christians and members of the Episcopal Church, we have two great Sacraments in which we pledge loyalty and allegiance to Jesus Christ, namely Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Great Thanksgiving which includes both the Sacrament of the Word and Sacrament of the Table, Holy Communion.


    BAPTISM
    Baptism is often referred to as Christian Initiation. It is the door through which one enters into full membership in the Body of Christ, whcih is commonly known as the Body of Christ. It is important to remember that one is baptized as a Christian not an Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist or Roman Catholic.

    Children as well as adults are baptized in the Episcopal Church, a practice that dates back to the earliest days in Christian history. Regardless of age, all are children in the faith, growing "into the fullness of the stature of Christ."

    THE HOLY COMMUNION
    Whether we call it The Holy Communion, The Holy Eucharist, the Lord's Supper or the Mass, this sacrament is at the heart of our life as a Christian community. It recalls Jesus' offering of himself for the whole world. It is a feast through which we believe Christ continues to nourish and sustain us with his life-giving Presence (his Body and Blood). Moreover, it is a "family feast" –  the gathering of the community, the sharing of the love of God in communion with one another and with God. 

A GLIMPSE AT OUR COMMUNITY...



ALL ARE WELCOME...

 


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