Visiting St. Stephen's

  Visiting St. Stephen's  


Supporting each other through God's abundance of knowledge, love and spirit.

Above all, we welcome and embrace all. No matter who you are, what your religious background may be, or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are invited as a child of God to be part of our community.



The entrance to St. Stephen's is called the Narthex or "porch," and symbolizes the entrance to the Christian life. The Nave extends from the narthex to the area where the altar is placed. The word "nave" comes from Latin and means "ship." The ship has long been a symbol for the Church ("the ark of salvation") In Christian life, the nave stands for the gathering of the faithful. It leads to the Sanctuary  where the altar is located.

Here are a few suggestions for those who want to enter fully into the life of St. Stephen's:
  • Cultivate the habit of praying for yourself, others and the world.
  • Set aside a time each day for reflection, Bible reading and prayer.
  • Worship regularly. Our motivation should be from the love of God, not guilt. God wants us to come to him so that he may give us his gifts of love and strength.
  • Enter as much as possible into the life of the Parish. There are many opportunities for service at St. Stephen's, and all are important—hospitality, serving as usher, choir member, altar guild, assisting in the office, Sunday School and community outreach.
  • Give toward the work of the church by making a yearly pledge. There is no requirement as to the amount one should give, but the Biblical standard is tithing or giving 10%.
  • Keep learning about your church and what it means to live a Christian life. When you travel, plan to visit an Episcopal (or Anglican) Church and introduce yourself.
  • Let the love of God shine through, remembering that we represent Christ in the world by what we say and do, not just on Sunday morning, but every day.
  • The best way to discover Jesus is to read the Gospels. Begin with Mark, then Matthew and Luke, saving John for last since it is more of a reflection of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.