We believe that all we are and all we have are gifts from God, and we are thankful. It is our mission to share the love of God with each other and with the rest of the world.
News & Notes
New Clergy Leaders:
The Rev. Stephen Blackmer of Church of the Woods in Canterbury, and our former parishioner The Rev. Deacon Stephen Ekerberg will partner in a new ministry model at St. Stephen’s. Please click here for complete information on pastoral care during this transition.
In-Person Church Service COVID protocols:
We are suggesting that masks are optional at present ( March 2022) however, you may choose to wear your masks to church and we will gladly welcome you. Please cooperate with the following requests, as your safety is a high priority for us. Please keep in mind that we practice these precautions not only for our own protection but for the protection of our neighbors and those who may be especially vulnerable to the disease.
- Currently, wearing a mask is optional. If you are not comfortable in a public space without a mask, please bring one and wear it. A few masks will be available for those who forget to to bring their own from home.
- When you come into the church an usher will offer you the bulletin, hymnal and/or service leaflet. Remember, 4 feet apart except for members of the same household.
- One-ounce hand sanitizers and individually packaged hand wipes are available to pick up at the back of the sanctuary for you to use in church. Please use these before you go up to receive Communion as additional protection for the celebrant.
- During the Peace, please stay in your seats and wave or give the peace sign to one another.
- Communion may be taken in one kind, the bread but no wine, but both are now offered. Remember that the consecrated bread alone constitutes a complete Communion.
- Rather than kneeling at the altar rail to receive Communion, we ask that you stand in one line down the middle aisle and keep 4 feet distance apart except for members of the same household.
- We have resumed coffee hours on a trial basis on the last Sunday of the month.
- Maintain COVID precautions in the bathrooms. Spray the toilet bowl handle, the faucets and door handle with cleaner provided.
- We need to add fresh air to the Sanctuary after the service in addition to running the A/C or heat to help clear the air.
- Finally the obvious–if you feel sick–cough, sneezing, colds–please stay home. You have access to the service via Zoom. The link goes out via the parish email list a few days prior to the service.