Music

Our Minister of Music is Candice Bellinger of Wolfeboro. She earned her degree in Music Education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. She is the Director of the Wolfeboro Academy of Music and a professional clarinetist and pianist.

Vestry, Wardens, officers

The St. Stephen’s Vestry consists of a Senior Warden (Katie Jones), a Junior Warden (Rick Coffin), the Treasurer (Barbara Barr), Clerk (Sabra Welch), and three at-large members (Graham Wilson, Lucinda Kerivan, and Bernie Cameron). This group acts as a “board of directors” for the parish in all matters, with financial and budgetary oversight. Our Vestry usually meets on the first Monday of the month.

Ministry Teams

After a lengthy parish Envisioning process, St. Stephen’s organized its ministries using a team approach. These groups schedule regular meetings, usually held immediately after the Sunday service. All parishioners are invited to attend and to participate as they feel called.

Worship

This Team plans our Sunday and other services, in collaboration with the priest and the music ministers. The Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs), who serve at the altar and take communion to homebound parishioners are part of this Team, as are members of our Altar Guild. The priest serves as the Team Leader.

In addition to Sunday worship, weekday services take place during the year: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. St, Stephen’s also participates in the annual World Day of Prayer, held each March in an area congregation. Our annual Outdoor Eucharist is usually held in Setember, and in October we’ve offered a Blessing of the Animals.

Education

Our Family Education program, led by Lindsey Smith-Hendrickson, uses the Godly Play program. Adult Education, led by Bernie Cameron, consists of different programs, for instance a Lenten Book or Bible study, Via Media, a study of the Book of Common Prayer, studying the emergent churdekegch, an examination of immigration and the death penalty, and guest speakers from the diocesan staff or nonprofit groups. As Ministry of Fun, Bernie has organized the Women’s Kayak event, the annual Mardi Gras Potluck, excursions and concerts attendance, a Christmas cookie swap, and more. If you have ideas, please be in touch with her!

Outreach

Outreach includes donations to several local food pantries and The Pittsfield Youth Workshop. The Sox Box is a gathering of warm clothing items for local school children (Lucinda Kerivan). The majority of our fundraisers support outreach efforts.

Parish Life Guild

We are so grateful to Wes Jones for leading the Guild. Our three main events during the year are Town-wide Yard Sale (June), Old Home Day (July), and the Holly Fair (November) The proceeds from these events are split between outreach or special projects within the community and building maintenance. .

Altar Guild

In transition. Responsible for organizing this very important ministry, which includes several parishioners. Altar linens, altar flowers, preparation of the church for Sunday service, feasts and Holy Days are some of the responsibilities.

Building and Grounds

There is a talented team of volunteers responsible for the care, cleaning , and maintenance of our church building, the gardens and grounds that surround it. Sabra Welch is the team leader who communicates with groups that use the space and she maintains the calendar and does the scheduling. We hold “workdays” in the spring and fall to prepare the gardens and deep clean areas of the church. We have refurbished all the spaces inside the building over the past 10 years. Our most recent internal “church project” was the 2019 Kitchen upgrade. We now turn our attention to the gardens and an outdoor worship space while maintaining the interior.

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