The practice of caring for one another as fellow members in Christian community goes all the way back to the Bible, and the earliest days of the Church. Through prayer, visiting, listening, and sharing in sacramental companionship, the members of St Stephen’s strengthen and equip one another for life’s challenges and new adventures. Working under the guidance of our clergy, teams of lay people reflect our commitment to sharing the work of the Church together, and to the glory of God.
Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed to take communion to the home-bound and hospitalized. Every Sunday at the end of the liturgy Eucharistic Visitors are sent forth from church to bring communion to members of our community who are unable to attend church for whatever reason. Anyone may receive communion at home, or become part of this rewarding and important ministry.
Helping Hands is a ministry of practical care providing meals, rides, and other household errands for people with short-term needs: after an illness, hospitalization, new baby, or other major life event.
Lay chaplains are lay people from our congregation who have been specially trained and equipped to provide the emotional and spiritual care we all need when faced with a crisis or difficulty, such as loss of a loved one; hospitalization; divorce or separation; loneliness; discouragement; spiritual crisis; aging; or a terminal illness. Everyone experiences struggle and adversity at some point in their lives. None of us are immune to suffering. If you or someone you know have ever experienced one of these or many other life-challenges you or they might benefit from the support and companionship of a lay chaplain.
Throughout the week, teams of people pray for the specific needs of our community and the world: daily at Morning Prayer, weekly at our Wednesday Eucharist, and monthly at meetings of our Intercessory Prayer Group.
Daily Morning Prayer
Daily morning prayer is offered in the chapel at 8am Monday through Friday except on holidays. Morning Prayer is a service of readings, psalms, and prayers. Everyone is welcome, and the service is routinely led by laypeople. Consider making daily prayer in community a part of your spiritual practice, and if you are interested in learning how to lead the service, please contact us.
Wednesday Eucharist is offered in the chapel at 10am every Wednesday, with an emphasis on prayer and healing. Healing prayer is offered for anyone who desires it. Healing prayer is an important part of our tradition and can be powerful and trans-formative in times of hardship, illness, or pain.
Intercessory Prayer Group
Intercessory Prayer Group meets in the Brides Room the first Wednesday of every month after the 10am Eucharist. Prayer is the foundation of our faith and our Church. Intercessory prayer is a specific from of prayer which brings the needs of others before God. There is something powerful and informational about praying for the needs of others; it connects us to our faith, our church, and each other. Members of the Intercessory Prayer Group take time each day to pray in whatever way works best for them for the names on the prayer list and for anyone whose name God puts on their hearts.