On behalf of our congregation, I want to thank all who voted for St. Stephen’s as the Best Place of Worship in the Lower Columbia Region for 2021.
I think this honor and recognition is due to a few factors:
- Our commitment to loving our neighbor through being a meeting place for many different groups (including a number of 12-Step Organizations), activities (Community Yoga and Meditation Groups), and organizations throughout our community (Longview Ski Club, Old West Side Neighborhood Association, Chamber Music Festival, and more!)
- Our commitment to loving our neighbor through an affirming and welcoming worship experience that is grounded in deep tradition, a strong Biblical grounding, and a commitment to using our gifts of prayerful discernment to listen to the ongoing call of Christ and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our world today
- Our commitment to loving our neighbor by maintaining our connection to each other and engaging in a measured and safe response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, listening to the best advice of scientists and medical experts, as we worked to keep our whole community safe by keeping our members safe, whether through virtual worship for much of the past year, or now through carefully managed live worship opportunities now that a vaccine is available (while still offering virtual connection for those who need that option)
Through all of this one thing is clear, at St. Stephen’s we not only speak of love of neighbor, but we practice that love in every aspect of our life as a church community:
We love the joyful noise of children and families!
We live out our values daily: deep roots, servant hearts, open arms.
We welcome you to St. Stephen’s, come and see how you can be a part of this community!
To join us for worship:
We also have in-person worship attendance available for those who feel comfortable joining us in our church building, and agree to abide by our COVID19 safety protocols (namely: face masks).
Spiritual Communion offers a way for those viewing live streamed worship to engage in the practice of communion through prayer. For those attending physically in person, communion will be offered in a modified form, instructions for which will be shared at the worship service.
We hope to see (half of) your face in our pews on an upcoming Sunday!
Families with littles expected to join us! We ask that children over 2 wear masks as much as possible, with those over 5 expected to wear one. Church is a great place to practice for school!