Children and Family Ministry

Children and Families are an important part of St. Stephen’s congregation.  We welcome children with gladness!  Our mission is to help children develop a spiritual relationship with God in a caring, safe, and fun environment.  Gretchen Moore is our Children and Family Ministries Director.

Children of all ages are welcome at St. Stephen’s and we offer a variety of options for families to engage in worship, formation, and fellowship.

Special Notes for Families with Infants and Toddlers 

Nursery Care available every Sunday, September-May, 10:15am-11:00am (Children join their families for the Eucharist)

During the Summer of 2021 Children are welcome to join our Children & Family Ministries Coordinator, Gretchen Moore, in-person in the St. Stephen’s Parish Hall Library (accessed off of the courtyard on 22nd Ave) at 10am on Sunday Mornings for Sunday School. We ask that all children continue to wear masks during this time.

Beginning in the Fall of 2021, as we transition out of the most-restrictive COVID19 protocols, we will be launching a new Children’s Ministry offering on Sundays. Utilizing the program Weaving God’s Promises, our children (target ages 10 & under) will process out of the Nave on Sunday Mornings following the opening prayer and engage in their own experience of the Liturgy of the Word, sharing in the stories of our faith and offering prayers for our world and community with one another. Children will then return to their families at the beginning of Holy Eucharist, to share in that community feast that draws us all together at the same table.

St. Stephen’s Youth Group. St. Stephen’s Youth Group is an opportunity for those aged 13-18 years old to come together for food, fellowship, and fun, growing in our faith and serving our community. This ecumenical youth group, in partnership with Longview Presbyterian, Longview Methodist, Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church, and Bethany Lutheran, invites all middle and high school students to come and find a community that is radically welcoming and affirming, a place where you will always be welcome.