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)
Godly Play. Godly Play is a fully interactive retelling of the stories of our faith. From the story of creation to Jesus’ birth to his sacrifice for us in Easter, Godly Play affords children an opportunity to engage in wonder about the stories that teach us our faith. Beginning December 1, 2019, Godly Play will be offered every Sunday at 10am in the Parish Hall Library, and lasts roughly 25 minutes. While all are welcome to attend, this formation time is especially designed for families with young children (under 9 years old).
Episcopal Youth Community. Gathering every Sunday, September-May, immediately following the 10:30am service (roughly at 11:35am), this formation, fellowship, and service ministry for children (especially appropriate for children aged 9-13 years old), offers an opportunity to dive deeper into the stories of our faith and begin to grow into a mature understanding of our faith.