ST. STEPHEN’S VISION
Ten years ago the people of St. Stephen’s had a vision. We foresaw the day when our church would be lively on Sundays with worship and busy during the week with community activities. We saw the church not only as a gathering place for our own members but also as a cultural hub for the community. More and more, this vision is becoming a reality.
Last weekend we saw no fewer than three concerts performed in our sanctuary, and a Saturday choral workshop that took place throughout the entire building. During the week we hosted three different Lifelong Learners events, two Cantare choir practices, an after-school chess club for teens, our own Guide and Pathfinder groups, and three AA-related meetings. Meanwhile, a dozen artists continue to work away in the affordable studios we created up in the Memorial Hall.
Our own church programming this week included a congregational conversation on same-sex blessings, a Tuesday meditation group, the weekly Education For Ministry course, our open chapel and labyrinth on Thursday, followed by choir practice, plus all the usual chancel activities to ready the church for Sunday.
St. Stephen’s is not just a busy place these days; it is a vibrant place. And the word is getting out. Every week Lynn our Administrator fields requests from community groups wishing to hold meetings or cultural events here. And every Sunday we welcome visitors and newcomers who want to see what all the excitement is about. Ten years on, we are living the dream.