Sunday Worship—Most of the year we worship at 8am and 10am on Sundays. Our 8am service uses traditional language and does not have music. It has a quieter more contemplative feel to it. Our worship at 10am is led by our choir and makes use of a variety of music and more modern liturgies. In the summer during the months of June and July we combine the two services into one 9am service. We invite you to join us!
Godly Play—During the 10am service on Sundays, children ages 3 to 12 are invited to attend “Godly Play.” This Montessori based curriculum communicates Biblical stories, parables and Christian tradition through story-telling and art.
Taize Service—Each third Thursday of the month we invite you to “Come to the Well.” Yoga in the sanctuary from 5:30-6:30 pm led by Shannan Donovan of Thrive Yoga Studio. At 7pm join us for a contemplative Taize service of chant, silence, poetry, and sacred readings.
Centering Prayer—Mondays at 6pm in the community room and Tuesdays at 9:30am in the sanctuary. Centering Prayer is the practice of opening our deep selves to the presence of God through silence. It is a discipline found in most religious traditions, but has a long history among Christians. We begin with a short reading or reflection before we enter into silence. This is a way to let God come to you through your subconscious, to discover the particular truth that God has planted in your soul.
Choir—Under the leadership of our minister of music, Miles McKenzie, the St. Stephen’s choir helps lead worship every Sunday at our 10am service. They rehearse Wednesday evenings.
Gospel Choir —Though not technically a ministry of St. Stephen’s, the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir is led by and was founded by our previous minster of music, Benjamin Mertz. Joyful Noise is made up of members of the larger Sebastopol and Santa Rosa area and rehearses at St. Stephen’s. We are occasionally lucky enough to have them lead us in worship on a Sunday morning!
Adult Formation—Approximately twice a year a series of adult formation classes with soup suppers are offered in the evening. Past classes have included a program entitled “Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What It Means to Be Christian” and a study of the art of Holy Week.
Worship Ministries—There are a variety of ways to get involved with our Sunday worship: the altar guild prepares the altar for worship, ushers greet us as we arrive and hand out bulletins, lectors read the Biblical readings, intercessors lead us in prayer, oblation bearers carry up the bread and wine to the altar, healing ministers offer anointing and prayers for healing during communion, and Eucharistic Ministers aid in the celebration and distribution of communion.