Sunday Worship— Our Sunday 9:30am worship service makes use of a variety of music and modern liturgies. This year we will move to our Outdoor Sacred Space starting on Easter and worship outdoors into the Fall. We invite you to join us!
Godly Play—During the 9:30am service on the second Sunday of each month, 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. We are currently holding Godly Play outdoors.
Centering Prayer—Mondays 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.