Café @ St. Stephen's
The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's, our Sunday Community Suppers, our visiting speakers and poets, and other ministries at St. Stephen's Church all contribute to our mission to serve as a "village green" for the community. We want to extend a welcome to all, whether they are members of St. Stephen's, members of another faith community, or not affiliated at all. This is a reclaiming of the role the church has played through the centuries, with "parishes" actually being geographic areas for which the local parish church took a sense of responsibility.
A café project team—comprised of St. Stephen’s parishioners and staff, and including the owners of two local retail food businesses—formed in May 2016 to discuss a new village green ministry: a gathering place for the whole community, with a particular emphasis on creating a comfortable gathering spot for youth. To learn more about the café ministry vision, including details like projected hours and menu, follow this link.
A $30,000 gift from an anonymous donor funded the initial phase of the project, including the hiring of Baskervill, a local architecture firm, to redesign the space (the former choir room, at the Three Chopt end of the parish house).
Thanks to the generosity of more than 100 donors, we met our fundraising target in early June and had received gifts totaling $192,650 as of June 16, enough to cover the full cost of construction, to be performed by local contractor Method Woodworking. Work on the space is taking place this summer to prepare for a fall 2017 opening.
Additional gifts are still welcome and will help ensure the café’s success by offsetting startup costs like the purchase of initial inventory. You can make your gift here (select ‘café’ from the drop-down ‘select a fund’ menu) or by sending a check to the parish office.
Employment at the café
We are hiring experienced baristas for the café! Read the job description and application instructions here. High school students can contact Moriah Karn if they are interested in serving as volunteers.
Moriah Karn, Cafe Manager// email // phone 804.288.2867