Women of St Stephen’s
The group known as the Women of St. Stephen's has been in existence for nearly all of St. Stephen's Church's history. Once known as the "Women's Auxiliary," this is the group that in many Episcopal parishes would be identified as the ECW (Episcopal Church Women).
Today the Women of St. Stephen's are engaged in a variety of ministries, and run a gift shop known as the May Fair House which raises tens of thousands of dollars for outreach every year.
From October through May, the Women of St. Stephen's host the Women’s Forum. These meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month and you and your friends are cordially invited to attend (men are most welcome, as well). In addition to the fun, fellowship and education of the Forum, there are numerous volunteer possibilities through the Women of St. Stephen's.
How do you join the Women of St. Stephen's? If you are a woman and you're at St. Stephen's Church, you are already a member of this group.
The Women of St. Stephen's award grants with the proceeds from May Fair House sales and trips and tours. A list of the 2016 grant awards is available here.
The grant application deadline is in August; the grant application for 2017 is not yet available, but you can see the 2016 application for future reference. Select the one you prefer:
PDF application to print and complete by hand
PDF application to complete on your computer, print, and sign
The Women's Forum
Programs take place on the first Tuesday of the month (October-May, with a break in January). No registration is required and all are welcome--women, men, members, guests, friends. The programs for the 2016-2017 year are here.
Trips and Tours
The Women of St. Stephen's sponsor trips and tours to provide opportunities for fellowship as well as to raise additional funds for their outreach grants.
May Fair House // 804.282.3004
The Women of St. Stephen's run the May Fair House, a gift shop whose proceeds fund outreach grants made by the organization. Shop hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, September through May. Read more about May Fair House here.
United Thank Offering // Next ingathering takes place in Spring 2017 (date TBA)
The United Thank Offering distributes grants to local, diocesan, national and international recipients using the collective offerings of individuals throughout the Episcopal Church. The small blue offering boxes enable a spiritual discipline of giving thanks to God through the tangible symbol of coins or bills placed in the box. You may pick up a box near Information Central in the parish house and place it wherever you will remember to give thanks for your blessings, such as a desk, dining table, bedside or windowsill. Twice a year--once in spring, once in fall--there is an ingathering of these offerings during our morning worship services. The Women of St. Stephen's send our collective offerings to the diocesan Episcopal Church Women, and from there, our diocesan offering is combined with those of other dioceses. Read more about UTO here.
The Women of St. Stephen's produce a brochure each year listing volunteer opportunities and the contact people for each; speakers for the monthly Woman’s Forum; and other information. Copies are mailed to all women who are members of St. Stephen's. Additional copies are available at Information Central and outside the May Fair House.
The Women of St. Stephen's also send occasional email blasts. You can sign up for these here.
The annual report of the Women of St. Stephen's, compiled for the annual parish meeting that took place February 5, 2017, is here.
A wide array of volunteer opportunities are available through the Women of St. Stephen's. For descriptions of these opportunities, follow this link.