St. Stephen’s Church wants to be a place where parents of children from birth until they graduate from high school can find support and resources. Here are some of the new things we are offering in 2015-16 with these families in mind. Ongoing information will be available on this page, in the eSpirit and the Spirit (our weekly communications), and an email newsletter especially for families.
"Many Parents, One Vine" // Sundays at 10:10 in Room 14
Many parents find themselves seeking opportunities to meet other parents for conversation and reflection on their lives from a spiritual perspective, as well as make new friends or share some collective wisdom on the joys and challenges of being a parent. “Many Parents, One Vine” is a space to grow in faith and connect with other parents in mutual affirmation. We believe that raising children is a cooperative, not competitive, enterprise. Together, connected to the vine, we are stronger parents. Come for coffee and fellowship, a brief summary of the suggested (not required) reading, and ample time for peer-facilitated small group discussion. Winter/Spring 2017 series:
- January 15 and 22 The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage
- January 29 Listening to God with Children
- February 12 - March 12 The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
- March 19 and 26 Fragmented Lives with Bill Sachs as guest speaker
- April 2 - May 14 The Mindful Child (no group April 16 or April 23)
Tuesday Morning Fathers Bible Study
On most Tuesdays during the program year, fathers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s from 7:00-8:00 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome. The group is taking a brief winter break and will reconvene on February 28. Please email Michael Sweeney for more information.
Wednesday Morning Mothers Bible Study
On Wednesdays during the program year (September-May), mothers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s at 9:30 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Childcare is available. No registration is required–just come. If you have questions, please email the convener, Sarah Moyar-Thacker.
Wonderful Wednesdays resumes Sept. 14
Wednesday evenings at St. Stephen’s are “wonderful” for families. It’s a great way to have the entire family seated at the table for dinner together—and you don’t have to prepare it or clean up afterwards. If you wish, come at 5:30 and attend Evensong in Palmer Hall, a brief service led by the Virginia Girls Choir, before going into the Fellowship Hall for supper. Wednesdays are also the day when many rehearsals and groups for children and youth take place:
- Children’s choir rehearsals (Cherub Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Palmer Hall Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Virginia Girls Choir, 5:10-8:00 p.m. with a break for supper)
- 4th & 5th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
- 6th & 7th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
- 8th & 9th grade Bible study, 6:30-8 p.m.
- 10th-12th grade Bible study, 7-8:30 p.m.
Parents are essential to the work we do with children and youth. We are recruiting volunteers now for the 2016-17 school year. Please download and complete the appropriate volunteer form(s).
Working with children age 3-grade 3
Working with children and youth grades 4-12
Michael Sweeney, Director of Family Ministry // 804.288.2867 // email