St. Stephen's offers a number of opportunities for you to study the Bible with others or on your own. These include groups for which you are asked to sign up in advance, as well as those you can attend as your schedule permits.
Go to the Emmaus Groups page to learn about these groups that meet for 10 weeks at a time.
Bible study groups:
Tuesday Morning Fathers Bible Study resumes September 13, 2017
On 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. Please do email Michael Sweeney to be sure the group is meeting, as it will occasionally break for a holiday.
Mothers Bible Study // Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Mothers gather in the Library for Bible study and fellowship. Child care is available if requested in advance. Please contact Sarah Moyar-Thacker for additional details. No registration is necessary.
Greek Bible Study // Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Led by Stuart Settle
The Greek Bible Study group is beginning its fifth year at St. Stephen's and meets on Thursday afternoons to read in Koine Greek and translate the gospel and epistle lessons for the following Sunday. The only prerequisite is a basic knowledge of ancient Greek. You may register here.
Disciple Bible Study // Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., September-May
Led by the Rev. Gene LeCouteur and Karen Orville
Disciple is a 34-week study of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of each of the books of the Bible, their themes, the major figures in each, and the chronology. In addition to reading portions of each book, we watch video presentation by scholars, participate in group discussion, do a little homework, and build a community. It is worthwhile work for anyone who wants to understand why we read so much of Isaiah in Advent, what Jesus meant when he said "I came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets," why the Old Testament is so important to understanding the New Testament, why St. Paul wrote some of the things that make us cringe today, and more. It is fun, engaging, enlightening, and worth every minute. This will be the fourth time Gene and Karen have led this course together.
The book for this course costs $40; there is no other cost to participate. Registration is required; you can do that right here.
Thursday Bible study // Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Led by Gene LeCouteur. This group discusses topics or books of the Bible through in-depth reading of Scripture. We often relate what we read to the world around us, personal experience, as well as our hopes for the coming Kingdom of God. No registration is necessary.
RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL STUDY
Weekly Bible Study
You may study the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday by using the study guide written by our Rector, Gary Jones. You can see the guide on the Weekly Bible Study page or you can sign up to receive it each week by email.
The Daily Office
Daily morning and evening prayers and scripture readings can be read by individuals on their own, or in a church with other worshippers. At St. Stephen's, we have Daily Morning Prayer at 8:10 a.m., Monday through Friday, and Evensong each weeknight at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to read the Daily Office on your own, you may find it in the Book of Common Prayer (the prayer book used by Episcopalians), or online.
Forward Day by Day
Daily reflections on the Scriptures can be found in a small paperback booklet called Forward Day by Day, available at church for $1 per copy. These reflections are also available online.