Summer at St. Stephen's
Think that the church goes on vacation in the summer? Not at St. Stephen's! While the pace is certainly different, and our Sunday schedule changes a bit, there is still plenty of life at 6000 Grove Avenue during the summer months.
Worship schedule (May 27 through September 2)
Changes to the Sunday schedule include a break for the Sunday school and Sunday Forum (they return in September), and a 10 a.m. service in place of the separate 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Saturday evening service of Holy Eucharist (5:30 p.m.) continues, as do the 8 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. services on Sundays. Morning Prayer and Evensong continue on weekdays, as well. The summer worship schedule is here.
Except for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, the office remains open all summer, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.; 804.288.2867.
While our Wednesday suppers take a break in June, July, and August, the Sunday Community Suppers continue year-round. And at this time of year, we eat al fresco (weather permitting). Please join us as often as you can. And think about volunteering to prepare and serve the meal from time to time. Read more here.
Bookshop, Cafe, Farmers Market, etc.
The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's, the Cafe @ St. Stephen's and the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's remain open year-round. Cafe hours for the summer are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The May Fair House and St. Stephen's Preschool do close for the summer, re-opening after Labor Day.
Small groups, retreats, events
Summer groups are a bit different...Emmaus Groups do not meet, but many classes do. Check with your leader to be sure. The Thursday morning Bible study will continue to meet at 10:30 a.m. each week.
And summer is a time for some special summer-only offerings, including:
Kids nights at the cafe (read more here)
the annual Icon Workshop (it's full, but you can ask to be placed on a waiting list)
training for adults who are considering serving as catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program
the annual math camp for students from Peter Paul Development Center
youth trips and pilgrimages--read about what our young people are doing here
Want to help?
There are outreach and volunteer opportunities in the summer, as well. Please contact Deb Lawrence in the parish office to learn more.
One very easy way to support outreach efforts during the summer is to make sure you help us keep the food pantry shelves full. Summer is rough on those who suffer from food insecurity, and churches struggle to keep up with the demand because many parishioners who donate food are away on vacation.
The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's is always in need of volunteers. Please be in touch with Moriah Karn about when, where, and how.
Going away this summer?
We know some folks spend most of the summer elsewhere, either at the river, or the beach, or simply taking a week or away for a family vacation. If you'll be away, there are several ways to stay in touch with what is happening at St. Stephen's Church:
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
- Subscribe to the weekly meditation and PDF version of The Spirit (the newsletter we hand out at church on Sundays)
- Listen to Sunday morning sermons and Celtic service reflections online
- Listen to recordings from the Compline service online
Also: please remember to keep your pledge to St. Stephen's up to date over the summer; even when you're not here, the church must stay current on its expenses.
If you'll be away, consider making an extra donation of food to our food pantry before you leave town; people who suffer from food insecurity need our help year-round (in fact, the need is more intense in the summer).