St. Stephen’s Church seeks 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 things we offer 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.
Special offering: Workshop for Parents of Young Children // Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. // SIGN UP HERE
St. Stephen's family ministries team and Anna Hurdle, a widely respected trainer for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, will offer a workshop this winter that will give parents helpful tools and knowledge for supporting the religious development of their child at home. Childcare will be available during the workshop. Our new associate rector, the Rev. Becky McDaniel (who joins the staff in July), will visit that weekend and be present for this workshop.
"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.
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.
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, 5:00-8:00 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.
Friday Morning Fathers Bible Study
On most Fridays 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. Information: Michael Sweeney
Parents are essential to the work we do with children and youth. We are recruiting volunteers now for the 2017-18 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
Mothers Book Group
Mothers gather once a month in one another's homes to discuss a book chosen by the group. For more information, contact Greta Kidd.
Mark your calendars now with these 2018 dates:
June 22-24: Parish weekend at Shrine Mont
July 9-13: Vacation Bible School (age 3 through grade 5)
July 17-24: Youth mission trip to the Dominican Republic (for grades 10-12)
July 29 - August 3: Youth mission trip to Beckley, WV (for grades 8-9)
July 30 - August 4: Catechist training at St. Stephen's (Level I)
August 6-11: Catechist training at St. Stephen's (Level II)
Michael Sweeney, Director of Family Ministry // 804.288.2867 // email