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Let It Bowl: January Lock In

Alexandria-Arlington District Youth Bowling Lock-In

January 25 – January 26 11:00 PM – 7:00 AM

We’re joining other NOVA UMC youth groups for this event!

The evening begins with a rally at Friendship UMC (Falls Church) and is followed by all-night Cosmic bowling at Falls Church Bowl America.

Bring $35 for bowling and snacks to share at the Rally!

Registration fee covers shoe rental, one slice of pizza, one 16 ounce drink, and of course, unlimited bowling all night! Kids might want to bring additional funds to cover other food and/or video games.


Rally location: Friendship UMC– 3527 Gallows Rd, Falls Church VA

Bowling lock-in location: Falls Church Bowl America – 140 South Maple Ave, Falls Church

Students may bring their own snacks for the bowling alley and sleeping bags/bedding if they know they will try to sleep.

REGISTRATION DUE BY 1/20/19 so we can arrange rides.

Youth Mission Trip Application

mission trip sign up
For over 20 years our Youth Ministry has sent teenagers out each summer to serve their neighbor and put their growing faith into action.

This summer we have not one, not two, but three Mission Trips!

Our 7th and 8th Graders will go to Winchester, Virginia with the Jeremiah Project from July 14-20.

Our 9th-12th Graders get to choose between two trips, both from June 23-29.

1: A Jeremiah Project trip to Jonesville, VA

2: An Appalachian Service Project trip, location to be determined.

Want to learn more? Download our flyer!

Questions? Ask Pastor Drew.

Register Using the Form Below
Registration Closes January 27!

  • For Student Participants
  • For Student Participants
  • For Student Participants
    In addition to paying now, you can pay later by turning in a check to Pastor Drew or Karen at the Church Office. If you choose to pay by check, please include a print-out of your completed online registration to ensure payment is credited to the correct participant.Full scholarships are available. If you would like to discuss a scholarship, please contact Pastor Drew,
  • Price: $250.00

2019 Winter Retreat Registration: Youth

We are so excited to have out first Sandbridge Parent’s Retreat February 15-17. This will be a time to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with others and God in a beautiful environment. We are offering a corresponding youth retreat (7-12 graders) in a separate house in Sandbridge. Register youth using the form below. Click here to register adults.

  • Price: $60.00 Quantity:
    There is an initial deposit of $60 per person which you may pay now by credit card. The total cost is $125 per person, with a cap of $350 per family.
  • First NameLast Name 
    Add a new row
  • $0.00
    If you selected "Credit Card" above, you will be taken to PayPal to complete payment after you click submit. Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received.

2019 Winter Retreat Registration: Parents

We are so excited to have out first Sandbridge Parent’s Retreat February 15-17. This will be a time to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with others and God in a beautiful environment. We are offering a corresponding youth retreat (7-12 graders) in a separate house in Sandbridge. Register adults using the form below. Click here to register youth.

  • Price: $60.00 Quantity:
    There is an initial deposit of $60 per person which you may pay now by credit card. The total cost is $125 per person, with a cap of $350 per family.
  • First NameLast Name 
    Add a new row
  • $0.00
    If you selected "Credit Card" above, you will be taken to PayPal to complete payment after you click submit. Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Advent Festival

 The Advent Festival at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is a fun and festive event for the Burke, Fairfax, Annandale, and Springfield communities. Come enjoy the event with family and neighbors to kick-off the season.
Advent is an ancient Christian tradition. It is the season that begins our “church year” and serves as a time for prayer and preparation for the celebration of Christmas (the incarnation and birth of Christ).
The Advent Festival will include a load of fun activities, opportunities for DIY crafts, shopping, a Christmas Concert, a Christmas Market, and much more. Come when you want, and leave when you must; but trust that this will add to lots of meaning and memories to get you in the holiday spirit


What – A free holiday festival for all generations
When – Saturday December 1, 2018, from 10am-1pm (Christmas Concert at 11am). Come and go as you please.
Where – St. Stephen’s UMC: 9203 Braddock Rd. Burke, VA
Who – Anyone and everyone in our community, plus your family and neighbors, is invited.
Why – We love the Advent season at our church. This year we wanted to share our celebration with our community.
Cost – The event is free. There are items for sale at the event, and food trucks. Please bring an ornament from your household to trade with another.


What is Advent? Advent is an ancient Christian season. It marks the beginning of our “church year,” and starts four Sundays before Christmas. It is a season of prayer and preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

Where is the event? All of the festivities take place at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church (9203 Braddock Rd.) in Burke, VA.

Where should I park? St. Stephen’s has a large parking lot. There should be plenty of space.

How much does it cost? The event is entirely free. However, there are opportunities to do some shopping included in the event. We will have a Free Trade Christmas Market offered by Fair Trade Winds of Fairfax, selling holiday-themed fair trade items. There will also be evergreen wreaths and garlands for sale by our Boy Scout Troop. Also, there will be a food truck on site for lunch (around 12pm) which will be selling lunch items. Otherwise, all the crafts, gifts, and activities are free.

Do I need to bring anything? Yes! We invite you to bring a Christmas ornament from your house to trade in our Ornament Exchange (one of our church’s Advent traditions). We will tape your name to your ornament, you will place it on our tree, and then you’ll take home an ornament from another house. During Advent, you’ll be able to hang their ornament on your tree and remember another household in your thoughts and prayers.

What ages are allowed? All ages are invited and allowed at this event. You are invited to stay for as short and as long as you want. Our church usually offers childcare for major events. However, for this event, we hope you’ll stay together as a family and enjoy the festivities. Noise, running children, and messes, are all part of the fun, as far as we are concerned.

Is there stuff planned for kids? Yes. In fact, all of our activities are designed to be experienced as a household. We have crafts which can take as little or as much time as you’d like, and plenty to take home with you to finish and enjoy later. Specifically, kids will be able to assemble Advent wreaths (an ancient tradition), saw their own Yule Log (with parental and professional supervision), eat cookies, color, make ornaments, and much more!

Should I bring money? If you please, you are welcome to bring money to buy gifts from our Fair Trade Christmas Market, the Boy Scout Evergreen Garland sale, and to buy lunch from our food truck.

Do the sale items accept credit cards? Yes, our vendors all accept credit cards.

Do I have to be a member of the church to attend? No. This is a chance for us to share with our community a part of our church’s culture. You do not have to be a member to attend. If you are Christian, we encourage you to bring friends from your church or neighborhood.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend? No. This is a chance for us to share with our community a part of our culture. You will not be asked to join the church or proselytized to. We intend this to be a gift given to all, without price or expectation.

What time is the Christmas Concert? The Christmas Concert will begin at 11am. We’ve planned this so that whether you come early, or late, you have a good chance of attending the Christmas Concert. Our women’s choir, children’s choir, and youth band will all play Advent and Christmas music. This will be the highlight of the Festival.

Is there food? Yes. We will have free coffee, tea, and Christmas cookies (of course), free for all. We will also have lunch for sale by a food truck.

Does the food cost money? Free food includes drinks and cookies. Lunch will be provided by a food truck whose prices we will post on our Facebook Event.

What time should we arrive? You may arrive any time between 10am and 1pm. However, the main event of the festival is the 11am Christmas Concert. It’s not to be missed. Other craft, shopping, and gift stations will be open throughout the event; and, if you visit each station, it should take you about an hour to enjoy.

What is there to do at the Advent Festival? A lot! We’ll have a variety of stations for you to visit during your time at the Festival. DIY stations include an Advent Wreath station where you may make your own Advent wreath (an ancient tradition) from fresh evergreens and candles, and a Saw-Your-Own Yule Log station  (all contents provided for free). Shopping is available at the Fair Trade Christmas Market from Fair Trade Winds of Fairfax, and the Boy Scouts Evergreen Garland sale. We’ll also have a variety of smaller stations to learn about Advent, and take some of it home to enjoy all the way to Christmas.

What should I know about St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church? You should know that we are very happy to be hosting our first ever Advent Festival. We are a church of all generations, hoping, with God’s help, to grow in love of God and love of our neighbors through Worship, Learning, and Service, To learn more, explore our website at, call us at (703) 978-8724, or just stop by and see us, especially on Sundays.

August 5, 2018

Pastor Jiyeon – The God of the Impossible

August 5, 2018 from St. Stephens UMC on Vimeo.

Theatre Arts Camp – Believe

August 5, 2018 from St. Stephens UMC on Vimeo.

Mark 10:25-27

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2018 Let it Glow January Lock-in


The Plan:

  • Meet at St. Stephen’s on Friday, January 5 at 7pm. Party til 9pm.

  • Leave on a bus to go to FLIGHT Trampoline Park for Black-Light-Trampoline and fun until 12am.

  • Return to St. Stephen’s for sleep or more fun until 7am Saturday January 6.


Who should come?   You and all your friends.

Do we have to sign-up?   Yes. We only have 56 spots on the bus, so please register using the form below.

How much does it cost?   $30 ahead of time (see form below), $40 at the door.  Scholarships are available.  Email Pastor Drew if you would like to talk about a scholarship or partial payment.

Does everyone need a form?   Yes, all youth need a form signed by an adult (parent or the adult responsible for the group).  Click HERE to download the Permission Form.

Will we sleep?   Yes.  We’ll have sleeping areas, and our plan will include a lights-out-time.

Should we eat before arriving?   Yes.  There will be food, but please eat a meal beforehand.

Can we come late?   We will take new arrivals up until 8:30pm.  After that, the “doors close”.

Can we leave early?   Yes.  But we ask that you make a plan for when you’ll be picked up.

Other questions?   Please feel free to e-mail us.

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Youth Fall Retreat


A weekend away at new (to us) retreat site at Camp Highroad, to enjoy some outdoors, games, rest, relaxation, great food, and time relaxing and learning about God.

What’s this year’s theme?

It’s all about camping and glamping. This year, if you want, you get to sleep in a tent! We’ll also have campfires, some hiking, and general autumnal fun. Think flannel, flire, boots, and glitter. Our activities will include stuff for folks who like camping, and folks who’d rather “glamp” without having to get too in-tune with nature.

What will we be doing:

Remembering stories from the Bible about when God’s people had to live outside and in tents! Also high ropes elements, low ropes, fire, camp crafts, boating, sleeping in, free t-shirts, and more!


Leaving Saturday November 3 in the morning.
Returning Monday November 5 in the afternoon. (you have Monday and Tuesday off of school)


Camp Highroad Pine Lodge, Middleburg, VA


Youth 7th – 12th grade


$125 for the retreat (partial and full financial aid available)

Sign Up Below! 

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A Year With Frog and Toad Kids

Children and families are encouraged to attend worship together as the Mustard Seed Ministry presents their Spring musical in worship. Many connections with faith and friendship are found in the beloved stories of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. Between services, from 10 – 11 am, and immediately following the second service, hospitality and a variety of learning stations to help children connect more deeply with the content will be offered. We hope to see you in worship on June 11. This is a great Sunday for your children to invite a friend!

St. Stephen’s Band Camp

St. Stephen’s Youth Band is holding a Bandcamp to:

  1. Jam a lot.
  2. Record some of our songs.
  3. Write, learn, and practice songs for next year.

July 5, 6 and 7 from 10am to 3:30pm (BYO lunch)

Sign up to be added to the list or e-mail for more information.


Important note: You DO NOT have to already be a part of the band (or this church) to participate. Especially if you sing or play trumpet 🙂

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2017 Ski Trip

We’re going to Whitetail Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, 93 miles from the St. Stephen’s UMC parking lot, on an all-day trip that starts at 6:30 am and that ends at St. Stephen’s about 8:00 pm, all on Monday, February 6, which is an FCPS student holiday.  Costs range from $64 for a lift ticket, for those who bring their own equipment, to $92 for a first-timer’s package including helmet, equipment, group lesson, and lift ticket.  For more experienced skiers, there are packages for $103 that includes the easiest slopes, to $116 for an all-mountain lift ticket.  The packages all include helmets, which we recommend very seriously.  (I always wear one, and think they add a degree of safety that’s really sensible these days.) We have scholarships available for anyone who asks.

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