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Welcome to St. Stephen’s!

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Service Times

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church has three different worship services each Sunday morning.

  • 8:30 am: Traditional Worship features a variety of Musical Ensembles and Handbells
  • 9:45 am: Contemporary Worship features The Source Band
  • 11:00 am: Classic Worship features the Chancel Choir, Orchestra, & Children’s Choirs

At every service, friendly people at our main entrance will greet you and help you find your way. For more information about our worship services please visit our worship page.

Getting to St. Stephen’s

St. Stephen’s United Methodist is located at 9203 Braddock Road, between Rolling Rd. and Guinea Rd. The building itself is set off of the road behind some trees, but is well-marked with signs. From Braddock Rd., turn onto Bradfield Dr. and make an immediate left into the St. Stephen’s parking lot. A map with turn-by-turn directions from your location is available.

Parking

Plenty of parking is available on our site, and special visitor parking spots are available at the main entrance. If you enter the parking lot from the Bradfield Dr. side, proceed to the stop sign and turn right into the main parking area. On Sundays at the main entrance, you will be greeted by friendly people who can help you find what you need.

Access

St. Stephen’s is accessible throughout the building, and many differently-abled people worship with and serve this church. At the front door there are several van-accessible parking spaces and an ADA-compliant curb ramp. The sanctuary has a mildly-sloped floor (about 8°) and wide aisles. Wheelchairs are usually parked on the outside edge of any of the aisles. Assistive hearing devices are available, just ask an usher as you enter. In some services, volunteer ASL translators may be available – please ask, but some advance notice is usually needed. Large-print hymnals are available from the ushers for traditional services, and during contemporary services easy-to-read projection screens display the words to sing and spoken responses. Adults and children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers are present at many worship services. Regardless of the abilities of you or your family, you’ll find a warm welcome from the St. Stephen’s community.

How should I dress?

You are invited to wear what is comfortable for you. In the Traditional Worship service (8:30 am) and the Blended Worship service (11 am), you will find a mixture of casual and formal dress. In the Contemporary Worship Service (called The Source, at 9:45 am) you will find most attending in casual dress. The important thing is to dress comfortably whatever service your choose!

Do I need to bring anything?

No. Bibles are provided in the pews, but you are also invited to bring your own Bible. The Welcome Center is located immediately to the right of the Sanctuary as you enter, where you can get complimentary coffee or other refreshments and meet some of the community. Children like to play on the small stage area in the Welcome Center and there are usually a few games or puzzles (plus other children) to keep them entertained.

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When should I get there?

Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. (Traditional) , 9:45 a.m. (Contemporary), and 11 a.m. (Blended.) The main Sunday School time is 9:45 a.m. with other adult classes also available at other times. Greeters at the front doors will be happy to show you Sunday School rooms and the Welcome Center. We suggest that you plan to arrive 5 – 10 minutes early to allow for parking and finding your way around.

What about my children? Can my children attend with me?

Children are welcomed with open arms! In worship, they are specifically included as much as possible. Childcare is available at all services, but children are welcome during every service. The Blended service (11 am) has portions specifically geared toward children, including a special time with children on the altar steps as a part of our regular worship experience (except for Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of each month). Children are welcome to receive communion or a blessing from the pastor, at the discretion of their parents or guardians. “Godly Play” is a place for toddlers between age 3 – second grade during the 11:00 am worship service time.  Children leave worship to attend a special children’s worship time after the Children’s Time at the altar. (First time guests for the children’s worship time are asked to be accompanied by parents for sign-in at room C46.) Our nursery cares for babies from one week to three years old during all services in room C46 (there’s a church map available here.) Also, St. Stephen’s has other excellent preschool, children and youth ministries. The children’s ministry offers children’s classes at 9:45 am. Junior High and High School students meet for Sunday School at 9:45. During the summer, some Sunday School classes group together by age so that the teachers can enjoy a summer break. In the fall after the Labor Day holiday, the Sunday School for children and youth splits into smaller groups by age & grade.

Who are the pastors and how can I meet them?

Our Senior Pastor is the Rev. Mark Mrini (‘Pastor Mark’). Our Associate Pastors are Rev. Abi Foerster (‘Pastor Abi’) who serves as the Associate Pastor for Children’s Ministry and Connecting with New People; and Rev. Drew VanDyke Colby (‘Pastor Drew’) who serves as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Outreach. The pastors rotate preaching and worship leadership responsibilities across all three worship services, and lead various Bible studies and other activities across the church community. If you leave your name and phone number on the registration pad, one of the pastors will contact you as soon as possible. You are invited and welcome to call the church office to meet with the pastor for conversation or help. We also host a special gathering called “Starting Point” scheduled about every other month. You’ll have a chance to meet with a pastor one-on-one and chat about what it means to be a United Methodist and a part of the St. Stephen’s community.

When is Holy Communion served and who can participate?

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month in all three worship services. All who genuinely want to follow Christ are invited to participate. Ushers will assist you in knowing “what to do.” If you are not able to walk forward, let the usher know, and communion will be brought to you in the pew. In the contemporary service, ushers invite rows of people to come forward in a line to receive a piece of the bread, dip it into the chalice of juice and return to their seats. At the Traditional and Blended Worship Services, Communion is celebrated by coming to the altar rail as the usher directs, kneeling if desired and able, receiving a piece of the bread and a small cup of grape juice, and eating/drinking. The pastors then send us forth as a group from the altar rail back to our seats. Children may receive the grape juice and bread (the “elements”) at their parent’s discretion, or may receive a brief blessing from the pastor.

How do I become a member of St. Stephen’s?

We ask that those interested in joining the church meet with a pastor or attend one of the “Starting Point” lunches, which are held every 6 to 8 weeks, immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service in Room C41.  You’ll have a chance to talk about your specific spiritual journey and where St. Stephen’s can be a part. If you’re already a United Methodist, a letter of transfer from your previous church will be requested by the St. Stephen’s church office. If you’re a member of another Christian church, or new to the Christian faith, the pastors and selected members of the congregation will guide you through the process of becoming part of the community.  Three times each year we offer a 6-week small group experience called “A Disciple’s Path” to help every potential new member grow in their faith and to become fully assimilated into the life of the community.