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One way we Reflect Christ as the catalyst for community, inclusive and engaged, igniting mission and service for all.  Your support of and involvement in the St. Stephen’s Outreach ministries reflects Christ to the world. 

We are pleased to let you know that the Outreach Ministries at St. Stephen’s continues to touch many lives and share God’s love with our community.  The Outreach budget supports about 35 ongoing ministries and mission trips.  Last year, the people of St. Stephen’s gave approximately $250,000 above and beyond the operating budget to support these outreach efforts.  The ministries help those close to home – the Lamb Center in Fairfax City, Browne School in DC, Rising Hope UMC on Route 1, and the Fairfax County Unaccompanied Youth Program to name a few.  They also help those farther away – the Jubilee Center in Sneedville, TN, the Bo Deaf School in Sierra Leone, and Youth for Jesus in Ukraine.  The mission trips include youth going to Jeremiah Project and Appalachian Service Project and adults traveling to Tennessee, Sierra Leone and Ukraine.

Outreach has also been integrally involved in the Gift to the Manger activities helping people who are homeless obtain permanent housing — just like Mary and Joseph in the Bible who were once homeless themselves.  With the more than $100,000 that has been given over the past few Christmas offerings, St. Stephen’s has helped more than 40 individuals/families find a room or apartment.  We have learned much about the complexity of homelessness and the joy of watching God multiply the gifts that were given.

The Outreach Committee also works with the Church and Society Committee and others to offer short-term outreach ministry opportunities to the congregation and the neighborhood.  These have included hosting a hypothermia shelter in the winter, Change the World Weekend in May where we packed 50 each of UMCOR Birthing, Layette and Health Kits to go to Annual Conference, and Stop Hunger Now in October where over 300 volunteers packed 50,000 meals.

God uses us in many ways – your time, talents, prayers and gifts bring the love of Christ to others.  If you are not already involved, please consider participating.  Download our Outreach Brochure for a full list of outreach opportunities and contact information.

Last but not least, each month we provide free clothes, toys, food, and diapers to our guests through our First Fridays and Grace Ministries programs.

Please visit our other service ministry pages for specific information on how you can be involved.


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