How to learn more about St. Stephen’s Church

  • Visit our Worship page for more about our different services
  • Interested in serving others? Visit our Serve page and our Caring page for lists of ways you can get involved.
  • Do you have children? Visit our Next Generation page for information about our ministries for children, youth, and young adults.
  • Visit the Our Pastors page to learn about the St. Stephen’s pastoral staff. We also have a list of Our Staff.
  • Contact us if you would like more information.
  • Want to hear some of our pastor’s sermons? Check out their Apple Podcast

Our mission at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world…

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find it helpful as you seek information about our church community. Below are some helpful links to get you started:

To view our weekly online worship services and to find out more about St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, please visit our worship page.

We currently hold two in-person services every Sunday, a 9 a.m service (contemporary) and an 11 a.m. service (traditional).

To support St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., and the more than 20 local, national and international ministries it supports, please visit our Giving Page.

Suggested Discipleship Pathway

Step 1: Starting Point

This is an introductory session designed for our newest guests and is hosted every 6 to 8 weeks over lunch with the pastors. Contact Pastor Jiyeon for more information.

Step 2: Disciple’s Path

This is a 7 week small group experience that is offered several times each year and helps to guide individuals in the discipleship process. A great experience for those new to the faith AND for those who’ve been life-long Christians. It is our hope that everyone desiring to join the church will participate in this experience. Contact Pastor Jiyeon for more information.

Step 3: Join a class or small group.

St. Stephen’s offers a variety of Sunday School classes, year-long small groups, as well as periodic 4 – 8 week shorter studies and small groups. Contact Pastor Rob  for more information about adult education opportunities, or email Tammy Lydon for information about St. Stephen’s music groups.

Step 4: Meet your Shepherd Group leader.

St. Stephen’s Shepherd Groups help grow relationships and facilitate pastoral care within your neighborhood. Contact Pastor Forrest for more information.

Step 5: Connect with your Ministry Coach

Ministry Coaches are St. Stephen’s members who have volunteered to help other St. Stephen’s members grow in their faith. Contact Pastor Jiyeon for more information.

Step 6: Become a member.

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Stephen’s, please Contact Pastor Jiyeon.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are St. Stephen's Services?

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

  • 9:00 am: Contemporary Worship Service
  • 11:00 am: Traditional Worship Service
  • 9:00 am & 11:00 am: Livestream service on YouTube.

At every service, friendly people at our main entrance will greet you and help you find your way. We suggest that you plan to arrive 5 – 10 minutes early to allow for parking and finding your way around.

What is the process for scheduling gatherings/events at St. Stephen's?

To schedule a gathering/event at St. Stephen’s, you will need to complete a Room Reservation Form (click here).  Once you have completed the form it will automatically be sent to the church office for review and approval.

What are the requirements when attending an in-person gathering?

  • If the Community Covid-19 rate for our area is “low” or “medium”, masks and social distancing is not required.  If that rate is “high” then masks and social distancing is required.  

      • If you develop 2 or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 you should not attend the gathering:
          • Fever
          • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
          • Chills
          • Persistent cough
          • Flu-like symptoms
          • Diarrhea or intestinal upset
          • Fatigue
          • Sore throat
          • Headache
          • Muscle pain
          • Recent loss of taste or smell.

         

    Should you have any questions, please call the church office at (703) 978-8724.

Is St. Stephen's Accessible?

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.

Where do I park?

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.

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.

How should I dress?

You are invited to wear what is comfortable for you. In the Contemporary Worship service (9:00 am) you will find most attending in casual dress and the Traditional 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) The important thing is to dress comfortably whatever service your choose!

Can my children attend services with me?

Children are welcome to receive communion or a blessing from the pastor, at the discretion of their parents or guardians. Our nursery cares for babies from one week to three years old during all services in room C46.

Who are the pastors and how can I meet them?

Our Senior Pastor is the Rev. Rob Robertson (‘Pastor Rob’). Our Associate Pastors are Rev. Jiyeon Kim (‘Pastor Jiyeon’) who serves as the Associate Pastor for Children and Connecting with New People; and Rev. FOrrest Teague (‘Pastor Forrest’) 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 at our morning services on the first Sunday of each month.  All who genuinely want to follow Christ are invited to participate.