Welcome to the new Get Involved page!

We are glad you are here! Our new Get Involved page offers up easy ways to get involved at St. Stephen’s. Please check back regularly  for new events and series being offered at St. Stephen’s Church in Burke, Va. If you want all of our fellowship and worship opportunities delivered straight to your email inbox every Wednesday and Sunday, please subscribe to our SSUMC Updates by clicking here. Thanks for reading and for getting involved. Be sure to bookmark and share www.ststephensfairfax.org/getinvolved .

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., resumed 11 a.m., Sunday indoor, in-person worship in its sanctuary, Sunday, June 13th, 2021.  St. Stephen’s has implemented an online seat reservation system for its indoor services, designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all.  Visit our  Indoor Worship Page for all the details and reservation info. We look forward to seeing current as well as those interested in possibly becoming part of the St. Stephen’s faith community.

Sunday Morning Online Coffee and Fellowship

Each Sunday  morning immediately following St. Stephen’s Church’s 11 a.m. Livestream service  on YouTube  everyone is invited drop by our new online coffee house on Zoom for 15 minutes or so of fellowship and catching up, hosted by one of our pastors.  We hope you will join us this Sunday with a cup coffee or  another  favorite morning beverage. We look forward to seeing you! Visit www.ststephensfairfax.org/coffee for the Zoom link and call in numbers.    You can reach our Livestream service (with a running chat) beginning at 11 a.m.,Sunday  on YouTube and catch a replay of the service (without chat) at your convenience  on YouTube  anytime after  2 p.m., Sunday.

Monthly Online Prayer Service June 23rd

All are welcome to take part in St. Stephen’s Church’s next monthly online prayer service Wednesday, June 23rd, at 7 p.m. The service will  last about  20 minutes Click here to reach the Zoom meeting. The meeting ID is 883 9405 1519 and the passcode is 084115. To participate via phone, dial 1-301-715-8592, same meeting ID and passcode.

Race and Faith film discussion series returns June 22

Last summer’s popular  Race and Faith film discussion series returns Tuesday,  June 22, on Zoom.  This year’s films up for discussion include Academy Award winners Crash and Minari.  Please visit the Race and Faith webpage  to see the full series schedule and to register for the program and get the discussions’ Zoom link. Al are welcome to take part.

2021 School Supply Collection, June 14th through August 1st

Your family is invited to join St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in collecting new  school supplies to help children in need as they return to classes in August.

We will gladly accept any new school supplies – notebooks, markers, crayons, pens and pencils, lined paper (especially wide-ruled), backpacks, scissors, construction paper and binders. Get full details at https://www.ststephensfairfax.org/supplies/

Next Grace Ministries Distribution June 26

If you would like to volunteer to help this worthy event in an upcoming month, please sign up at Volunteer with Grace . The June Grace Ministries event will be held  Saturday, June 26th. 

Welcome Team Seeking Volunteers

Welcome Team  Seeking Volunteers
As plans are finalized for returning to indoor, in-person worship in the sanctuary on Sunday, June 13th,  the Welcome Team needs additional volunteers. In addition to greeting guests and answering questions, these volunteers will check in guests in accordance with our new reserved seating system. If you would like to support  this critical phase of our return to the sanctuary, please express your interest via an Online Connect card or call the church office at 703-978-8724. Thank you!

Weekly Outdoor Services Every Sunday at 9 a.m.

Beginning Sunday, May 2, 2021, St. Stephen’s began offering  (weather-permitting) outdoor in-person services in the church parking lot every Sunday at 9 a.m. All are invited.

Please be sure to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and bring a chair or a lawn blanket. As an entryway healthy check will available, there will be no need to fill out an online Health Acknowledgment Form (HAF) beforehand. In the event an outdoor service cannot be held due to poor weather, an announcement will be made on the St. Stephen’s  Facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/ststephensfairfax  You do not need to make a reservation to attend this service. Learn more at Outdoor Services.

Special Healthy Church Reminder :  St. Stephen’s will be implementing its  Entryway Health Acknowledgement System at our Sunday morning  outdoor worship events. You will not need to complete an online health acknowledgement form before attending. Everyone’s health will be checked, including a temperature check, when you check-in Sunday at the church.

Next Green Groceries Friday, July 9th

The next Green Groceries/First Friday food distribution will be Friday, July 9th,  at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke at 5 p.m. It is open to all and there is no registration. If you know someone in need, please tell them about this drive-in event,  thank you! (Please note July’s event is on the second Friday of the month)  To volunteer at upcoming First Friday events, please visit Friday Volunteers.

Monthly Online New Testament Discussions

Our next online New Testament online discussion on Zoom will Monday, July 12th

, at 7:30 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to read the New Testament in 2021 and participate in monthly gatherings via Zoom with the St. Stephen’s pastors. See the full reading and Zoom meeting schedule and Zoom links at New Testament 2021.

The St. Stephen’s Prayer Chain

The St. Stephen’s prayer chain is one of our church’s oldest and strongest ministries. It was established many years ago, using what is now considered an outdated method of communication: the call-down telephone tree.

Today, the 43 St. Stephen’s members currently participating in the prayer chain receive prayer requests electronically, as members of an e-mail address group. They then offer up their prayers in ways, words and at times of their own choosing. Nothing is scripted, and everyone is free to pray as often and for as many days/weeks as they wish; there are no “expiration dates” on any prayer chain requests.

As the Bible verse above says, our prayers can be a powerful and effective way to offer our love, concern and support for our members in need. There can never be too many prayers.

If you  would like to join the prayer chain, please contact Roger Hartman by filling out an online contact card on our Connect Page or call the church office at (703) 978-8724.