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 .
Listening Session, April 15, 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to take part in an online listening session, Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
The session will be led by Pastor Rob and Lay Leader, Tom Bradley. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about St. Stephen’s, voice your concerns and share you ideas on a range of topics including safely returning to indoor, in-person worship.
To join the Zoom meeting please visit
Meeting ID: 868 7292 9991 Passcode: 105113
You can also join the meeting via phone by dialing 1 301 715 8592 US (Same meeting ID and passcode)
Where do you see hope in today’s world?
Whether it is a live in-person Easter Sunrise service, a beautiful blooming flower or volunteers helping those in need at a food distribution in the church parking lot, hope is all around us, even in these “challenging times.” During our Hope is Alive Easter Worship series that runs through May 23, you are invited to share your Images of Hope by uploading the photo(s) to http://bit.ly/ImagesOfHope. We cannot wait to see your vision!
Photos submitted to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church that show where the photographer sees hope. By uploading these photos to this site, you are granting St. Stephen’s permission to use these photos for non-commercial purposes on all of its social media, it’s website and on its weekly online services. If your photos include people’s faces, please make sure you have the subject’s consent to have SSUMC use their likeness.
Friday Fun April 30th
Everyone (of all ages) is welcome to join Friday Fun Fellowship, a special game night hosted by Pastor Forrest and Pastor Jiyeon, Friday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Zoom (Meeting ID: 844 0811 7825). We’ll share fun and laughter while playing a variety of online games. Stay the entire time or pop in and pop out to meet and make new friends. No sign-up is required. Joining the event by phone will limit your opportunity to view the game screen and chat. The Zoom link for the event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84408117825
Spring Blood Drive
St. Stephen’s Blood Drive, Monday, May, 24, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thanks to everyone who donated blood at our January drive during which 22 units of blood were collected. Our next drive with Inova Blood Donor Services is Monday, May 24, from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., right before Memorial Day weekend, when the demand for blood is usually high. If the use of church facilities is still limited, we will use IBDS’s bloodmobile. You are eligible to donate May 24 if you are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, are at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), and have not donated whole blood since March 29.
You can sign up now to donate blood at St. Stephen’s on May 24 by clicking here!
Our January event filled up faster than expected, so don’t wait to sign up for this drive! Thank you.
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.
Next Green Groceries Friday May 7
The next Green Groceries/First Friday food distribution is on the first Friday of the May,May 7th 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!
Monthly Online Prayer Service
All are welcome to take part in St. Stephen’s Church’s next monthly online prayer service Wednesday, April 28th, 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.
Everyone is invited to read and discuss Thom S. Rainer’s “the Post Quarantine Church,” a book that delves into the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The book is available on Cokesbury ($7.99 + shipping); Amazon ($11.69- free shipping for Prime members); and electronically on Amazon- ($9.72- Kindle edition). A three-session group discussion starting March 25th is planned to talk about the book and how the lessons learned can guide St. Stephen’s going forward. The one-hour meetings will take place on Thursdays on Zoom starting at 7:30 p.m. Below is a series outline (with dates). Please look for Zoom meeting links in upcoming church emails
Thursday, March 25 Intro and Chapters 1-2
Thursday, April 8 Chapters 3-4
Thursday, April 22 Chapters 5-6, Concluding Thoughts
Can’t Make Today’s Drive-Thru Holy Communion?
Sign up for a Neighborhood Communion visit
Between the year-long pandemic and recent wintry weather, Holy Communion has not been easily accessible for all. When you sign up for a Neighborhood Communion visit, a St. Stephen’s pastor will safely meet with you and up to nine of your relatives and neighbors for Holy Communion on your front porch, on your driveway or in your front yard. Each Neighborhood Communion visit takes about 15 minutes. All participants must wear face masks and maintain safe social distancing. Prepackaged Holy communion elements will be safely shared. Gluten-free elements will be available when requested in advance.
To schedule a Neighborhood Communion visit near you, please visit Neighborhood Communion.