Rites of Passage:

3rd Grade Bibles
At the culmination of this phase of development, we provide an age-appropriate Children’s Bible to children as they begin 3rd grade and are now ready to read on their own and begin implementing regular spiritual practices.  These Bibles will help children and their families develop vital spiritual practices such as reading the bible together, prayer, and daily devotions.

Weekly Connect:

Sunday School: classes are offered weekly from 9:45 – 10:45 am for children from preschool through high school (and parents too, see p. 2 for more details) and are a great way for your child to make friends and be challenged to grow in their faith. At St. Stephen’s UMC, we use curriculum developed by Cokesbury Publishers called Deep Blue. Each week incorporates Bible stories, hands-on activities, crafts, media, and games into a full faith experience for children. Our goal is to help children grow their faith by leaps and bounds and is based on our theme verse from 2 Thessalonians 1:3, “Your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing.” (CEB) Classes are team taught with two adults per class. MORE

Children’s Choir:
This group helps children in 1st – 3rd grades build their confidence as they explore the basics of chorale singing – good vocal production, learning the mechanics of breathing, and harmonizing, as well as learning to read music. Sundays, 11:15 am – noon during the school year.  MORE

Resources at Home:

  • The One Year Book of Family Devotions by Tyndale Publishers
  • Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions by Crystal Bowman & T.Goyer
  • 52 Creative Family Time Devotions by Timothy Smith
  • Powerful Prayers for Your Family by David and Heather Kopp


At St. Stephen’s we partner with families from birth to launch. Visit our Family Map for more information.