Our next First Fridays/Green Groceries distribution  will take place Friday, July 9th, 2021.

After being placed on temporary hiatus due to the  COVID-19 situation, the  First Fridays/Green Groceries program returned to St. Stephen’s in March.

Thank you to the great volunteers who support  First Fridays/Green Groceries at St. Stephen’s. First Fridays/ Green Groceries will continue  as a drive-thru event on the first Fridays of most months in the parking lot at St. Stephen’s. If  you know someone in need, please let them know about our next First Friday event July 9. Find more info at First Fridays.

St. Stephen’s United  Methodist Church in Burke, Va., is a service-oriented congregation that supports the community and is engaged in service opportunities all-year-long. How would you like to put your faith into action? Here are just some of the ways you can help.

Each year St. Stephen’s is assigned a month to collect supplies for The Lamb Center, a daytime shelter in Fairfax for individuals who are homeless. 

Each day the Lamb Center provides breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, counseling, AA meetings, and more for those in need. The center also includes a nurse practitioner clinic and a dental clinics. St. Stephen’s is part of a team of churches that support the Lamb Center.

The SSUMC Communion Offering

The SSUMC Communion Offering

On the first Sunday of each month, St. Stephen’s invites congregation members and guests to make an “above and beyond” gift to the church by way of the Communion Offering. These gifts are separate from one’s regular tithe/pledge.

The monies received through the Communion Offering are held in an account managed by the Outreach Committee and are used for purposes “above and beyond” the regular Outreach budget. In previous years, some of these funds have helped to support the Rise Against Hunger meal packing events The Foundation for Fairfax County  Schools (please see below).

Unrestricted gifts to the church — that is, gifts to the Annual Budget — provide the church with the most flexibility to meet needs as they arise and to respond to circumstances that may not have been anticipated during the annual budgeting process. We encourage gifts to the church to be “unrestricted” for this reason. The Communion Offering gives those with a special heart for supporting community needs, above and beyond the Outreach Ministries identified in the annual Outreach Budget, the ability to support special needs identified by the Outreach Committee.

The Finance Committee’s procedure is that restricted gifts — those that are designated for a specific purpose, such as a specific Outreach Ministry or simply Outreach or some other Annual Budget line item — are of course used for that purpose, as required by the law, the Book of Discipline, and our own policy. However, restricted gifts do not necessarily increase that particular budget line item. Instead, the church’s undesignated funds are reallocated to be used elsewhere as needed for the Annual Budget.

Both the Outreach Committee and the Finance Committee are dedicated to being effective stewards of God’s resources, and we greatly appreciate the generosity and commitment of the St. Stephen’s community in serving and assisting our brothers and sisters in need, in Christ’s name.

To learn more about how you can give to St. Stephen’s please visit St. Stephen’s Giving Online.

In 2020, St. Stephen’s donated $10,000 to The Foundation for Fairfax County Schools 

Thanks to your generous donations to the SSUMC Communion Offering, the Outreach Committee on behalf of our congregation,  made a $10,000 donation to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools to support its “Access for All”  fund in 2020, helping provide access for the most vulnerable students and families in our region to technology, school supplies and nutrition.

The Summer 2021 Youth Mission Will Again Go Local!

View this video to see the difference our young missionaries made in 2020.

Update from the St. Stephen's Outreach Committee, March 2021

Update from the St. Stephen’s  Outreach Committee, March 2021

Volunteers serve guests at a recent drive-thru Grace Ministries distribution event at St. Stephen’s. Despite the pandemic which started in March 2020, both of St. Stephen’s monthly  distribution events have continued to been held safely.

The Outreach Committee seeks to serve God and our local, regional, and international communities by deploying St. Stephen’s financial resources to assist those in need, in Christ’s name.

The overall St. Stephen’s budget supports and includes Outreach; there is no need to make a special designation. In 2021, the Outreach Committee budget is $183,660, thanks to the generous support of the St. Stephen’s congregation.

During such uncertain and unprecedented times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have prioritized meeting our financial and other commitments to the 20+ ministries we support:

  • Grace Ministries
  • Junior and Senior High School Mission Trips
  • Stephen’s Preschool
  • Hypothermia Sheltering
  • Food Pantry
  • Love Is All You Need
  • Rising Hope UMC
  • The Lamb Center
  • Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)
  • FACETS
  • Food4Thought
  • Unaccompanied Youth Scholarships
  • Arise Campus Ministry at GMU
  • Wesley Housing
  • Browne Education Center
  • DC Christian Ministries
  • The Jubilee Project
  • Jeremiah Project
  • UMCOR
  • Ebert Kakua School for the Deaf (Bo, Sierra Leone)
  • Helping Children Worldwide (Child Reintegration Center and Mercy Hospital, in Sierra Leone)
  • Youth to Jesus (L’viv, Ukraine)

Each of these ministries has a St. Stephen’s liaison who serves as the main point of contact between the ministry or organization and the Outreach Committee. This year especially, those St. Stephen’s liaisons have played a truly vital role – communicating the ministries’ changing needs, helping to ‘pivot’ operations to keep everyone safe, and continuing to serve our brothers and sisters in need through funding, hands-on service, and prayer.

Last year, the Outreach Committee began supporting two new ministries: Arise Campus Ministries at George Mason University is a Christian community serving GMU college students, helping them to share God’s universal love and compassionately live out faith on campus and in the community; Love Is All You Need is a ministry to support individuals, families, and caregivers for persons with special needs, focusing on each person being perfectly and wonderfully made and loved by God.

In addition, over the summer, the Outreach Committee (on behalf of St. Stephen’s) made a $10,000 donation to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools to support the “Access for All” fund. This donation was made possible because of the congregation’s generous donations to the SSUMC Communion Offering. The gift from St. Stephen’s helps reach the most vulnerable children in our community with meals, school supplies, and technology support.

This year, the Outreach Committee began supporting Food4Thought, a weekend meal program that connects churches and other community organizations with local schools that have children/families experiencing food insecurity. We are partnering with Little Run Elementary School, 1.5 miles from our church.

We welcome input and new members to join our committee! We meet the first Wednesday of each month. If you have questions or would like to join the Outreach Committee, please contact co-chairs Laurie Perry or Scott Prothero, or visit our Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect and fill out the form.

Some of the Other Ways You Can Put Your Faith Into Action

Thanks to everyone who donated blood at our May, 2021 blood drive. Our next scheduled drive with INOVA Blood Services is for September 20, 2021.  Please keep checking the our website at www.ststephensfairfax.org/blooddrive for updates and sign up links.

To view a short slide show featuring information on how you can help people in need in our community  during the COVID-19 situation, please click here. Thank you!

 Where to send cards to Senior in local nursing homes :

Department of Life Enrichment

Heatherwood Nursing Home

9642 Burke Lake Road

Burke, VA 22015  or you can send cards to

Activities Dept/Hermitage Nursing Home

5000 Fairbanks Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22311

The Fairfax F.I.S.H. Clothing Closet at the Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street in Fairfax City, will reopen July 6, 2021. Its hours of operation will be 9:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month. Masks and social distancing will be required  to ensure safety of customers and staff until further notice. Donations of clean, gently-used clothing can be delivered during  the clothing closet’s hours of operation. To learn more please visit  www.fairfaxfish.org