St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church has three different worship services each Sunday morning.
- 9:00 am: Outdoor Worship Service With Holy Communion. Full info here.
- 11:00 am: Indoor Worship – masks required and reservations required. Full info here.
- 11:00 am: Livestream service on YouTube. Full info here.
At every service, friendly people at our main entrance will greet you and help you find your way. For more information about our worship services please visit our worship page.
Getting to St. Stephen’s
St. Stephen’s United Methodist is located at 9203 Braddock Road in Burke, Va., between Rolling Rd. and Guinea Rd. St. Stephen’s is conveniently located between the Capital Beltway and George Mason University. The building itself is set off of the road behind some trees, but is well-marked with signs. From Braddock Rd., turn onto Bradfield Dr. and make an immediate left into the St. Stephen’s parking lot. A map with turn-by-turn directions from your location is available.
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.
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.
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 Traditional Worship service (8:30 am) and the Classic 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) you will find most attending in casual dress. The important thing is to dress comfortably whatever service your choose!
Do I need to bring anything?
No. Bibles are provided in the pews, but you are also invited to bring your own Bible. The Welcome Center is located immediately to the right of the Sanctuary as you enter, where you can get complimentary coffee or other refreshments and meet some of the community. Children like to play on the small stage area in the Welcome Center and there are usually a few games or puzzles (plus other children) to keep them entertained.
We suggest that you plan to arrive 5 – 10 minutes early to allow for parking and finding your way around.
Children are always welcomed at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. In worship, they are specifically included as much as possible. Childcare is available at all services, but children are welcome during every service.
Children are welcome to receive communion or a blessing from the pastor, at the discretion of their parents or guardians. “Godly Play” is a place for toddlers between age 3 – second grade during the 11:00 am worship service time. Children leave worship to attend a special children’s worship time after the Children’s Time at the altar. (First time guests for the children’s worship time are asked to be accompanied by parents for sign-in at room C46.) Our nursery cares for babies from one week to three years old during all services in room C46 (there’s a church map available here.)
Also, St. Stephen’s has other excellent preschool, children and youth ministries.
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. To learn more visit About Our Pastors.
When is Holy Communion served and who can participate?
Holy Communion is celebrated at our indoor service on the first Sunday of each month and every week at our 9 a.m. outdoor service. We also hold a drive-thru Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 12:30 p.m. All who genuinely want to follow Christ are invited to participate. At our indoor service, ushers will assist you in knowing “what to do.”