Youth and Children
Ministry to Children & Youth
St. Stephen’s ministry to children and youth is one of inclusion. Families of all backgrounds and structures are most welcome.
Children are welcome in worship. Children’s Chapel invites our youngest kids for a lesson and song during the 10:30 AM worship service.
The nursery is open every Sunday from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, so parents and caregivers can utilize it for either worship service, during adult forum, or hospitality time. You can drop off your child for all of worship or part, or whatever you choose.
“Faithful Families” returns to a rhythm of gathering monthly (typically on the third Sunday of the month) for intergenerational exploration of faith and the world. It’s a child-centered and open-ended way of engaging the ideas and traditions of faith. This is a space to cultivate curiosity rather than indoctrination of religion. This month we’ll have stations, stories, and resources for kids and their grown-ups to engage in the holy work of justice and liberation. The story of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gets discussed in schools with an eye toward civil impact, but we’ll also reflect on how faith shapes this kind of dreaming. This can sometimes be a topic that parents aren’t sure how to approach with young ones, so this event will give all of us tools for understanding and mutual exploration.
The first gathering of the year is this coming Sunday, January 15th at 4 PM in the Havens Center (the building across the parking lot on W. Alabama between the artist studio and Dogtopia). It’s a special Sunday for our community as the church shifts from Sunday morning worship to evening Dinner Church at 5:00 PM to accommodate marathon road closures. All are welcome to stay afterward and enjoy a meal in the midst of worship or call it a night as needed.
Middle and High School youth gather for lunch, games, and conversation the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month in the Havens Center. We get into everything from spiritual practices and self-care to questions about the differences between axolotls and olms (it’s a salamander showdown!)