|St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Gilroy CA||
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Profile of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Who and What we are
Worship and Religious Education: We provide a Eucharistic community to worship God with two Sunday services (8 and 10 A.M.). Sunday School is conducted during the 10 A.M. service. Each Wednesday, at noon, there is a Liturgy of Healing with the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Holy Unction. We hope all parishioners will develop a passion to seek spiritual growth.
Spiritual Growth: To encourage spiritual growth we have a monthly Men's Prayer and Fellowship breakfast twice a month, a weekly Bible study on Wednesday mornings, and have an acive Daughter's of the King chapter. Together we develop a deeper understanding for how God is working in our lives.
Prayer: The parish is active in seeing to the needs of its members. St. Stephen's provides nurturing though prayer and caring. We have a prayer chain and Lay Eucharistic Ministers take communion to those who are unable to come to services.
Music: Music is a developing ministry at St. Stephen's. Our music director has put together an outstanding Easter Sunday music program and we hope to repeat this at Pentecost and on other holy days. Our rector is very musically oriented and is a member of a Christian band. We also have a newly donated live sound system. All together with our organist and bell choir we are well equipped to see what God can do with our joyful noise.
Outreach: St. Stephen's also provides resources and assistance to those in need in our community, through our Resource Center. The Resource Center is open two days a week and is staffed by volunteers. We support St. Joseph's family center, Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Episcopal Relief and Development Agency, and The United Thank Offering.
We want all of God's children to feel welcome at St. Stephen's. The parish is composed of people from different social, economic, political and cultural backgrounds. And although we are a diverse community, we are strongly bound together by our faith. St. Stephens is a church where we get out of our pews to spread the Peace with our neighbors. A defining characteristic of St. Stephen's is its sense and commitment to the parish family.
History and Church Description
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is located in a middle-income neighborhood, about one block from a main business street. The sanctuary is large, seating approximately 200 people. Stained glass windows surround the sanctuary with a large stained glass cross in the wall over the altar. We have a parish hall that accommodates about 150 people, several classrooms, a nursery room, and the Resource Center office. There is a central courtyard of grass and trees with play equipment for the children. The facilities are shared during the week with Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, TOPS and Diocesan Meetings.
St. Stephen's is Located in Gilroy