Spiritual life at St. Stephen’s includes several forms of regular weekly worship.
All of our regular weekly services incorporate the Holy Eucharist (Communion), since we understand the bread and wine to be the sacramental presence of Jesus Christ. This means that our sharing of the physical elements of bread and wine brings to us afresh the mystical presence of our Lord, and his Grace into our lives. The opportunity to participate in this blessing cannot be underestimated, and so we offer this sacrament frequently.
The Sunday 8 am service is a said service (not chanted), without music, and is about 30 minutes long.
The Sunday 10 am service incorporates music leadership by our Voice Choir, the Bell Choir, Players for Christ (folk band), or the Praise Band (contemporary Christian music) throughout each month.
During the Reformation in the 16th Century, Henry VIII declared the Church of England independent of the Roman Catholic Church with himself as its head. It was the result of many factors, some political and some theological, but it has given rise to a distinct form of Christianity, known as Anglicanism.
The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the churches around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England, and maintain a “communion” with it, hence the name “Anglican.” Other members of the Communion include the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Nigeria. In fact, most Anglicans now live in Africa.
The member churches of the Anglican Communion are joined together by choice in love, and have no direct authority over one another. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England, is acknowledged as the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, but while respected, the Archbishop does not have direct authority over any Anglican Church outside of England.
While there are other churches that call themselves “Anglican,” only one Church in any country can be considered “in full communion” with the Church of England, and the Episcopal Church is the American member of the Communion.
St. Stephen’s is rich with musical talent. We also love diversity in the music which we provide to support worship every Sunday. The music program for the 10:00 AM Sunday service rotates, with the Voice Choir leading our music on the first Sunday of the month, Joyful Noise Band (contemporary Christian group) leading the second Sunday of the month, the Bell Choir leading the third Sunday of the month, and one of our excellent pianists leading on the fourth Sunday.
The Voice Choir at St Stephen’s in the Field is a volunteer choir directed by Genie Lee. The choir leads more traditional church music that includes anthems, hymns from The 1982 Hymnal and it’s supplement “Wonder Love and Praise”, chanted Psalms, Taize and all service music that is included in the liturgy. The level of experience among singers varies a great deal, which makes learning music more fun. If you love to sing and want to learn more about music, and enjoy great fellowship, this just might be the ministry for you. Please join us – all are welcome! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00.
The Bell Choir has been a part of the St Stephen’s in the Field tradition for more than 10 years. The original two-octave English handbell set was donated to the church in memory of a young girl named Stacy. A third octave was purchased as the choir expanded. Today the Bell Choir, directed by Logan Zintsmaster, has ten lively ringers. We continue the joyous tradition both at church and in the community. The Bell Choir plays at the 10:00AM service on the third Sunday of every month and also plays for special services throughout the year. Our Bell Choir has also had several opportunities to play in the community at weddings and company events. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9:00. We are always looking for new ringers.
Joyful Noise Band
Praise Band is a group of singers and musicians who play modern, uplifting praise music. The group typically leads the music on the second Sunday of each month during the 10 am worship service. The group includes guitars, base guitar, keyboard and percussion (drums) as well as singers. Our group includes a wide range of ages and all are welcome. We welcome new musicians and singers. The Joyful Noise Band usually practices twice before each Sunday we play. If you have any questions or would like to participate in Praise Band, contact Genie Lee.