Although we are a medium-sized church, you will find us bursting with ministry activity! Enjoy ice cream? Help our Big Scoop ministry plan this annual fundraiser and festival. Looking for a group to share stories with? Join Story Writers. Maybe you're just looking for food and fellowship? The Dinner Buddies are your answer, sure to make a relaxing evening. With more than 40 ministries, we have something for everyone.
Big Scoop is a ministry at St. Stephen’s and an annual Ice Cream Festival fundraiser and community event that St. Stephen’s organizes, staffs with volunteers, lines up entertainment, secures donors, and every other aspect. St. Stephen’s actively partners with other churches and many community members to put on the festival.
Big Scoop is held as close to the July 4th weekend as possible offsite at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. This half-day event includes performances, contests, bean bag toss, art exhibit, hair tinseling, balloon
animals, face painting, and more. We sell tickets both beforehand and at the event. Children ages 12 and under get in free.
Proceeds from this old fashion summer fun benefit Camp Good Sam. This camp is a six-week summer program that combats summer learning loss in at-risk area youth. Each year Big Scoop has grown in popularity and money raised. This annual event raises awareness of the needs of our local at-risk students and provides the Wimberley Valley with an opportunity to eat ice cream while supporting Camp Good Sam Wimberley.
The Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival Committee meet most months out of the year to plan this one-day event open to the public. In 2019 the Big Scoop Festival raised more than $21K.