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.
The Trailblazers is the ministry behind St. Steve's wonderful nature trail and labyrinth.
The Nature Trail was built in 2002-2003 by the Trailblazers and is maintained by this ministry led by Phil Edgington, email@example.com. The Trail is open to the general public dawn to dusk year-round. It is about two miles long. Along the way you will notice bas-relief ceramic icons, representing the 14 Stations of the Cross on the way up the hill and the 14 Stations of the Cross on the way down. The icons were designed by a group of St. Stephen’s artists under the direction of Carroll Dolezal, firstname.lastname@example.org. The niches protecting the icons were constructed by the Trailblazers, as was the outdoor chapel. There is an area on the trail, past the fountain, that is dedicated to all Episcopal priests who have served St. Stephen’s.
The Labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. It was created and maintained by the Trailblazers ministry, led by Phil Edgington, email@example.com. It is open the public from dawn to dusk year round. By walking our replica of the Chartres Labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral around 1220, you are rediscovering a long forgotten mystical tradition that is insisting to be reborn.
Guidelines for the walk: Clear your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives; it touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. You may “pass” people or let others step around you, whichever is easiest, at the turns. The path is two-way; those going in will meet those coming out. Do what feels natural when this happens.
You may think of walking the labyrinth in three stages:
Purgation: a releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is an act of shedding thoughts and emotions. It quiets and empties the mind as you walk into the labyrinth.
Illumination: may occur when you reach the center. Stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Union: which is joining God, the divine healing force at work in the world. Each time you walk out of the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching for.