WHO WE ARE
WELCOME TO ST. STEPHEN'S!
Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. We are a medium-size church, also called a parish, which is the term for a self-supporting congregation under a priest, called a rector. We equally enjoy serving in the community through outreach and being a supportive family to our members, providing each with comfort, fellowship, and encouragement.
We enjoy our beautiful Texas Hill Country church and school property and find regular solace here in its mission-style Chapel and Church, Courtyard, Nature Trail, Labyrinth, and Cemetery. The St. Stephen’s Church and School (PreK 3 through 5th grade) share the campus and work closely together.
For those new to the Episcopal Church, we believe in:
Liturgical tradition alongside a clear devotion to the Bible, and
An atmosphere of open curiosity (i.e. it is good to ask questions)
In the words of author and teacher, John Westerhoff, “We (Episcopalians) are a peculiar people whose spiritual arc bends more towards boundless hope and a reasonable faith than hardened surety and entrenched absolutism.”
So, whether you are already an Episcopalian, or you are curious and inquiring about what it would be and feel like, we invite you to join us Sunday mornings at 8 am or 10:30 am, and Wednesdays at 10:30 am for worship between Labor Day and Memorial. Perhaps, you would consider joining one of our classes for Adults, Teens, and Children. We also have more than 30 Ministries that range from outdoor roadside beautification to serving as an ice-cream ambassador. Why not try it out?
Come meet us, worship alongside us, and ask as many questions as you would like. Welcome!
For our Welcome Brochure, click here.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas includes more than 26,000 persons gathered in 87 congregations spread across 60 counties in Texas. We are part of The Episcopal Church, a community of 2.4 million members in America and abroad. The Episcopal Church is headed by a presiding bishop, currently the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. We are guided in this purpose by five core values:
Faith: We pattern our lives on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ,
Scripture, Prayer, & Sacramental Worship: We are grounded in Scripture, prayer, and sacramental worship,
Evangelism: We proclaim, by word and example, God's saving love revealed in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit,
Mission: We reach beyond ourselves to serve all people in our communities and throughout the world, and,
Reconciliation: We are a community committed to living in reconciled relationship with God and all people.