Worship

We worship God and share Eucharist


At St. Stephen’s, all members of the congregation are ministers serving God and our World both within and outside the parish as best suits their individual gifts. To see which ministries best suit you, review the descriptions below. Then, contact the Church Office so that a ministry leader can be directed to provide you with more information and an invitation to come and join their rewarding work.

Call the Church Office at 661-259-7307.

 

WEEKLY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
(This schedule may vary as appropriate throughout the year)
Day Times Worship Services
Sunday 07:45 am
10:00am
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist with Choir
Sunday School
Youth Groups
Wednesday 07:00 am Holy Eucharist
Breakfast follows

Acolytes
2013-08-25 Acolyte training (1)

Children are trained to serve at all worship services, assisting the clergy at the altar as well as leading the procession, lighting and extinguishing candles, and holding the processional cross for the reading of the gospel lesson. Minimum age for this ministry is age 7 (3rd grade level).

Altar Guild
Prepares the elements and space used for worship including vesting the altar, maintaining the silver and crystal, cleaning the linens and preparing the priest’s vestments. Teams consist of three or more and are usually responsible for one week each month, plus Christmas and Easter. Training is provided.
Handbells

People of all ages are welcome to join this fun activity. There are youth and adult groups who provide music at various special services throughout the year. No special musical skills are required.

Choir (Adult)

For adults who love to sing! The Adult Choir provides music for the 10 a.m. service each Sunday and on special occasions as requested. Choir practice is held on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. and before the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

Choir (Children’s)
Our Children’s Choir is geared for youngsters age 5 through 12 who love to sing! The Choir provides special songs for the third Sunday worship services each month as well as at Easter and Christmas. Contact our Music Director, Judy Baity, for more information.
Holy Mackerels
This group assists our clergy when they conduct funerals, memorials and weddings. Since most of these events occur on weekdays, needed are retirees or stay-at-home people to serve as acolytes, lay readers, ushers and chalice bearers. Call the office for more information on joining this valuable ministry.
Ushers

Each Sunday before the 10 a.m. service, Ushers welcome members and guests, hand out bulletins and leaflets, direct parents and children to their respective services, answer questions , assist the clergy as needed, assist with the offertory, direct congregants up to receive Communion, and clean up pews after the service. Ushers usually serve once per month on a rotating basis, and as needed for special holiday services. New team members are always welcome.

Worship Leaders

These lay volunteers serve as scripture readers and chalice bearers and masters-of-ceremony during Sunday services and on special occasions as needed. Chalice bearers also have the opportunity to take Communion to shut-ins after Sunday services.

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