Connecting with one another
We have an active and engaged community at St. Stephen’s. These are some of the current opportunities to get involved and connect. Check the calendar to confirm scheduled times, or get in touch to inquire for more details.
Tuesday Night Chat
Tuesday evening, once per month
This group meets for a meal and conversation once a month. The main course is supplied, for a donation of $5, and people are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Throughout the gospels, Jesus eats and drinks with his friends and others. When we break bread together (or eat a casserole!) we begin to build community and relationships. All are welcome, but are asked to sign up ahead of time. Either call the church or sign up on the bulletin board.
Choir and Music Ministry
Our choir gathers with our Music Ministry Director to practice music for the coming Sunday. We use a variety of musical styles as we worship, from traditional hymns to more modern musical expressions of faith. If you are interested in joining the choir, or if you have another musical gift to share, contact us to speak with Cathryn. ”Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:19
The Living Room
Every other Friday morning
The Living Room is a group of parents who are seeking to make room for God, others and themselves in the midst of juggling the many demands and challenges of family life. We meet biweekly, on a Friday morning, have coffee, conversation and Christian reflection. Children are welcome! This can be a time to nurture your faith life, grow in relationship with others and share prayer needs with the group.
Friday at 1pm, once per month
This small group meets once a month to work on various projects together, such as knitting, sewing or other crafts, in good company. Coffee and tea are always on, and it’s a peaceful time to chat and get to know others. We all know that we are works in progress! God is not finished with us yet. See our calendar for the next opportunity to join!
Friday evenings, 7:00pm
Cards and conversation. The bridge club has been meeting for many years and welcomes newcomers to join in the fun and fellowship.
Sharing God’s love
Jesus calls us to care for those who are in need, and that includes the poor and the stranger (For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35). One of the ways that we do this is partnering with other churches and the government to provide church sponsorship for a refugee. This process is ongoing, takes time, energy and resources. The relationships that have grown from this ministry have provided mutual blessings for the parish and for the sponsored individuals, as we learn and grow together.
English Conversation Circles
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm
We have recently partnered with the Saskatoon Open Door Society to provide the space and volunteers for English practice. These practice sessions are free of charge, no registration required, and open to all. They take place on Tuesday nights, from 6:30-8 pm and provide a casual and comfortable setting to chat and learn together. Coffee and light refreshments are served, and there is a lot of laughter as we try to explain the difference between “seeing” and “watching” and a toboggan and a sled. Anyone interested in practicing English are warmly welcome. Also see other opportunities at the Saskatoon Open Door Society.
St. Stephen’s community life group and others engage in various acts of love and compassion throughout the year. One of the highlights is our annual gift basket creation for those who live at Adelle House and other places of shelter. Throughout the year we collect toiletries and other useful items. One of our nonagenarian church members crochets upwards of 50 pairs of slippers to include in these baskets! We have a basket assembly bee and then deliver them as a tangible way to share God’s love. This year, our baskets will be assembled in time for Mother’s Day.
Food Bank Drive
St. Stephen’s is one of the original participants in the annual City Wide Food Bank Drive organized and carried out by churches and faith communities in Saskatoon. We cooperate with Emmanuel Baptist and other churches in collecting and distributing non perishable food items to the food bank. While we are aware that the food bank is not a permanent solution to the issues surrounding poverty and food scarcity, this is one of the ways that we can contribute to the common good and follow Jesus’ call to give to those in need.