No matter where you are in your journey or what questions you have, we hope you’re able to find a place to learn and grow in our community.
See Below for a Variety
of Learning Opportunities.
Virtual: Open Circle
10 - 10:45 am
ON SUMMER BREAK
A discussion-based class focused on exploring the complexities of religion and faith. Monthly themes and weekly topics lay the foundation for stimulating conversation as we examine the things we believe and how we’ve come to believe them.
Email Fritz Ritsch to be added to this class:
Virtual: Trinity Class
9:45 - 10:45 am
ON SUMMER BREAK! CHECK BACK IN AUGUST FOR UPDATES.
This class is perfect for those who have questions and enjoy hearing diverse points of view. Trinity Class meets in the upstairs classroom at the top of stairs near the main office.
Email Angela Springfield to be added to the class:
Virtual: Bible Study
Dr. Ritsch leads an intensive Bible Study every Wednesday at noon. This dedicated group chooses a book of the Bible and spends months on it, learning about the most recent scholarship, the lifestyle, archaeology and politics of the times in which it was written, what other sources of the period say about the same matters, and so forth. In the process, we find out the ways God is speaking to us today –individually, as a community, and in the modern world. It’s a fun and dynamic group, with lots of discussion and insight, and we love visitors, so please join us!
Email Anne to be added to this class:
9:45 - 10:45 am
Saints Alive is an eight month program for senior church members of St. Stephen on the fourth Thursday of Jan – May, Sept., Oct. Nov. at 11:30 a.m. in the Eastminster Room of the Education Building. We share a meal before our guest speaker gives a program. We have musical and topical guest speakers ranging from mission outposts to local historical to photography to anything. There are also 4 – 6 excursions through the year to see Art or Historical Exhibits or see the Bluebonnet Festival. Join us on Thursdays and our trip days.
This engaging class invites visiting faculty and other knowledgeable teachers to address current topics, the Bible and theological issues.
To be added to the virtual Zoom, email Charlotte Ray:firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian Women (PW) is a national organization of the Presbyterian Church that provides excellent Bible and spirituality resources and mission opportunities targeted to women. St. Stephen offers meetings at a variety of times to accommodate women in all walks of life. Meetings are generally on the second Tuesday of the month with the PW Council in the Session room at 9:30 a.m. The PW Day Circles follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Eastminster room for Bible Study and light snacks.
The Knitting Guild
The Knitting Guild is a recent start-up that knits scarves or lap blankets for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or friend. They have given out many a scarf or blanket to dozens of recipients and intend to keep up this mission of caring for a long time!
The Docent Guild
The Docent Guild offers knowledgeable tours of the church facilities including information about the architecture, the appointments and furnishings of the buildings, and the meaning of the religious symbolism found throughout St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. Tours of the sanctuary are offered at 12:00 noon on the first Sunday of each month, as well as by appointment.
4th Friday Bookclub
Held the fourth Friday of every month, this group explores thought-provoking books in a fun environment.
Email Sharon LeMond for more information:
Intro to Being Presbyterian
Offered once or twice a year, this class is ideal for those interested in learning more about the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and St. Stephen’s history. Typically the classes run for about 6 weeks and cover such topics as:
• What it means to be a Christian and Presbyterian
• The essential tenets of our denomination, and
• Exciting aspects of being a member of St. Stephen.