We believe that it is much easier to raise faith-filled children with the love and support of a faith community, and are delighted to welcome families of all shapes and sizes to participate in our ministry together. We welcome children in worship, at the communion table, and in worship leadership positions. We also offer Sunday Church School and youth group activities for children and youth of all ages, and seek to empower parents and grandparents to share the faith at home through our Parenting Christian Kids monthly newsletter and occasional intergenerational activities.
We encourage you to check out our Parenting Christian Kids newsletter for good information about how to practice and share your faith at home and for the latest children and youth news.
We are intentional about protecting the children and youth who worship and learn at St. Stephen. All adults who work with children or youth on a regular basis are trained, screened, and supervised. A copy of our Child Protection policy is available here.
We are fortunate to have two incredible church camps right in our backyard: Camp Nawakwa (Arendtsville PA, near Gettysburg) and Camp Kirchenwald (Colebrook PA, near Lebanon). St. Stephen proudly supports these camps, and provides partial (or full, if needed) camp scholarships to children and youth each year so they can attend camp. More information about our camps is found here.
We want everyone in the St. Stephen family to have the opportunity to experience church camp, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. We believe that summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to live in Christian community, to experience God’s presence in the great outdoors, and to be renewed in their faith. We believe that participation in outdoor camps helps to strengthen disciples for service and proclamation of the Gospel, and we are excited to offer camping opportunities through our partnership with the Lutheran Camping Corporation.
Through the generosity of present members of our congregation, and the endowed funds of those who have gone before us, we are able to offer scholarships to help make camp a reality for all who are interested.
Click here for our scholarship form. Camping brochures can be found in the Fellowship Hall beside the Resource Room.