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.
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.
January 13, 2020 - (5:00PM)
Ages 10 - 18. We are starting a community support group for children of divorced families. If you have or know someone that could benefit from being able to vent about their experiences in a safe, judgement free zone, get non-partial information about divorce and custody, receive support, or simply meet others going through the same thing, please invite them to these meetings.
We will be meeting once a month, for one hour, and will be exploring different topics, having Q and A times, discussion times, and exploring exercises for coping and stress management skills. Meetings will be led by Jenny Batcheler and Cathy Burson. Parents will not be permitted to stay or attend. Please make arrangements for children to be dropped off and picked up.
Our goal is to provide children with a safe atmosphere, where they can feel free to talk and express themselves, without fear or retaliation.
Anyone with questions may contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org .
January 19, 2020 - 6PM - 8PM
All Grades. Home/Cyber School Group. Socialize, meet new friends or reconnect with old ones, network with other families, create study groups, do an activity, and get support from others who know what it's like outside the brick and mortar schools.
Our first meeting will cover introductions, hand out information, and find out what you'd like to see for the group going forward. We'll do an activity, a game, and take some time to socialize.
This is not a religious event. Any homeschool/cyber school families can attend.
We ask that parents plan to attend with their children, as child care will not be provided.
Come join us as we kick off our new community group!
January 23, 2020 - 6PM-7:30PM
Ages 5-12. Join us for our Junior Youth Meeting. Snacks, games, crafts, friendship, and fun! Bring a friend. You don't have to be a church member to come!
February 13, 2020 - 6PM-8PM
Ages 13-18. Join us for our Senior Youth Meeting. Snacks, games, debates, friendship, and fun! Bring a friend. You don't have to be a church member to come!
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 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.
Camping brochures can be found in the Fellowship Hall beside the Resource Room.