Faith formation is a journey, not a destination. We recognize that faith itself is a gift from God, but it is a gift that God intends for us to deepen and put into practice in our daily lives in his world. As such, the gift of faith never stops growing; it needs nurturing and encouragement throughout life.
All these programs add depth to our personal levels of faith; at the same time, they prepare each of us--from the youngest child to the most mature adult--to spread the Word of God's saving grace through his Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ to all we encounter in our daily lives.
Visit the Events page for the latest details of upcoming activities related to these exciting learning programs.
Most of our classes follow along with the scripture shared in worship that day, allowing for deeper study and understanding of God’s word. Some classes below meet in person, others online, and others via a combined hybrid model. A mask is required for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status. At this time, the maximum number of people allowed in each classroom is 6.
Serving St. Stephen Christian Education for the 2021-2022 school year are:
Age 3 - Grade 2, Room 203: ILona Burd
Grades 3-8, virtual: Mike Kulikauskas
Grades 9-12, Room 200: Cheryl Neidig
Three Adult Classes: Tom Burson (virtual and in the parlor), Greg John (virtual) and Lloyd Sheaffer (virtual and in person across from the Pastor's Office)
All teachers of youth are screened through our child protection plan.
Adult Bible Study
These gatherings are offered as a series both during the day and in the evenings.
Children & Youth Programs
It is much easier to raise faith-filled children with the love and support of community. We are delighted to welcome families of all shapes and sizes to participate in our ministry together. All leaders are screened according to our Child Protection Policy.
Vacation Bible School
This long-standing tradition involves a fun week of evening sessions involving a meal, short worship ful of active songs, and then age-appropriate Bible study, crafts, and games.
As children grow into their teen years, it is important to provide classes that both deepen their scriptural knowledge and also help them apply it to their daily lives. We partner with St. Paul Lutheran, Carlisle, and Big Spring United, Newville, to offer weekly lessons on Sunday afternoons.
Tapology was formed by our congregation and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carlisle. Each month, we gather at a local bar to discuss a different topic related to faith. We invite the questioners, the doubters, the believers, and all people from all walks of life, denominations, and faith traditions. Visit the Tapology Facebook page here for details.
We organize regular events that nourish Christian growth in body, mind, and spirit.
"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15