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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 upcoming activities related to these exciting learning programs.

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Sunday School

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. Masks are currently optional in classrooms. At this time, the maximum number of people allowed in each classroom is 6.

Serving St. Stephen Christian Education for the 2022-2023 school year are:

  • Age 3 - Grade 2 (Room 203): ILona Burd

  • Grades 3-5 (Teacher Needed): Contact the church office if interested in teaching this class.

  • Grades 6-8 (Virtual): Mike Kulikauskas

  • Grades 9-12 (Room 200): Cheryl Neidig

  • Adults (Virtual and in the Parlor): Tom Burson

 

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. 

Confirmation

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

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.

Stewardship
Events

We organize regular events that nourish Christian growth in body, mind, and spirit. 

Camping

We are fortunate to have multiple Lutheran outdoor ministry programs in our local area.

Visit the Lutheran Camping Corporation’s site here to learn more.

St. Stephen offers camping scholarships for those who need them.

Scouts

Since 1969, we have sponsored New Kingstown's Boy Scout Troup 180. Visit their site here.

"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15