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.
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.
Serving St. Stephen Christian Education for the 2022-2023 school year are:
Age 3 - Grade 2 (Room 203): (Teacher Needed): Contact the church office if interested in teaching this class.
Grades 3-5 (Teacher Needed): Contact the church office if interested in teaching this class.
Grades 6-8 (Teacher Needed): Contact the church office if interested in teaching this class.
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
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.
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 Evangelical Lutheran Church would like everyone in the St. Stephen family to have the opportunity to experience church camp, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
We offer scholarships to help make camp a reality for all who are interested. Click here tor an application.
"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15