At St. Stephen’s, our mission statement “To Love and Serve God and Neighbor” is where the Great Commission and Great Commandment come together as we live as disciples of Jesus. Because of this, our intent is for each member of the parish to have a ministry in which they are involved. There are numerous types of ministries to choose from, and this section is intended to showcase those ministries that are offered. We are not limited, however, to what is listed here. St. Stephen’s is always open to new projects and new ministries! This is the place to find out what we do and how you too can be involved.
Several of our available ministries and their leaders are listed alphabetically:
Leaders: Deacon Doug Jump and Bonnie Rowbotham
Young people and adults who serve as crucifers, torch bearers and altar servers at the 9:00 a.m. service.
Leader: Priscilla Kight
Parishioners dedicated to preparing the altar for sacraments and all worship services.
Leader: Tom Hiber
Homemade bread is baked each month to be served at a homeless shelter meal, and for the monthly spaghetti dinner fundraiser for VBS. Bread and rolls are baked for parish events, and several varieties of cookies are baked and frozen for Sunday coffee time and other dessert times.
Leader: Judy Horne
St. Stephen’s has a weekend at Cocoa Beach each May and everyone from the church is invited. We all stay at one motel, enjoy community meals and time together at the beach and pool. The Saturday night beachside church service might even include an ocean baptism! It’s a special weekend of fun and irreplaceable fellowship.
Buildings & Grounds
Leader: Jim Watkins
It is the responsibility of the Buildings & Grounds Group to ensure that our physical property, inside and outside, is kept in good repair, working condition and is neat and attractive. Those with technical skills are a part of the group and are asked to assist when necessary. Parish-wide Work Days are held several times a year.
Leader: Trudi Lithgow
This group meets regularly to plan and carry out the enhancement of the property through landscaping and design. Work days are held quarterly and the group is open to everyone.
Leader: Tricia Walker
Children’s Church is held during the 11:00 Sunday morning service. It consists of a worship service geared to pre-K thru elementary age children, combined with singing, fun, and crafts. It is staffed by volunteers.
Leaders: Bonnie Rowbotham, Priscilla Kight, and Jean Kelly
Those interested in doing crafts are invited to do so individually and as a group, in order to bless the congregation or supply items for sale at church sales. Prayer Shawls are also knitted to be given, free of charge, to the ill, hospitalized, or anyone in need.
Leader: Tom and Ginny Hiber
The Cursillo Movement is “a short course in Christianity”. It consists of proclaiming the good news that God in Christ loves us, and enabling every person to encounter themselves in order to be able to encounter God and others. Those interested in the Cursillo Movement are encouraged to attend a Cursillo weekend offered by the Diocese of Central Florida. There is a large group of Cursillistas at St. Stephen’s who have attended Cursillo and meet on a regular basis to strengthen their walk with Christ.
Leaders: Fr. David, Deacon Doug Jump, and Priscilla Kight
Adult religious education consists of Bible studies led by various members of the congregation. Adult Sunday School on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m, and Wednesday evening classes at 7:00pm.
Leader: Mary Roach
Preschool through 5th grade Sunday School meets from 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. each Sunday morning. We use a fun and educational curriculum that teaches the Bible both in class, and with material to grow faith at home.
Education/Youth and Teens
Leader: Priscilla Kight
Middle School and High School students meets from 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. each Sunday morning in the Youth Room. Our Youth learn about the Bible every Sunday, with special concentration on understanding Sunday’s Gospel.
Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Readers
Leaders: Deacon Doug Jump and Ginny Hiber
Parishioners trained to assist the priest at the altar during services, including those who read the First Lesson during church services.
Leader: Yolanda Howes
A group that arranges fresh flowers and greens to adorn the altar for all services.
Leaders: Bill Heath, Major Kight, and Troy DeMan
This group of men are committed to bring a Cursillo-patterned weekend into a local prison twice a year. It is designed to give prisoners an opportunity to learn that God can be a part of their lives and give them hope for their future
Leader: Carol Weatherington
Seniors gather on the third Thursday of each month for fellowship, friendship, and food. Try a new restaurant with them every month!
Leader: Fr. David Peoples
Building better people inside and out through Tang Soo Do, a classical Korean art form. Free classes for children (5:30-6:30pm) and adults (7-8pm) are available on Monday and Wednesday nights in the Worship Center.
Leader: Susie Stewart
Those who wish to enhance our worship services through voice or instrument.
Leaders: Judy Horne
This group consists of people who have the gift of greeting newcomers to our church at both services on Sunday mornings. They follow up with welcome notes and information on the church.
Nursery for Infants and Toddlers
Leader: Brigitte Garcia
Our nursery is staffed with volunteers who provide loving care and comfort to little ones while their parents enjoy a church service. The nursery is fully equipped and volunteers receive appropriate training.
Leader: Carla Sauve
This group coordinates and runs the programs designed for reaching out to those in need beyond our church property. These programs include, but are not limited to:
- Project Angel Tree (Christmas gift program for children of prisoners)
- Homeless Shelter Monthly Chili Meal (Made by volunteers and served at Talbot House Ministries)
- Hospital & Homebound Visitation
- Movita’s Ministry (In-gathering of toiletries for women’s shelters)
- Salvation Army Bellringers (Christmas time bell ringing at stores)
- Ingatherings for school supplies, the homeless, Parker Street Ministries, Porchlight Ministries, and many others
- Military Personnel Care Packages
- Driving for the homebound
Leaders: Ginger Rahn and Joanie Boyd
This ministry provides prayer needs via e-mail to those who wish to be notified in order to begin immediate prayer. It is open to those who will pray for others.
Leader: Fr. David Peoples
St. Stephen’s is the home and chartering organization for Boy Scout Troop 1006 and Cub Scout Pack 106, two large, historic scouting units. Boys from elementary through high school become men of integrity and purpose through fun activities, learning skills, camping, and leadership training. Sea Scouts offer high adventure trips for older teen boys and girls.
Sunday Coffee Time
Leader: Ginny Martin
Provide coffee and cookies in the parish hall on Sunday mornings. What is required: start coffee prior to 9:00 service, set up cookies and clean up after the 11:00 service. Volunteers serve only one Sunday per year.
Twelve Step/Addiction Recovery Groups
Contact the Office for specific days and times
Our Community Building hosts a variety of ongoing Twelve Step support groups, including AA and NA, nearly every night of the week.
Leaders: Buster Brown (9:00) and Ken Horne (11:00)
Parishioners who assist prior to and during the services with bulletins, seating, offerings and during Holy Eucharist.
Vacation Bible School
Leaders: Karen Blackwell and Lula Peoples
St. Stephen’s VBS is held each summer for one week and is free to any child who would like to attend. It is run by loving, devoted volunteers. Those who love children and love to have fun are encouraged to become a part of our VBS. The 1st Tuesday of each month, a spaghetti dinner is prepared by volunteers to fully fund our VBS.
Leader: Lula Peoples and Marion Stewart
One Saturday morning a month the women gather for fellowship, food, and enrichment. This is open to all women of St. Stephen’s and their friends.
Worship & Liturgy
Leader: Fr. David Peoples
Worship and Liturgy consists of those ministries that serve at and assist with our Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Leaders: Melissa Eijo, Michelle Giberson, Lula Peoples, and Ronnie Hurt
Youth Group meets Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. There are plenty of fun and games, but also worship, Bible study, and relationship building geared toward growing Middle and High Schoolers closer together and closer to Christ.