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The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Services are conducted in English and En Español.
Located in Boston's South End, St. Stephen's is home to an active Christian community. (Read More About Us.) We participate in a wide-range of community outreach activities, with a special focus on helping school-aged young people along the road to successful adulthood. Since 2000 we have been providing neighborhood children with a safe place to go at the end of the school day. In addition, we have grown to provide successful, year-round, out-of-school time programming for approximately 800 students and about 160 teen jobs. Read About Our Youth Programs and check out a recent video about our partnership with Boston Public Schools.
United Lenten Devotions
You will know them by their fruits.
The United Lenten Devotions Wednesday night series begins March 12. This year we will look at some of the Fruits of the Spirit through the lives of holy men and women. Join us as we receive sustenance for our minds, bodies and souls as we fellowship and worship together. Dinner is at 6:00 pm with the liturgy beginning at 7:00 pm. Click here for dates and locations.
Epiphany Preaching Series
The Epiphany Preaching Series is now available online. (Hard copies are also available at church.)St. Stephen's is characterized by its diverse and vibrant congregation, people who witness to the power of God working in their lives and in the world. I'm delighted to introduce some of them to you through this Epiphany preaching series. I asked several members of our community to reflect on the theme of letting the light of Christ shine through their lives, and invited them to preach about how their sense of Christian mission informs their work in the world. We heard from, among others, a chemist, a doctor, a state legislator - a range of perspectives, each one moving and relevant in its own way. I'm grateful to each of our preachers: Damian, Marisa, Jonathan, Byron, Susan and Amy, for their honesty and courage, and for the inspiration and hope they held out for our congregation. I hope that reading their words will help you to reflect on your Christian vocation as well. ~Tim Crellin
Read Across America Day
On March 2nd parishioners, partner church members, and SSYP staff again participated in this annual event which honors Dr. Seuss on his birthday. They visited every classroom at the Blackstone Innovation School, our South End neighbor. |Read more about our partnership with the Blackstone here.| Participants brought their favorite books with them, or had help from volunteer librarians in picking a book that was just right for the classroom they were visiting. Several of the guest readers donated their books, adding to the school's 1,000 title lending library.
This annual event is coming up on May 11th. Members of the St. Stephen's community will again be walking in Jorge's memory. Sign up today here! For more information on how you can help contact Julia McMahon.
Teens Rally At The State House
The Youth Jobs Coalition rallied more than 1,000 teens from across the state to march on the State House demanding that lawmakers create more opportunities for summer employment. The successful event was covered by local and national media.|Read more.|
Parenting a young child isn’t easy. On March 3, 10 and 24, SSYP presents our first Baby College, for parents of children under the age of 2. Anitra Anderson, Childbirth Educator at Boston Medical Center, will be here to answer your questions about being a parent during this challenging but rewarding time. We’ll have food, and gifts for those who are able to attend all 3 sessions on the 10 and 24, 6-7:30 pm.
MLK Day of Action
As part of our ongoing partnership with the Blackstone Innovation School, St. Stephen's hosted our 4th annual service day on Monday, January 20th. This year over 125 volunteers, including Representative Tom Conroy and Bishop Gale Harris joined us for this national day of
Tania Ortiz, an organizer with the B-PEACE Campaign and Jennie Msall, former SSYP JOIN For Justice Intern helped the teens plan this year's workshop on civic engagement: what it means, how we practice it, and how public involvement can shape changes to Massachusetts' gun laws. Two teens spoke about their personal experience with gun violence, and others played interactive games with the audience testing their knowledge of Massachusetts’ gun laws. It was another successful day of service and partnership for St. Stephen’s Youth Programs and the Blackstone Innovation School.
On Sunday, January 5th State Representative Rushing spoke before a packed Hadley Hall audience at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, exhorting parishioners to participate in the debates which will shape
Rep. Rushing urged the Epiphany audience to contact their State Representative regarding proposed changes that would limit the purchase of guns to 12 per individual per year, enable local law enforcement to track the ownership histories of weapons used in crimes, restrict the sale of guns to individuals adjudicated to beinformation be obtained and reported about gun purchasers.
To make your voice heard in Washington contact: Representative Stephen Lynch (202-225-8273); Senator Elizabeth Warren (202-224-4543); Senator William "Mo" Cowan (202-224-3121). If you live outside of Boston find out who represents you!
Bringing Technology Home
An innovative partnership between Comcast and Northeastern University is proving to be a successful model for corporate-academic collaboration. Through their Internet Essentials Program, both institutions are working to help close the "digital divide," or lack of access to technology, in low income communities. Northeastern volunteers recently held training sessions for program participants and families at each of our program locations. |Read more|
On Tuesday, November 19th, the partners kicked off a new program year with a celebration at Northeastern University. Vickiana Santana (pictured at left with Tyler Jedrey SSYP's media arts specialist) is one of our program parents who participated in the class. She was featured in a question and answer session at the event held in Blackman Auditorium and attended by hundreds of BostonPublic School students. Through an interpreter, she shared her experience with the class, and described the impact she believes it will have on her family's future.
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has announced its slate of nominees for election as bishop. Read: the announcement, about each candidate, and Boston Globe coverage.
Two more candidates were added on 2/24/14 through the petition process. All seven candidates will participate in a series of open meetings around the diocese March 14-18, giving the people of the diocese an opportunity to meet and learn more about them.
The schedule of open meetings is as follows:
• Friday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church (79 Denton Road) in Wellesley;
• Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m., at Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston;
• Sunday, March 16, 4 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church (74 South Common Street) in Lynn;
• Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., at Grace Church (422 County Street) in New Bedford; and
• Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., at Christ Church (33 Central Street) in Andover.
How Many People Have Died As A Result of Gun Violence Since Newtown?
Mattapan has lost another young person, Janmarcos Pena, who died after being shot by his 14-year old brother. |Read more.| Please remember the entire family in your prayers.
For Our Prayers
In response to this latest tragedy, Mayor Walsh urged residents who have an unwanted firearm in their homes to contact police, who will remove the weapon.
A committee of State Legislators recently made recommendations to stem the flow of illegal weapons in the state. Read them here.
Bishop Shaw underwent additional surgery on December 6th to treat his brain cancer. He appreciates your prayers and good wishes. Cards and letters should be addressed to him at the monastery (980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138).
New Teen GroupWe're trying something new this spring for teens in 8th grade and up. Marisa, our Christian Education Coordinator will be gathering interested teens to talk about matters of God and the Spirit. The group will meet at St Stephens on six Sundays from from 12:00-2:00 pm for lunch and conversation. The dates will be:
Sunday February 9
May 11 (this will be a lunch in Dorchester following the Mothers Day Walk for Peace)
Please contact Marisa for more information.