St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
"St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and its community support each other in doing God's work. Together, we bridge the gap between urban and suburban, and between rich and poor."
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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 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 provided neighborhood children with a safe place to go at the end of the school day. Today we provide successful, year-round, out-of-school time programming for 800 students and about 160 teen jobs. Read About Our Youth Programs and check out a recent video about our partnership with BPS.
Happy 15th Anniversary B-SAFE!
On July 15th, over 700 young people, teens, staff, and parishioners helped us to celebrate 15 great years of summer enrichment programming. The day was full of sunshine, games, ice cream, and smiles. The event, held at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, was the first in our history to bring all six B-SAFE sites together. Special appearances from former staff, partner churches, and even program alumni made the day even more memorable. As you can see, the B-SAFE 15th Anniversary celebration was an immense success!
A bill released on July 8th would require police chiefs to "give reasons for denying gun licenses to individuals seeking them. Those denials would have to be based on public safety and could be appealed."
It also would also make it easier for the Executive Office of Public Safety to facilitate real-time background checks, increase the penalties for some gun-based crimes, and create a firearms trafficking unit within the State Police. House Speaker Robert DeLeo is in favor of the bill. Read the whole WBUR article here. (Above:Tanya Ortiz and Mirna Ramos at the State House. )
Mother's Day March For Peace
On Sunday, May 11th members of the St. Stephen's family and Episcopalians from all over the Diocese participated in the 18th annual Louis D. Brown Institute's Mother's Day event in honor of our friend, Jorge Fuentes who was senselessly murdered in September, 2012.
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 here.| More about recent efforts to create teen jobs.
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 125 volunteers, including Representative Tom Conroy and Bishop Gale Harris joined us for this national day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We observed the event with a morning of projects and mural painting followed by an afternoon workshop developed and presented by our teens.
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 and the Blackstone School.
For Our Prayers
Bishop Shaw appreciates your prayers and good wishes as he begins another round of treatment. Cards and letters should be addressed to him at the monastery (980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138).
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