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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 
In Boston's South End

"St. Stephen's 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."

CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24
Children's Chapel: 5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Christmas Pageant and Eucharist: 7:00 pm
Bring the whole family!
Everyone is invited to our 15th annual Christmas Eve celebration! Join us for a NEW THING at 5:00 pm when we will gather with children and teens in the church for a short, youth-focused Children's Chapel, followed by the Christmas feast at 5:30 pm. Please bring a salad, rice, side dish or dessert to share. At 7:00 pm we will return to the church to sing carols and our annual un-rehearsed Christmas pageant by the children, followed by the Christmas Eve service for adults, and Christmas craft activities for youth, and lots of good cheer for everyone!

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Please Join Us!
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is home to an active Christian community. 
Our liturgy is lively, and incorporates a variety of liturgical styles and music. The service is conducted in Spanish and English, with hymns that reflect our various traditions: Latin American, African-American, Gospel, and Anglican. 

We celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Services are conducted in English and En Español.

About Our Youth Programs
Our youth programs are an integral part of our outreach ministry. 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 Boston Public Schools.


A Great Friend and Voice For Justice
We join people of faith from across the Diocese and the globe
in mourning the death of Tom Shaw. In his twenty years as our bishop, Shaw was ever conscious of the social context of his ministry. His was a leading voice on anti-poverty and civil rights issues including opposition to the death penalty, and pushing for immigration reform, marriage equality, and transgender rights. |Read more.|

Bishop Shaw had a deep concern for young people. In 1999 he named Tim Crellin Vicar of St. Stephen's Church and encouraged Tim to develop our youth programs. He staunchly supported B-SAFE and was instrumental in expanding the program to neighborhoods in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Chelsea.
| Left: Shaw with another great supporter of SSYP, Mayor Tom Menino.|

The cassock-clad Shaw was a familiar sight around B-SAFE and he got to know some of the young people who grew up in our programs, like Jorge Fuentes. According to Br. Geoffrey Tristram, Jorge's murder in September of 2012 was "...sacrilege, it was profoundly sinful, the kind of societal sin which he spent his life fighting against." |Read more| After Jorge's murder, Shaw convened a group of clergy and lay leaders to identify meaningful actions Massachusetts could take to alleviate some of the root causes of violence in our communities. |Read more about the B-PEACE for Jorge campaign which we administer on behalf of the Diocese.|

Teens Demand Action On Climate Change
On September 21st, more than 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City to call for action on climate change. Among them, were teen Community Organizers from St.
Stephen's Youth Programs. It was the largest march for action on climate to date |
photos|The Rev. Tim Crellin, VicarI and Executive Director of Youth Programs praised the teens' 
positive attitude and commitment: "I am so proud of our team - the teens were amazing. It was a long day but we were part of something really important."

Bishop Gates Consecrated
Agganis Arena at Boston University was transformed into a church on September 13th for the ordination and consecration
of the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates as 16th bishop of the Diocese of
Massachusetts. Approximately 4,000 
people attended the service which featured outstanding music, and a warm witty sermon by The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollinsgsworth Jr. , Bishop of Ohio. 100 Ohioans were on hand to celebrate with Gates. |Read more here.| |Photo: Bostonglobe.com|  
Happy Birthday B-SAFE!

This summer, more than 700 kids, 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. (Check out the pictures below!) 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. (B-SAFE was recently featured in the diocesan's e-news under "Summer in the City." Click here.)






                                    


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Did You Know?
During the 2013/14 School Year:

Our second graders’ math scores improved 129%.

102 elementary students read with literacy tutors during 2,835 hours of group tutoring and 4,253 one-on-one sessions. 

Youth Program staff met with 84% of our students’ teachers to monitor student progress.

100% of seniors graduated from high school. 87% did so with a well-formulated plan for their post-graduation year.

More than 100 adults ranging from college students to senior citizens volunteered each week. 100 more volunteered in other ways.

View our program evaluation report here!

Friends of St Stephens Youth Programs Inc