In order to continue serving the people of St. Stephen's during this time, we are finding new ways to connect.

Each Week:

Every Saturday night during shelter-in-place, we will be posting a Virtual Service to YouTube and this site.

Our Homepage will be updated with the current week's service each Saturday night. 

Each Day:

Mother Sharon will be praying Compline, live on Facebook, every week night at 9 pm.

We will also be posting updates and encouragement to our Facebook and Instagram on the regular.

More helpful information:

The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs:  Click here

The Episcopal Church Instagram: Click here

The Episcopal Church of Michigan Website: Click here

The Episcopal Church of Michigan Instagram: Click here

Here are some encouraging words from presiding Bishop Curry on the current situation.  Click here for this video's transcript

Habits of Grace, March 23

Update to the Covid-19 Re-Entry Directive - March 16, 2021

Good morning, my friends.

Today I bring good news to St. Stephen’s!

I was notified yesterday that the Episcopal bishops of the state of Michigan have eased the restrictions placed on congregations and we will move into Phase 2 of the re-entry plan for congregational worship.

What this means is that we can fill the sanctuary to 25 percent of its capacity. In other words, we can seat the usual amount of worshipers that we would normally have on any Sunday before the pandemic. And we are required to follow these guidelines:

Mask wearing is required even if a person has had their vaccinations.
Temperatures of individuals will be taken at the door.
Worshipers will register so we have contact information if exposure occurs.
Social distancing is required.
Congregational singing is not allowed.
Sunday School will not be in session although children are welcome to worship.
Coffee hour in the Parish Hall is not allowed.

With the above guidelines in place, we will once again worship together on PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28 at 10 am. We will meet in the Parish Hall for the blessing of the palms, and then process into the sanctuary (being socially distanced, of course) for worship.

The office will resume “normal” business hours beginning on March 22.

This is wonderful news and I hope that the health of all the people will allow us to return to being fully immersed in “God’s work” in our congregation. It has been a long year and we are in need of healing and hope and this is an important step forward.

May God be with you all as we come together once again!

Mother Sharon

How St. Stephen's Is Adapting