This Week – October 31, 2010

The electronic world is lightning quick … once you’re in it. But there’s the rub! We at St. Stephen’s are trying to move into the electronic age: less paper, more immediacy, better interactivity. We are doing this by focusing increasingly on our web site and using that as our hub, as the “go to” place […]

This Week – October 24, 2010

This week we took several steps in our “Open Doors” project, our vision for the renewal of St. Stephen’s’ buildings and property. We have appointed co-chairs for the campaign and made spending estimates on Phase I of the development. Until now, “Open Doors” has been managed by our Building and Property Action Group (BRAG). This […]

This Week – November 21, 2010

Programs do not inspire people. People inspire people. So it is no surprise that at the heart of our two most popular programs are two inspirational people. And they’re both about to retire! For five years Lynda Greuel has coordinated our “Excellent Adventure” Sunday School program. Lynda came on board just as we were introducing […]

This Week – October 17, 2010

It’s that time of year when—already!—we are preparing the ground for next year’s budget. Boring stuff? Not so! A budget is only the last stage of a process that begins when we ask: Where is God calling us in this next year? What is the unfolding vision of our mission and ministry? What resources are […]

This Week – October 10, 2010

Careful what you ask for, the adage goes, because you just might get it. Everywhere the church is praying for new life. At a United Church conference last week the same fears could be heard as at any Anglican gathering. The church is ageing, the young people aren’t coming, and the writing’s on the wall. […]

This Week – October 3, 2010

This week, for something completely different, our worship at 10:30 takes the form of a “deconstructed musical mass”. Anglican worship gets stuck on the words. We fight over words, whether they should be Elizabethan or modern, whether we should say “… proceeds from the Father” or “… from the Father and the Son”. As if […]