Welcome to St. Stephen's Anglican Church
Diocese of New Westminster
St. Stephen's is a welcoming Christian Church providing spiritual and caring support to the community
We're a community-minded church discovering together what life can be like when lived from a place of faith, hope, love and purpose. We would love to have you join us for one of our Sunday services at either 8.00am or 10:00 am. Learn more
Message from the Vicar
The word ‘stewardship’ has unfortunate connotations in the church. We often see it as simply a code word for ‘give your money to the church.’ Which is really too bad since it is so much more than that! Stewardship is about taking care of what belongs to God and what God has entrusted to us. God has given us everything we have. We have this beautiful planet with its forests, oceans and fertile lands. We have the capacity to be in relationship - to grow and love and support the best in one another. We have the church to support our faith and help us to grow into the faithful, loving people that God intends us to be. And stewardship means being grateful for these and our many other gifts and using them in ways that honour what God has given us.
Honouring our gifts means using them responsibly, and it also means sharing them. Sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure with our church is one way (all though of course not the only way) of offering a grateful response to God. Teresa of Avila wrote, “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” When we give to the church we help God touch the hearts of those who come looking for spiritual solace. We help God welcome the lost and broken-hearted. We support ministry and outreach in Christ’s name.
Here at St. Stephen’s we try to honour the gifts God has given us through our ongoing ministry. There is lots that happens here–some of it on Sundays when the community gathers to worship, and some of it during the rest of the week. To take just one example, our Pastoral Care Team brings fellowship and care when the Team members visit people who are in hospital or who are unable to get ‘out and about’. We also support the good work done by other organizations. For example through donation of clothing to Lookout, donations of money and goods to support North Shore Crisis Society and food for the Harvest Project to name just three.
While you may not think of it as ministry, allowing our building to be used by groups such as the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Music Together (for moms & tots) and Alcoholics Anonymous is one way we help participate in the life of the neighbourhood. We also hold funerals and weddings for non-parishioners, which is an important way of reaching out to people who are at significant turning points in their lives. On behalf of St. Stephen's I spend time giving pastoral support to people in need who come to the church looking for a listening ear or some simple practical help.
And a portion of what we receive at St. Stephen's is passed on to support the ministry of the church all around the world - supporting the mission and ministry of our diocese, the national church and through them to other areas of the world. Through our gifts to St. Stephen's we are touching the lives of people we will never meet. Each Sunday we gather and celebrate God’s grace and care for us. And every day is another opportunity to reach out and make the world a little better than it might otherwise be!
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