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Adult Ministry Opportunities

Do you enjoy learning in the company of others? St. Stephen Presbyterian Church has many opportunities for you to grow alongside others while being encouraged and challenged in your faith. There are also opportunities to serve in ministry or in outreach to the community. 

Important upcoming dates: 

November 13: Searcher’s Adult Sunday School, “Exploring Prayer”, Dr. Carol Stalcup

November 18: Friday Book Club, Picture Perfect – An Alaskan Photo Shoot, with Judy and Jim Cox

November 20: Searcher’s Adult Sunday School, “Random Survey on Christian Art”, Mike Windsor

November 27: Searcher’s Adult Sunday School, “Random Survey on Christian Art”continued, Mike Windsor

Trinity Adult Sunday School November Topic: “Women of the Bible”

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Adult Sunday School

Once or twice a year, this class is ideal for those interested in learning more about the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and St. Stephen’s history. Typically the classes run for about 6 weeks and cover such topics as: what it means to be a Christian and Presbyterian, the essential tenets of our denomination, and exciting aspects of being a member of St. Stephen. 

This engaging class invites visiting faculty and other knowledgeable teachers to address current topics, the Bible and theological issues. The Searcher class meets in the Eastminster room midway down the first floor hallway.

Searchers’ Sunday School Class, 9:45 – 10:45 AM

Coordinator, Charlotte Ray, hopes that you’ll consider joining this Adult Sunday School Class as they journey though these variety of in depth topics. First though, enjoy Sunday School Breakfast in Parish Hall.

Topics & Speakers – 

November 13: Dr. Carol Stalcup on “Exploring Prayer”

November 20: Mike Windsor on “Random Survey on Christian Art”

November 27: Mike Windsor continues a “Random Survey on Christian Art”

This class is perfect for those who question and enjoy hearing diverse points of view.  Trinity Class meets in the upstairs classroom at the top of stairs near the main office.

Weekday Learning and Fellowship

Dr. Ritsch leads an intensive Bible Study every Wednesday from noon until 1:00–or longer, for those who’d like to stay! This dedicated group chooses a book of the Bible and spends months on it, learning about the most recent scholarship, the lifestyle, archaeology, and politics of the times in which it was written, what other sources of the period say about the same matters, and so forth. In the process, we find out the ways God is speaking to us today –individually, as a community, and in the modern world. It’s a fun and dynamic group, with lots of discussion and insight, and we love visitors, so please join us! 

Saints Alive is an eight month program for senior church members of St. Stephen on the fourth Thursday of Jan – May, Sept., Oct. & Nov. at 11:30 a.m. in the Eastminster Room of the Education Building. We share a meal before our guest speaker gives a program. We have musical and topical guest speakers ranging from mission outposts to local historical to photography to anything. There are also 4 – 6 excursions through the year to see Art or Historical Exhibits or see the Bluebonnet Festival. Join us on Thursdays and our trip days.

Held the fourth Friday of every month during the lunch group, this group explores thought-provoking books in a fun environment

Other Adult Groups

The Knitting Guild is a recent start-up group of women who knit caps, scarves or lap blankets for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who are chronically ill. They have given out many a scarf or blanket to dozens of recipients and intend to keep up this mission of caring for a long time! The guild meets Tuesday afternoons. 

The Docent Guild offers knowledgeable tours of the church facilities including information about the architecture, the appointments and furnishings of the buildings, and the meaning of the religious symbolism found throughout St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. Tours of the sanctuary are offered at 12:00 noon on the first Sunday of each month, as well as by appointment.

Presbyterian Women (PW) is a national organization of the Presbyterian Church that provides excellent Bible and spirituality resources and mission opportunities targeted to women. St. Stephen offers meetings at a variety of times to accommodate women in all walks of life. Meetings are generally on the second Tuesday of the month with the PW Council in the Session room at 9:30 a.m. The PW Day Circles follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Eastminster room for Bible Study and light snacks. L.O.T.E. meets on third Monday for Bible study and potluck at the homes of L.O.T.E. members. Call the church office for this month’s location.

For more information about Presbyterian Women and how to get involved, click here.