LINKS TO "OUR" VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICES FOR THIS WEEK:
Bishop Mike's Wednesday Chat
Ministry of the Word Service
Children's Palm Sunday Service
(NOTE: one service for both the Littles and Bigs)
NEW MESSAGE FROM
THE RT. REV. MICHAEL P. MILLIKEN,
Bishop Cathleen Bascom, in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, has extended the ban on public worship, and public meetings in our diocesan congregations until, at least, May 17th.
This means there will be no Holy Week or Easter services this year. But, with the help and talent of many of our members St. Stephen’s will find ways to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus in new, if long distance, ways. We will be reaching out to our members in many ways – Facebook, Web-page, email, regular mail, or phone calls.
If any of our members find themselves in need that we can help with please call the parish office we will see what we can do (I am hopeful that secular authorities will not make us close the parish office).
Again, we have posted a number of links for public Sunday worship from such places as the National Cathedral, Trinity Church, Wall Street, and others.
I asks you to keep our nation, our community and our parish in your daily prayers!
WORSHIP: Although, St. Stephen’s does not have the capability to live stream, beginning this week, we will post a link so that you can view "OUR" Sunday service weekly, as well as, links for Children's Church and "Face to Face" for our youth. Also may churches, are computer links to Sunday services at places like the National Cathedral in Washington, or Trinity Church, Wall Street in NYC.
If you are a more “hands on” type I am including a service called “Spiritual Communion”. This is a worship service for individuals, or small groups, when they cannot be physically present at a Eucharist. I will have Vera also send out the Collect for the Day and the Readings for each Sunday while we are closed. Go to the "STAY CONNECTED" page of this website for the links.
In addition to these resources, you can always use the services of Morning and/or Evening Prayer in our Prayer Book. If you do not have a copy of the Prayer Book, you can download one. Vera will include this link along with the worship links. Or, if that does not work for you let us know and we will send you a Prayer Book: The clink on this link Book of Common Prayer
COMMUNICATION: During these stressful times of uncertainty, the need to stay in touch with each other is even more important. To that end, I plan on sending out a weekly video message on Facebook, beginning next week. Also, I will continue to keep Wednesday office hours.
FINANCES: Even though we will not be having Sunday or Wednesday services for the time being, nevertheless, the expenses of the church continue. We still need to pay our utilities, insurance, and salaries (the vestry voted to maintain our staff salaries until May 15th, when we will reevaluate).
CHECK OUT THE STAYING CONNECTED PAGE FOR INFORMATION, RESOURCES, ETC.
DURING THE COVID-19
St. Stephen's, located in northeast Wichita, is committed to membership growth and program development for spiritual nurture, renewal, and outreach to those in need.
As a church community entering a new era of ministry, we celebrate our Episcopal Church identity and rich, distinguished history of our past work and service in Wichita. At the same time, we feel that God is calling us into a New Life in Christ and that we have been blessed with numerous resources to be used in service to God's Mission.
The gift for which we are most thankful is our friendship, our caring and joy in being together as the people of God.
It is, for us, "the gift that keeps on giving".
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7404 E Killarney Pl
Wichita, KS 67206
For the Church's Facility Use Policy, check the following link. facility_use_policy.docx