Family Promise Week
Feb
17
to Feb 24

Family Promise Week

Saint Stephen's will host our week of Family promise.  This is an outreach program where people who do not have housing can stay the evening at Saint Stephen's. Volunteers are needed in many capacities including to serve as hosts, provide food and spend the night.  

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Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Becoming a Provider of Pastoral Care: Deepening the Well at Saint Stephen's

This worship with the Rev. Drexel Rayburn of the UAB Pastoral Care Department will help you develop and nurture the necessary skills to be a faithful pastoral care provider. At Saint Stephen’s, we are working to develop our ministries around pastoral care and this event is a wonderful opportunity. Please email Jamie McAdams to register.

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Jan
27
10:10 AM10:10

Church without Walls: Exploring Mission in the 21st Century - Part II

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The Rev. Katie Rengers will explore several different missional contexts and how Christian Mission looks in the 21st Century. Following some practical examples, she will unpack the theological and biblical foundations of some of these new initiatives. Her lecture will take place on January 20 and 27 in the Parish Hall from 10:10am - 11:00 am. Katie is the founder of the Abbey Birmingham and speaks around the Episcopal Church on Mission and Evangelism.

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Jan
20
10:10 AM10:10

Church without Walls: Exploring Mission in the 21st Century

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The Rev. Katie Rengers will explore several different missional contexts and how Christian Mission looks in the 21st Century. Following some practical examples, she will unpack the theological and biblical foundations of some of these new initiatives. Her lecture will take place on January 20 and 27 in the Parish Hall from 10:10am - 11:00 am. Katie is the founder of the Abbey Birmingham and speaks around the Episcopal Church on Mission and Evangelism.

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Jan
13
10:10 AM10:10

Embodying Faith

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Robert Shindler, PhD is the Fariss Gambrill Lynn and Henry Sharpe Lynn Curator of European Art. He will present on the current exhibit on Embodying Faith.

From the Birmingham Museum Website -

“Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production in Europe, and elsewhere, was dominated by Christian themes. This religious art served many purposes, from embellishing altars and aiding in private devotion, to educating the faithful and acting as propaganda either for or against the church during the Protestant Reformation.

Jesus is Christianity’s central figure, and Christians believe he is the son of God and the savior who died to atone for humanity’s sins. How did artists represent such a crucial figure? How did they depict the central events so important to the story of salvation according to the Christian faith? And how did these traditions and conventions find artistic expression in different places and how did they change over time?

To depict important events from the life of Jesus and to reflect on his central role in the Christian faith, artists relied on texts, visual traditions, or both. At the same time, artists often conveyed complex theological concepts through their representations of the figure. Types of conventional images, such as the Madonna and Child, developed and evolved over time. Depictions of Jesus’s crucifixion could focus on the symbolic meaning of his death, imagine the historical setting, or aim to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

This winter’s exhibition in the Arrington Gallery traces how artists imagined Jesus through examples drawn primarily from the BMA’s own collection. Included are prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, quilts, flags, and books spanning more than 500 years.”

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Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Coming to Our Senses: An Exploration of the Spirituality of Wine and Food

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Coming to Our Senses: An Exploration of the Spirituality of Wine and Food is an engaging lecture and tasting with Gisela Kreglinger, author of The Spirituality of Wine. The evening will include tasting wine or sparkling grape juice and bread.  Gisela has a passion for helping Christians understand their faith through their relationship with food.  Please join us on January 10th at 7pm in the Parish Hall. A $15 donation is suggested. 

Please click here to signup for the event.

Gisela Kreglinger grew up on a family-owned winery in Franconia, Germany where her family has been crafting wine for many generations. This unique experience has inspired her to write a book about the spirituality of wine.

She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of St. Andrews and in her book Gisela has woven together her passions for Christian spirituality and the wonderful and mysterious world of wine.  She is also the author of Storied Revelations: Parables, Imagination and George MacDonald’s Christian Fiction (2013). 

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Young Adult Bible Study
Jan
9
7:05 PM19:05

Young Adult Bible Study

Are you between the ages of 22-32 and looking for a community to study Holy Scripture with? Join us every Wednesday Night in the Terrace Room (Halfway between the parish hall and the Church) from 7:05pm to 8:15pm with a group that is committed to growing and learning together. Each group has two guiding principles:

Two Guiding Principles

1)     The Bible is not a history book or even a book of instructions for how to live a faithful life.  Instead Holy Scripture is a way of engaging in the living God.  Through a practice of reflection on Scripture, we encounter God.

2)     God revealed God’s self in the Incarnation.  Simply put, God became human.  In the Gospel’s after the resurrection, people encountered Jesus in relationships with ordinary people.  We gather to build friendships to journey with because it is through relationships that we also engage the living God. 

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Dec
23
12:30 PM12:30

Greening of the Church

Please join us to green the church for Christmas, an event hosted by the Middlers.

We will have a light brunch followed by directions from the Flower Guild to help put bows on wreaths, hang garland, and hang the big wreaths! All are welcome.

RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at kathryn@ssechurch.org.

Childcare will be provided with reservations to Amy Passey at amy@ssechurch.org

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

A Service for the Longest Night

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The Advent and Christmas season can be difficult for so many because of grieving the loss of a loved one, recently or long ago. As a community in Christ, we invite those of you who find yourself in this place to come to the Table for Eucharist and allow us to walk with you in this season. We cannot fix you. But we would be honored to walk with you and to love and support. The longest night is that night in December that is darkest, and has the least amount of day light. We await the light of day so that we may arise and shine, much the way we away the long expected Jesus. We hope you will join us as we seek Christ in our midst during this time of grief.

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Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Mindfulness: Breath by Breath Workshop

(Registration for this Event is full. Please email Louise Meredith if you want to be added to the waiting list.) 

An Afternoon of Quiet in the Season of Advent:

Mindfulness: Breath by Breath Workshop with Marie Hurley Blair

Sunday, December 9, 2 - 4 pm, Chapel

Discuss and experience the core practices of mindfulness: breathing, meditation and subtle movement; talk about stress reduction, emotional/mental fitness, and the spiritual practice of Advent.

  • First hour includes:

    • Discussion about yogic tradition, emerging insights in neuroscience, faith journey

      • How Advent invites cultivating deep down goodness and wholeness

      • Name some dimension of you that needs healing or calming.

    • Breath practice –breath physiology followed by experiencing different techniques such as:

      • Awareness – noticing what is present without changing the breath

      • 3 – part breathing technique

    • Meditation practice:

      • Breath and simple being

      • Loving kindness

  • Second hour: a mat-based yoga practice:

    • Integrating breath with embodied experience – attention to noticing sensation, thoughts, emotional currents

Fee: Donation to St. Stephen’s, suggested $10.

Please bring your own mat.

To register, click HERE.

For more about Marie, go to http://www.marieblairyoga.com/



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Dec
9
12:15 PM12:15

Boomers Lunch & Tour of Arlington

Join us for lunch out and a trip to Arlington for a tour. Each room is decorated for Christmas in a different period. This Historical Home was built between 1845-1850.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

We will carpool from the church so please RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at kathryn@ssechurch.org or 967-8786.

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Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Middler's Brunch

Please join us for brunch at Cocina Superior.

We will enjoy some fellowship together and then we can all enjoy some shopping for Christmas.

RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at kathryn@ssechurch.org.

Childcare will be provided with reservations to Amy Passey at amy@ssechurch.org

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Nov
18
8:30 AM08:30

Family Promise

We will host Family Promise families here at Saint Stephen's the week of Thanksgiving.  Please consider signing up for one of the many volunteer opportunities as we care for the families over the holidays. You can sign up by clicking HERE.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Creating a Rule Of Life

The commission on Spirituality invites you to a day of reflection and prayer in anticipation of the Advent Season. Presiding Bishop Curry’s “Way of Love” will frame a series of reflections led by guest speaker Lucy Strandlund.

Lucy is a seminarian from the Diocese of Alabama and is currently studying at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is married to the Rev. Daniel Strandlund, who served as Youth Minister here at Saint Stephen’s before he went through seminary.

Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Register online HERE.

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Nov
4
11:15 AM11:15

Confirmation Sunday

Join us at 11:15am as we welcome Bishop Kee Sloan to Saint Stephen's for a service of Baptisms and Confirmation.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. 

During the 9am and 11:15am services, a list of those we have lost this year will be read and crosses bearing their names and photos will be processed in at the beginning of the services.

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Oct
28
7:30 AM07:30

Consecration Sunday

Join us for fellowship to celebrate the gifts we all bring to Saint Stephen's and sharing a meal together.  Meals will be served after all 3 morning services.  You can RSVP for a meal HERE.

To download a pledge card to bring with you on Consecration Sunday, click HERE.

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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

ECW/MOSS Breakfast

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Beverly and Dan Marson will discuss their recent interfaith trip, with other Birmingham Jewish and Christian families and travelers, to Israel and Jordan.   Topics include Jerusalem and the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane,  Bethlehem and the West Bank, Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee, Jordan, and perceptions of the Middle East.   There will be many pictures and even a little music.

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