Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. Baptism is a rite by which God establishes a new relationship with us. St. Stephen’s baptizes people of all ages. Along with the rest of historical Christianity, we believe this also includes infants. What more fitting sign of the absolute grace of God than an infant being baptized into the unmerited love of God? We welcome all who come wanting a deeper knowledge of God. Baptism is celebrated during regular church services on All Saints’ Sunday (November), the Baptism of Jesus (January), Easter (March/April), and Pentecost (May). If you are interested in participating in this sacrament for yourself or on behalf of a child, please contact the church office in order to schedule a time for preparation with the priest.
Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which a baptized person makes a public affirmation of the promises made at his or her baptism, usually made on their behalf by parents and godparents.
A Bishop leads the worship service and lays hands on each confirmand, while praying for the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower that person. Preparation for confirmation is grounded in our Baptismal Covenant and explores the questions: Who is God? Who is Jesus? What is the Church? How are we to live? Confirmation classes are open to anyone interested in confirmation, in reaffirming their baptismal vows, or who are just curious about their faith.
This dedicated group of Lay Eucharistic Visitors spend time with shut-ins and the infirmed to offer support and to administer communion.
Marriage is a solemn public covenant between two people in the presence of God and the faith community. Choosing to enter a covenantal relationship is one of life’s most important decisions and joyous occasions. It is also a time for prayer, planning, preparation, and growth. We are happy to discuss with you your interest in celebrating your marriage at St. Stephen’s. We want to help make this special occasion, beautiful, meaningful, and God-centered. Please Note: - We require all couples to be or to become pledging and participating members of St. Stephen’s, if the wedding is to be officiated by the rector of St. Stephen’s. - Premarital counseling is required of all couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage in the Episcopal Church. For further information on planning and scheduling your wedding, please contact the church office at 540-825-8786.
A new home is an important milestone in a family's life. The blessing of a household is mentioned in the Bible (2 Samuel 6:12, Psalm 4:8) asking for God’s favor and protection. We offer these prayers and blessing to give owners peace and protection. Please contact the church office for more information.
Our pets have given us years of joy and are regarded as members of the family. When their time is up we grieve in the same way as we do when a person close to us has died. Therefore, it only makes sense to honor them in a way that shows them the proper respect they deserve. We offer pet memorial services to benefit both adults, and especially children, as they offer family members the opportunity to pay tribute to a cherished family member. We are happy to talk with you about your needs during such a difficult time.