Grace 2 Go… at St. Stephen’s Ridgefield is hosting its Special Needs Family Worship Service in our church hall on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 3 pm to 4:30pm. Grace 2 Go is a mobile ministry that assists churches in their ability to serve the spiritual needs of families with children who have special needs. We utilize Biblically-based curriculum designed for a variety of needs. Our purpose is to create an inviting atmosphere that welcomes typically abled and differently abled youth and adults to worship together in a judgment free environment. We strive not to separate but to create a cohesive body of Christ in action. We hope to encourage you to join our faith communities where together we can actively nurture all our lives through Gospel teaching, music, play and activities, which allows for noise and moving about. We encourage you to participate!
Read the Ridgefield Press article from one of the parents of a special needs child here:
A documentary film inspiring Ridgefielders to love one another. Join your community members for either of two showings of the inspirational independent documentary, Weapons of the Spirit.
“This documentary will provide our guests with the opportunity to consider how normal, everyday people can make a difference in the course of history,” suggests Rev. Whitney Altopp of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the film’s sponsor.
The documentary tells the story of the rescue operation in and around the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in France during World War II. Some 5000 people owe their lives to the Chambonnais. The vast majority of the rescued were Jews. The film won the DuPont-Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism (sharing it with Ken Burns’s series The Civil War) as well as numerous other awards and accolades.
Ticketed showings (donation encouraged) are offered at the Prospector Theater on noon on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23
St. Stephen’s is proud to host 2 showings of the award winning documentary, Weapons of the Spirit at the Prospector Theater. For information and tickets visit: Weapons of the Spirit Info & Tickets
Please view the promotional video here: Promotional video
Holocaust Remembrance Service- Yom HaShoah, April 23rd at 6:30 pm St. Stephen’s will host this service which marks a day observed by Jews all over the world. Under the leadership of Rabbi David Reiner and Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, this Ridgefield Clergy Association sponsored service will include prayers, readings, and music related to the Holocaust. This 40 minute service remembers the 6 million Jews and 5 million others that were killed under the Nazi regime with a memorial candle lighting. Open to the community.
Community Pancake Breakfast – Beagle Freedom Project
The Mission Committee will be hosting a free community pancake breakfast on April 30th from 9:00am – noon. All proceeds will benefit the “Beagle Freedom Project”, which is a non-profit rescue organization focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of animals used in laboratory testing.
Currently the U.S. uses 70,000+ dogs for testing (primarily cosmetics, household products & pharmaceutical testing). When laboratories are done with their testing projects, the dogs are often euthanized and then puppies are purchased to start the cycle all over again.
Founded in December 2010, Beagle Freedom Project has rescued hundreds of animals including beagles, mixed breed hounds, rabbits, fouls, cats, pigs, mice, rats, guinea pigs and goats from laboratories across the U.S. Instead of being euthanized after testing, these animals have been placed in homes where they serve as living reminders of the reality of animal-testing and the inspiration for pro-active cruelty-free lifestyle choices.
Help us be good stewards for all of God’s living creatures and join us for a fantastic breakfast! Fund raiser is open to the St. Stephen’s parish, as well as the local community. Donations requested.
For more information on the Beagle Freedom Project please visit http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/