St. Stephen’s strives to build a consistent and healthy youth ministry so that we may reach out to the people of God and equip them with the right skills, so they might grow in their understanding of Jesus Christ, serve the kingdom to the glory of the Lord, and unite all generations under the Christian faith. We believe that teaching children how to understand their faith is of the utmost importance. Come and learn to apply our faith with us. Please check our calendar for all Middle and High School Church School meeting dates. Join St. Stephen’s Youth & family Facebook page!
Middle School Church School, Meets every Sunday morning. September through May, from 9:50 to 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Barn (WEB). At 10:30, the teens go over to the church to receive communion with their families. Please see the church calendar for dates.
Confirmation Class meets Sunday evenings, from 6:30 until 8:00 pm in South Hall. Starting in 9th grade, teens begin their journey in claiming Jesus Christ as their own savior. Our curriculum is the book My Faith, My Life, by Jenifer Gamber. The Confirmation Ceremony is generally in the late spring. Confirmation will start in September.
Click here for the Confirmation Registration form: Confirmation Registration Form
Confirmation Class 2018 ~ Calling all rising 9th graders!!!
If you are a rising 9th grader or you have a rising 9th grader and are planning on going through the Confirmation process this coming school year, please send your full name, email address, and phone number to Ginny Fitzpatrick at email@example.com by 20 August to build our Confirmand roster. Please note the following key dates:
17 Sep 2017: Informational meeting Confirmands & Parents in Rector’s Hall at 6:30 pm
22-23 Sep 2017: Confirmand Retreat at Camp Washington
24 Sep 2017: Acolyte Training for Confirmands in the Church following the 10:00 am service
The contact for the program is Marilyn Jenkins, Seminarian firstname.lastname@example.org
We have opportunities for youth to do Good Deeds in and around Ridgefield. Some examples are : Believe in Brooke ~ a fundraiser for a local child with disabilities; Chapel on the Green ~ serving a hot meal to the homeless in New Haven; Holiday Treats for Seniors ~ making and delivering holidays sweets to local nursing homes; Rice & Beans ~ bagging bulk produce to make meals for local pantries. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
The HOPE Trip is a week-long youth home repair mission trip through Group Workcamps Foundation. Generally a group of 25 youth and 5 adults travel from St. Stephen’s Church. This summer the trip is from July 8-14 to Oswego, NY. Youth and chaperones will work on fixing up homes and running a Vacation Bible School. For more information please contact our Coordinator for Youth Ministry, Jane Lindenburg at: email@example.com
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The Global Philanthropy Leaders are a small group of high-schoolers at St. Stephens who have been learning how they can make big impacts on the lives of people in predominantly underprivileged countries through the use of micro loans on Kiva.org, while simultaneously learning about economics in their life. Community sponsors welcome – every $200 funds a new Global Philanthropy Leader. Join us on Sunday, April 29th at 11:30 am in Rector’s Hall to hear our year-end report and learn how you may get involved!