Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the Library, a lively group gathers to engage a passage from the Bible and then consider the wide range of questions that emerge. Fr. Tom leads the group that starts with 10 minutes (or so) of meditation followed by spirited discussion. It’s informative, fun, and hopefully, useful. Occasionally we have refreshments. It’s a group for those who are curious, who want to ask questions, and who want to stretch their faith. Open to everyone. Contact Fr. Tom with questions.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Every Wednesday (except in the summer) members of our community gather to share a meal and to study, learn, and pray together for the sake of making scripture and tradition come alive for us. Reading the Bible is not the same as reading a newspaper, or a textbook, or a novel: it’s something that we do in community, and which requires discernment, listening, and practice. Under the guidance of clergy and staff, we spend time exploring sections of the Bible through the lenses of tradition, and for the sake of revealing God’s life-giving Wisdom and the pattern of our own liberation. Stories, poems, myths, oracles, narratives, and memories are all like facets of a great gem, and as we turn it, we see new truths and new wisdom—and ourselves, reflected in the sacredness of the text. Periodically we take a break from reading the Bible to spend time investigating and learning about other aspects of our tradition such as liturgy, the sacraments, or basic theological concepts like grace or the Trinity. Dinner begins at 6pm, program and discussion begins at 6.30pm. Contact the church office for dates and topics.
Retreats build community, to strengthen the bonds of friendship, and to deepen and enrich our spiritual lives. We encourage every member of St Stephen’s to attend at least one retreat every year: it’s good for your soul!
Parish Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch
Our annual parish weekend takes place the first weekend of May at the Bishop’s Ranch, just outside Healdsburg in Sonoma wine country. The retreat is designed for all ages and includes plenty of social time, free time, and dedicated time for spiritual reflection. To reserve your spot, please submit a Registration form with payment or contact Brenda in the parish office.
Woman’s Day Retreat
Three to four times each year we put aside a day to get together for prayer, learning, fellowship, sharing and growth. Contact Rev. Jane for the next Retreat Day.
Annual Men’s Retreat
Every Spring the Men join together for a retreat at St. Dorothy’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Center Camp Meeker. The general schedule is as follows:
Check in at camp Friday afternoon. Friday dinner at 6:00 and short evening program followed by Compline, and conversation. Saturday morning breakfast followed by program, lunch, and free time in the afternoon to hike, rest, read, talk, wine taste, or zip line. Saturday evening social hour, dinner, program, Compline, and conversation. Sunday morning continental breakfast, Eucharist in the chapel, brunch, pack up and head for home around noon.
Woods-to-Waves at St. Dorothy’s Rest
St Dorothy’s Rest is the oldest Summer Camp in the State of California, and has been operated by the Episcopal Church since it’s founding in 1901. Every Summer, St Dorothy’s dedicates two weeks of camp to communities of children who live with cancer, or who are recipients of major organ transplant. In partnership with California Pacific Medical Center, and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, St Dorothy’s offers these weeks of camp free of charge to children whose lives are otherwise anything but normal. The annual Woods-to-Waves fundraiser is one of the primary sources of scholarship funding for those camps, and St Stephen’s has long been an active participant in the effort, either by walking or supporting walkers with donations. We celebrate a simple eucharist before heading out for the hike on Saturday morning, and stick around after the hike to feast together and enjoy some good company before heading home. To register for the event, click here.