On the 4th Sunday of each month our 9.30 am Sunday service becomes a Messy Church. Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church. It includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal.
It does not prioritise either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages.
There is no Messy Church in April or September due to school holidays.
A Holy Communion service at 8 am is conducted before Messy Church.
Our Children and Youth Ministry programme takes place during our 9.30 am worship time when it is not Messy Church and during school terms.
Children begin with parents in the church service and then leave after a brief Kids' Talk when the adult teaching time takes place. Children and Youth return to be with their parents for Holy Communion.
Baptisms as an infant or an adult can be made in arrangements with the Priest. This usually involves a period to help you understand the Christian faith you are entering into and, therefore, the promises you are making for yourself or on behalf of your child.
Playgroup is for babies to pre-schoolers with their mother/father or carers. The programme is balanced and covers the following area:
Physically: with toys, games and other indoor activities
Intellectually: by drawing, colouring, using puzzles or creative "art"
Emotionally: through fun, play and socialising
Spiritually: with a story, song, child's prayer or theme activity
Cost $5 per session per family
The Playgroup is provided in a safe caring environment and will also provide opportunities to meet and make friends with other parents.
Currently in Recess
On the first Monday of the month, at 1.30 pm, in our Church Hal, Meeting Room, or another advertised activity, ladies of all ages meet for social and discovery activities.
In Recess until 2022
Men from all age groups meet for breakfast on the 4th Saturday of each month, 8.00 am, alternating between the Church Hall and another food establishment for breakfast. This is an opportunity for men to gather and talk about the things men talk about.
Discipleship is key to being a Christian; an opportunity to grow in our knowledge and love of God and his Son Jesus Christ. Discipleship groups meet in private ho,mes and in church locations to explore our experience of life and how God is revealed in and through that supported by our knowledge of the bible.
Our Meditation Group meet every Thursday 10:00 am in the currently in the St James Chapel.
This is followed by our Prayer Group at 11:00 am in the St James Chapel.
Please feel to join us for either mediation, prayer or both of these ministries.
Please note these ministries do not meet during school holidays
Our gardens are here for all to use.
In this fast-paced world in which we now life, we need simple, beautiful places like gardens that draw us in to slow ourselves down, still the busy mind and connect us again with our deep resources.
There is no right way to walk a labyrinth!
You only have to enter and follow the path.
However, your walk can encompass a variety of attitudes.
It may be joyous or somber. It might be thoughtful or prayerful.
You may use it as a walking meditation.
Adults are often serious in the labyrinth.
Children most often run in and around, enjoying.
When you walk a labyrinth choose your attitude.
Make it serious, prayerful, or playful, Play music or sing.
Confirmation is the service where those who were baptised as infants get to make the promises of baptism for themselves, declaring publicly that that they are followers of Jesus. Confirmation takes place at the age when a person is considered to be mature and can make a decision of faith for themselves. The service is dependent upon the bishop being present.
Weddings can take place at any time during the year in mutual agreement with the Priest. Weddings usually take place within the Church Building, but arrangements can be made for other locations with agreement. Weddings of divorced people is permissible in the Diocese of Melbourne, with permission of the Bishop.
Weddings include a marriage preparation course to help you understand where you and your partner are in your relationship with one another.
Loneliness is a significant experience for many within our society as a result of a dispersed and mobile community. Whether living in their own home or an aged care facility there is a need for those who are infirm to have continued interaction with their faith community. St Stephens provides Holy Communions once a month in homes, by arrangement.
We also conduct services of Holy Communion, with singing, at the Residential Aged Care facilities at The Belmont, according to the Aged Care Facility schedule, as well as regular visitations by members of the congregation and friends.
St Stephen's supports the Wellspring Initiative which is a ministry based in Phnom Penh Camodia. The Camodian team work alongside poor communities.
They proved groceries, Medial needs, Counselling and Share the Love of God.
From their Wellspring Centre they run weekly discipleship groups, Clinics, Literacy and English classes.
Check them out FACEBOOK: Wellspring Initiative Cambodia
They have also established Morijana an ethical fashion business based in Phnom Penh Cambodia. Were they work to develop, mentor and empower Cambodian women to realise their full potential. Morijana clothes are made, pattern designed and managed by Cambodian women.
St Stephen's supports the Meals Programm at Christ Church, Geelong, through provision of casseroles on a monthly roster. We provide cakes and slices on a fortnightly basis.
Go to 'Community Ministries' at Christ Church, Geelong, on the link below:
Through St Andrews Corio, we assist in resourcing and staffing the free 'op shop' for clothing, manchester, and furniture, for all refugees, irrespective of faith expression or country of origin. This is our part of the work of Geelong Refugee Assistance Programme.
Foundation South Sudan is a registered charity to provide university scholarships to South Sudanese still resident in East Africa.