Your visit

St. Stephen's

Member of the ELCA and Sierra Pacific Synod

How do I dress and behave?
Folks who visit St. Stephen’s can dress in whatever way they feel comfortable for a Sunday morning. We have folks who visit in suit and tie, and people who come in walking shorts.  We’re interested in the “real you.”   The later service tends to be a bit more casual.  


What if my kids are “active”?
We understand that kids can be active, and that they talk.  We think of it as a “joyful noise.” Of course, if your child makes you uncomfortable, or seriously disrupts the worship of those around you, we encourage you to use soft toys we have on hand or to move to the entry way until things calm down.  



Do you ask visitors to introduce themselves?
No.  Please sit where you choose and participate at the level that is comfortable for you.  We would be honored if you would join us for treats after the service in our social hall, but don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable with too much attention.  We know how unnerving it can be to enter a room full of strangers. 
 
How does Communion work?
Jesus' table is open to all people who earnestly seek God.  It is not "our table," but God's table.  The Lutheran Church celebrates two Sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion (also known as the Lord's Supper and Eucharist).  Sacraments are gifts of God.  We freely celebrate them with all who desire to receive them.  Please speak with the Pastor if you desire to be Baptized or have more questions.