Min-is-try  (mn-str)
a. The act of serving; ministration.
b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.

Here at St Stephen’s our understanding of ministry is service, and specifically the kind of service that Jesus commanded through word and example. 

When John [the Baptist] heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. Gospel of Matthew 11:2-5

 [Jesus Said;] “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Gospel of Matthew 28:19-20


Reading Camp is a literacy program aimed at children 7-11 who think they may not like reading or just aren’t good at it to help open them up to the joy of reading and to make reading a fun and positive experience.  Reading Camp is held for one week during the summer as done jointly with our ministry partner, St Luke Lutheran Church.  To learn more go to our Reading Camp website.


The Daughters of the King (DoK) is our adult women’s group whose mission is the extension of God’s kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism.  The DoK maintains and prays our parish prayer list and help one another on their individual faith journeys.  The DoK meets in the evening on the third Thursday of each month.


The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a national organization that is involved in a number of missional areas, including literacy, education, health and the United Thank Offering.  The St Stephen’s chapter hosts several fundraisers each year for charitable uses and supports the work of the parish.  The ECW meets on the first Thursday of each month for lunch at Pasquale’s at 11:30.


The Brotherhood of St Andrews is our adult men’s group whose mission is prayer, study and service.  They meet on the third Friday of each month for lunch at Dobra Zupa’s.


Our Pub Fellowship group is an ecumenical group which meets twice monthly for hospitality and conversation.  On the second Thursday of each month we meet at Sir Walter’s for Poetry Night and on the Fourth Tuesday of each month we meet at Dobra Zupa’s; both at 7:00pm.


Our beaders meet to make Anglican Rosaries, which are sold to raise money to support our Community Giving ministry.


Our Community Giving ministry incorporates our support of outside community service groups who seek to make a better world for their fellow humans as well as individuals in need.  Some of the groups supported include national and international organizations such as Episcopal Relief and Development, United Thank Offering, and the Elewanna Project as well as local organizations such as the Highland Education Project, Mountaineer Food Bank, Storm Haven Recovery Center and the Raleigh County Humane Society.  We also are able to help individuals in need with small grants to address immediate needs.


Our primary children’s ministries are Kid’s Church, our Sunday School program and Kid’s Space, our nursery and our Day School, which offers an extensive pre-K program during the school year.  We also have Yes to Baptism, our faith exploration group for ‘tweens.  The Day School has been serving the Beckley Community for over 60 years, and incorporates an engaging curriculum with Spanish, Dance and music as well.


For over 30 years St Stephen’s has offered a final resting place to anyone who wishes to be interred in the precincts of a Christian community.  All interments are done in the auspices of a worship service and our garden space is tenderly cared for by our Gardening Group.


Our Garden group meets regularly throughout the year to maintain the beauty of our landscaping.


St Stephen’s has an active music program and welcomes your gifts and enthusiasm.  Our choir sings most Sundays September through May at our 10:00 service.  In addition, we welcome musicians to play in the context of our worship.


We are blessed to be able to draw on the dedicated service of so many that make our worship a beautiful, meaningful and inspiring experience.  They include Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes, Lectors, Ushers and Tellers.  We are always welcoming of anyone who feels they would like to assist in worship.


The Altar Guild is a dedicated group of men and women who work behind the scenes to prepare for Communion and make the church ready for worship.

Worship Services

8:00 a.m. – Rite I Holy Eucharist: A spoken contemplative worship in traditional language

9:30am – Rite II Holy Eucharist: A traditional liturgy in modern language with music


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200 Virginia St.
Beckley, WV 25801

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