• Our Church, St. Stephen’s
  • Our Community, The Vine
  • Welcoming Catholics

If you like the the intimacy of your neighborhood coffee house or your local deli… you will like us.

If you think Jesus was about love, justice, feeding the hungry, teaching us how to live well and have a good  time doing it – you may have found some new friends.

If you have been Catholic, Presbyterian, Buddhist, non-denominational, none of the above or all of the above  – you will meet others who share your journey.

If the sum total of all you know about the Bible is not enough to play Scrabble or is so much that you can teach a course – you will add to the conversation.

If you are someone who thinks painting someone’s house when they can’t is as important of a way to spend a day as shopping or going to the movie – you will have some great days ahead.

We are a gathered people who are each in our own way trying to answer the big questions, do the simple things and live life in ways that have us in right relationship with God, our self, one another other and the Creation. And our gathering is not as strong as it could be with you as a part of the community

We would love to tell you more: our email is ststephensferguson@gmail.com, call 314-753-7911 or  come by 33 N Clay Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135.

We hope you will join us in Living the Good News

thevine

The Vine is a community conversation and collaboration project participating in the renewal of the North City/ North County area of Metropolitan St Louis.  Launched with support from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, as well as individual and foundation support, The Vine includes Strings Attached – a guitar based education and community music program, Pay It Forward-  a gathering for 20 & 30 somethings working to keep people in their homes, making neighborhoods safer and having fun, Theology on Tap – the 3rd Tuesday from 6 – 8pm at Hill Brewing Company, and now The Vine Market at St Stephen’s - the continuation of the Ferguson Farmer’s Market on the 3rd Saturdays from 9 – 11:30, November – April.

Find out how you can be a part of this growing community by contacting Steve Lawler 314.753.7911 or swlawler@gmail.com.

The Vine recently served as a sponsor in the Live Well Ferguson 5K, handing out water to hundreds of racers despite the rainy weather.

 

eucharist IIThere are times when one’s faith journey leads to a new community and a more congruent sense of belonging and practice. For many Roman Catholics in search of a new spiritual community, the Episcopal Church is an appealing alternative, offering a very similar church-going experience with more emphasis on relationships and less on rules and dogma.

Simply put, the Episcopal Church welcomes everyone, regardless of their faith or circumstance. It also embraces diversity in both leadership and lifestyle. In the Episcopal Church:

  • Women serve as deacons, priests and bishops
  • Clergy members can marry
  • Members of the LGBT community serve as deacons, priests and bishops
  • Birth control is considered a personal choice, not a sin
  • Lay people play a prominent role in church administration
  • We have a strong history of safeguarding children
  • Bishops are elected by church clergy and lay people, not appointed by a central authority
  • We preach, teach and live the central truth of God’s Love for all

These are just some of the ways that Episcopalians celebrate openness and equality, inspired by the life and work of Jesus. If you’d like to learn more about the Episcopal faith and explore how it might offer a community for you to continue what you value most about your experience as a Catholic, contact Father Steve Lawler at episcopalians@gmail.com,

Saint Stephen’s & The Vine is a gathering place. We are blessed with the liturgies of this Holy Week to be gathering a number of times for special services:

Palm Sunday @ 8, 10am  & 5pm

Maundy Thursday @ 7pm

Good Friday @ noon & 7pm

Easter Sunday @ 8, 10 & 5pm

Blessings and deep wonder to you in this Holy Week,

Fr. Steve

 

Holy Week Liturgies