One of the core tenants of St. Stephen’s is community outreach. In 2006 The Vine was established as way for our church to engage the community through events, classes, our food pantry and other activities separate from the religious aspects of our faith. For over fifteen years The Vine has given the Ferguson area a place to grow and expand.
The Vine is a collaborative way of being community. It is an extended way of being Church and living out the Good News. The Vine, through conversations, collaborations, partnerships, and community, is simply a neighbor; reaching out, extending a hand, providing space, working side-by-side with others doing the same in an effort to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of others, God’s Children. The Vine’s collaborations and partnerships are diverse and there is always room for one more.
Conversation + Collaboration + Community = The Vine
St. Stephen’s Food Pantry
In 2019 our Food Pantry distributed 2004 bags of food. It took a lot of people, coordination and collaboration to accomplish this including volunteers from our parish, North Hills Methodist, several home school families and Girl Scout Troop 2648. Organized food donations come from Zion Lutheran, North Hills Methodist, the Homeschool Cooperative, local school drives and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts with April Showers and Food Drives. April Showers allows us to have personal hygiene items available. Food pantry is not open at this time, however we are giving the bags of fruit and vegetables and a bag of groceries each Tuesday at 10 am/drive thru for safety.
Clay Café, as it is now known, has grown from one organization preparing each monthly meal the first year, to a true community collaboration. The meals are now hosted in collaboration with a variety of community entities (individuals, groups, organizations and businesses), including our Vestry and congregation who sign up in advance for specific months to prepare our community meal. Clay Café allows our faith community to extend hospitality and the opportunity to organically connect with 50-70 of our neighbors around food, art, entertainment (i.e. Circus Harmony) and community services (i.e. free flu shots) and connection with a variety of community resources. Clay Cafe Dinner is held the 3rd Sunday of the month at 4:30 and Clay Cafe Brunch is on the 3rd Tuesday starting at 10. Both are drive thru during Covid.
The gentle martial art
If you have always wanted to learn to play an instrument, here is your chance at St. Stephen’s.
NORTH COUNTY HOMESCHOOL CO-OP
The North County Homeschoolers Co-op meets weekly at St. Stephen’s. We have classes for children in Pre-K through high school. Registration for the group typically takes place over the summer with classes running September through May. For more information, please contact Becky at Beckykernryan@gmail.com
Circus Harmony is a non profit social circus organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change. Since their inception in 2001, Circus Harmony has gone from 10 students to over 600 a year, performing over 500 shows a year in their home ring at City Museum and throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. For more info on Circus Harmony please visit circusharmony.org.
FERGUSON ECO TEAM
The Ferguson Eco Team was organized in June of 2012 as a response to the environmental symposium, “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” which took place at St. Stephen’s Church. Composed of residents of the Ferguson area, the team is working to create an ecologically sustainable community and to enable the transition from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy. How to enable an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet?! The team encourages what is already happening, catalyzes what needs to happen, and raises questions about current practices and future possibilities. Currently, they work in four areas: planning environmental educational events; support, network and resource other like-minded groups; advocate on behalf of environmental sustainability; and do research on the area’s ecological strengths and needs. Contact Carleton Stock email@example.com .
FERGUSON WINTER FARMERS MARKET
The 3rd Saturday of every month between November – April join us at St. Stephen’s and the Vine between 9am – 12 pm. Warm up w/ some local coffee, mingle w/ neighbors, visit local vendors, listen to live music, and stock up on local produce. All are welcome! For more info on vendor ops or any other market related questions please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to Covid this event will be held outside.
VINE COMMUNITY KITCHEN
In 2016 St. Stephen’s and The Vine completed renovations to the kitchen, turning the space into a commercial grade kitchen. The Vine’s Community Kitchen aims to provide a space for local entrepreneurs in the culinary arts to create and grow their businesses. Free of charge, kitchen use is available. For more info on The Community Kitchen please contact Carol at email@example.com. Currently we are closed due to Covid.