WHO WE ARE – We’re an Episcopal Church nestled in the heart of Ferguson, Missouri for over 120 years. We’re constantly changing to reflect our community and supporting it however we can. Our Faith feeds us and we feed the community.
OUR MISSION – St. Stephen’s mission is to grow a healing community of those who seek to love God, love each other and serve the world through Christ. We are an increasingly diverse community welcoming ALL people to St. Stephen’s and restoring each other to unity with God and Christ.
OUR HISTORY – According to The Church News of 1906, the first Episcopal services in Ferguson were held in 1872 in the home of Eliza L. Wash. We are still worshipping in Episcopal services at St. Stephen’s in the same location where Mrs. Wash’s home stood – at the corner of Darst and N.Clay. The church grew and the first church building was built and furnished for $2700.00 at that same corner. The first services were held in the new church in 1891 and St. Stephen’s was received into the Diocese of Missouri as a parish May 26, 1896 by a unanimous vote of the 1896 Diocesan Convention.
The church continued growing. More land was purchased at that same corner extending down Darst and down N. Clay. In 1949 a new parish house was built and in 1954, plans were drawn up for a new church building. The parish house was used for services until the new church was finished in 1956 and the first service in the new church took place. Note: The chapel in the undercroft of that new church, our present church building, is appointed with the stained-glass windows from the original church building. We enjoy those windows today.
SERVICES – We have two worship services each Sunday morning. Our 8:00 a.m. service is a Rite I Eucharist service with no music. The 10:00 a.m. service is a Rite II Eucharist service with music. This is our family service with church school for children held during the Liturgy of the Word. Children then join their families for communion.
LOCATION – St. Stephen’s is located at 33 N Clay in Ferguson, Missouri easily accessible from Hwy 270 to the north and Hwy 70 to the South.
St. Stephen’s is home to wonderful stained glass imagery depicting important biblical events and the cornerstone of our church is The Great Cross. You can see these by going here.
While exploring our church we hope you will consider:
- Visiting us for a Sunday service
- Joining our choir
- Coming to the Clay Cafe for a meal
- Stopping by the Winter Farmers Market
- Donating to our rummage sale
- Taking a class in Tai Chi
- Learning to play guitar
- Volunteering in one of our outreach programs
- Continuing to frequent our website for updates
Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome at St. Stephen’s. We hope to enhance your faith experience and that our church can help strengthen your faith and life.