NuDay Syria Partnership
During the Lenten Season, St. Stephen’s families joined with NuDay Syria and its partner churches in the North Shore to collect backpacks for children living in refugee camps in Turkey. This past week, 20 backpacks, stuffed with school supplies, and blessed by Fr. John, were delivered to NuDay Syria’s collection site in Burlington, kindness of St. Stephen’s parishioner, Dick Cook. We are gratified by the generosity of St. Stephen’s parishioners.
Beginning April 24th, we will embark on a third refugee collection. This collection will focus on refugee women. NuDay Syria has asked its partner churches to gather arts and needlework crafts tools and supplies for the thousands of displaced homemakers living at the camps. These women have little to do that connects them with their old way of life in pre-war Syria. Once again, we ask you to open your hearts to come to the aid of Syrian refugees living in dangerous and desperate circumstances.
Here are some suggestions for the collection:
Art supplies could include paints, brushes, paper, charcoals, pastels, etc. Needlework crafts could include fabric, thread, yarn, scissors, needles for sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.
This Easter Season collection will begin on April 24th and end on June 5th. Please leave your donations in the vestibule at the courtyard entrance during the hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday. Thank you very, very much for your continued support of this important mission. The Outreach Committee.
Vacation Bible School Registration
Registration is live for VBS 2017!
This year, VBS runs from August 14th-August 18th from 9am-12pm. Children entering Preschool (age 4)- Grade 5 are invited to sign up and join the fun!We still have plenty of volunteer opportunities so please sign up using the same link!
First Intentional Communion
If you would like for your child (ages 6 and up) to receive instruction regarding Holy Communion, we are offering a class called “First Intentional Communion,” which is geared toward teaching young children the rudimentary basics of Holy Communion. “First Intentional Communion” is also appropriate for those families who would like for their child to wait prior to receiving Communion. The classes will meet Sunday, May 7th, 21st, and June 4th, culminating with a First Communion service on June 11th.
Stay tuned for more details on our website. Contact Sue McHugh with any questions.
Picture of the Week
Our new Acolyte crew following their training!