Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what’s going on at St. Stephen’s?
What does a normal Sunday morning schedule look like?
Where is St. Stephen’s located?
Where do I park when I come to St. Stephen’s?
Is St. Stephen’s accessible to those with physical challenges?
What do Episcopalians believe?
Is the Episcopal Church Protestant?
Can I get married at St. Stephen’s even if I’m not a member?

How do I know what’s going at St. Stephen’s?
Visit this website often! The calendar page is the most up-to-date page on the website, so if you’re wondering about whether or not an event is still on, check the calendar page, which you can find here. You can also check out our Facebook page, which we update with event notices quite frequently. (back to top)

What does a normal Sunday morning schedule look like?

During the school year, the average Sunday morning begins with a service of Holy Communion (without music) at 8am. This is followed by our adult formation class “The Sermon:Director’s Cut” and adult choir rehearsal at 9am. Nursery care also begins at 9am. At 10am, our second service of Holy Communion (with music) begins. At the same time, our Godly Play children’s program happens for pre-K through elementary age in various classrooms and our C.I.A. middle school group meets, as well. After church, there is time for coffee, goodies, and fellowship in Walton Rodgers Hall or in the courtyard in nice weather. At 11:30, our R.O.X. high school group meets, and other various meetings are held depending on the Sunday. Sometimes, a second adult formation offering also happens following fellowship time. (back to top)

Where is St. Stephen’s located?
St. Stephen’s is located off the town common in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on the south shore of the bay. For directions, click here. (back to top)

Where do I park when I come to St. Stephen’s?
We have four spaces in front of our courtyard up the hill on Highland Avenue and more spaces further up the hill next to the handicapped access door to the church. On Sundays and for special events, you can park in the town hall parking lot, which is about 200 yards down the common next to the white town hall, or on Main Street. (back to top)

Is St. Stephen’s accessible to those with physical challenges?
St. Stephen’s is accessible to those in wheelchairs and those with other physical challenges. To access the church, drive all the way up Highland Avenue and around the church building to the door with ramp-access. To access the parish house, park at the courtyard and go to the left hand door off the patio. The elevator is just inside this door and goes to the choir room and the parish hall. As with most old buildings, our access is less than ideal, but we will do our best to accommodate you. (back to top)

What do Episcopalians believe?
Episcopalians believe in the God made known in Jesus Christ our Lord, who encounters us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ lived a life that pointed to God and shows us the way to order our lives as his followers. In his death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus made known to us that nothing — not even death — can separate us from the love of God, and this is the good news we proclaim.

The Holy Spirit encounters us in the sacraments of our worship and in the sacramental act of living our lives as people whom God calls to the perfect freedom of service in God’s name. As a people who pray according to the rites found in the Book of Common Prayer, we invite you to discover our faith by worshiping with us, for we say, “As we pray, so we believe.” (back to top)

Is the Episcopal Church Protestant?
The best answer here is: sort of. The Episcopal church is the American expression of Anglicanism, also known as the Church of England, which broke away from Roman Catholicism in the 1530s. Whereas new Protestant churches on the European continent formed in “protest” of various Roman Catholic doctrines and practices, the Anglican Church was established for myriad other reasons and did not bear the marks of the continental reformation until many years later. As such, the Anglican church has always celebrated its identity as the “via media” or “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism in its various forms. (back to top)

Can I get married at St. Stephen’s even if I’m not a member?
Yes, you can. As long as one member of the couple is a baptized Christian (not necessarily Episcopalian), you can get married at St. Stephen’s. We require three to five sessions of pre-marital counseling with one of the priests beforehand, so make sure you contact us with plenty of time before your planned date! Click here for more information about weddings at St. Stephen’s and for documents for you to download, fill out, and send in to get the process started. (back to top)

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