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In addition to the ministries described above in the sections on “How We Worship” and “Our Music,” St. Stephens supports a variety of ministries to enrich our congregation’s faith and support the surrounding community. Some examples include:

Agape Family Services — Working with this nonprofit organization, St. Stephen’s provides seasonal sheltering, including a meal, on Friday evenings at the church for homeless people in our community.

Coffee Cart — Church volunteers who provide refreshments in the Narthex during fellowship time after the 8 and 10 a.m. services, to facilitate meeting new people and connecting with other members.

Community Labyrinth — Walk. Cleanse. Illuminate. For thousands of years, all around the world, human beings have created and walked labyrinths. We designed and built our labyrinth for the local community. …


St. Stephen’s rich 150-year history began when a few farmers in the tiny settlement of Burlington attended a church meeting at their schoolhouse in 1868. The Reverend Francis Byrne (Colorado Territory’s first Episcopal Missionary) traveled from Fort Collins to hold that first service. His sermon inspired homesteader Margaret Andrew to organize regular Sunday school meetings. Since those early gatherings, St. Stephen’s has persevered as the oldest continuing congregation in the St. Vrain Valley.

Burlington emerged around a stagecoach station where the Cherokee Trail (now U.S. Hwy. 287) forded the St. Vrain River. When the Chicago-Colorado Colony built the larger town…


In January of 2018, after serving nearly 28 years as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Fr. Max Bailey announced his intent to retire. Beginning in the spring of that year, the St. Stephen’s Profile Committee created several opportunities for church members to share their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and hopes as we set out to call our new Rector. Members were encouraged to participate in several quick Sunday surveys focused on topics such as church identity, what we are looking for, and who we want to be. The Committee also facilitated a number of roundtable discussions centering on those same topics allowing…


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …


Meet St. Stephen’s

Throughout our process of discussing who we are at St. Stephen’s, where we hope to go as a congregation, and what qualities we seek in a new rector, many parishioners repeatedly described our congregation as a “family,” with each person playing a unique and valuable role in our church family’s life together. So, in addition to describing the communal aspects of our congregation, we have decided to include several brief personal profiles of various members of St. …

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