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lilac2.jpgWelcome to Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. 

No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, we welcome you to the Grace and St. Stephen’s community. We invite you to experience God’s grace among us, and join us in offering this grace to others.

We experience this rich spirituality in many ways:

•    shared worship
•    in community and fellowship
•    working to make our world a better place

Programs for children, youth and adults  provide opportunities for all to find a home and a calling in our parish and the greater world.  

We look forward to learning more about you and welcoming you here.

 

mouse2.jpgSunday Services:

8 am            Holy Eucharist with music
10:30 am     Holy Eucharist with choir
10:30 am     Wee Worship (2nd Sunday of the month, Children’s Chapel) 
8 pm            Contemplative Choral Compline (last Sunday of the month)

Weekday services:

Monday, 11:30 am:  Mid-Day Prayer & Anglican Rosary

Tuesday, 9 am: Morning Prayer

Wednesday, 5 pm: Holy Eucharist

Thursday, 12 pm: Public Service of Healing & Holy Eucharist

Friday, 12 pm: Chanted Monastic Prayer

 

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The church and office are located at 601-631 North Tejon Street, between Monument and Willamette Streets.

Street parking abounds around the church. On Sundays, there is no fee for metered spaces. Handicap parking spots are located near the corner of N. Tejon St. and Monument St., with wheelchair access located at the northeast corner of the church building.

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On Sundays centuries-old rituals and God’s message of hope and love combine to inspire and challenge us to face a noisy, complicated world with grace and love.

We welcome you to participate in and experience a transformative order of worship, beautiful choral music, vibrant congregational singing, and inspiring sounds from the organ. The order for the service--prayers, hymns and lessons—are provided in a bulletin so that all may participate as they wish.

At the 10:30 am service, children join the a member of the clergy for the children’s sermon after Sunday School, and then join their families for the remainder of the service.

Following either service, hospitality hour in the parish hall gives everyone a chance to connect with old friends, make new ones and weave more threads into the fabric of our parish life.

Ushers at the back of the church are available at anytime to answer any questions. We hope you will help us welcome you personally by completing the Contact Us form.

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At Grace and St. Stephen’s children are welcomed! Yes, children are invited to every worship service.  Our family-oriented programs include:

•    Breakfast Club, each Sunday morning from 9:15 am to 10:15 in Taft Hall
•    Children's Sunday School, for ages 3-12 begins at 10:15 every Sunday morning.
•    Wee Worship, a service designed for families with children 0-6 years old

Children from 3 months to 3 years of age may join the nursery, which is located in the education wing south of the main worship sanctuary. Please follow signs located in the hallways to find our nursery. Upon arrival you will need to sign-in and receive a pager to be in communication with Nursery staff.

We look forward to meeting you. Please let us know who you are, how to reach you and what more we can share about Grace and St. Stephen's with you by completing the Contact Us form.

 

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Choirs for All Ages

Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants who minister in Thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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The Taylor Choir is the foundation of our music program, continuing a rich musical tradition in both the life of the parish and the larger community. 

A brief audition is required, and can be arranged by contacting Deke Polifka. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, September through May. During the summer months, the choir rehearses from 9:15 to 10:15 am on Sundays only. Made up of more than 35 choristers, the choir sings each Sunday for the 10:30 am service of Holy Eucharist and for special services and concerts throughout the year. The repertoire draws heavily from the Anglican tradition, while including many other style periods. The St. Stephen’s & Taylor Choir has recently sung at St. John’s Cathedral (Denver) and with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in performances of the Verdi Requiem. Members have varying musical backgrounds, ranging from amateur music-lover to professional musicians and educators, and a good number participate in other ensembles around Colorado Springs.

YOUTH CHOIRS
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The St. Cecilia Youth Choir is open to all youth in seventh through 12th grade—no audition is required. These choristers sing for the 10:30 am service on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, September through May, and for special services and concerts throughout the year.

Many members of St. Cecilia are graduates of the St. Nicholas Children’s Choir and the Royal School of Church Music training program.

The St. Cecilia Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, September through May.

For more information, please contact Deke Polifka.

For Children

The St. Nicholas Children’s Choir is open to all children in 2nd to 6th grade—no audition is required. These choristers sing for the 10:30 am service on the first and third Sundays of each month, September through May, and for special services and concerts throughout the year.

Many of the choristers also participate in a free music training program, affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in England, which provides instruction in music theory, vocal skills and sight singing. Each summer, they participate in Choir Camp, a sleep-away experience in the mountains which includes singing, worship, arts/crafts, Bible study and many other fun activities.

The St. Nicholas Choir rehearses on Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, September through May. The optional music training program is offered from 3:45 to 4:25 pm, October through May, for choristers 3rd grade and above.

For more information, please contact Deke Polifka.

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The Grace Notes Handbell Choir is a group of talented hand bell players ringing four octaves of bells and three octaves of choir chimes. A part of the musical program at Grace and St. Stephen’s since 2003, the Grace Notes ensemble performs a variety of quality handbell music on a seasonal basis. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 pm on Tuesdays, September through May. For more information, please contact Laurie Cox, director.

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