Since last fall, many people have been enjoying healthy meals (delicious, hearty soups and salads) and fellowship between the Celtic service and Compline on Sunday evenings. For the summer, we’re taking our Sunday Suppers outside (weather permitting) and adding locally produced food—some cooked on the grill—lawn games, and more! The summer menus are built around fresh, seasonal ingredients, many of which are purchased from the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen’s. If you attend the Celtic service at 5:30 p.m., the Compline service at 8 p.m., or both, please come to the Fellowship Hall anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy fellowship and food. Donations to defray the cost of the food are welcome.
We see the Sunday supper as an integral part of our food and wellness ministries. We promote health through classes, groups and our Farmers Market. We want to support local farmers as a way of promoting healthy practices while we strengthen the community. Our farmers, in turn, support our food ministry to people in need by donating fresh produce to our food pantry--so that all of us, not just those who can afford fresh, local, nutritious food, have access to it. When we support one part of our food and wellness ministries, all are strengthened.
We are looking for volunteers for our cook teams. Contact Dessa Fejta in the parish office to sign up for any Sunday through August 25, or see the sign-up sheets at Information Central.
The menu for Sunday, June 16 is:
Grilled Yucatan Chicken | Veggie Burgers (vegan)
Donations: We want to be sure that these suppers continue, and that all can take part, regardless of their ability to contribute. If you are in a position to make a donation for your supper–-and perhaps someone else’s–-we hope you will.
Each Wednesday evening during the program (academic) year, St. Stephen's offers an informal parish supper in the Fellowship Hall (the very large room in the parish house). "Wonderful Wednesdays" are a great way to get to know others in this large parish, and the delicious suppers prepared by our minister of food service and several volunteers provide time for families, couples and friends to reconnect at the dinner table without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up.
Wonderful Wednesdays suppers are on hiatus until September.
Supper is served buffet style from 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Prices are $3 for children age 11 and under, $7 for adults, and a $20 maximum per family. (You can bring cash or a check, and discounted meal cards are also available for purchase at the dinners.)
A number of small groups meet on Wednesday night following the supper, as well, including some Emmaus Groups, Disciple Bible Study and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Many people like to come early for a brief service of Evening Prayer in the church (5:30 p.m.) with the Virginia Girls Choir. Read more about this offering here.