Welcome to St. Stephen’s presence on the web!  We are delighted that you are visiting us.  img_0855


We are young and old and middle-aged.  We are retirees (many who have moved to Williamsburg from someplace else); students and faculty and staff at the College of William and Mary; parents raising children; people working at Colonial Williamsburg, or at small businesses in the community, or serving in the military.


We are a community of people on the spiritual journey.  We are in community because we think it’s only possible to know God with the support of others who are also on the journey.


Throughout the week, we gather — and then we scatter into our day-to-day lives, the places where God has put us for ministry. 


We gather for worship, for study in small groups, and for friendship-laughing-peopledeepening.  We learn together how to pray.  As we practice the faith, the Spirit opens us and moves among us, forming us as citizens of God’s reign, which has begun, with the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. 


What does that look like, in day-to-day behavior?  Love.  Joy.  Peace.  Patience.  Kindness.  Perseverance in prayer.  Generosity.  Gentleness.  Hospitality to strangers.  Self-control.  Compassion. Humility.  Forgiveness.  Thankfulness.  (St. Paul uses these words to describe the Christian life, in his New Testament letters.)


aob-class-2009Is it easy to live according to these practices, as citizens of God’s reign?  No!  That is why we must gather in community, for constant confession, constant forgiveness, and constant strengthening by the Spirit, in our life-long journeys of conversion.  We can’t do it alone!  Together we come to experience the Spirit’s transformation, and resist being “conformed to the world” (to quote St. Paul again).


We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which includes about two-third of the Lutherans in the United States.  The ELCA is an inclusive and diverse church, and we try to reflect that.


We invite you to explore our ministries through this web site.  (When you’re exploring the site, be sure to click on the headings themselves, and not just the “drop downs” that appear!)


More importantly, we invite you to worship and study and to journey with us!


For directions to our building, at 612 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg, click: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Williamsburg&state=VA&address=612+Jamestown+Road&zipcode=23185&cat=St.+Stephen+Lutheran+Church


Check out some pictures below!


Peace be with you –


Pastor Andy Ballentine