Welcome to St Stephen Anglican Church, Summerland (The Stone Church)
The Church is dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of Christian service in Summerland and beyond. Weekly Sunday service is provided using the Book of Alternative Services at 10am. Outreach to the greater community includes a significant contribution to Neighbour Link Summerland, Camp Owaissi, Agur Lake Camp, Summerland Food Bank and funds for a bursary to a graduating student from Summerland Senior Secondary.
For St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Summerland, the lengthy search for a new Incumbent priest concluded successfully in 2020 with the selection of the Rev. Guna Vaddadi. Beginning a new relationship with a church can be complex at any time let alone during the restrictions of a pandemic. The need to begin this when personal contact was very limited was challenging. Welcoming Guna as our priest was eased in part by his warm personality and genuine interest in connecting with, not only with church members of the congregation, but also with the wider community. Guna’s collaborative leadership style, creative manner in communicating the Word and his enthusiastic search for ways to enhance the life and future of St Stephen’s bode well for Summerland’s century old Stone Church.
The Parish has established two committees to assist in the leadership of moving forward, coming out of their Stewardship Campaign: Vision of Hope.
Goal: Develop the spiritual life of our parish and make it attractive to others.
Home Study Groups with varied topics:
- Book studies
- Bible studies
- Current issues
Try to involve everyone:
- In worship
- In community service
We plan to use outside resources as well as our own. Some are:
- Programs at Sorrento Centre
- Education for Ministry
- Diocesan and Regional events
1. Fundraising – to plan and organize events for the Parish and Community members to raise funds for the needs of St Stephen Church and for Outreach needs of the community or others in need.
2. Social (Fun) – to plan and organize events for the Parish and Community members to foster fellowship and fun:
Snowflake Tea and Cookie sale
- Garage Sale
- Spring Fashion Show
- Antique Road Show
- Book Sale
- Talent Auction
- Games tournament i.e. Yahtzee, Cribbage, Crazy Whist, Bridge
- Taste of Summerland Social
- Parish picnic
- Games night
- New Years Eve party
- Christmas decorating and potluck dinner
- Potluck dinner or lunch inviting St Barbara to join us