Our Vision Statement
St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ is a progressing Christian Church that practices God’s unconditional welcome. We celebrate faith that is discovered personally and shared generously through love and service.
What Kind of Church Are We?
We are part of a progressive denomination, the United Church of Christ. St. Stephens Bethlehem is an Open and Affirming Congregation. The United Church of Christ is known for valuing the ability of persons to seek and understand God. We do not impose doctrine, but we encourage learning and spiritual growth through reading scripture and through prayer, conversation, and thoughtful reason. We love the Bible and take it seriously, though not always literally. Within our church are persons of many theological and political persuasions. We are committed to be in relationship with one another, and we respect diversity of thought.
Our Mission Statement
“Where God’s Loving Acceptance Is Open To All.”
It’s Not All About Us.
Our church places a high value on outreach and community service. The church building is used throughout the week by a wide variety of support groups and other community-based organizations. We have hosted homeless families as well as Habitat for Humanity work teams from New England and Canada. We have a long-standing relationship with Heritage Christian Services which assists mentally challenged adults; a group home sits on our property and a day-hab program is housed in our building. We regularly collect food for area food pantries and contribute to local, national, and global missions. I n all of this, we believe that God calls us to help relieve the suffering of others and to work for a more just community and world.