“Going Local” – Missional Project
In 2014, St. Stephen’s became a part of “Going Local” Missional Project. The project is aimed at helping parishes to renew their mission within their local communities and neighborhoods.
The project’s focus over the next few years is on learning to be adaptive in the face of diminishing membership and dwindling commitment to organized religion. This approach is focused on developing awareness of who is our neighbor and where is our neighborhood. St. Stephen’s is a good candidate for this project, as it has been very active in social justice and local community initiatives over the years and more recently. The project emphasizes that the laity have a key role, and a small guiding team works with the congregation to explore and experiment with initiatives in the local community. Simultaneously, the clergy receive coaching to lead in new ways that foster adaptive learning and lead the spiritual development of the parish.
We believe that each of us is made in God’s image – beautiful and beloved, unique and whole. We work for the day when all are treated as equals in our families, churches and communities.
For over 40 years, Christians have raised their voices for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. In the United States alone, there are over 5,000 welcoming and affirming congregations, St. Stephen’s being one of them!
The Papermill Playhouse Broadway Choir
St. Stephen’s provides rehearsal space for about 30 weeks a year to the Papermill Playhouse’s scholarship Broadway Choir program. Sixty young aspiring artists meet on a Sunday evening to sing and dance with professional instruction and direction. We are proud to give these young people an opportunity to succeed and proud to support our local community arts programs.
Joint events with the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society
Since 2011, St. Stephen’s has joined forces with the local historical society. Together we put on rummage sales, teas, and boutique sales to raise much needed funds for both entities. The historical society is pleased to support the historic preservation of St. Stephen’s landmark buildings, and we are happy to help them with their historical preservation efforts.
In the spring of 1858, one of the founders of St. Stephen’s Church, Israel Dodd Condit, gave the church eight acres of land for a cemetery, and the site was consecrated for that purpose in October of that year by the Bishop of New Jersey, the Right Reverend George W. Doane.
The cemetery was established as one for the community, open to those of all faiths, and in the ensuing century and a half has become a resting place for many who have played significant roles in the history and culture of Millburn Township and its environ. A mausoleum, The Chapels at Short Hills, was opened in the cemetery in 2003.
Tours of the cemetery, in which impersonators stand at selected grave sites to speak for the persons buried there, have been offered periodically since 2008. In addition to people who were prominent in governance and development of the township in its early years, tours have featured a leading broadway actress, a well-known opera singer, an Episcopal Bishop who was a major church leader during the Civil War, Civil War veterans, World War II soldiers killed in action, and many others with township connections who lived interesting and productive lives.
Advance notice of future tours will be posted on this website.
Monthly Senior Luncheon and Movie Tuesdays
We welcome local seniors to join us for a monthly home-cooked lunch and a recent movie every second Tuesday of the month. It is a chance for hospitality and fellowship for all seniors in the local Millburn township.
A Memorial Day Service is led by the Rector and American Legion each year in St. Stephen’s Cemetery where many veterans are interred. The Rector is also called on to offer the invocations at town events including the July 4th Celebrations. The Rector also serves as Chaplain for the Millburn Police Department.
Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held at St. Stephen’s on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Additional information about AA in the local area and an up-to-date meeting schedule can be obtained from the Northern New Jersey Intergroup: (908) 687-8566, or www.nnjaa.org/