About Saint Stephen's
To invite and make disciples for Christ, and to build the body of Christ by faithfully living, teaching and serving in the power of His Word.
Love God. Love God’s people. And ALL people are God’s people.
There are many things that draw people to church. Some come to express their faith. Others come because they are unsure what to believe and are looking for more meaning in life. Still others come looking for friendship, for a chance to connect to a wider community. Some are also looking for an opportunity to serve those in need.
Whatever your reason, you’ll find a home here at St. Stephen’s. St. Stephen’s is the neighborhood church that holds you in its heart. At St. Stephen’s we honor you for who you are, just as you are. As I like to say, our goal is simple: we love God; we love God’s people, and ALL people are God’s people. We hope you can join us.
God bless you all!
Fr. Ernie +
"To invite and make disciples for Christ, and to build the body of Christ by faithfully living, teaching and serving in the power of His Word."
It is Our Call to Worship.
Who We Are
Stewardship CelebrationStewardship is a grace. It is a gift from God. It is a gift that stirs us to give to others, to give of our energy, our skills, and our resources. Stewardship grows from a deep faith in God, a love for others and for the community as a whole. It goes to the very heart of what it means to be a Christian.
HistoryThe first Episcopal services were held in Gilroy in 1867. St. Stephen's became a Mission of the Diocese in 1875 and a parish in 1948. The present church was built in 1967. We have been a parish in transition from a conservative charismatic emphasis during the period of Episcopal renewal in the 70's to an emerging mainline church with a diverse population today.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is located in a middle-income neighborhood, about one block from a main business street. The sanctuary is large, seating approximately 200 people. Stained glass windows surround the sanctuary with a large stained glass cross in the wall over the altar. We have a parish hall that accommodates about 150 people, several classrooms, a nursery room, and the Resource Center office. There is a central courtyard of grass and trees with play equipment for the children. The facilities are shared during the week with Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, TOPS, Kairos Prison Ministry, Classical Conversations Home Schooling Group, Suzuki Violins, Power of Women Embracing Recovery, and Diocesan Meetings.