Happy are the people whose strength is in you!
Whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.
We like to think of St. Stephen’s as both old and new.
We seek to build new relationships in our neighbourhood, and to serve those around us with open hearts and minds. These relationships of service spring from our commitment to remain deeply rooted in our Anglican tradition and connected to the history of our church.
St. Stephen’s was originally located on Langstaff Road in Vaughan, in a building constructed in 1838, and on a plot of land donated by a member of Zion Lutheran Church as a result of a long-standing ecumenical relationship. Our current building dates back to 1895, and has been an important part of the Maple community for generations.
In 2008, a difficult decision was reached to close the church in light of falling attendance and ongoing financial struggle. Since then, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto held onto the property, waiting for the right time to plant a renewed Christian community in the heart of Maple.
On October 30th, 2016, St. Stephen’s was re-consecrated by Bishop Peter Fenty, and weekly services resumed on the first Sunday in Advent, November 29, 2016. Our neighbourhood partners overwhelmed us with their support, greatly encouraging us in the exciting task of building up a vibrant community once again.
The Rev. Jeff Potter served as our first priest and church planter, gathering us and inspiring us through the ins and outs of starting a new church family. The Rev. Ian LaFleur has recently joined us as our new priest, to help shepherd our community of faith and grow with us as we expand our presence in the neighbourhood.
And so, St. Stephen’s continues to be a Christian community in the making. At the intersection of what was and what will be, we invite you to gather with us around Word and Sacrament, a warm dinner and friendly conversation.
All are welcome at St. Stephen’s. Whether you come with great faith or great doubt, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or marital status, whatever your financial status or housing situation – we hope you can find a home with us as we explore together what it means to follow Jesus along the pilgrims’ way.