For everything, there is a season.
After a period of closure,
our doors are open once again.
We like to think of St. Stephen’s as both old and new. On the one hand, seeking to build new relationships in our neighbourhood and to serve those around us with open hearts and minds, but on the other hand being deeply rooted in 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 inter-denominational 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. Since then we’ve been overwhelmed by support around our neighborhood, and we’re really excited to be building up a vibrant community once again.
And so, St. Stephen’s is a Christian community in the making. At the intersection of what was and what will be, we invite you to gather with us around prayer, food, and the simple conviction that nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
All are welcome at St. Stephens. 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.