Here are some of the most common questions we get at St. Stephen’s.
Where is St. Stephen's?
St. Stephen’s is just north of Major Mackenzie on Keele Street, on the east side of the road. Our address is 10103 Keele Street.
Where can I park?
We’ve got lots of parking in behind the church. The entrace to the parking lot is just north of the church on Keele Street, just past the sign for the church.
How long will the service be?
The service will last approximately one hour, and will be immediately followed by dinner. Feel free to stick around as long as you like!
What about my kids?
Children of all ages are celebrated at St. Stephen’s.
Children of any age are welcome to remain in the service, and there is an area in the sanctuary set up with books, quiet toys, and colouring supplies for children and caregivers. Children’s Ministry is offered during the 5pm service in the parish hall. Parents are invited to drop their children off before the service begins. Visit our Children’s Ministry page for more details.
Can I receive communion?
The Anglican church teaches that anyone baptized in any Christian tradition can receive communion, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or denomination.
What if I don't want to receive communion?
No problem! Feel free to remain at your seat during communion, or to come forward to receive a blessing.
What's the deal with the meal afterwards?
There’s something strangely transformative about sharing a meal with other people. It’s a great chance to get to know one another, build community, and explore the endless connections between the Lord’s table and the dinner table.
Plus, it’s free! And it’s never fancy, but always good.
Should I bring something to dinner?
Each week the food is provided by the church and prepared by a rotating group of people from our community. We all help set up tables and chairs together, we put the food on the table together family-style, and we even clean up together (and have a chance to swap stories while we do the dishes – really, it’s better than it sounds!). Just like any other family, dinner is our community at its best.
What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
No problem. We always try to make our meals gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian-friendly, but if you have a specific need just let us know and we’ll be happy to make sure we have something for you.
What should I wear?
We generally advise wearing clothes. Beyond that, it’s really up to you!
Most weeks you’ll see some people dressed somewhat on the fancy side, while other people will be wearing jeans, shorts or sweats. The overall feel of the community is pretty casual, and we’re happy to meet one another as we are.
How do I make sure I don't take someone else's seat?
There are no assigned seats – we promise! Sit wherever you’re comfortable, and don’t worry if it takes you a little while to get used to the rhythm of Anglican worship. There will be lots of people nearby to help answer any questions if you’re looking for some direction in the moment.
How will I know what to do in the service?
Everything you’ll need for the service will be in the bulletin that you’ll receive when you enter the church. Our priest, Father Jeff, will provide direction during the service, and there will be friendly people nearby to help too.
What if I have a lot of questions and doubts?
If we’re honest, we all have doubts and questions from time to time. Our community is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and traditions, and we don’t always agree about everything.
There’s lots of room at St. Stephen’s for doubt, questions, and discussion, and you don’t need to call yourself a Christian to be welcome.
Do I have to give money?
Nope. Please do not feel any obligation to give.
During the service, a collection is taken as we offer gifts of bread, wine, and money at the altar as the offering of the whole church. You’re certainly welcome to give if you feel you want to, but you’re never required to do so (and no one is watching or judging – promise!)
Can I bring a friend?
Everyone is welcome at St. Stephen’s, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or marital status, whatever your financial status or housing situation. And there’s always more than enough food to go around.