If you have been doing some spiritual soul searching, you’ve found a place where you can wonder with others. If you have been searching specifically for a local Episcopal church, we have almost a century of history in the heart of the Laurelhurst community in Seattle. If you are anywhere in between, you’ve come to a place where you can spiritually search, find ways to serve in community, and celebrate where God is in your life.
St. Stephen’s is an intentionally inclusive congregation, welcoming all people and their gifts regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, education, political views, and economic status. We practice mutual ministry – the gifts of the laity being as important and valued as that of the clergy, working together serving God’s people and creation. We are a community of faith in the Episcopal tradition in the Diocese of Olympia in Western Washington and a part of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
We look forward to the opportunity to come to know you and invite you to explore our website to get to know us a little bit. Better yet, come visit on a Sunday and connect in one of our community ministries, so you can experience for yourself what life following Jesus is like on our corner of 45th Street NE and 48th Avenue!
We look forward to meeting you and discovering God’s work in this world together.
Chapel entrance (above)
Program Year (late September-mid-June)
Holy Eucharist with Choir, 10:00 am, Church (large building)
Summer Schedule (mid-June-late September)
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 am, Church
Sung Evensong, 5:00 pm, 2nd Sundays of the month (October-June)
Information about our Music Ministry can be found here
First time going to an Episcopal service?
Never fear! Here’s a brief guide to help you be prepared.
For additional information about all things Anglican (this includes the Episcopal Church), please check out Anglicans Online.
The Episcopal church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations.
At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed.
The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.
Additional information about the Episcopal Church can be found here.
Wondering what Anglicans/Episcopalians believe? Here’s a brief explanation from Anglicans Online.
In 2017, our parish’s Chapel celebrated 75 years of gathering people to be sent out to be God’s hands and feet in the world. Here’s a succinct history of how St. Stephen’s came to be.
Here at St. Stephen’s, we seek to know and love Christ, to know and love the stranger, and to know and love each other.