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As part of our mission to grow in our understanding of God’s love, we offer adults a variety of opportunities to learn about and experience the love of God within a community of faith.  Below is a sampling of ways you can deepen your Christian discipleship at St. Stephen UMC.

Adult Sunday School

Sunday School fellowship and study takes place at 10:10am – 11:10am between our two Sunday worship services.  We currently offer 10 different classes to meet a variety of needs and interests.  All are welcome to join in!  For more detailed information go to our Adult Sunday School page.

Summer Adventure, Learning Together (S.A.L.T.)

Summer is a great opportunity to get a taste of adult education at St. Stephen!  During the months of July and August, all are invited to gather after worship for a time of fellowship and learning.  Each summer welcomes a different theme and focus of study.  

Resource Center

St. Stephen UMC has one of the finest adult resource centers anyone could ask for! In the center you will find a wide collection of books and DVDs for personal and group studies, to meet a wide range of interests and needs.  TV and DVD players are available for your use as well.  The Resource Center is located in room 31 and is open whenever the church is open. Resources can be checked out simply by signing the check-out sheet at the door or you are welcome to relax in the comfortable seating area. Drop in anytime and get acquainted with the varied and new resources that are regularly added and on display!  Contact Pam Smith ( or Bill Cole ( anytime you need assistance.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that uses the Stephen Series system.  St. Stephen UMC is a Stephen Ministry church that equips and empowers lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.  If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or would like to learn how to become a Stephen Minister, contact the senior pastor at 704-364-1824.

Prayer Ministry

St. Stephen UMC is a praying congregation.  We lift one another up in prayer and we pray for our community, our nation, and our world.  To learn more about opportunities to be involved in prayer ministry, contact Rick Hale.

Men’s and Women’s Retreats

At St. Stephen we know the power of gathering together as a group of men or a group of women and sharing in fellowship and spiritual formation.  Therefore, periodically we will offer retreats in the form of a day apart or an overnight gathering to nurture our faith and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Music Ministry

St. Stephen UMC offers a multitude of ways to explore and share your gifts of music!  For more detailed information click here.

Adult Mission Opportunities

St. Stephen UMC is a congregation intent upon positively impacting our community through intentional acts of service.  To learn about the variety of ways you can join us in mission, click here.