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Welcome to St. Stephen!

We can't wait to see you here at St. Stephen United Methodist Church.

St. Stephen is an authentic and humble community of followers of Jesus Christ. We are a serving, giving, and action-oriented family of believers, called to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus Christ β€”Β in our neighborhood, in Charlotte, and in the world.

We believe in supporting each other and growing disciples, recognizing the dignity of all God's children. We serve our neighborhood and the larger Charlotte community.

There is room at the table and welcome for all at St. Stephen, no matter your season of life.

Sundays at St. Stephen

Coffee Connections

Connect with St. Stephen members and guests over coffee and donuts for pre-worship fellowship in the church lobby.


Nursery for infants and kids 0-4 available during worship.


Beginning Sept. 17, join us as we jointly explore a new way of worship and fellowship.

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Sunday Small Groups

Study, Small Groups, and Fellowship. Sunday School for kids ages 3-18.

Worship Times

Dec. 10 β€” 10am (Single, Combined Service)
Dec. 17 β€” 9:30am Traditional & 10:30am Modern
Dec. 24 β€” 11am, 7:30pm, 11pm
Dec. 31 β€” 10am (Single, Combined Service)
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9am β€” Traditional
10am β€” Small Groups / Sunday School
11am β€” Modern
Starting Jan. 7, 2024

Explore Small Groups

Explore opportunities for connection after worship on Sundays.

Explore Missions

At St. Stephen, we live out an active faith, putting our hands, feet, and hearts to work for our neighborhood, Charlotte, and the world.

Find Us: Directions

We are located in southeast Charlotte on Sardis Road, near Lansdowne and convenient to SouthPark, Cotswold, Oakhurst, MoRA, and Matthews.

What To Expect

What is your worship style?

Our worship service is a relaxed, traditional service, with prayers, congregational hymns, choir anthems, and preaching. Our worship services typically last about an hour. They often begin with a prelude on our organ or other music, then proceed into a time of welcome and prayer. The congregation will join in singing a hymn, with lyrics projected on to two screens in the sanctuary. Our pastor will deliver his weekly sermon, and our choir will often perform a choral selection.

How should I dress?

Come as you are! Seriously!Β You’ll see folks in a variety of dress, from T-shirts and jeans all the way up to suits and ties.

Will my young children be welcome?
St. Stephen is an intergenerational church family. Children are always welcome to all of our worship services and are encouraged to participate fully in worship. Worship packets for children are available outside the Sanctuary. Nursery is provided during all worship services for infants and children through age 4. Nursery is also available during the 10:30am Sunday School hour for children from 0-2 years old.
Do you have programs for older youth?

We offer Sunday school and small groups for children and youth of all ages. Middle and high school youth are welcome to attend Sunday morning small groups. We also have a vibrant and active youth group, which meets weekly on Sunday evenings, along with other regular activities, retreats, and missions trips throughout the year.

What time should I arrive?

Our service starts at 9:30am on Sundays. If you arrive by 9am, you’ll have time to park and make your way to the church lobby. There, you can meet with members and other guests while enjoying coffee and donuts.

Where should I park and enter the building?

Parking is readily available in our front parking lot immediately accessible from Sardis Road. A handful of guest and accessible parking spaces are available nearest the building. Enter the building through the doorways nearest the sanctuary. The sanctuary is the largest, tallest portion of our building with the three skinny stained glass windows on front. (Additional parking is located in the rear of the building; you can access it via Lutomma Circle.)

How can I meet others and get connected?

Members of the church are ready to welcome you each and every Sunday morning. Say hello to one of our greeters. They’ll be wearing a red greeter tag. They can show you around the church lobby, help you get some coffee and donuts, and answer any questions you have, including making introductions to others. One of our greeters or welcome team members would be more than happy to talk about small groups with you and get you connected to a great group of people!

You're welcome here... anytime!

You don’t have to wait until a Sunday morning to check us out! Any of our church staff would be happy to meet with you during the week, give you a tour of our campus, and answer any questions you have. If you’d like to schedule a time to visit the church, email us at info@ststephenumc.net β€” or just drop by! Our current office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to check our calendar of events for programs and activities throughout the week. You are always welcome.

Learn about St. Stephen

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