Thank you for visiting “Worship with Us” at St. Stephen’s, Oxford, NC.
Our Regular worship schedule is:
- Sunday, 8:00AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I (no singing)
- Sunday, 10:30AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II (full choir and singing)
- Fifth Sundays, 10:30AM, Joint Worship Service with St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church (with potluck meal afterward)
In addition to our regular worship schedule, we have seasonal schedules on All Saints and Ash Wednesday, and during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Holy Week. Special services will be posted on the website as dates and times vary.
St. Stephen’s follows the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s guidelines for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. While guidelines are subject to change at any time, St. Stephen’s has cautiously resumed most elements of pre-pandemic worship. For the congregation, mask use is optional for immunized and boosted individuals. Out of respect for individual needs and safety preferences, social distancing is possible, hand sanitizer and masks are available, and options for receiving Holy Communion exist.
At St. Stephen’s all are welcome to receive a Blessing or Holy Communion at the altar rail. If mobility is limited these can be provided in your pew as needed. If you prefer a Blessing (for whatever reason), approach the altar rail with the congregation, kneel or stand, and cross your arms to indicate your preference. To receive Holy Communion, extend your open palms to first receive the consecrated bread. You may then either consume the bread and drink from the chalice or “intinct” the bread in the shallow bowl provided before consuming the bread and wine together. If you choose to receive bread alone, cross your arms after consumption, or simply cover the bread with your opposite palm, to signal your choice to receive no consecrated wine.
Again, thank you for visiting “Worship with Us” at St. Stephen’s.
The Rev. Dr. Vincent Joseph Kopp, Rector