First Time Visitors
We understand that visiting any new location, especially a church, can be intimidating. That's why we've assembled some common questions from new visitors to help make you feel comfortable and welcome.
Who are we?
St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church is a vibrant and inclusive congregation that strives to create a welcoming and nurturing environment for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. Our vision is to be an exceptional community of believers, committed to sharing Christ's love, so that our priorities more closely reflect the Kingdom of God.
When and Where?
We have multiple services Sunday morning with each offering their own unique way to experience God's love. At our Belden campus we offer both traditional and contemporary services. The Louisville campus offers a traditional service.
Is there a dress code?
The dress code is come as you are.
What should I expect on my first visit?
When you first enter the church, it is our goal to make you feel welcome and happy that you are here. One of our greeters will meet you at the entrance with a smile and ready to answer any questions you might have. From there, you can explore the building to find out more about what we offer, take your kids to Sunday school, or head right into the worship service. Our services start on time, so come early to get a great seat!
What is available for my children?
We were hoping you would ask! We have a safe and fun environment for kids of all ages. We offer a staffed nursery for little ones to enjoy while you worship. Sometimes little ones become fussy during worship. For that, we offer a cry room designed to calm them down, yet allow you to continue worshiping. Our Kid's Church program is tailored for children pre-school to 5th grade. Confirmation studies begin in 6th grade and continue through 8th grade. The high school youth program includes plenty of opportunities for fellowship and volunteering as they continue learning about Christ and growing in faith.
What is the worship experience like?
At both the Belden and Louisville campuses we combine liturgy, hymns, prayers, and biblical teachings to create a worship experience that is both reverent and relevant to our lives today.
As you enter the sanctuary, you'll be greeted by our friendly ushers who will provide you with a bulletin that outlines the order of worship. You're welcome to find a seat anywhere you feel comfortable.
Worship services typically begin with an invocation or a call to worship, setting the tone for our time together. We then engage in congregational singing, accompanied by an organist or musicians. We sing a variety of hymns that blend traditional and contemporary styles, allowing everyone to participate and connect with the music in a way that resonates with them.
Throughout the service, you'll experience a balance of different elements. We have readings from the Bible, including passages from the Old and New Testaments, which are meant to inspire and guide us. Our pastor delivers a sermon, which is a reflection on the scripture readings, offering insights, practical applications, and spiritual encouragement for our daily lives.
We also have times of prayer during the worship service. This includes prayers of confession and forgiveness, prayers of thanksgiving and praise, and intercessory prayers for our church, community, and the world. We believe in the power of prayer to bring us closer to God and to uplift and support one another.
As Lutherans, we celebrate the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, is a sacred time of receiving bread and wine, which we believe to be the body and blood of Christ. All baptized Christians are welcome to participate in this sacrament.
Our worship services typically last about an hour, allowing time for reflection, contemplation, and communion with God. We strive to create an atmosphere that encourages spiritual growth, personal connection with God, and a sense of community among worshippers.
After the service, we invite you to join us for fellowship and refreshments in our gathering area. This is an excellent opportunity to meet members of our congregation, ask questions, and learn more about our church community.
What do I do when I first arrive on Sunday?
If you decide to visit us this Sunday, please make sure to stop by the Welcome Center at the Belden Campus or the Upper Room at the Louisville Campus. We'd love to help you and your family get situated, and our pastor would love the opportunity to shake your hand and personally welcome you to St. Stephen.