St. Stephen Methodist Church in Arlington Texas Christmas Eve Service

Join us on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 6:30 P.M. for our Traditional Candlelight Vigil to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

This is a wonderful to celebrate together as a church family.  Bring your friends, family, and holiday guests!



Nursery Worker:

St. Stephen UMC in North Arlington is currently seeking a part-time paid nursery worker.  Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have child care experience, and love working with children in a Christian environment.  Passing a pre-employment background check and completing MinistrySafe Training will be required. For more information and/or to submit your resume with references, please email the church office at with "Nursery Worker" as the subject.


Healthy Church Initiative

 We had a church member vote on Sunday, June 14 and decided to proceed to the consultation phase of The Healthy Church Initiative.   For that vote, we mailed out a Frequently Asked Questions document and a Healthy Church Initiative Overview.  

Check out the following information and view the short videos to find out how St. Stephen can go from a good church to a great church.

(Thanks to FUMC, The Colony TX for the following text and video)

What is The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI)?

Many of our church members and friends are aware by now that our church is engaged in the process called HCI. We want everyone to fully understand what this process is all about, and what to expect in the future as we move forward. The Healthy Church Initiative is implemented across all of the Texas conferences of the UMC, and in some 30 plus UMC conferences cross the U.S. It is helping churches to more effectively connect with God’s mission through self- examination and renewed commitment to making disciples of Jesus Christ to change the world.

You can watch this short video to learn more about HCI.



Phase One: Shared Learning for Leadership Development: HCI promotes strong leadership development as the basis for transformation. Selected lay leadership persons and the pastor develop their leadership skills by participating in this eight month phase. They learn best practices of ministry through a curriculum of current ministry books, and by discussing their experiences and learnings with peers. Pastors also receive some one-on-one coaching during this phase.

Churches can benefit greatly from this phase whether or not they choose to continue with phase two.

Phase Two: Consultation/Intervention Process: This phase is approximately six months, and involves a comprehensive self-evaluation of the church to determine where it is currently and where it has been historically. This data then becomes key to the main event of this phase, the consultation week-end. EVERYONE will have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of the consultation week-end, Saturday being the big event. There are a series of interviews and group workshops to explore various strengths, opportunities, questions and issues. The consultation team, made up of trained lay persons and pastors from our own conference will lead these activities and prepare a summative report, to be presented to the church on Sunday following the last worship service. The report will contain five prescriptions for change that could lead to fruitfulness and growth. Through a series of “town hall” type meetings, these prescriptions will be discussed, and the church will decide whether to proceed with phase three.

Phase Three: Implementation of Prescriptions: Churches who accept the recommendations (prescriptions) will formulate implementation teams and will have about two years to complete the plans. A coach will be assigned to spend time at the church and provide directive coaching for the pastor, staff, and laity to insure completion of the prescriptions and assist with tracking progress and identifying barriers and obstacles.

Promotional Video from the Missouri Conference


Our Bishop Lowry explains HCI Consultations:

Children's Ministries Volunteers

Looking out for the Kids!We have many opportunities for you to serve within our children's ministry such as Vacation Bible School, Youth Activities, Children's Sunday School, the nursery and many others. We want you to find a place where you can use your God-given gifts to invest in the lives of children. However, to do so, there are a few things to do so that we can ensure the safety and protection of our children. For our children's safety and the parents' peace of mind, we require screening through the MinistrySafe system. The application link is below. The process can seem lengthy but it isn't too difficult and you are doing a great service for children, the future disciples of Christ. We want to put your mind at ease and answer any questions you have so please email the church office at or Pastor Kyland at You also can call the church office 817-460-8655. 

You don't have to be an expert. We are looking for people who are passionate about God and passionate about Children.  If you have a heart to love God and a desire to help children discover a relationship with Him, then you have the two ingredients necessary to become a leader in our ministry. You do not need a degree in child education or to be a parent to be a great leader. We will equip and train you to serve in this ministry. It doesn't take the much time. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find where God has shaped you to be. It will be exciting to watch God at work in you and through you as you minister to His children. 

Instructions to apply to be a volunteer 

  1. Download the application
    1. complete the application MinistrySafe Application 
    2. save it to your computer or laptop
    3. don’t forget to choose your interview date
  2. Email the completed application to
  3. Click the link within the application or the one below to start your background check process


The link to the MinistrySafe secure online background check is


Safe Children


Thank you for Donating!

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;
   but I press on to make it my own,
       because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

                      — Philippians 3:12

Online Giving

Each year, as our congregation considers its financial commitments, the focus is upon what our gifts do. Whether it is our ministries with children, students, and adults; or the worship of God; or our mission to the community and the world; we share in funding the ministry of this congregation. More than $5,500 is required each week to fund our church’s ministry—it takes dozens of families to sustain God’s mission and ministries at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. As we continue to seek ways to be good stewards, St. Stephen UMC offers online giving. Anyone with a credit card, debit card, or checking account can now give to the church at his or her convenience.

Online giving is secure. All credit card and checking account information is stored securely off-site at the secure customer information vault. When a transaction is made, will securely exchange sensitive information with a customer token that is used in place of actual data to make donations. However, St. Stephen will receive the necessary information from to properly attribute your gift to your giving statement. After you complete your transaction, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide.

What are advantages of Online Giving?

1) Prioritizing giving in your budget. Whether you make an automatic draft or choose to give on a random Tuesday morning, online giving allows you an opportunity to present your first fruits to God.

2) Increasing your faithfulness. Ever miss a Sunday and forget to pledge? Now you have an opportunity to faithfully pledge when you can’t be in attendance. So when you are out of town on a weekend, your support of the church continues without interruption.

3) Helping St. Stephen UMC. Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting, and strengthen our base of regular support to change lives for Jesus Christ.

4) Anonymous Giving. We understand that some people like to give quietly and modestly, and praise God for those who do. Our online giving system——allows anyone to truly give anonymously. Please know that we are just as grateful for these gifts that help build God’s kingdom on earth through St. Stephen.

St. Stephen Online Giving  

St. Stephen United Methodist Church

1800 W. Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 460-8655

Sunday Morning at SSUMC

  9:30 AM        Sunday School Starts
10:45 AM        Worship Service Begins
12:05 PM        After-Worship Fellowship

Online Giving

Secure Online Giving  

St. Stephen United Methodist Church values your gift. We use a secure, easy to use system called to accept online donations. Gifts can be donated once or if you are looking for a continuous donation you can set up recurring donations. You can also use this system to print receipts of all donations given at the end of the year! 

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