We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings and want to personally welcome you to St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas where our church has a long and rich history of effective ministry.

Sunday School starts at 9:30 A.M. in various rooms.

Our Worship Service starts at 10:45 A.M. in the Sanctuary.

Our greeters will meet you at the front door and gladly answer any questions that you have as well as directing you to where ever you want to go.

 Directions/Parking

St. Stephen United Methodist Church is located at 1800 W. Randol Mill Road. For weekday business, the main entrance is on the east side of the building under the covered portico.  The primary entrance on Sundays is the north side front of the church facing Randol Mill and is the only set of doors on that side. The front doors are only open for worship services and special events.  Use the map link and directions for reference on getting to the church. If you need further assistance, please call the church office at 817-460-8655.

If You Have Small Children

We would love to see you and your small children.  We have excellent nursery care for children up to age 5 at St. Stephen staffed by at least two paid nursery attendants who have completed annual MinistrySafe training and background checks.

The Nursery is located in the Education Building on the west side of the main building. The door faces the parking lot. The Nursery is in the second room on the right. Our nursery staff opens the doors 10 minutes prior to Sunday School, worship services, and other events. You are more than welcome to come in and help your child get acclimated if need be.

The staff will welcome all children up through age 5 or if they are in Kindergarten. First graders are occasionally permitted on a case-by-case basis. We will provide a healthy snack, such as graham crackers, Goldfish or Cheerios. However, you are welcome to bring anything that your child needs. If applicable, please bring extra diapers, wipes, and complete change of clothing for oops times.

When you check your child in at the nursery, we will ask you for your cell phone number, and where you will be located in the church during your child’s stay. This way, we can send you a text message , or come and find you if you are needed.   Please visit our Children's page for more information.

After The Service

Be sure to join us in the Hospitality Room to enjoy refreshments, learn more about the church and explore opportunities to get connected.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

Sunday Worship

Sunday is truly a blessed day at St. Stephen as we welcome a diverse gathering of members and visitors alike. Services are an eclectic combination of sermon, music, prayer, responses, scripture reading, communion, time for reflection, and announcements of celebration and concern.

If visiting St. Stephen, please make sure to indicate your contact information on the small attendance card so that we may reach you in regards to upcoming events and happenings and just welcome you to the church. You’ll find St. Stephen to be a quite warm and welcoming church ready to embrace all who join us for worship and fellowship.

St. Stephen is directly across the street from Randol Mill Park in Arlington, Texas.

The general time format for Sunday services is as follows:

    9:30 – 10:30 AM  Sunday School 

    10:45 AM Worship Service

    12:00 PM After service fellowship, including refreshments, is held in the Hospitality Room. A great place for the congregation, members and visitors, to relax and visit.

    On months with five Sundays, a pot luck lunch is held after the service in the Family Life Center on the fifth Sunday.

The Mission of St. Stephen United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will transform the world by loving, knowing, and serving our God.  We proclaim the good news of God's grace and exemplify Jesus' command to love God and our neighbor in all that we do.  In carrying out this mission, we are seeking the fulfillment of God's reign in the world.

 

Beliefs

As United Methodists, we believe it is critical not only to believe, but to live out our faith in our personal lives, our communities, and the world (James 2:14-18).  In order to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, we believe we must reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Our primary source for encountering God and understanding faith is Scripture.  Although Scripture is primary and authoritative, it is not the only way to encounter God or to come to an understanding of faith.  We begin with Scripture and also use the Christian tradition (creeds, affirmations of faith, belief statements, hymns), our own experience (personal and collective), as well as our ability to reason (think).  All of these sources work together to help us decide matters of faith.  

Grace pervades our understanding of Christian faith and life.  By grace we mean the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that we are saved by God's grace through our faith in Jesus Christ.  Salvation is both a moment and a process.  We are saved from our sins and given the assurance of eternal life when we profess our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. This moment begins a lifetime of growing more Christ-like and becoming more and more able to truly love God with our heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Holy Communion is one of two sacraments recognized and practiced in the United Methodist Church. "Holy Communion is a sacred meal in which the community of faith, in the simple act of eating bread and drinking juice, proclaims and participates in all that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for us in Christ."* In Holy Communion, we remember God's gift of Jesus Christ and Christ's sacrifice on our behalf. We also remember God's grace given to us in our baptism and partake of the spiritual food necessary for sustaining us in the journey of faith. As a sacrament, we believe Holy Communion is a means of God's grace. It is not solely a memorial meal, but is also a time we encounter the Risen Lord through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

"Because the table at which we gather belongs to the Lord, it should be open to all who respond to Christ's love, regardless of age or church membership." By Water and the Spirit, Book of Resolutions, p. 875 

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St. Stephen UMC

 

St. Stephen United Methodist Church started off as just an idea to create a small, family oriented church in Arlington, Texas. The dream became a reality when the church was established in 1959 by a small group of Christians. Later that same year our first service was held on June 7, 1959 at the National Guard Armory down the street from our current location. There were only 32 people attending the first worship service!

A week after our first service we chose the name St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Worshippers met throughout the summer, sitting on borrowed folding chairs on three of the four Sundays of each month. One Sunday a month, the Guard had weekend duty and services had to be held at the Wesleyan House on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. 
 
On September 27, 1959, St. Stephen United Methodist Church officially became a church in the Methodist denomination. The congregation was able to buy the 6,250 square foot property we are still at today from O.S. Gray for $62,500, and the building committee was organized.

Plans for the first building were approved and ground was broken on June 27, 1960. The sanctuary, fellowship hall, offices, kitchen and choir room were completed that November. Church members graciously helped finish the interior to save money and speed up the process. Finally in 1964, air conditioning was installed in the church and a year later the education building was completed.

 

Today St. Stephen United Methodist Church has expanded to not only include areas for the children’s church, youth ministry, and adult groups, but it also has a playground, indoor basketball court, and huge outdoor family picnic area. Pastor Kyland Dobbins hopes to continue our history and grow the church, congregation, and love for our Savior Jesus Christ.

St. Stephen United Methodist Church

1800 W. Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 460-8655
Email: office@ssumc-arl.org

Sunday Morning at SSUMC

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

Online Giving

 

St. Stephen United Methodist Church values your gift. We use a secure, easy to use system called iGiveHere.org 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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