Worship

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Traditional prayerbook worship with hymns.

Liturgy

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  • New Anglican prayerbook
  • English Standard version of the Bible
  • Hymnal 1982—new version will be adopted soon
  • Sung Psalms

FAQs

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Servicios en Español

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Music at St Stephen’s
Leadership
Youth, Sunday School & Godly Play


Music at Saint Stephen’s

[description of music from what Janice wrote up for the Annual Report]


Leadership

Pastor Linda, Rector

[about Pastor Linda]

Allison Carls, Children and Youth Ministry

Hello and greetings to you!

My name is Allison Carls and I am the Director of Children’s Ministry at St. Stephens.  I have always had a heart for teaching children and have served as a Sunday School teacher since I was 16.  I truly believe that God has called me to teach and guide the young so that they may begin to develop their own personal relationship with Him, so much so that in 2015 I obtained a teaching credential  and am an 8th grade History teacher at a middle school in Chino.  

At St. Stephens, I have taught Sunday School to children as well as facilitated a teen bible study.

I have been a member of St. Stephen’s since the very beginning, although I was still in college at the time.  Over the years, my faith has been deepened and strengthened by this community.  This growth in faith and trust in God eventually led me to marry my husband, Tyler, in 2017. 

Lindi Willhite, Preacher

My studies included the six Master level courses in Anglican Studies, Greek  Old Testament Liturgy at Azusa Pacific University, some under Bishop Todd Hunter.  The internships, at St. Stephens, St. David and Holy Trinity definitely influenced how I approached my homeless ministry.  Coaching by Pastor Linda helped develop my preaching style.

I don’t really know where my passion for serving came from; except from God. Mom taught Sunday school and Camp Fire Girls and often my sisters and I would help out.  While at St. Wilfrid’s of York Church, I also helped with the youth ministry until I left the church.  

I love hearing people’s stories, where they come from, and what their plans for the future  are, leading to my interest in the various ministries I engage in.  I realized early in 2019 that God called me to use the skills learned during my Anglican Preaching and Liturgy class at APU.  I strive to bring depth and knowledge of God’s Word  in my sermons while tying the “back then” to the “here and now” of our lives as we experience life at St. Stephens and as part of the body of Christ.

I started attending St. Stephens Anglican Church sometime around June 2006 after searching for a liturgical church in the Anglican Tradition for some time.  Previously, I had attended a very large non-denominational church and served in the foster care and youth camp ministries.  St. Stephens immediately felt like home due to the welcoming atmosphere, and the ongoing learning and serving opportunities that it offers. Since then, I have been involved in the following serving opportunities:  Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild, Vestry, Delegate to the Diocese of Western Anglicans, outreach coordinator for the Pepper Tree Park homeless ministry, preacher, and Lay Missioner/church planter in Wrightwood, CA.

John Michael Gutierrez, Preacher

 I came to a renewed faith in the wonderfully, energetic, free wheeling period of the California Jesus movement.  I was well nurtured and attended several different churches with godly ministers and ministries. In the course of my church life I’ve moved from Roman Catholic to American Evangelical charismatic, to Protestant Anglican.  To me Anglicanism is broad enough that it can, in the right setting, accommodate a reformed Protestant confessional-ism as well as charismatic innovations.  I truly appreciate that the LORD put a wide variety of people, churches, and institutions in my life and I’m all the better for it. There was, however, a wider engagement yet to be revealed in those early, heady days. Some leaders began to  steer me toward a more structured education. The short list from America: a BA in NT language and literature; an MA in the language and literature of the Hebrew Bible and from England: a PhD in Biblical studies. It’s been my good fortune to teach Biblical Studies to undergraduates and to educate men and women for ordained ministry in graduate schools. It’s also been my good fortune to teach and have leadership ministry in churches.

Raquel Salcines, Hispanic Ministry

Jennifer Savage, Bible Study

Janice Ann Massatt, Music Director

From a tender age I loved listening to the organist at church, and I knew that my vocation lay in the world of pipe organ music that is firmly entrenched in the history and traditions of the liturgical church.  My early formation in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church gave me an appreciation for and knowledge of hymnody, which has provided me with an internalized “data bank” that I constantly draw on when planning worship services.  The years I invested in musical studies and in life in general have coalesced into a broad understanding of many musical styles and sources of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,” which I draw on when planning music for services at St. Stephens.  

My personal spiritual journey took off during the Jesus Movement in the early seventies with its growing body of spiritual songs. While working on the Bachelor of Church Music (Organ Performance) at Valparaiso University (Mo. Synod) in northern Indiana, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Cambridge, England, for a semester.  Once there, I entered into the Anglican experience by getting involved with the CICCU (Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union) through Bible studies, fellowship, and Evensong services. I forged several deep, lifelong friendships. I continued my organ studies in France for two years, earning the First Prize in Organ Performance at the Conservatory of Toulouse.  I formed lifelong friendships with several French people, and I gained a new understanding of Roman Catholic liturgical practices, music (e.g. Taizé), and prayer. From there I went to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, from which I emerged with the Master of Music in Organ Performance. Over the years, my career as an organist encompassed work in many churches around the country including Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, and Episcopal congregations.

I found that my years spent in both England and France worked fundamental changes in me. During that time, I embraced new forms of music, I became more sensitive to cultures different from my own, and I experienced the overarching love of Christ transcending geographical, political, religious, and cultural boundaries. As a result of this broadened perspective, I enjoy incorporating music from many traditions into our services at St. Stephens with the goal of reflecting the readings of the lectionary to enhance worship for everyone.

None of this music would be possible without the dedicated commitment of our choir members at St. Stephens, who lead worship faithfully every week, accompanied by our talented keyboardist. I am thankful for everyone who supports the work of our “small but mighty” band of musicians at St. Stephens! (We would be happy to welcome into our ranks any interested parties!)

Heather Moore, Pianist

When I was young, I never really had a “home” church.  That is, until my mom, sister, and I found St. Stephen’s.  For the first time, we felt like part of the congregation; we were welcomed and accepted by a group of truly loving and faithful people.  So it was an honor, over ten years later, to be offered a position at St. Stephen’s as church pianist.  I’ve been playing piano as long as I can remember: I have a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in music, and I’m currently working on my PhD.  I’ve played piano for weddings, church services, funerals, arties, formal concerts, and performed as part of jazz, rock, new music, and early music ensembles.  But none of these is quite the same as playing hymns and worship music for the wonderful St. Stephen’s.  Here, the music takes on a whole new meaning, and it’s beautiful.  I am so grateful to be part of this congregation, and to be able to contribute in my own special way.  

Rev. Alison Barfoot, missionary in Uganda


Youth, Sunday School and Godly Play

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