Where All Are Welcome

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is a progressive Christian church that is open and affirming of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic brackets and walks of life. We celebrate the diversity within our congregation, and see ours as a safe church for open thought. We also hold fast to the beauty and tradition of the United Methodist Church, and embrace the richness of its history and the depth of its theology and intellectual focus. We invite you to join us!

We welcome you to come visit! St. Stephen's is located at 1801 W. Brooks St., at the intersection of Brooks Street and McGee Drive in Norman. Sunday worship services are offered at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m., and Sunday school classes are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Before and after services, join us for organic, fair-trade coffee in the church loggia. For information, call us at (405) 321-4988.

St. Stephen's Statement of Response

In September, St. Stephen's congregation held an all-church meeting led by our District Superintendent to vote on our response to the Traditional Plan passed by the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which harms LGBTQ individuals. Click here to read St. Stephen's response.

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Together we can make St. Stephen's a strong church for today and the future. Your gift helps provide for all the things that make our church thrive, from a talented, caring church staff to a our beautiful building, educational materials, church utilities, equipment and more. If you would like make your church contribution online, click below:  

Check out St. Stephen's "It Gets Better" video series with messages that offer hope and inclusion for all people and share what makes St. Stephen's a welcoming congregation.

This Sunday, May 10

Join us at our 11:00 a.m. online worship service on Facebook Live. Rev. Jennifer Ahrens-Sims' sermon will be “Once, But Now,” based on 1 Peter 2: 2-10. 

The most recent worship service can be viewed here.

This week's Sunday school offerings will also be online.  Class leaders will be in touch as they consider various ways to hold electronic meetings. If you would like to be included in a virtual adult Sunday School class, email the church office at ststephensumc@coxinet.net

All on-site church events are cancelled until further notice. If you are scheduling an online event, such as a book group, please contact the church staff so we can post it here. 

This Week's Shield Newsletter

If you would like to receive the Shield Newsletter by email, please contact Lauren at ststephensumc@coxinet.net or call the church office at (405) 321-4988.

Rev. Jeannie Himes is the senior minister of St. Stephen's. Videos of recent sermons are also posted below. You can view her weekly Shield Messages listed below.  

View Our Worship Service Videos

May 3 - Our online Communion Sunday service features Rev. Jeannie Himes' sermon "Sharing," based on the scripture reading Acts 2:42-47. 

April 26 - This week's online-only worship service celebrates Native American Sunday. The sermon title is "Face to Face."

April 19 - This week's online service features the sermon "The Earth Will Go On." Join us as we celebrate Earth Day Sunday and Blessing of the Animals.

April 12 - Our online Easter worship service features the sermon "Rocks" by Rev. Jeannie Himes, as well as special music, prayer and a children's sermon.

View more sermon videos on our St. Stephen's YouTube channel.

Rev. Himes' Shield Columns

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Marketing and Social Media Policy

Anyone wishing to market* St. Stephen’s name or information on social media, external websites or print marketing materials is asked to receive approval through the church Outreach committee and the Pastor to ensure that the proposed marketing opportunity meets St. Stephen’s mission and the Outreach objectives. 

*Marketing includes using St. Stephen's name in such a way as to imply official endorsement or approval of a particular statement, activity, or product by St Stephen's or its affiliated committees, organizations, or groups.