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 and McGee Avenue 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, contact the church office at (405) 321-4988.


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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, Dec. 4

Join us at our 8:30 or 10:50 services. Rev. Jeannie Himes' sermon is titled “A Picture of Peace” and is based on Isaiah 11: 1-10.        

Click here for descriptions of Adult Sunday School classes.

Join us for these upcoming Advent Season activities at St. Stephen’s

Saturday, Dec. 10Books and Bells - St. Stephen’s Bell Choir will perform at the Westside Branch of Norman Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – Music Sunday – Our 8:30 and 10:50 worship services will feature a Service of Lessons and Carols. The service consists of a series of readings, each followed by a seasonal anthem or hymn. Later that evening, we’ll present “Joy Beyond Words,” featuring St. Stephen’s instrumentalists and hand bell choirs at 7 p.m. Both events will fill you with the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, Dec. 18Christmas Caroling – Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. as we bring Christmas cheer and favorite carols to our homebound St. Stephen’s members. We will gather at the church then carpool to homes for caroling and fellowship.

Saturday, Dec. 24 – Join us for Christmas Eve with a 5 p.m. kid-friendly worship service and a 7 p.m traditional service. For the 5 p.m. service, musical leadership will be provided by a “Family Choir.” ALL members of the St. Stephen’s family of ANY age (as well as those coming from out of town) are invited to participate! (ONE rehearsal will be Dec. 23 at 6:30 pm.) Due to the unusual circumstance of Christmas being on a Sunday, we will not have a 11 p.m. service this year. 

Sunday, Dec. 25 Celebrate the birth of the Christ child during our special Christmas Day worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Here's what else is happening this week at St. Stephen's. For more information about upcoming events, contact the church office at 321-4988.

Rev. Jeannie Himes is the senior minister of St. Stephen's. You can listen to Jeannie's recorded sermons below and also view her weekly Shield Messages below.

Listen to Sermons

Follow the links below to listen to past sermons, including opening scripture readings, via SoundCloud.

Nov. 27 -- A Picture of Hope by ministerial intern Emily Robnett

Nov. 20 -- You Shall Celebrate, guest sermon by Rev. Dianne Peters

Nov. 13 - Hope and Disappointment

Nov. 6 -- A Part of Living

Oct. 9 -- More Than Skin Deep by ministerial intern Emily Robnett

Oct. 2 -- There We Wept

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.