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, call us 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.

Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 9

Join us at our 8:30 or 10:50 a.m. services for Music Sunday. Come worship with us as we reflect and wait for His coming. The choir will perform carols based out of France, Germany, Poland, England, and more!

At 6 p.m., join us for "Joy Beyond Words," featuring the Children’s Choir and Instrumental Concert Bell Groups: Little Baby Jesus, Ring with Joy,and Fellowship of the Ringers. Special Guest: Waytes and Measures Medieval and Tudor Instrumental Group.

Click here for a description of this week's Sunday School offerings, which begin at 9:40 a.m. 

Join Us for these Advent Events!

December 9 - 2nd Sunday: Lessons and Carols
2 pm – Bell Choirs at Library 
6 pm Children, Bells & Instrumental Concert 

December 16 - 3rd Sunday: In Your Midst
4 pm – All-Church Caroling 

December 23 - 4th Sunday: Finding Sanctuary 

December 24 – Christmas Eve Services
5 pm – Children's Pageant, Candlelight and Communion
7 pm – Classic Service, with Candlelighting and Communion
11 pm – Starlight Service, with Candlelighting and Communion

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 and view her weekly Shield Messages below.

Listen to Sermons

Follow the links below to listen to past sermons via SoundCloud.

Dec. 2 - Promise of Hope

Nov. 25 - Truth

Nov. 18 - Our Mouths Are Full

Nov. 11 - For One Great Peace by Rev. Jennifer Ahrens-Sims

Nov. 4 - My People

Oct. 28 - Change of Fortune

Oct. 21 - God of Great and God of Small

Oct. 14 - R-E-You-N-I-O-N by Rev. Jennifer Ahrens-Sims 

Visit our St. Stephen's Soundcloud page to for more sermons. 

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.