Start your own journey here …
I am Amy Welin, the acting dean at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg. That means that I am the priest who leads the cathedral and staff. A cathedral is a little different from a parish church, in that we are the home church of the Episcopal Bishop of Central Pennsylvania. Our bishop, the Right Reverend Audrey Scanlan is usually on the road visiting other parishes, so we have a dean to oversee day-to-day ministry.
You are here because you clicked on the “start here” button. So you are probably curious about where you can go with the community at St. Stephen’s. The simple answer to that is: you can go deeper into a life with God through Jesus Christ.
What does that look like?
In the Episcopal tradition, each person discerns their unique path as part of a community.
I hope that you will consider joining us for weekly worship on a Sunday to begin.
And from there, I hope you will consider going further . . .
Every Sunday, I greet people at the door of the cathedral and invite people to coffee and conversation. I would love to hear about what led you to St. Stephen’s and about who you are. I would be delighted to learn about your spiritual journey and what you hope to become in your journey with God.
If you want to go deeper, I invite you to consider joining the Adult Forum, which gathers at 9 a.m. on most Sundays from September until June, discussing timely topics that impact a life in faith. A more structured opportunity would be to join our New Members group, which convenes for about 4 weeks several times a year to introduce new members to each other and to the many small groups in the cathedral parish. Or you can participate in the class convened each spring that walks people through the basics of the Christian tradition in the Episcopal Church.
Because faith is not primarily about what we know, or even about what you believe, I invite you to explore what it means to live with faith. The next steps involve finding your way into one of our small groups, which seek to live into the faith we share. Our groups have many different interests. What they share is a commitment to following the way of Jesus Christ, to valuing each other, and to serving our neighbors together.
I am really glad you clicked on that “start here” icon. Even more, I am thrilled that you are wondering about what a life of faith might mean for you. I hope we will get to explore that together!
How to Get Started
Get started by attending a Sunday or Midweek service, or one of the many Events that are held on our campus. If you’re nervous or uncertain about attending a service, read our What To Expect page. You might also want to review our Welcoming Statement, which describes our commitment to inclusiveness. We also have information about Directions and Parking. If you still have questions, please Contact Us.
St. Stephen’s offers many ways to get connected to other parishioners, and to the community at large. Our Foyer Groups are a great way to get to know people in a small-group setting. Our Youth Group gives kids (grades 7-12) a chance to do service and have fun together. We also have groups for Young Families, a 20’s and 30’s Group, and an active Choir for the musically inclined.
For those looking to connect with the broader community, we have many ways to serve. Our Outreach Committee raises funds and collects supplies to support homeless ministries and health ministries throughout our city. We also have a Mission Gallery — an art gallery where the proceeds from sales are split between the artist and various ministries in the city. We also have several Service Opportunities where you can get involved with directly serving people in need in our community.
We also support a variety of ministries on campus that help bring light and life to our city. The Sycamore House – Episcopal Service Corps program is an intentional community of young adults who engage in nonprofit work in our community. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Pre-school through Grade 8) provides a high-quality private education to students in the city and surrounding areas. And our Music by the River concert series brings top-notch musical performances — including several free events — to Harrisburg.
We want to empower you to deepen and strengthen your faith through education and spiritual development. We have a variety of Christian Education programs for Children and for Adults. St. Stephen’s also offers various Spiritual Discernment programs for those who are seeking spiritual direction or ministry discernment.