Mission & Vision
Our Mission Statement

"To Know and Grow in Christ While Serving Others"

To know Christ:

  • To see the face of Christ in others and have others see the face of Christ in us. 
  • To know the stories of Christ.
To grown in Christ:
  • To participate in our faith community and our wider community. 
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace"  1 Peter 4:1

Our Vision Statement

"Through the power of the Spirit, we are people of faith reaching out to be a life-giving community where all are welcomed and accepted"  

Power of the Spirit:

  • Names for the Spirit - comforter, teacher, indweller, guide.
  • Gifts of the Spirit - forbearance, kindness, gentleness, goodness, peace,  patience, self- control.

The Spirit enables us to - prophecy, witness, dream dreams, have visions, have courage, truth, hope, love and joy. 

People of Faith:

  • We are a Christian community, obedient to God, seeking to live out our beliefs. 

"What does the Lord require of you but to show justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God?"  Micah 6:8

Reaching out:

  •             Beyond ourselves, to wider communities, seeking to be open to the needs of others

“Reaching out to that of God in everyone” (George Fox, founder of the Quaker movement)

Live-giving community:

  • A community that will enable all of us to be all that God intends us to be
  • A place where people feel safe, empowered and nurtured
  • A place to thrive spiritually, intellectually and emotionally

All are welcomed and accepted:

  • This is done through making an effort through our actions to be open, no-judgmental, embracing diversity and putting others before ourselves.

“It is not about you. It’s about your neighbour”.  (Martin Luther King Jr.)

 “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to him who knocks.” Matthew 7:7-8

Design & Development Update


Design & Development update - January 2017

JANUARY 15, 2017

The D&D Committee presented a power point presentation to the Congregation with a proposal to proceed to the next steps in discussion with a potential developer.  

The following powerpoint was reviewed with the Congregation and there was a question and answer period. 

St. Stephen Congregation Update Jan2017.pptx

JANUARY 22, 2017

 A Congregational Vote was held after service and the results were as follows:

Development & Design Committee History

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

"As you know the D and D committee has spent a great deal of time following up on the congregation's mandate to explore possibilities to re-purpose our property while maintaining a commitment to pursue St. Stephen's Mission to serve the wider community.  To use a "football metaphor" we are now in the fourth quarter and we are excited about the possibility of a successful outcome in the near future.  After extensive community consultations and with Edge\s guidance and help we are close to making a recommendation.

We expect to receive detailed proposal from the potential developer in two weeks' time. Should we agree with the basic proposal there will be approximately 60 days of work and planning by the developer (due diligence). At that point we will call meeting of the congregation to present a firm recommendation. No action can be taken without your support and approval

We all thank you for your patience in this long but exciting process. Please talk members of the committee if you have further questions."

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Congregational Update The Design and Development Committee has been asked to explore options for the future of St. Stephen. We understand that keeping the building in it's current form is not sustainable for the congregation to have a future. The difference between us and the many other congregations facing the same issue is that we are in the fortunate position of having land.

The Committee has been working to find a solution, which uses the land we have, to give us the opportunity to continue to be a Church and to live out our Mission and Vision in Burlington for generations to come. 

At our recent meetings we have created an RFP. This is a Request for Proposal, where bidders are able to look at our requirements and respond if they are able to meet our needs. 

We have used the input from the congregation at previous meetings, to guide us.  

Working within the mandate that you have given us, we are looking at redeveloping this property using a portion of our land for housing on a leased basis so that we remain the holder of the land. This will offer us income on an on going basis and give us the opportunity to make choices about how St. Stephen can continue to make a difference in  our community. 

Once we have received responses to the RFP we will share them with EDGE consultants that the United Church has assigned St. Stephen to support us through this process. They will help us measure the responses against our criteria, and if they align with our plans we will make a selection which we will bring to the Congregation for your approval.

If you have any questions please speak to members of the Design & Development committee or the steering committee:

They are: 

Heather McGavin

Paul Bartu

Dave Shilton

Brian Sharpe

Colleen Edwards

Joan Eagle

Joan Waltenbery

Perry Bowker

Siân Baker

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee was created on March 2, 2014 with five members:

Paul Bartu, Heather McGavin, Dave Shilton, Michael Wright (EDGE Consultant) & Bob Murphy (Architect)

Our Terms of Reference are as follows:

Terms of Reference - Steering Committee-3.pdf

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