This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 19, 2014

“HOUSE” INTO A “HOME”

Jan 19aPeople build buildings. We shape them to reflect our needs, our aspirations, and our aesthetics. But buildings in turn shape us. We are finding this already with our newly renovated space.

In ways we could not anticipate while drawing up the plans, St. Stephen’s is becoming a more participatory place. Our new sound and lighting systems demand a level of expertise with which we are unfamiliar. So we are training a Tech Team to monitor the sound and lights on a Sunday, and we are making provision for a technical support person to be part of any rental agreement that uses our sanctuary as a performance stage.

We are also drawing upon a team effort for the weekly removal of our chairs so the public can gain access to our new labyrinth during the week. We are calling this group “Movers & Shakers” and it will be organized in weekly teams to place the chairs for worship and then stack them again afterward. The group will also be called upon when the chairs are needed during the week for special services and events.

We are also planning a Saturday workshop to help us turn our “house” into a “home”. Under the leadership of creative consultant Keri Jan 19bWehlander, we will be considering how we decorate our new space, how we organize it, and how we offer it to others.

So our new building is re-shaping us. We are becoming a more active, more engaged, and more intentional congregation as a result.

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