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Creek Baptism

On the last two Sundays in August, we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism in Minnehaha Creek which runs behind our parish. This is a very special and unique event in our parish life each year and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Creek Baptism is open to people of all ages. This year, Creek Baptism will take place on Sunday, August 19 and Sunday, August 26.

At St. Stephen’s any person who wishes to have their child(ren) baptized or to be baptized themselves, meets with one of our clergy and participates in a Baptism Preparation Class. Our next class will be happening Sunday, July 29 from 11:15-1:00. Childcare is available. Use the form below to register.

Baptism Preparation Class


Life Events (Sacraments)

Life Events: The Sacramental Journey

It is a privilege and an honor for the members and clergy of St. Stephen’s to walk with one another on the path of life. Whether it’s the first steps into faith community as an infant receiving the sacrament of Baptism, children becoming more active members of the church, two people entering into the covenant of marriage, or family and friends commending our loved ones to God at life’s end, we seek to be a community of spiritual guidance and support for you and your family.


Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. — The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 858.

All who desire a deeper relationship with God and who are, or who intend to be, active members of St. Stephen’s Church are invited into Baptism. Infants, children, and adults are baptized in the midst of the community during worship several times per year.

Baptism is scheduled in accordance with the customs of the Book of Common Prayer and takes place at a regular service of worship on:

  • All Saints’ Sunday – November 4, 2018
  • The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord – January 13, 2019
  • Easter Sunday – April 21, 2019
  • Pentecost Sunday – June 9, 2019

You may register for Baptism online or contact Missy Greene, Minister of Children for more information.

Creek Baptism

St. Stephen’s Church also reserves the last two Sundays in August as opportunities for summer baptisms in Minnehaha Creek, which runs along the church property.

You may register for Baptism online or contact Missy Greene, Minister of Children for more information.


The saconfirmation photocrament of Confirmation marks the adult phase of our journey in Christian faith as members of the Episcopal Church, and is commended to all our members, those who grew up as Episcopalians and those who have come from other parts of the larger church. We take the Confirmation process seriously as a time marked by deep exploration of faith.  Only a bishop serves as the minister of Confirmation, so we participate in this sacrament when the bishop is with the congregation.  Members of St. Stephen’s Church already confirmed in the Roman Catholic or Evangelical Lutheran Churches are publicly received into the Episcopal Church by our bishop.

Confirmation for mature youth includes classes, outreach opportunities, and participation in the life of the church. In addition, every Confirmation student receives a mentor as his or her companion for the journey. Mentors are active members of the church who provide spiritual guidance throughout the Confirmation process.  Contact the Matt Lewellyn-Otten, Minister of Youth for more information.

Confirmation for adults includes reflections and lessons with the clergy in accordance with the needs of those seeking the sacrament.  Our next service of Adult Confirmation and Reception will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 6:15 PM. Contact the Molly Reichard, Minister of Community Engagement, for more information.


The sacrament of marriage with St. Stephen’s Church grows out of our shared life, worship and service together; therefore, couples to be married with St. Stephen’s Church are members of the parish, immediate family of active members, or those who have established some long-standing faith connection with St. Stephen’s Church.  If you are seeking a faith community in which to marry, we invite you to become active members with St. Stephen’s Church, so that you might prepare for marriage with the clergy.

As a Sacramental Rite of the Episcopal Church, at least one of the members of the marriage couple must be baptized. Premarital classes with the parish clergy or their designee are required. If you would like more information about marriage with St. Stephen’s Church, contact the Rev. Tom Cook.


Burial of the Dead, Memorial Services, and the Celebration of Life

The clergy, staff, and members of our Care Ministries of St. Stephen’s Church offer love and support to individuals and families during and after the time of the death of a loved one.  Our care includes providing for the rites and ministries of the church that commend our loved ones to God’s never-failing care: Burial, Memorial Services, and graveside services of Committal.

Members of St. Stephen’s Church and their immediate family members may have their cremated remains interred in the St. Francis Memorial Garden on the grounds of the church.  Contact Deen Hubin, parish administrator, to receive information on the Memorial Garden.

The clergy of St. Stephen’s Church are available to our members to provide guidance and planning for end-of-life arrangements before the time of death.  Members may create and file funeral plans with the clergy for later use.  For more information, contact the Rev. Tom Cook.


Building & Grounds

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IMG_3981Nestled along the banks of Minnehaha Creek, the view outside the windows of St. Stephen’s is much the same today as it was decades ago – the stone bridge, winding creek, and charming views of the neighborhood beyond. The burbling creek, large old trees, and singing birds speak of a slower pace of life and offer a special place for quiet reflection or fellowship with others.

In this spirit, a labyrinth, or prayer path, was created on the 50th street side of the creek. It is a beautiful place to sit and pray, meditate, or simply listen to God. Our grounds are also home to a memorial garden, where some of our dearest members are buried beneath the sanctuary’s stained glass windows. Embracing our natural setting, we offer creek baptisms once a year in August. The entire congregation gathers along the banks as a wonderful reminder that baptism is part of the Christian journey.

Front ChurchThe architectural design is a replica of the 15th century Old Radnor Church in Wales, harkening back to the Episcopal Church’s Anglican roots in Great Britain. Built during the Great Depression, the St. Stephens sanctuary originally included only clear glass windows. Parishioners, however, raised money throughout the years to pay for stained glass windows, designed by renowned Connick Studios in Boston. The windows feature both religious and secular themes; one window in particular depicts Minnehaha Grange No. 398, a building that stood on the St. Stephen’s site until 1879, paying homage to the community’s milling history.

Over the years, the St. Stephens has undergone three major construction projects. Yet with each project, the church embraced both its creek side location and stayed true to the faithful interpretation of the original Welsh country heritage. St. Stephen’s was the recipient of the 2011 Edina Heritage Preservation Award, celebrating structures that reflect the spirit of the community. We are proud of our building and grounds and enjoy sharing them with anyone who wishes to visit.

 To see video footage of our building and grounds and learn more about St. Stephen’s, click here.