by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
[email protected]
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
The earliest followers of Jesus were known as the 'people of the way,' and that way was the way of love and grace. At St. Stephen and St. Bede. we host a number of opportunities through the year to grow in that way in Christ.

We host a weekly bible study every Wednesday, following communion at 10 a.m.  Book studies are held at least twice a year.  When needed, we train lay congregation members to assist with worship.

For many years during Lent, we have offered a four-week series of guest presentations, followed by discussion and fellowship. 

St. Stephen and St. Bede engages with the neighborhood through a diverse range of activities year-round, including a six-week Food for the Journey program in 2015 focusing on healthy diet.
In addition to its traditional Lenten Talks series, St. Stephen and St. Bede offered a Seder Supper on Maundy Thursday 2015.  Re-enacting the Last Supper, the event included washing of the feet and stripping of the altar ahead of Good Friday. 
On March 22, 2015, St. Stephen and St. Bede hosted a sharing circle examining the treaties in Canada.
St Stephen and St Bede takes every opportunity to offer education. Bev Forsberg, chair of Altar Guild is pictured above teaching the gathered about the preparation and care of the altar and sanctuary. An estimated 20 members turned out to the instructed Communion service at a Worship Workshop on October 24, 2015.
On December 21, 2016, St. Stephen and St. Bede welcomed 12 people to the second in a series of ​​Seniors' Education Days.  The topic this time was Real Estate Transitions.  Local lawyer Sharon Tod led the discussion on options for downsizing living spaces, including real estate decisions, principle residence rules, family cottages, condos, life leases and more.  This followed a presentation at St. James Anglican Church on November 30.  Vicki Russenholt from the Victoria Lifeline shared independent living tips for seniors.

Watch for more Seniors' Education Days in 2017!