Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Please Note: In an attempt to limit the transmission of COVID-19, all in-person events and services at St. Stephen’s have been canceled until further notice. 

Here’s what we have to offer for online EYC:

EYC Kick-Off
All youth, 6 th – 12 th grade, are invited to our EYC Kick-Off celebration on Sunday, October 4 th from 5:30 – 7 pm. Please bring a lawn chair and mask as we will gather on the Church lawn with social distancing guidelines. But don’t worry – there will be lots of fun with games, trivia and an overview of youth ministry this year! Please contact Xena with any questions.

For more information contact Xena at
xmorrison@ststephenschurch.com or (252) 955-2838

St. Stephen’s Back-to-School Digital Yearbook
For the past few years, our program year has begun after Labor Day with our wonderful Parish Picnic. Even though we cannot have a picnic or a traditional Blessing of the Backpacks, we still want to honor all of students and teachers. During this challenging school year, keeping them in our prayers may be even more important. Towards this goal, I want to name and recognize every student and teacher in our church family in a digital St. Stephen’s Back-to-School Yearbook. If you are a student or a parent of a student, please take a moment to complete this form. If you are a teacher, please take a moment to complete this form. Collected photos and information will be shared with our mailing list and on our church social media. The form includes a space for you to give permission for what will be shared (photo, name, etc.) and where (mailing list, Facebook, etc.). 

EYC is a way for our youth to explore and deepen their relationship with Christ, learn more about the Episcopal Church, and grow as part of a Christian community. We play, pray, eat, worship, share our lives with one another, and talk about all things big and small. Most Sunday evenings youth and volunteers will meet in the Youth Room upstairs. We also go off campus to engage in outreach, attend diocesan events, and participate in other fun activities like bowling. Regular EYC is most Sundays during the school year.

The schedule is:

Junior EYC (6th–8th grades) 4:30–6 p.m.

Senior EYC (9th–12th grades) 6:30–8 p.m.

Dinner together at 6 p.m.

For more information contact Xena Markine-Morrison at xmorrison@ststephenschurch.com

Here is a wonderful video the Youth put together virtually for Mother’s Day, 2020:



Youth in grade four and up serve as acolytes each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Acolytes lead the processions into and out of the church, carrying a processional cross, torches, and flags. Training and ongoing mentoring are provided, and a highlight of the year for many acolytes is the spring Diocesan Acolyte Festival at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Nags Head. Contact Xena Markine-Morrison at xmorrison@ststephenschurch.com or (919) 734-4263.

Seasonal Activities

Blessing of the Animals – To celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, St. Stephen’s will conduct a blessing of animals and pets. Takes place outdoors in the garth. Whatever the animal — all creatures great and small — are welcome!

Christmas Holiday Activities

Advent Wreaths and Chains — Prepare for the coming of the Christ Child by making an Advent wreath with fresh evergreens. The wreath reminds us that God, like the circle, has no beginning and no end while the evergreens symbolize our everlasting relationship with God, the source of continuous new life. Children can also make an Advent paper chain with devotionals and service ideas to countdown to Christmas Day. Meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal – All Christmas Pageant participants will practice in the church from 9:30–10:15 a.m.

Christmas Pageant – Join us for a fun retelling of the Nativity story in scripture and carols. Children, teens and adults are all invited to participate in this intergenerational production that is sure to be a favorite for participants and audience alike.

Happening and New Beginnings

These are diocesan programs for youth in grades 6-8 (New Beginnings) and 9-12 (Happening). Each is a weekend program designed to respond to the unique challenges and concerns of youth and to help them grow in their faith and their love of Jesus. Both programs include youth from across the diocese, lots of fun and music, and all at our beautiful ocean-side Trinity Center. Happening is led by youth who have already participated in Happening, assisted by clergy and adult leaders; New Beginnings is led by a team of adults and youth.

Happening is scheduled twice a year (fall and spring).

New Beginnings is usually scheduled once a year in the spring. This event is by Parish Registration, individual registration forms are not accepted for this event. Check with Xena Markine-Morrison (xmorrison@ststephenschurch.com) for more information and find out how you can register either you or you child. Parish registration requires at least one adult for every 6 young people. Please remember if you are bringing both males and females to an event, the adult leadership you bring should reflect this as well.

In addition to Happening and New Beginnings the diocese sponsors a Fall Conference for Middle Schoolers.  Join us for a weekend of fellowship, faith and fun as we explore all the ways we forgive and need forgiveness. Young people must be currently in grades 6-8. Parishes must sent at least ONE adult for every 1-6 young people who are participants. So if you have 8 young people you will need TWO adults.  Adults are full participants in the weekend – not sideline chaperones! For more information contact Xena Markine-Morrison at xmorrison@ststephenschurch.com