ministries and
small groups

Fellowship groups

Young Adults of St. Stephen & the Incarnation (YASSI)

YASSI is a vibrant group of 20- and 30-somethings who gather frequently for fellowship and spiritual growth. YASSI leads several book groups, which meet biweekly for a meal and discussion. Often the group gathers for brunch after the 10:30am service. During the Advent season, young adults often gather for a simple meal and worship service during the week. To find out more, join the Young Adults email list:

To request to be added to our young adult listserv please send an email to:

Out in Christ

Out in Christ provides a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians and their supporters and friends to explore their place in the Church, enrich their spiritual lives and minister to one another and the larger community. To find out more, join the Out In Christ mailing list.

service groups


St. Stephen’s has two choirs. The 10:30 service choir has a broad repertoire, including chant and other early church music, gospel, and modern. It rehearses every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 in the parish hall, plus Sunday mornings at 9:30am in preparation for the 10:30 service. Speak to Michael Salmon, music director, about becoming part of the choir.

The Misa Alegria choir sings at the 5:30pm service using Spanish-language music, often accompanied by the piano, keyboard or guitar. It rehearses Monday evenings.

Liturgy Planning Committee

A group of parishioners and clergy meet on a regular basis to plan the imaginative, moving, and life-giving worship services of the parish. Each liturgical season reflects a different theme, brought out by the music, prayers, and church decorations. 

Pastoral Care Team

Comprised of parishioners and clergy, this group meets monthly for training and to support one another as we meet the pastoral needs of parishioners. Members of the team are available for hospital visits, taking communion to people who are home-bound, prayers and providing support for people in need of care. To be put on the parish prayer list or for more information about receiving pastoral care, call Father Sam, our Senior Priest, at 202-630-3771; Deacon Susan Walker, 202-210-5385; or the church office .

Loaves and Fishes

The hot meal program of St. Stephen’s, which serves anyone in need on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Monday holidays, seeks volunteers to help prepare and serve meals and to help with administrative functions such as fundraising, publishing newsletters, scheduling, and serving on the board.


Loaves and Fishes is also always looking for volunteers to spend time with guests at its Sunday meal to share a reading from the Bible or to bring communion to anyone desiring the sacraments. Contact Deacon Susan Walker at 202-210-5385 to serve in this capacity.


Sanctuary Committee


St. Stephen's is a Sanctuary Church, standing with immigrants and targeted communities. The Sanctuary Committee promotes understanding of issues affecting migrants and builds bonds within our community across languages and culture. 

Washington Interfaith Network

St. Stephen's is part of the Washington Interfaith Network, a multi-congregation, multi-faith organization that organizes around community issues in Washington, D.C., including affordable housing, jobs, transit and immigrant rights.

Since the 1960s, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church has been a center for progressive thought and action in Washington, especially in the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods, as well as in the Episcopal Church and in the larger society.


We invite you to become a part of our community as we strive to serve God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.