July 26, 2020

Our church garden is producing and our gardeners are collecting the harvest for our neighbors in need through Open Arms Mission Food Pantry.

Many thanks to our gardeners: Lisa Berg, Bobby Berg, Mary Geier, Ardy Lange, Donal Barlow, Chris Welninski, Melanie Fuhrman, Ca...

June 5, 2020

We're not alone in our efforts at Saint Stephen to use church property and/or labor to grow food for donation to neighbors in need via local food pantries. 

This article by Chicago Catholic (Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago) takes a look at a couple of area con...

May 15, 2019

Join us for our next session of "Messy Church" on Wednesday May 22nd from 5:30pm until ??? (Maybe 7:30pm - 8pm-ish...)

The theme is "God's Dirt - Our Hands!", which is very appropriate since the "craft" for the evening will be planting our raised bed gardens to grow pro...

One of the biggest benefits of attending church is the power of community. We worship in community, with one another, rather than worshipping all by ourselves. We support each other, and when we need support, it is there for us. We feel joy together: On Easter morning,...

July 27, 2018

A couple of photos from July's Messy Church. We'll share photos of the outdoor activities around the church garden and property when we receive them.

After opening the evening with table & board games, the group shifted to a "Learning about each other" activity, with th...

July 20, 2018

We continue with the theme "Caretakers of the Earth" for our July 2018 session of Messy Church, with Part II being "Little Wigglers & Crawlers"

In Part I, we created and planted our church "Sharing Garden", to grow produce to share with the Food Pantry of Antioch's "O...

June 27, 2018

A cool and wet late spring and early summer encouraged our sharing garden plantings to get well established. Time to add a trellis for the squash, and cages for the tomatoes in the 3rd bed (not pictured).

All the goodies we harvest will be donated to the Food Pantry o...

May 25, 2018

We had a fabulous turnout late Wednesday afternoon (May 23rd) for a special installment of our popular "Messy Church" event under the theme "Stewardship of the Earth". This Messy Church centered on our new raised bed garden set up between the Fellowship Hall and the Pl...