St. Stephen’s was designated a Jubilee Center in 1998, in recognition of its involvement in local community outreach to the poor and oppressed. This designation, endorsed by the Diocese, comes from the national Domestic Poverty Ministries.
Through these ministries, St. Stephen’s and The Episcopal Church seek “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
St. Stephen’s Table
More than 150 nutritious meals are served each week to needy men, women, and children on Thursday and Friday evenings and at our once-a-month Saturday lunches. The meals are prepared and served by volunteers from the church and the wider community. Food suppliers include St. Stephen’s Parish, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and generous local stores.
To volunteer, contact the Parish Office. To make an online donation to support this ministry, click here and select “St. Stephen’s Table” from the options.
Joining with the national program, Laundry Love, St. Stephen’s supports an outreach program on the last Thursday of each month at North Street Coin-Op Laundromat (320 North Street in Pittsfield). Everyone in our community may do laundry for free.
Want to help? Call the Parish Office to volunteer your time. To make an online donation to support this ministry, click here and select “Laundry Love” from the options.
Habitat for Humanity
St. Stephen’s is a Covenant Church with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. As such we have pledged to support the mission of Habitat to provide affordable housing for people of limited means, with prayer, financial support, and volunteers for local projects. Habitat is regularly included in requests for prayer. Work parties from the church help with labor and/or lunch at local work sites 2 or 3 Saturdays per year.
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO) is an interfaith group of clergy, their congregations, and their regional affiliates who, together, grounded in faith seek to make justice real in our community. St. Stephen’s is an active founding member of the group.
The church facilities are made available to several non-profit groups without charge except for a requested donation toward expenses for utilities. Several 12-Step groups meet regularly at the church most evenings and noon times. The current meeting schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday – Friday at 12:00 PM in the Dining Room
- Monday and Friday at 6:30 PM in the Dining Room
- Monday – Friday at 12:00 PM in the area off the Dining Room
- Saturday at 10:00 AM in the area off the Dining Room
- Women’s meeting on Friday at 6:30 PM
Other groups that have used St. Stephen’s facilities include Berkshire Grown, the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, and the Pittsfield Repair Cafe.