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2003 West 43rd St, Houston, 77018

First Service


8:30 AM

Traditional Service


11:00 AM


Worshiping God is at the core of who we are and what we do! We gather for worship every Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in our sanctuary , and we would love for you to join us.

In our 8:30 service, we sing praise songs, celebrate communion every week, and worship together with a casual, relaxed feel. Our 11 a.m. worship service includes hymns and a more structured order of worship.

In both of our services, you’ll see people in blue jeans, people in suits, and people everywhere in-between! Come to worship dressed how you are comfortable.

Our worship services are centered on the preaching and celebration of the bible. To hear some of our recent sermons, click here or visit the listen tab.

Children and Youth

We have a nursery that provides childcare all Sunday morning for infants and children four and under. Older children are invited to join us in worship.

At 9:45 we have age-level Sunday School for children and youth from preschool through high school. To learn more about our children and youth ministries check out the ministries page.

More than a Sunday Morning

Our church is much more than Sunday mornings! If you’re interested in our history, our bible studies, events, and ministries for people of all ages, or anything else, explore our website, or send us an email, and let’s talk!

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to the church

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 West 43rd Street, near T.C. Jester Boulevard. A Map with turn-by-turn directions from your location is available by clicking here.


Plenty of parking is available on our site. Visitors are invited to park in the lot adjacent to the building; if all of these spots are full, you are also able to park across 43rd Street in front of the Scout House. Most people enter the sanctuary from the side doors connected to the parking lot at either side of the north end of the building.

Handicap accessibility

St. Stephen’s is handicap-accessible throughout the building, and many differently-abled people worship with and serve this church. In the parking lot there are several van-accessible parking spaces; there is an ADA-compliant curb ramp on the west side of the building beneath the carport and next to the church offices. There is space for wheelchairs next to the pews throughout the sanctuary.

Assistive hearing devices are available, just ask an usher as you enter. Large-print hymnals are available from the ushers for traditional services, and during contemporary services easy-to-read projection screens display the words to sing and for spoken responses.

Adults and children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers are present at many worship services, and often enjoy being seated near the front on the far right, which provides a great view of worship activities plus easy access to exits. Regardless of the abilities of you or your family, you’ll find a warm welcome from the St. Stephen’s community.

How should I dress?

You are invited to wear what is comfortable for you. In the Traditional Worship Service (11 am), you will find a mixture of casual and formal dress. In the Contemporary Worship Service (8:30 am) you will find people dressing casually. There are shawls available in the Narthex in case the Sanctuary is too cold for you.

Do I need to bring anything?

No. Bibles are provided in the pews, but you are also invited to bring your own Bible.

When should I get there?

Sunday services begin at 8:30 a.m. (Contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional). Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:40 a.m. except for the Adult Bible Class which begins at 9:30. Our ushers at the front doors will be happy to assist you in finding Sunday School rooms and other facilities (like coffee!). We suggest that you plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to allow for parking and finding your way around.

What about my children?

Children are welcomed with open arms! In worship, they are specifically included as much as possible. During both services, children are called to the altar steps for a Children’s Sermon. After the Children’s Sermon, some of our nursery staff will lead the children under four into the nursery if the parents desire. Our nursery is available to care for babies from one week to four years old during Sunday School and during all services.

Who are our pastors and how can I meet them?

Our Senior Pastor is Rev. Nathan Lonsdale Bledsoe and our Pastor of Music and Worship is Rev. Lindsay Smith. Pastors Nate and Lindsay serve in preaching, worship leadership in both services, and participate in other activities across the church community. If you leave your name and phone number on the registration pad, we will contact you as soon as possible. To learn about Nathan, Lindsay or some other friendly faces at the church, click here

When is Holy Communion served and who can participate?

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month in both worship services and every Sunday at 8:30. Methodist Communion is open to Christians of all denominations. All who genuinely want to follow Christ are invited to participate. Ushers will assist you in knowing what to do. If you are not able to walk forward, let the usher know, and communion will be brought to you in the pew.