St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church & The United Christian Assembly Sharing Worship and Ministry in Riverside as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
Starting in January 2016 and with our vestry’s oversight and approval The United Christian Assembly Church began worship here on Sundays from 1pm – 4pm and small meeting during the week.
After almost year of talks and negotiations with our pastor The Rev. Anne Wrede, the UCA congregation decided to come to us. The members live in Willingboro and Delran, which is a closer drive to Riverside.
Their style of worship is different than ours. Yet of the members including their pastor, The Rev. Henrique Willis, are from Liberia where he attended the Episcopal schools as a youth. Our rental agreements are written within the guidelines offered by our insurance company and are listed on our standard building use form which is signed by the UCA leadership. The UCA has given us a certificate of insurance for their use of our buildings. They will arrange a separate agreement with Chadwick’s for parking.
We have much on common with our UCA Sisters and Brothers. They were thrilled to see that almost all the music they sing in their worship is in our new Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal.
We pray that God will bless each of us in the Holy Spirit through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ a s we worship in the gift of this sacred space together.
St. Stephen's Riverside and St. Stephen's Beverly are together!
February 6, 2010 marked the first service between St. Stephen's Riverside and St. Stephen's Beverly. After several months of preparation, the Diocese approved the shared ministry between our two churches. Both churches are independent parishes and are located close to each other Burlington County. As associated parishes, a rector is shared between the two parishes.
For information about our sister church, St. Stephen's Beverly including directions and upcoming events please click on the link below