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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

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St. Stephen's is a traditional church, built with loving hands and listed on the National Historic Registry.  It has been in continuous use since services began on Easter Sunday in April, 1874.  When it's beautifully decorated by our Altar Guild for the Thanksgiving, Christmas Candlelight, and Easter Morning services, it is gorgeous!  Two meeting halls with kitchens, a Sunday School room, and offices have been tastefully added in passing years.  

Our vision at St. Stephen's is "To be the hands, feet, and face of God".   We are supported and  inspired by weekly and special worship services to pursue this vision in our daily living.  People who have come to this church have found we are very committed to our outreach programs, whether it's to sustain our fellow members in stressful times, or support the people in the greater community who are in need of food, shelter, or encouragement.

There are many special services in church and at varied locations including Blessing of the church pantry garden, Blessing of the backpacks, Blessing of the Animals, Lenten Wednesday night Eucharist with dinner and bible study, Mary's Way of the Cross, Service of Hope and Remembrance, Muanday Thursday washing of the feet, Community Good Friday Cross Walk.


Worship times

8:00 pm
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5:00 pm
Evening Prayer
On the Friends of St. Stephen's Facebook private group.
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10:00 am
Open, friendly, affirming,
9:00 am
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Also available Wednesday and Friday at same time and place.

Volunteer opportunities

One time opportunities
Ongoing commitment opportunities
Opportunities for mission groups

There are opportunities to work  with  St. Stephen's Blessing Box, Newton "Says no to Human Trafficking", Community Crop Walk, Jasper County Animal Rescue League  , Newton High School hygiene closet, Take Away Hunger, Meals On Wheels. 


Altar Guild

Arts & Culture

Kathy Trotter

President of Altar Guild


Arts & Culture

Barry Hurto

Choir director and organist

Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, ushers,


Paul Koeppen, Winonah McGee


St. Stephen's Mission Committee

Meal Programs

Steve Halstead

Chairman of Mission Committee

Healing Ministry

Aging, Health and Wellbeing

Steve Halstead


News about St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Newton, IA

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church celebrates sesquicentennial on April 7

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s congregation is not the oldest in the city, but it does have the distinction of being the oldest church edifice in Newton still being used for religious purposes.


223 E 4th St N
Newton, IA 50208-3214
United States

Email address


The Rev. Merle Smith


Rev. Kathleen Milligan


Organized groups

Adult faith formation
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous/Twelve Step
Bible study
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors
Men's group
Youth faith formation/Sunday school

Other community groups

Dorothy's House, Wings of Refuge, Newton Middle School and High School Food Pantries, St. Nick's Christmas Club, Salvation Army
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Connections,