How We Serve

Where we are

we are located downtown Wilkes-Barre at 35 S. Franklin Street
(behind Boscov’s -but we were here first), Parking is abailable, on Sundays along with evening and weekend events, to the right of the church in the gated area.

St Stephens has been a presence in the downtown region since the 1800’s and for more detailed history of the first 150 years you can read
” The Wilderness and the City The story of a Parish 1817-1967″
by George Gates Raddin, Jr
This year we celebrate our 200th Anniversary

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People: I will, with God’s help.
— (Book of Common Prayer, page 305)

Our baptismal covenant calls us to service to the wider community. As individuals and as a community, St. Stephen’s contributes to the local community in a number of ways. Our flagship program is REACH @ St. Stephen’s Food Pantry and Clothing Closet, a program that provides groceries and clothing for nearly two hundred families every month. St. Stephen’s also houses Free Medical and Dental clinics, participates as a parish in organized events such as Toys for Tots, which provides gifts for children at Christmas and a annual Homeless Memorial, which raises awareness of homelessness.

All members of St. Stephen’s are invited and encouraged to find a way to become involved in community outreach.

Christian Mission
We believe that the outward sign of a life of gratitude is expressed in serving those in need. Recognizing that God’s love is a reconciling and transforming love, we seek to fulfill the second half of our mission statement: to make Him known by engaging in the local, national, and global communities. Thus our Outreach Program spans the range of endeavors from advocacy to service programs in which parishioners are directly involved and serve under the auspices of St. Stephen’s Outreach. These programs include but are not limited to Mother Theresa’s Haven, a men’s shelter, Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic, St. Stephen’s Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. In addition to the parish-sponsored activities, participation outside the parish includes such things as Episcopal Relief & Development, United Thank Offering, and New Hope.

Outreach Ministry: Food & Clothing Closet
Mondays & Wednesdays: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Donations accepted anytime during office hours

Please call office to set a time to drop off donations

  • The Clothing Closet and Food Pantry have been merged into one outreach.
  • Debra Kellerman is no longer in charge of these programs.
  • The Dental Clinic and Medical Clinic were outside groups which disbanded during the pandemic.

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Newsletters of the REACH @ St. Stephen’s Food Pantry and Clothing Closet;

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Diocese of Kajo-Keji
The Diocese of Bethlehem has a partner diocese relationship with the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.
Kajo-Keji County is located in very southernmost part of the Sudan, bordering on Uganda. Southern Sudan is gradually rebuilding after a fifty year civil war destroyed every building and road in the area and left many, including most men, dead. The Episcopal Church of the Sudan is a major provider of health, education and job training in this devastated area.
Our relationship with this diocese has changed us, and we have supported the work of this amazing, fast-growing diocese of vital Christians through the adoption of Loopo Primary School and our participation in New Hope, a unique capital campaign of the diocese that directs all of the funds to Kajo-Keji and the poor of Northeast Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact Pricilla White at

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