The Order of St Stephen

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The Order of St Stephen began in the 1950s seeking to provide opportunities for the exercise of God’s gifts in voluntary service to the Church and the world.

Since this time hundreds of people – young and not so young – have offered themselves in this service ministry. Admission to the Order requires at least a 12-month commitment. Roles have included working for community service agencies; NCYC, youth and children’s ministry support; justice and international mission; ecumenical agency support; rural ministry support and congregational support.

While the Synod has a brief record of each member and the service they rendered, the OSS Committee is interested in knowing more about members’ experiences and the impact it has had on their lives and faith journey.

A short survey has been compiled seeking to capture this information. The survey can be completed and submitted online at or a paper copy can be obtained by contacting the coordinator – Kerryn Gosbell – by phone on 9870 1696 or email at

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