by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
[email protected]
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
At. Stephen and St. Bede we are proud to identify with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).
Within the Anglican structure, Anglicans are part of a deanery that includes St. Aidan's, St. George's, St. Andrews Woodhaven, St. Mary's Charleswood, St. Chad's and St. Peter's. Each deanery has a District or Regional Dean and occasionally the churches plan a Deanery Conference. Anglicans in the deanery and beyond belong to the Diocese of Rupert's Land under the leadership of Bishop Donald Phillips (pictured).
In the Lutheran structure, we are one of many parish churches that are part of a Conference. St. Stephen and St. Bede belongs to the Metro Conference, who also have a Conference Dean. Conference clergy meet monthly.  The Lutherans are also part of a wider church known as the Manitoba Northwest Ontario Synod (MNO Synod) under the guidance of Bishop Elaine Sauer (pictured).
We also partner with Winnipeg Harvest to operate the bi-weekly Mount Royal Food Bank.
St. Stephen and St. Bede shares ministry with St. James Anglican Church, 195 Collegiate Street in Winnipeg. This relationship developed in 2013 when the two churches faced a financial challenge. Today, the two churches share a pastor half-time and plan common mission and ministry activity.
The west area of the City of Winnipeg borrows its name from the parish church of St. James, originally established with a land grant from the Hudson's Bay Company in 1851. The original heritage church building is located in the graveyard across from Polo Park and the community worships there in the summer months.