AGAPE Preschool is a ministry program of our parish and running on our premises in our facility. We are committed to a high quality educational experience that emphasizes the Orthodox Christian Faith. Our program uniquely provides a loving, caring environment where children can develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically. We are DCFS approved.
For more information, contact director Renée Tzakis at (847) 729-5814 or Agape60025@gmail.com.
Our Bible Study ministry seeks to deepen the study of Holy Scripture, guided by the wisdom and insight of the Holy Orthodox Christian Faith, for the spiritual health and growth of all who participate. The study is guided by Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos, PhD, and meets Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Participation is open to all, including those who are not members of SSPP, and also those who are not Orthodox Christians. No preparation is needed, and no homework is required. We use the Orthodox Study Bible, but if you do not have your own copy, we have copies that can be used in class.
For more information, contact Helen Theodoropoulos at SSPP.BIBLESTUDY@gmail.com.
Book & Icon Store
We welcome you to visit our bookstore on Sundays following Divine Liturgy. You will find much spiritual food and support for your life’s journey, both in Greek and the English language. The Book and Icon Store is a 100% volunteer staffed ministry of our parish. Throughout the years the Book and Icon Store has grown into a community gathering place, as each of us seek a special way to nourish our soul and share a smile amongst friends, neighbors, children, students, parishioners, and patrons. We give thanks for the many ways God brings us together over the pages of a book, the serenity of an icon or the smile of a child whose eyes are open wide at the beauty they find within the Book and Icon Store. Come and See!
For information or to place an order, please contact the church office (847-729-2235) or send an email to: SSPP.BOOKICONSTORE@gmail.com.
Care for Creation
As Orthodox Christians, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of our environment. The purpose of our Care for Creation Ministry is to encourage commitment, implement programs, and establish community through this stewardship. In addition we also tend to the beautification and conservation of our parish landscape including planting trees, shrubs, plants, and landscaping projects. Our Care for Creation Ministry is one of the first such orthodox church ministries in the United States. Through our ministry, we foster a spirit of volunteerism, community and collaboration in support of our earth and the life it sustains.
For more information, or to join our Care for Creation Ministry, please contact sspp.care.for.creation1@gmail.
Numerous volunteer opportunities exist to offer your time and talent to our many programs.
To view a list of our Church School teachers, click here.
For more information on our Church School, contact Church School Director at
Coffee Connection is an educational ministry for adults that aims to strengthen knowledge and practice of the Orthodox faith. Twice a month, all interested adults (due to COVID-19 ALL meetings in the Fall of 2020 will be conducted via ZOOM online) meet in the youth room under the gym immediately following Holy Communion, when church school is dismissed, until 11:40a.m. There we share in fellowship, provide educational materials, and offer a presentation and discussion on the week’s topic. The presentation is an opportunity to learn more about the faith, while the discussion emphasizes how to practice Orthodox traditions in our everyday lives. Coffee Connection is led by Prof. Helen Theodoropoulos, Randa Anderson, and Doreen DeSent.
Theme for 2020: “Wisdom of the Ages: Teachings of the Church Fathers that Guide Us Now”
Coffee Connection leaders may be reached at SSPP.COFFEE.CONNECTION@gmail.com.
Our overall purpose is to teach our students the skills needed to communicate using the Greek language therefore we put emphasis on conversation and introduce them to the Greek culture, civilization and traditions. We also teach them to be kind, respectful and faithful.
For more information please contact the Greek school director Stella Theoharopoulos at: (847) 529-5899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Stephen’s Men’s Group
The St. Stephen’s Men’s Group is a unique opportunity for men in our parish to gather together for edifying study of the scripture and other related books. Topics range based on the text we are reading, and with a lively and inquisitive group there is always an interesting tangent or two to explore.
We meet Thursday mornings in the church library from 6:30 am to 7:30 am, leaving plenty of time for our men to get to work after our discussions.
For more information, contact email@example.com.