There's a place for you here.

New to Richmond? Unfamiliar with the Episcopal Church, or with Christianity? Welcome.

Whoever you are, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, the people of St. Stephen's Church hope that your experience with this church will encourage and strengthen you.

As you browse our Web site, you might consider: 


  • visiting St. Stephen's for a worship service 
  • coming to an informal supper
  • stopping by the Farmers Market on Saturday morning
  • attending one of our receptions or lunches for visitors and newcomers (info here
  • signing up for an Inquirers Class
  • subscribing to St. Stephen's weekly email, the eSpirit; there is no cost, no obligation, and we will not share your email address with any outside group
  • attending a retreat, workshop or group, or participating in any of the other offerings you'll see on these pages. 


Do as much or as little as you like. There are no "requirements" for being a part of this community of faith. If you wish to be baptized or confirmed, or to transfer your membership from another Episcopal parish, we'd love for you to do so. But it's not required. Everything we do, everything we offer, is open to all, regardless of whether you are a "member" of this church. If you're here, you belong.

Here's an online visitor card: it's not required--it just helps us to be more responsive to you!

Our Services

St. Stephen's is a vibrant parish that offers worship, prayer and more seven days a week. Sunday, of course, is our big day. You are most welcome at any of the services held here.

Sunday Worship 

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two* (two services occur simultaneously, one in Palmer Hall Chapel, the other in the main church)
  • 10:10 a.m., Christian education for all ages (resuming September 18)*
  • 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two*, followed by reception 
  • 5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion*
  • 6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper
  • 8:00 p.m., Compline
*indicates child care available up to age 5

Weekday worship 

  • 8:10 a.m., Morning Prayer with Communion
  • 5:30 p.m., Evensong (Sung Evening Prayer) 

Saturday worship

  • 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

Nursery - Senior High

St. Stephen's Church has an active ministry for children and youth, staffed by an energetic and talented family ministries staff and dedicated, well-trained volunteers. Michael Sweeney, the director of family ministries, sends a regular email newsletter to parents for which you may sign up.


At St. Stephen's, young people who desire to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church may do so in the ninth grade or later. They are prepared in a year-long course called "Philip's Way," and confirmation takes place when one of our bishops visits St. Stephen's, usually in May.

Are you in your 20-30s?

Young adults are part of every facet of parish life at St. Stephen's, and you are always welcome at any worship service, adult education opportunity or social event—membership is NOT required. You (and your friends and family) are always welcome here. Single or married, with children or not, in school or not--all are welcome.

Get Connected

Some activities and ministries at St. Stephen's are designed especially for young adults, including a young adult Bible study group, social gatherings, retreats, and outreach and volunteer opportunities. The best way to keep up with what young adults are doing at St. Stephen's is to sign up for our e-newsletter.

A Fellowship

One of the distinctive things about being an Episcopalian is the sense of connection and fellowship one has with other Episcopalian Christians. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is part of the Diocese of Virginia, one of the oldest and largest dioceses in the Episcopal Church.

Our diocese includes 80,000 people who worship God and reach out to others in 181 parishes in 38 counties in central, northern and northwestern Virginia. It is one of three Episcopal dioceses in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the others being the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia (based in Roanoke) and the Diocese of Southern Virginia (based in Norfolk). You can read more about the Diocese of Virginia at


Sunday Schedule

Holy Eucharist: 8:00, 9:00, 11:15

Christian Education for all ages: 10:10 (returning September)


6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226


A modern village green

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church serves locally as a kind of modern village green for many in Richmond. From daily worship to a Saturday farmers market, weekly small groups to world-class guest speakers, providing fellowship and nurture to people at every stage of life, we provide a gathering place where people come to love and be loved, to grow in faith and spirit, and to explore what matters most in life. This embracing community is open to all (not just 'members'), and is constantly evolving and growing.

At the same time, it is deeply rooted in ancient, Christian traditions of prayer, contemplation, theological exploration, and loving engagement. We have a special concern for the marginalized and poor, and we want to help all people with the challenges of living whole and healthy lives. As one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States, St. Stephen’s offers educational and enrichment opportunities for all ages, drawing people regionally for many of our programs and events. Our reach extends nationally and internationally, with partnerships addressing human need across the world. And we regularly hear from people who participate in our worship offerings, educational events, and Bible studies online. We cherish this rich and diverse community and remember one another in prayer.

The size of this parish can be invigorating, and it can also be disorienting. We encourage everyone associated with St. Stephen’s to consider an approach to their lives that includes balanced attention to three components:

  1. Engage with a small group of people who are committed to caring for each other, praying for each other, and supporting each other in the journey of their lives. We have many small groups at St. Stephen’s, and we are happy to help you plug in.
  2. Learn how to pray and meditate. Jesus’ exhortation that each of us should learn how to go into our room, close the door, and pray secretly is an indication of the importance of contemplative prayer and even deep, mystical engagement.
  3. Explore and take your place in the larger gatherings of the community, from Sunday worship to community suppers to our farmers markets. Using the human body as a metaphor, some of us are hands, others are feet, or eyes, or ears – we are part of each other and need each other.

You are invited.

We invite you to explore the pages of our Web site to learn more about these opportunities, and we hope that you will feel how much we are eager to meet you, welcome you, and have you take part in our life.

On behalf of the rector, the Rev. Gary Jones, the vestry, staff and people of St. Stephen's, welcome.

How to reach us...

Call us at 804.288.2867.

Send an email to our clergy or staff.

See information about our vestry (lay people elected to tend to the temporal affairs of the church).

Visit us at 6000 Grove Avenue in Richmond, at the corner of Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue, near the University of Richmond and the Libbie and Grove shopping area.