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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*
  • 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite Two*
  • 5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion*
  • 6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper
  • 8:00 p.m., Compline
*indicates child care available through age 4

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

Accessibility

There are several entrances to the church and parish house that are designed to be accessible to those with mobility issues or other physical limitations:

All entrances to the church, and the main entrance to the parish house, are equipped with power-assist doors. In addition, the main entrance to the parish house, from the large parking lot, has an elevator on the ground floor that allows you to bypass the steps. The Grove Avenue entrance to the main church is gently sloped, without steps, and the Three Chopt Road entrance has a ramp

Inside the church, several pews are shortened to allow space for a wheelchair or walker: the first pews on either side of the center aisle, nearest the altar, and the pews near the large baptismal font.

The church is equipped with assistive hearing devices for the hearing-impaired. Please ask an usher for one of these devices as you enter the church.


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.

Confirmation

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 thediocese.net.

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Sunday Schedule

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

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

OUR LOCATION

6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226
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Advent at St. Stephen's

Looking for information about
Christmas at St. Stephen's? It's here.

Our culture promotes the days leading up to Christmas as a time of spending, acquiring, cooking, partying and decorating--of giving our time, money and attention over to the pursuit of something called "getting ready for Christmas," with the goal of a rather unrealistic fantasy of what the day will be for ourselves and our families. (And the day after Thanksgiving--a national holiday meant to be a time of gratitude and reflection upon our many blessings--is immediately followed by a day focused on acquiring material goods, popularly called "Black Friday.")  

As Christians, we approach the season before Christmas quite differently. Advent is a time of reflection, study and prayer, in preparation for receiving Christ in our hearts and in our lives. Advent is the first season in the church's year, and is “traditionally regarded as one of two penitential seasons (the other being Lent). But Advent is better thought of as a season of solemn preparation for remembering Christ’s incarnation at Christmas and for anticipating the eschatalogical fulfillment of his promise to return in power and great glory. The season’s biblical readings focus on the endtime and on God’s promises for the people of Israel and the church of Christ.” {A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall; Cowley Publications} 

At St. Stephen's, our observance includes not only the traditional music and readings appointed for the season of Advent during our regular worship, but the special offerings listed below. But Advent is not about doing things--it may be that this season is a time for you to do less. Take advantage of any of the following offerings, as you wish, but keep in mind that adding more to your to-do list is not the point! As with everything at St. Stephen's, our Advent observances and offerings are open to all, regardless of whether you are an "official member" of this parish. 

Advent meditation emails

This collection began as a booklet several years ago, and now is offered through email. Clergy, staff and parishioners of St. Stephen's write reflections, one for each day of the season beginning Sunday, December 3 and ending with Christmas Eve. Email subscribers across the country have found these to be a wonderful way to begin the day during this season. If you signed up for Advent emails last year, you will automatically receive them this year. If not (or it you're not sure if you've signed up), you can subscribe below. 

Advent Meditation Sign-Up

Advent Fair

Sunday, November 26, 10:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sunday school classrooms (top floor of parish house); no registration required
People of all ages can learn more about this season of preparation at the Advent Fair. Visit Room 14 (upstairs) to find supplies for Advent wreath making, and a brief presentation on the significance of the Advent wreath. There will also be a variety of Advent crafts and decoration-making especially suited to young children in Room 7. Nearby, two of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atria will be open where adults and children are invited to stop by and hear about the “people who have walked in darkness” and some of the other prophecies associated with this season. The suggested donation for Advent wreath materials is $10. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall. 

Advent Retreat

Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. // led by Father Martin Laird
Suggested donation: $25, and $7 for lunch // REGISTER HERE

Advent Centering Prayer Group

Wednesdays beginning December 6, 6:30-8 p.m. // led by the Rector
Gary Jones will offer a Wednesday night series on the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, December 6, 13, and 20. Advent can be a race to the finish (December 24), or it can be a time for spiritual enrichment. Take 90 minutes once a week for three weeks to nurture your soul during Advent. Space is limited; call the parish office to register, 804.288.2867.

Kids Night Out--to benefit the Virginia Girls Choir

Friday, December 15 // 6-9 p.m. // REGISTER HERE
The Virginia Girls Choir will offer parents a night off to shop, wrap gifts, decorate, or simply to rest or have a date night amid the busyness of the season. The choir, choir parents, and staff will offer “Kids Night Out,” supervised fun for children at St. Stephen’s. Pizza and drinks, games, a holiday movie and a holiday craft are included. The cost is $25 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child from the same family. Since this is a fundraiser for the choir, additional donations will gladly and gratefully be accepted. Participating children must be potty trained. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE--we want to be sure we have supervision for all children in our care.

We will also offer the opportunity for people to drop off their holiday gifts and have them wrapped in a separate location, out of view of the children. The wrapping service is provided free of charge, but donations are encouraged and appreciated. 

This fundraiser is designed to support such choir activities as voice lessons and the choir's summer tour. Questions: Kerry Court, director

Pageants

The annual children's pageant takes place Saturday, December 16, at 3 p.m. The annual youth pageant takes place Sunday morning, December 17, during the 11:15 a.m. service. Both services are very popular; be sure to arrive early to find a seat. If you want to learn more about participating in these pageants, please follow one of these links: Children's Pageant // Youth Pageant 

Abundant Gifts Catalog

St. Stephen's offers an alternative gifts catalog from which you may purchase gifts that benefit others. The gift suggestions come from our outreach partners, including Fairfield Court Elementary School, Peter Paul Development Center and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School in the East End of Richmond, as well as national and international partnerships. Gifts are available in a wide price range. Pick up a catalog at any of the welcome tables or Information Central at church, or download the catalog HERE and the order form HERE. Read more here.

Angel Tree

Each year St. Stephen's parishioners provide Christmas gifts for children and families of our partners in the East End. On the first Sunday in Advent, you may stop by the tree (in the parish house) and select an ornament from the tree with a list of needs, purchase the gifts, and return them to church. Gifts must be at the church by December 10.

The Daily Office

In addition to these special offerings, Advent is a particularly appropriate time to adopt a new spiritual practice, such as attending Daily Morning Prayer (Monday through Friday, 8:10 a.m.), Evensong (Monday through Friday 5:30 p.m.) or reading the Daily Office at home. Visit our Worship page for more information on our year-round offerings in worship and prayer.   

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