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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* (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.

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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Belonging

We are so glad you've found us.

Our hope is that you will more fully experience the presence of God in your life as you worship with us and continue your spiritual journey at St. Stephen's. You are invited to participate fully in the life of this community: worship, study, join a small group, participate in a variety of opportunities to serve others.

We want to meet you.

Newcomer gatherings: If you are new to St. Stephen's or to the Episcopal Church, we are delighted that you have chosen to continue your spiritual journey with us and hope that you have found a spiritual home here. Several times during the year, we hold informal gatherings with our rector, Gary Jones, to give you the opportunity to meet him and the staff, to learn more about this parish, and to ask any questions you may have. We love this opportunity to welcome you personally and to know you better in a low-key setting. Four gatherings are planned in 2016-17, some at lunchtime, some after work. Choose the one that best fits your schedule. More about the receptions, including registration links, can be found here.

Parish suppers: Another way to get acquainted in an informal setting is at one of our parish suppers. A weekly supper takes place Sundays at 6:30 p.m. between the Celtic service and Compline. Particular emphasis is placed on fresh, local ingredients, often from our Farmers Market vendors. The Sunday Community Supper takes place in the Large Fellowship Hall. On Wednesdays, we have supper together following Evensong (5:30 p.m.); dinner is served from 5:45 until 6:30 p.m., also in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Tell us about yourself: here is an online version of the visitor card you may have seen in the pew racks if you've attended a service in our church. 

Getting involved

There are so many ways to get involved at St. Stephen's, and you are welcome to do as much or as little as you wish. Just know that there are Emmaus groups, book groups, men's and women's groups, Bible studies...numerous volunteer and outreach opportunities at the church, in the community and around the world...an altar guild, a flower guild, a prayer shawl knitting group, and much more. Janet Allen, our associate for membership, will be happy to explore the possibilities with you.

Learning more about being an Episcopalian

The clergy lead a seven-week Inquirers Class several times each year. If you've been thinking about joining St. Stephen's, this class can be helpful to you. (Long-time Episcopalians take the course, as well, as a refresher.) It's an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Episcopal way of being a Christian, meet others who are considering joining this church, and be introduced to staff and programs of St. Stephen's. Read more here.

Holy Baptism and Confirmation

If you would like to be baptized (or have your child baptized), you may contact Gene LeCouteur in the parish office about scheduling baptism. You can read more about baptism here.

In the Episcopal Church, confirmation is the rite during which adults or teenagers make a mature public affirmation of the promises made on their behalf when they were baptized as babies or very young children. Adult candidates for confirmation are prepared by a member of our clergy staff during the Inquirers Class; teenagers are prepared through our youth program. While confirmation is a joyful occasion and we are delighted if you desire to be confirmed, please know that confirmation is not a requirement for joining St. Stephen's nor for receiving Holy Communion. 

Letters of transfer

In the Episcopal Church, you officially become a member of a particular parish when you have your previous parish send a 'letter of transfer' to St. Stephen's Church. It's important for you to know that you are welcome at everything St. Stephen's has to offer, no matter what--a letter of transfer is not required. If you consider yourself a member, you're a member! If you do wish to provide a letter of transfer, however, please ask your current or former parish to send your letter to Janet Allen at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226. If you are coming from a tradition other than the Episcopal Church (or you are new to church altogether), just send Janet an email letting her know you'd like to join St. Stephen's.

Contact

Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 // email

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