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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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The Memorial Garden

The Garden of the Holy Spirit

The memorial garden at St. Stephen’s Church is intended as a place of tranquility, peace and natural beauty. It had its inception when the vestry formed a Memorial Garden Committee in 1985. The committee selected the area beside the Grove Avenue (south) wall of the Church, and determined that the design should be similar to that of the existing gardens. The current memorial garden features a center grass plot surrounded by a slate paving and bordered by plantings. The entire area is enclosed by a wrought iron fence and offers benches for rest and meditation.

The garden was expanded as part of the 2015 capital campaign project. In addition to providing additional space for the burial of ashes, the expanded garden includes a beautiful fountain, a symbol of eternal life, designed to provide a tranquil setting for prayer and reflection. (You can read a blog post by the rector about the fountain here.)

It is the policy of St. Stephen’s Church to inter cremains (ashes) directly into the earth (“earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”). In keeping with the decision of our vestry, we do not bury urns or other containers, nor use a columbarium with niches where urns may be kept.

All burials are treated in the same way, with equal reverence. In this way, our tradition of common prayer has a parallel in our tradition of common burial, conveying the sacred principle behind all of the ministries of the church – the equal dignity and worth of every human being.Typically, the cremains are delivered to the church in a standard box from the crematorium, and the church transfers the cremains into the church’s vessel that is used for carrying the cremains to the memorial garden.

During the service of committal, the officiant pours the ashes directly into the ground and then covers them with earth. There is no need for family members to purchase a special urn or vessel for this purpose.Marble memorial plaques are mounted on the outside wall of the church in the garden area and hold nameplates commemorating those buried within. Although St. Stephen’s Church cannot guarantee that the cremains of loved ones will be buried directly next to each other, every effort is made to accommodate such wishes when possible.

Many parishioners are choosing to pre-purchase spots in the garden. This allows nameplates for family members to be grouped together permanently, with spots reserved by blank nameplates for those who are still living. The number of spaces for a group of nameplates may not be increased if that involves having to move the nameplates of others.

Arrangements for the interment of ashes in the Garden of the Holy Spirit are made through consultation with the rector. The garden is supervised by a committee nominated by the rector and appointed by the vestry. They generally oversee the care and maintenance of the garden.

To offset the direct costs associated with an interment and to provide a fund for present and future maintenance of the garden, a donation of at least $500 per interment plus $225 to cover the cost of the nameplate is requested ($725 per interment). Checks should be made payable to St. Stephen’s Church.

Additional contributions and thank offerings will always be welcome to help maintain the perpetual care of the garden and for replacement of plantings as necessary.

You may use this form to indicate your wish to reserve a place in the memorial garden.

Contact

Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 ext 305 // email

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