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


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.


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

Christmas at St. Stephen's


Sunday, December 24, 2017: The Fourth Sunday in Advent AND Christmas Eve

Since the Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24 this year, we have adjusted the morning worship schedule to accommodate the full schedule of Christmas Eve services in the afternoon and evening. There will be no Sunday school, Forum, Sunday Community Supper, or Compline service that day.

Sunday morning, Advent IV
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite One
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite Two* 

Sunday afternoon and evening, Christmas Eve: things to know
All services take place in the main church with overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall and Palmer Hall. Services with an asterisk offer child care for age 4 and under. The child care rooms are located in St. Stephen's Preschool on the basement level and are staffed by loving professionals who have received training in safe church practices.

Parking: free parking is available in our parking lot at the corner of Somerset and Grove, and on the street. We encourage you to arrive early.

Handicap accessibility: there is an elevator on the ground level just inside the power-assist doors to the parish house off the main parking lot. Entrances to the church from Grove Avenue and Three Chopt Road are also handicap accessible. Inside the church, there are several pews with space at the end to accommodate wheelchairs. Those who wish to receive communion but are not able to walk to the communion rail may inform any of the ushers; a minister will come to you during the administration of communion.

Assistive listening devices are available for those who are hearing-impaired. Please ask an usher. (Ushers will be identified by ribbons on their nametags.)

We ask that you not "save seats" at these very popular services. Ushers will discourage this practice. 

Please note that there will be two afternoon/evening services for families with young children--at 3 and 5 p.m.--in place of the one service at 4 p.m. This change is in response to the large number of people attending the 4 p.m. service in years past. This means that the Celtic Christmas service begins later (at 8 p.m.) than it has in the past.

Christmas Eve service schedule and music

3:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, Family Service* with music led by a volunteer choir of children and youth in grades 2-12, with members of other St. Stephen's choirs helping to lead the singing (service is preceded by 30 minutes of music)

5:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, Family Service* with music led by the Cherub Choir, the Palmer Hall Choir and the Middle School Choir (service is preceded by 30 minutes of music)

7:30 p.m. Musical prelude* by Virginia Girls Choir and instrumentalists
8:00 p.m. Celtic Christmas service* with music led by Virginia Girls Choir and instrumentalists

10:30 p.m. Musical prelude with chamber orchestra and St. Stephen's Choir
11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite One, Traditional Christ Mass St. Stephen's Choir, chamber orchestra, organ, congregational hymns and carols

Monday, December 25, 2017--Christmas Day (parish office closed)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, with Sanctuary (the Compline choir), organ, and congregational hymns and carols 

Sunday, December 31, 2017--Christmas I
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite One
9:00 a.m. Lessons and Carols*
No Sunday school or Forum this week
11:15 a.m. Lessons and Carols*
5:30 p.m. Celtic service*
6:30 p.m. Sunday Community Supper
8:00 p.m. Compline 

Child care is available for children 4 and under during services indicated with an asterisk. 

Saturday services

The 5:30 p.m. Saturday service of Holy Eucharist: Rite Two will take place as usual on December 23 and December 30.

Office schedule

The parish office is closed:
Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26
Monday, January 1 
(When the parish office is closed, there is no Morning Prayer or Evensong.)

Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's

The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's will be open on Saturday, December 23 from 9 a.m. until noon, but will be outdoors that day. There will be no market on Saturday, December 30.

Angel Tree

angeltree.jpgGifts due Sunday, December 10
St. Stephen’s annual Angel Tree ministry matches a youngster or family identified through our outreach partners with parishioners who would like to purchase gifts for them at Christmas. Select an ornament from our Angel Tree (which will be placed at the Outreach Table across from  the steps and elevator in the parish house, near Palmer Hall) and purchase items from the wish list on it. Gifts (unwrapped) are due Sunday, December 10. Instructions are provided at the tree, and you may contact Deb Lawrence in the parish office with any questions.

Christmas flower memorials

Due Friday, December 15
Many people like to remember loved ones with a Christmas memorial: a donation for poinsettias, greenery and floral decorations in the church. These memorials are acknowledged in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins. If you would like to such a memorial, please contact Judy Kidd. Your request must be received by December 16 to be included in the bulletins.

Abundant Gifts Catalog

Outreach partners provide "wish lists" to St. Stephen's, and you can purchase these gifts in honor of a friend, family member or other loved one. Copies of this catalog and order forms are available at the outreach table in the parish house, or you may download them here:
// order form
Questions: Deb Lawrence

May Fair House holiday schedule

The May Fair House will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 22, and re-open on Monday, January 8, at 10 a.m.

Christmas pageants

Christmas pageants take place in the main church on two dates at St. Stephen's:
Saturday, December 16 at 3 p.m.: Children's Pageant (Want your child to participate? Follow this link.)
Sunday, December 17 during the 11:15 a.m. service: Youth Pageant (Information about taking part is here.)