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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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Lent at St. Stephen's

Lent begins with a day of special devotion and discipline known as “Ash Wednesday” which this year falls on March 1. The traditional worship for this day is especially powerful and calls for the “imposition of ashes.” Parishioners are invited to come forward to receive the imprint of ashes on their foreheads, as a sign of their mortality. In this stark way, we are put in mind of the difference between those things that are passing away and those things that endure forever.

Three Ash Wednesday services will be held in the main church:

  • 7:30 a.m.
  • noon*
  • 5:30 p.m.*

*Child care will be available during the noon and 5:30 p.m. services.

Most regular events, including Morning Prayer, Evensong, the Wonderful Wednesdays supper, and youth groups will not take place on Ash Wednesday. If you are not sure if your small group will be meeting that day, please check with your leader or convener.

Offerings for Lent

Retreat

Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18 // Lenten retreat with the Rev. Pittman McGehee // details and registration

Groups

In addition to the following Lent-focused groups, you may wish to take on a new discipline or practice during Lent. Visit our Wellness page, and our Small Groups page.

The Rule of St. Benedict // Mondays, 6:45-8 p.m., March 6 - April 10
Led by Pat Hartsock, a Benedictine oblate

Two ideas permeate the Rule of St. Benedict: love and wisdom. Love is the motive and wisdom is the goal and the way. The Rule show us that two great loves, love of God and love of the other, guide our lives and actions. While the Rule was developed for monastic life, we will study how it applies to those who live in the world dealing with money, work, family and community. The Rule of Benedict: Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister will be the text for the class. Register here

Remember that you are dust: a Lenten reading and discussion group // Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., March 7, 14, 21, and 28
Led by the Rev. Gary Jones, rector

Memento mori 
“Remember that you will die.”

Our goal is to examine the difficult and unavoidable reality that everyone dies. We will focus on the inevitability of our own deaths, asking ourselves what our death might teach us about our life. How do we encounter our daily lives differently, after we have pondered our end? What do we mean when we ask God for the faith “to see in death the gate of eternal life”?  What do we mean by “eternal life”?

Participants should commit to read:

  • One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die,” by Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine, January 3, 2017
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy (available from the parish bookshop)
  • The Alsolife, by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton (available from the parish bookshop)

Space is limited. To sign up, please call the parish office at 804.288.2867.

Book Discussion Group: Life of the Beloved // Wednesday, March 8-April 12 // 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Betsy Tyson

Henri J.M. Nouwen’s spiritual classic, Life of the Beloved, began as a simple request from one friend to another for a book explaining the spiritual life in terms that he and his friends could understand, avoiding theology and technical language. Nouwen’s answer has become one of the most cherished books of our era. “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved.’” Copies are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen’s. You may register here

Book Discussion Group: Soul Feast // Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., March 9, 16, 30, and April 6
Led by Mary Fran Hughes-McIntyre from VIP Care and Anne Peck 

First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a bestseller, as thousands each year accept Marjorie Thompson’s invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Soul Feast offers a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for develop­ing and nurturing those practices. Study this book in preparation for Thompson’s visit to St. Stephen’s on May 5 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care. You may register here.  

Books
The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's offers an excellent selection of books and devotional materials suitable for Lent. 

The Daily Office
Though Daily Morning Prayer and Evensong are offered year-round at St. Stephen's Church, Lent can be an especially appropriate time to begin the practice of regularly attending one or both of these services from the Book of Common Prayer. Each lasts about 30 minutes and takes place in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit (the side chapel closest to Grove Avenue) every weekday except when the parish office is closed.

Morning Prayer (followed by communion from the reserved sacrament) begins at 8:10 a.m. Many people like to gather in the cafe area next to the Large Fellowship Hall after this service to enjoy coffee and conversation before leaving for work or other commitments.

Evensong is the service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, with the psalms and other parts of the service being sung. This half-hour service begins at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the service is led by the Virginia Girls Choir and is followed by our midweek parish supper.

If you cannot be present for these weekday services, you may wish to say them on your own at home; the Daily Office begins on page 36 in the Book of Common Prayer.

Other resources

St. Paul's Weekday Preaching Series // St. Paul's Episcopal Church across from Capitol Square has held a well-known preaching series since 1897 that takes place each weekday during Lent. They also serve lunch before and after these daily services ($8) with proceeds supporting St. Paul's outreach grants. You can read more about St. Paul's Lenten Preaching Series here.

Meditations from the Society of St. John the Evangelist // The brothers of SSJE, an Episcopal religious order, partners with Virginia Theological Seminary to offer daily Lenten meditations by email.

Forward Movement // Copies of Forward Day by Day (small booklets daily devotions based on the lectionary) are available for purchase in the parish office ($1 each). A selection of Forward Movement books is available in our bookshop.

Forward Movement has also announced A Season of Prayer: 40 Days in the Desert, offering a way to focus our prayers on the plight of refugees. Each day features a prayer or a scripture reading encouraging people to pray and reflect on our response to the global refugee crisis and the Christian obligation of hospitality and welcome. 

As solemn as Lent is, it's also OK to leaven your observance with a bit of fun, and again, Forward Movement has something for you. "Lent Madness" (inspired by "March Madness" and the NCAA basketball tournaments) pits 32 saints against each other in a bracket, as each saint seeks to win the coveted Golden Halo. Throughout Lent, fans vote for their favorite saints at www.lentmadness.org. You can follow Lent Madness on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

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