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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 (Summer Schedule is in effect)

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 10:00 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

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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Summer Reading

The Rector's Pick for Summer 2017

Soil and Sacrament by Fred Bahnson

soilandsac-web.jpgFred Bahnson's book, Soil and Sacrament, sounded interesting to me when I first saw it. People I trust, like Parker Palmer and Rowan Williams, had praised it effusively. But I hadn't considered Soil and Sacrament for our parish's summer reading selection because I thought it was primarily about finding God in gardening. We have a lot of gardeners in the parish, but I wanted something that would have broader appeal. Fortunately, the author himself nudged me to read it, and I discovered that this book is about much more than gardening. It's beautifully written and one of the most touching and engaging books I have read in a long time. Soil and Sacrament is about what it means to be human, with profound spiritual insights on the joys and challenges of living a Christian life today. The colorful cast of characters in this memoir will move you – it’s hard not to love them – and when I read it, I periodically had to put the book down, close my eyes, and ponder all over again what makes for a good life.

Yes, gardeners will find much to love in this book. But so will young adults who are trying to balance work and family. So will our healing prayer ministers and jail ministers who have experienced Christ in vulnerable people on the margins of life. Anyone who has been to the Society of St. John the Evangelist or wondered about the experience of monastic life will be drawn in by the author’s chapter about his time at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Anyone who has pondered with regret our society’s tendency to segregate the elderly or the disabled as unneeded will be inspired. Anyone who has ever wanted to escape the messiness of life may well find the courage to embrace that messiness as the source of true meaning and joy. And if you’ve ever had an intimation that, in the end, a good life is all about relationships and love, however imperfectly we experience those, you will come away from reading this book with inspiration and newfound conviction about the possibility of cultivating such a life here and now.

I am happy to say that author Fred Bahnson will be with us at St. Stephen’s the weekend of September 16-17; we'll have more information on his visit later. For now, enjoy Soil and Sacrament, and remember that buying the book from the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's supports our speakers series. If you do not have the funds to purchase the book, we are happy to offer several copies as loaners.

Gary D. Jones

Watch a video about the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being program at Wake Forest Divinity School.

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