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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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Cafe Ministry

The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's, our Sunday Community Suppers, our visiting speakers and poets, and other ministries at St. Stephen's Church all contribute to our mission to serve as a "village green" for the community. We want to extend a welcome to all, whether they are members of St. Stephen's, members of another faith community, or not affiliated at all. This is a reclaiming of the role the church has played through the centuries, with "parishes" actually being geographic areas for which the local parish church took a sense of responsibility.

For the past year, staff and volunteers have been discussing a vision for a new village green ministry: a gathering spot for youth and their friends before and after school, as well as for adults and families to come before and after services and events at St. Stephen's.

A project team has been meeting since the summer of 2016 and recently selected Baskervill, a well-regarded local architecture firm, to provide a design for this cafe space (the former choir room at the Three Chopt end of the parish house).

Members of the project team discussed the vision and showed Baskervill's designs during the Sunday Forum on March 26. You can listen to that presentation, as well as to the questions asked, here. It's not too late to ask questions, though. A schedule of Q & A sessions is listed below. We've also got an FAQ sheet.

Funding

A generous gift from an anonymous donor provided initial funding of $30,000. The remaining funding must come from additional donors and will need to be raised quickly if a fall 2017 is to become reality. 

Based on the construction costs and the size of our community, we are especially inviting donations of $1,000. However, donations of all sizes are welcome. Some families are not in a position to give $1,000, while others can give more. And a few larger gifts will be needed to reach our goal. With a broad base of $1,000 donors and a dozen or so larger gifts, we will reach our target with roughly 150 participants, achievable if this vision enjoys broad support. Those who contribute $1,000 or more are also invited to donate a mug of their choice; the mugs will be displayed artistically in the café as a way of representing this community and its generosity.

It is essential that your gift to the café not affect the fulfillment of your pledge to the annual giving campaign. 

To support this exciting new effort, you may make a pledge using this form, or use this link to make a gift today (select 'cafe' from the drop-down 'select a fund' menu).

(Read a message from a St. Stephen's parent about why her family is excited about this new opportunity.) 

Q & A Sessions

Members of the project team have held half a dozen Q & A sessions and have just added several more. You are most welcome to come and ask any questions you have, including questions about the team's detailed business plan. These sessions will take place in the former choir room, where the proposed cafe is meant to be located. (If you've never been there, walk down the hall of the parish house, beyond the Fellowship Hall, veer right, then left, past the Library. The former choir room/cafe is located at the end of the building on the Three Chopt Road side.)

  • Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2, at 8:45 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m.

Contact

Michael Sweeney, Director of Family Ministry // email // 804.288.2867

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