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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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Capital Campaign

Embracing a New Century:

The Campaign for St. Stephen's Church

A prayer for St. Stephen's Capital Campaign

Lord Jesus Christ, more than a century ago our forebears at St. Stephen’s Church founded this community as your Body in the world, kindling hearts, giving hope to the weary, and bringing forth ministries of compassion in Richmond and beyond. As we build on that foundation, call us to their energy and commitment, and remind us that our eyes are the eyes through which you look at the world; our feet are the feet by which you go about doing good; our hands are the hands with which you feed, bless, and welcome all. May this campaign strengthen our love of you and our neighbors, in the assurance that it is our honor to serve, our privilege to give and our turn to inspire. Amen.

If you participated in our capital campaign, thank you! Much of the work we've undertaken is now complete, though the outreach component is in the planning stages.

Where we are now

At the May 2017 vestry meeting, campaign leaders delivered a final report, formally transitioning oversight of the campaign budget and remaining priorities to the vestry.

In reviewing the project timeline, leaders traced the parish’s journey from an early vision exceeding $15 million to a construction and outreach project approved by the vestry of $9.7 million, with the goal of tending to aging systems, restoring sacred spaces, improving accessibility, and increasing outreach. Major components were completed on time and under budget, followed by the completion of the memorial garden expansion in early 2017.

Thanks to the generosity of St. Stephen’s parishioners, pledges to the campaign through June 2017 totaled $9.9 million, of which $8.7 million had already been received. With construction and other project-related expenses largely behind us, the executive committee and vestry are committed to ensuring sufficient remaining pledge income is set aside to meet the campaign outreach commitment.

Campaign leaders also presented to the vestry a prioritized list of other items around campus that still need tending. Developed with input from representatives of the executive committee, vestry, and buildings and grounds committee, the list reflects, in most cases, deliberate choices made well before construction began as campaign leaders pared back the budget to be in line with projected income. Most items identified are small and can be remedied for little or no cost. Except for any that are no cost/low cost or which are safety-related (e.g., courtyard pavers, lighting), items will not be considered until the vestry sees meaningful progress towards fulfilling the outreach component of the campaign.

As we mark the completion of the campaign, we are reminded again of the faithfulness and generosity of this parish.

Campaign Leadership

Carol W. Dickinson
Andrew Luke
Duncan S. Owen

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