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

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

Training for catechists (Level II)

Level II // August 7-11, 2017 at St. Stephen's 

(Looking for Level I training? It's here.)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique Christian approach to spiritual formation for children ages 3-12 years old. It is based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in a specially prepared environment called an atrium. Children use hands-on materials to explore and reflect on scripture, prayer, and liturgical events. Together children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith.

Your invitation
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) requires training for adults at each level or age group. Level II is for children ages 6-9. Each level of training requires 90 hours of adult reflection and lessons presentation, in addition to material making and atrium observation. Presentations and materials will reflect both Roman Catholic and Episcopal liturgies and traditions. 

This offering is open to all--you do not have to be a member of St. Stephen's Church to participate. Catechists or aspiring catechists from other churches of any denomination are most welcome.

Level II formation course objectives

  • To present the methodology and guiding principles of CGS as it especially pertains to the 6- to 9-year-old child.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the Level II atrium environment, and in making the catechist’s album and catechetical material.

  • To deepen an adult theology of the fundamentals of our faith, especially scripture and liturgy

Formation Leader
Anna Hurdle is recognized by CGSUSA to lead formation courses at all three levels. She has led courses throughout the country for both catechists and formation leaders. Anna is a practicing catechist and Montessori teacher based in Charlotte, NC.

CGS membership
To join the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to

Registration, fees, and child care 
This course consists of two parts which can be taken in either order—Part 2 was held here last summer, and Part 1 will be held August 7-11, 2017. Tuition for both parts is $525 total for the first participant from a parish and $425 for each subsequent parishioner.  

Tuition for St. Stephen’s parishioners will be waived, though books and supplies will total approximately $50. Further donations to support this program are welcome—please give as you are led. Tuition includes 90 hours of workshop and a certificate fee. Upon completion of both parts of this course, a certificate is awarded by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.



Child care is available; please use the contact information below for further inquiry.


Michael Sweeney // 804.288.2867 // email