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.


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

Women of St Stephen’s

The group known as the Women of St. Stephen's has been in existence for nearly all of St. Stephen's Church's history. Once known as the "Women's Auxiliary," this is the group that in many Episcopal parishes would be identified as the ECW (Episcopal Church Women).

Today the Women of St. Stephen's are engaged in a variety of ministries, and run a gift shop known as the May Fair House which raises tens of thousands of dollars for outreach every year.

From October through May, the Women of St. Stephen's host the Women’s Forum. These meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month and you and your friends are cordially invited to attend (men are most welcome, as well). In addition to the fun, fellowship and education of the Forum, there are numerous volunteer possibilities through the Women of St. Stephen's. 

How do you join the Women of St. Stephen's? If you are a woman and you're at St. Stephen's Church, you are already a member of this group.

The Women of St. Stephen's award grants with the proceeds from May Fair House sales and trips and tours. A list of the 2016 grant awards is available here.

The grant application deadline is in August; the grant application for 2017 is not yet available, but you can see the 2016 application for future reference. Select the one you prefer:
PDF application to print and complete by hand
PDF application to complete on your computer, print, and sign

The Women's Forum
Programs take place on the first Tuesday of the month (October-May, with a break in January). No registration is required and all are welcome--women, men, members, guests, friends. The programs for the 2016-2017 year are here

Trips and Tours
The Women of St. Stephen's sponsor trips and tours to provide opportunities for fellowship as well as to raise additional funds for their outreach grants.

May Fair House // 804.282.3004
The Women of St. Stephen's run the May Fair House, a gift shop whose proceeds fund outreach grants made by the organization. Shop hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, September through May. Read more about May Fair House here.

United Thank Offering // Next ingathering takes place September 25, 2016
The United Thank Offering distributes grants to local, diocesan, national and international recipients using the collective offerings of individuals throughout the Episcopal Church. The small blue offering boxes enable a spiritual discipline of giving thanks to God through the tangible symbol of coins or bills placed in the box. You may pick up a box near Information Central in the parish house and place it wherever you will remember to give thanks for your blessings, such as a desk, dining table, bedside or windowsill. Twice a year--once in spring, once in fall--there is an ingathering of these offerings during our morning worship services. The Women of St. Stephen's send our collective offerings to the diocesan Episcopal Church Women, and from there, our diocesan offering is combined with those of other dioceses. Read more about UTO here

Additional information
The Women of St. Stephen's produce a brochure each year listing volunteer opportunities and the contact people for each; speakers for the monthly Woman’s Forum; and other information. Copies are mailed to all women who are members of St. Stephen's. Additional copies are available at Information Central and outside the May Fair House.

The Women of St. Stephen's also send occasional email blasts. You can sign up for these here.

A wide array of volunteer opportunities are available through the Women of St. Stephen's. For descriptions of these opportunities, follow this link.