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)


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For Parents

St. Stephen’s Church wants to be a place where parents of children from birth until they graduate from high school can find support and resources. Here are some of the new things we are offering in 2015-16 with these families in mind. Ongoing information will be available on this page, in the eSpirit and the Spirit (our weekly communications), and an email newsletter especially for families.

Email newsletter for parents
Sign up for the family ministry newsletter here. Reflections from the newsletter are also posted to the family ministry blog.

"Many Parents, One Vine" // Sundays at 10:10 in Room 14
Many parents find themselves seeking opportunities to meet other parents for conversation and reflection on their lives from a spiritual perspective, as well as make new friends or share some collective wisdom on the joys and challenges of being a parent. “Many Parents, One Vine” is a space to grow in faith and connect with other parents in mutual affirmation. We believe that raising children is a cooperative, not competitive, enterprise. Together, connected to the vine, we are stronger parents. Come for coffee and fellowship, a brief summary of the suggested (not required) reading, and ample time for peer-facilitated small group discussion. Winter/Spring 2017 series:

  • January 15 and 22 The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage
  • January 29 Listening to God with Children 
  • February 12 - March 12 The Blessing of a Skinned Knee 
  • March 19 and 26 Fragmented Lives with Bill Sachs as guest speaker
  • April 2 - May 14 The Mindful Child (no group April 16 or April 23)

Tuesday Morning Fathers Bible Study 
On most Tuesdays during the program year, fathers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s from 7:00-8:00 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome. The group is taking a brief winter break and will reconvene on February 28. Please email Michael Sweeney for more information. 

Wednesday Morning Mothers Bible Study
On Wednesdays during the program year (September-May), mothers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s at 9:30 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Childcare is available. No registration is required–just come. If you have questions, please email the convener, Sarah Moyar-Thacker

Wonderful Wednesdays resumes Sept. 14
Wednesday evenings at St. Stephen’s are “wonderful” for families. It’s a great way to have the entire family seated at the table for dinner together—and you don’t have to prepare it or clean up afterwards. If you wish, come at 5:30 and attend Evensong in Palmer Hall, a brief service led by the Virginia Girls Choir, before going into the Fellowship Hall for supper. Wednesdays are also the day when many rehearsals and groups for children and youth take place: 

  • Children’s choir rehearsals (Cherub Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Palmer Hall Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Virginia Girls Choir, 5:10-8:00 p.m. with a break for supper)
  • 4th & 5th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • 6th & 7th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • 8th & 9th grade Bible study, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • 10th-12th grade Bible study, 7-8:30 p.m.

Parents are essential to the work we do with children and youth. We are recruiting volunteers now for the 2016-17 school year. Please download and complete the appropriate volunteer form(s).
Working with children age 3-grade 3
Working with children and youth grades 4-12

Staff contact 

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