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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 
  • 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.


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
  • 10:10 a.m., Educational offerings for all ages
  • 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

Weekday worship (located in Palmer Hall)

  • 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 Anglican and Episcopalian Christians throughout the world. 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

OUR LOCATION

6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226
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Outreach

When we recognize that Christianity is meant to be a Way of Life,
not a system of religious beliefs, we look to the example of Jesus
for clues and inspiration about this Way.

Christianity is at its best when its adherents bind themselves to the religion of Jesus, rather than to a religion about Jesus. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” Jesus said. Christians are people who sense that they are called to live the life of Jesus; and Christians often find, with St. Paul, that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me.” This is a profound and powerful mystery that is available to everyone.

Read more about our partnerships, our work, and our beloved friends in settings near and far--and prayerfully consider how you might be part of this work.

Serving Others

Jesus said he came not to be served but to serve. And the experience of many Christians is that we feel unusually whole, complete and fulfilled in life, when we are serving and caring for others. It is times like these when we feel especially joyful and at peace. We might say that it is at times like these that we feel most united to Christ.

Encounter God

One of the greatest mysteries and most joyful experiences of the Christian life is the sense of “encounter” we have when we give ourselves in service to others. Jesus spoke about this mystery in a well-known parable from the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. He said, in effect, that when we care for people in need, we are caring for Jesus himself. In other words, we encounter the Holy in serving and caring for one another, and Christians have often insisted that the experience of God is most poignant, most tangible, and most complete in our care and love for each other.

Many of us sense that this is why Jesus linked love of God and love of neighbor in his summary of the Law. And it is not hard to understand that when we are out of sorts with each other, we are in a sense out of sorts with God. “If you are bringing your gift to the altar,” Jesus said, “and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” And the First Letter of John says it bluntly. “He who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (4:20b)

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