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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 (Summer schedule, May 29-September 4)

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 10:00 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

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.

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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Bluegrass Bash

Featuring Rebecca Frazier and the Hit & Run Band

Fun for all ages!

Friday, September 16, 5-8 p.m. at St. Stephen's

The Bluegrass Bash is designed for the entire family--and the entire community--with live music, food and drink, and fun for all ages. It's held, rain or shine, in our parking lot. We're delighted that this year's headliner--back by popular demand--is Rebecca Frazier and the Hit & Run Band (pictured in the center photo at the top of this page). Also joining us will be Will Perkinson and Cook County Bluegrass!

Food will be available for purchase from the area's best food trucks, as well as beverages (wine, beer, water, soft drinks). There will be free activities for kids, too. No coolers are permitted, but lawn chairs, blankets and dancin' shoes are encouraged. Parking is free.

The annual Bluegrass Bash is not only a fun-filled evening, it also supports the outreach ministries of St. Stephen's Church. Please plan to attend, and invite friends, neighbors, relatives and colleagues. The more, the merrier.

Advance tickets are $7 for children (ages 2-11), $10 for ages 12 and up, and a family maximum of $30. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance, since prices go up the day of the event ($10/$15/$40). You may purchase tickets in the parish office, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; or reserve them online and pick them up any time between now and September 15, or at Will Call on the day of the Bash.

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Deb Lawrence (contact info below). 

Read about our golf tournament to benefit outreach ministries (September 15) here.

Contact

Deb Lawrence, Director of Outreach // x 329 // email

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