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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
  • 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 (Summer Schedule is in effect)

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

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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For Youth (grades 4-12)

Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 18:3

Because we recognize the divine wisdom of childhood and adolescence, St. Stephen's is a place where youth and adults walk side by side, companions on the journey of faith. We strive to honor questions, avoid pat answers, and look together for the ways that God is at work in our lives. Our mission is to love and affirm all young people as children of God, to serve them as companions and guides, and to faithfully entrust their care to God. All are welcome here.

Summer activities for youth
Though weekly youth group gatherings are on hiatus until the fall, several summer activities for grades 4-12 are planned:

Sunday Family Suppers for June 18, July 16 and August 13
The weekly Sunday Community Suppers on these dates will have activities planned especially for youth (grades 4-12). No reservations needed--just come!

For Club 45 (rising fourth and fifth graders)

  • Thursday, July 27: Richmond Flying Squirrels game

Gather at St. Stephen's at 5:45 p.m. to shuttle to the game in St. Stephen's vans. The cost is $17 per child* (includes ticket and transportation) and friends are welcome. If you can help chaperone, please contact Sarah-Keel Crews. REGISTER HERE

  • Tuesday, August 8: Picnic at Maymont Park

We'll gather at St. Stephen's at 11:30 a.m. and drive to Maymont together in St. Stephen's vans. Please bring your lunch and a drink, as well as a towel to sit on. There is no cost for this event. If you can chaperone, please contact Sarah-Keel. REGISTER HERE

For rising 6th-9th graders

  • Thursday, July 20: Movie night

We'll gather at church at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner together before going to the movies (specific movie is TBA, depending on what is being released--but it will be fun and age-appropriate!) Pickup will be at St. Stephen's after the movie is over (we'll let you know when that will be). The cost is $20* per person, which includes supper, a movie, and transportation. REGISTER HERE

  • Thursday, August 17: Tubing on the James

Join us for a morning of tubing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen. The cost is $20* per person, which can be paid online when you register. Drop-off and pick-up is at Riverside Outfitters. Friends are welcome! Directions to Riverside Outfitters | REGISTER HERE

*Event costs: Please do not let a lack of funds prevent your young person from participating in these events; to request scholarship assistance, contact Michael or Sarah-Keel (contact info below).

Volunteering
There are many opportunities for young people to volunteer this summer, including at the farmers market, the food pantry, and in the East End. Please contact Sarah-Keel for more information.


Contact

Michael Sweeney, Director of Family Ministry // 804.288.2867 // email
Sarah-Keel Crews, Youth Ministry Coordinator // 804.288.2867 // email

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