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

Virginia Girls Choir // Virginia Boys Choir

The Virginia Girls Choir is a community-wide choir for girls in grades four through twelve. Founded in 2008, the choir has rapidly become one of the leading girlchoirs in the United States. In 2010, they recorded “An Unexpected Christmas.”

Though much younger, the Virginia Boys Choir has had a very successful first season and is ready to grow. Both choirs are community-wide offerings of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and children throughout greater Richmond are invited to experience the joys and rewards of great choral singing. Though some are St. Stephen’s parishioners, many choir families come from other congregations and traditions. All are welcome!

The choirs sing during Sunday morning worship (girls twice a month, boys once a month) and for special services, concerts and recordings. In addition, the girls choir sings for Choral Evensong on Wednesdays. Both choirs commit to weekly rehearsals, worship and performances during the academic year; summers are generally free after a June tour or trip; a week-long day camp takes place in August.

In addition, choristers enjoy social activities such as pool parties, cookouts, holiday parties, and more. Last year they sang for a radio broadcast and recording of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas.

Both choirs work to sing with spirit and understanding in a variety of musical styles, with the music of the Anglican tradition taking pride of place in their repertoire. Musical literacy is a strong emphasis of the program, using the Voice for Life curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music. Choristers develop strong music reading skills as well as strong voices, while growing in discipline, responsibility, and leadership–skills that benefit every child. 

No prior musical training is required—we are looking for girls and boys who like to sing! The process is simple: Please fill out an application (HERE). Once the application is complete, please contact Paige Reisenfeld, administrative assistant for the music department. She will set up a meeting for you that will provide more complete information so that you and your child can make an informed decision. New choristers have a one-month trial period, usually in September, so that families can see if this is a good fit for them. 

We hope you’ll try us out!


The Story of the Virginia Girls Choir

We are pleased to offer excellent choirs for both girls and boys at St. Stephen's Church. Since the Virginia Girls Choir has been around longer--it was founded here in 2008--you may be interested in the group's history.

Singers come from across the greater Richmond area. The girls work to sing with spirit and understanding in a variety of musical styles, with the music of the Anglican tradition taking pride of place in their repertoire. They have performed under the direction of noted choir trainer Dr. Barry Rose, and have performed with recording artist and composer Ana Hernández. 

At St. Stephen’s, the choir sings Evensong every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and on alternating Sunday mornings. The choir has also sung concerts and worship services at Chester Presbyterian Church; River Road Church, Baptist; St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Richmond; The First Lady’s Luncheon and for the National Association of Women in Business awards, both at the Omni hotel, Richmond; at the Diamond for Flying Squirrels games; Epiphany Church, Danville; Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg; St. Paul’s Church, K St., Washington, DC; Washington National Cathedral; St. Bartholomew’s Church, NY; St. Luke’s Church, East Hampton, NY; St. William the Abbot Catholic Church, NY.

On tour in England in 2012, the choir sang with the Girls Choirs of Lincoln Cathedral and the of All Saints Church, Northampton. They also sang at Eye Church, the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, and for the Mayor of Ipswich at the Ipswich Cultural Center.

The choir released their first CD in 2010, a Christmas recording made in collaboration with Ana Hernández, called “An Unexpected Christmas.” With 16 original arrangements of familiar carols, as well as several new tunes, the CD received airplay in both the U.S. and Canada, and led to appearances on Lite 98’s “Wake Up Show” with Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins, and WCVE’s “Virginia Currents” TV show with May-Lily Lee.

In December 2015, the choir--along with members of the Virginia Boys Choir, Sanctuary, and St. Stephen's Choir--participated in a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols recorded and broadcast by WCVE, the National Public Radio member station based in Richmond.

While singing in a choir of great renown is, by its nature, a reward, choristers grow in confidence, poise, self-esteem, collegiality, as well as gain deep awareness and appreciation for the disciplined study of poetry, music and the arts.  

While the choir is in residence at St. Stephen’s Church, choir members come from every part of the city. Some are St. Stephen’s parishioners, though many choir families come from other faith traditions and congregations.

We are proud of this group, and excited about the future of our newer Virginia Boys Choir, as well!