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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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Peter Hopkins

April 14, 1959-September 26, 2016

hopkins.jpgPeter Jay Hopkins was director of music at St. Stephen's Church from early 2014 until his untimely death on September 26, 2016.

Peter arrived at St. Stephen's just as the parish was moving into temporary worship spaces to allow for extensive renovation of our Gothic church building and never missed a beat. He and his wife, Paula Pugh Romanaux (an accomplished organist in her own right), and their daughter Hannah came to Richmond from Philadelphia, where Peter and Paula had been on the staff of St. Peter's Church. Paula is now the organist at Bon Air Baptist Church.

Peter received his B.Music and M.Music degrees in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and was a longtime student of renowned German conductor Helmuth Rilling. He sang in Rilling’s Gächinger Kantorei and Oregon Bach Festival choruses, and assisted Rilling in preparing these professional ensembles for performance. A lyric tenor, he concertized in Germany, Austria, and England in addition to the United States. He also served as a music teacher at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels.

At St. Stephen's, he conducted the St. Stephen's Choir, Sanctuary (the Compline choir), and the Virginia Girls Choir, and founded the Virginia Boys Choir in 2015. Among the highlights of his all-too-brief tenure here were a Christmas 2015 radio broadcast of "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" featuring St. Stephen's choirs, and a spring concert celebrating our return to the renovated nave, featuring our choirs, musicians from the Richmond Symphony, soloists from England, and his wife Paula Pugh Romanaux playing the Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Peter was a runner who enjoyed adventure runs (including “Mud Runs”) and an avid gardener. He was loved for his warmth and wonderful sense of humor.

You can read Peter's obituary as published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch here.

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