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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 

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two*
  • 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
*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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Groups and Classes

St. Stephen’s offers a wide variety of Bible studies, small groups, and classes. Some groups meet year-round, some for 10-week "covenant periods," some for other periods of time. Groups for the fall covenant period are listed below.  

If you want to learn about Emmaus Groups, a particular kind of small group, please follow this link.

Wellness classes and contemplative practice groups are also offered. 

We have several "guilds" at St. Stephen's Church, as well. Read about them here

Fall Offerings:

C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce led by Bob Dibble | Mondays, 6:30 p.m. | beginning October 2
Bob Dibble will lead a discussion of The Great Divorce, which has been called C.S. Lewis’ Divine Comedy (by way of Danté). Actually, though, it was a response to William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lewis writes of their divorce. Inspiration for this story comes from the medieval idea of the refrigerium, the refreshment or vacation from Hell granted to some of the souls abiding there. So Lewis’ narrator leaves the dreary streets of the underworld and, with a coterie of other ghosts, journeys by flying bus to a lovely land that he comes to realize is the forecourt of Heaven. In that enchanted place, the ghosts meet many denizens from the heavenly world, who attempt to lure the poor souls out of their misery. Through these sketches, Lewis helps us wrestle with such timeless concepts as the nature of good and evil, of sin and temptation, heaven and hell, vanity and self-deception, and perhaps most importantly, with the power of our spiritual choices. 

Bob will facilitate an exploration of Lewis’ theological fantasy as together we discover, or re-discover, the riches contained in this small but powerful book. Of course, the conversation will be strengthened by having read the book prior to the class, but you may read as we go. Class is full. Call 804.288.2867 to be added to the waiting list. 

Education for Ministry | Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides lay people with theological education to support their ministry. Dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, church history, and theology. Reflect with the group on your life and how daily experience relates to your faith. 

This four-year distance learning program was founded at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1975, and groups take part in in churches around the world, including St. Stephen’s. Space is limited, and annual tuition is required. To learn more, contact Richard Clary

Inquirers Class led by Steve McGehee | Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. | begins September 27 | email Janet Allen to register
This class includes the basics of what it means to be an Episcopalian. It’s the class new members take, especially if they wish to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, but it’s also an interesting refresher course for lifelong Episcopalians. Questions are not only welcome, they form the basis for this class. The class concludes with an instructed Eucharist led by the rector. A winter section of this class will meet on Sunday mornings beginning January 28, 2018, and the spring class will meet Wednesday evenings beginning April 4, 2018.

Book Group led by Wilda Ferguson | 10:30 a.m. | first Thursday of the month | beginning September 7 
This monthly book group selects books to read and discuss based on group interest. The books will have relevant faith components and may indeed challenge us in our faith. The group will begin the fall session on September 7 with a presentation by Becky Lehman of St. Stephen’s staff about her recent trip to New Zealand. The group will also decide on books to read for the rest of the year. Come with suggestions.

 

More fall groups will be published on this page soon!

Contact

The Rev. Gene LeCouteur, Associate Rector // 804.288.2867, x 324 // email

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