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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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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. Some groups are listed below; many more will be added as we get closer to the fall. 

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

COMING THIS FALL

Encountering Difference  // Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., October 17-November 21
Led by the Rev. Bill Sachs and Aleta Richards
How do you feel when you hear words like, pluralism, bias, and power? What about words like familiar, connection, and community? Often these words bring up very different experiences for people. Join Bill Sachs and Aleta Richards for a 6-week conversation based on Bill’s new book, In the Face of Difference and prepare for the wide range of differences we face today. 

You may register here. Copies of In the Face of Difference are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.

The Immortal Diamond book group // Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., October 17-November 14
Led by the Rev. Claudia Merritt
In the quiet moments of our lives, all of us wonder: if others knew me the way I know myself, would they still love me? What about God? What does God see when God gazes on me? These are questions that noted Franciscan author and spiritual guide Richard Rohr explores in his book, Immortal Diamond. Rohr reflects on our essential goodness and how our egos interfere with our awareness of God, one another, and our own self understanding. Join Claudia Merritt and others for this five-week discussion group.  

You may register now here. Copies of The Immortal Diamond are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's

Just Mercy discussion group // Tuesdays, 7 p.m., October 4-November 15
Led by the Rev. Gary Jones and Tom Cox
Many at St. Stephen’s have read, or are in the midst of reading, a compelling book by a man who has been called–both by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and by Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu– “America’s Mandela.” Lawyer Bryan Stevenson is the founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. His book, Just Mercy, is Gary Jones’ pick for a parish summer book, and on seven Tuesday evenings this fall (October 4-November 15) parishioner Tom Cox, a graduate of Harvard Law School, will team up with Gary to lead a series on themes and issues raised in the book. Participants will hear brief presentations from Tom and Gary, followed by discussion in small groups.

You may register now here. Copies of Just Mercy are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.

Disciple Bible Study // Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning September 21
Led by the Rev. Gene LeCouteur and Karen Orville
Disciple is a 34-week study of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of each of the books of the Bible, their themes, the major figures in each, and the chronology. In addition to reading portions of each book, we watch video presentation by scholars, participate in group discussion, do a little homework, and build a community. It is worthwhile work for anyone who wants to understand why we read so much of Isaiah in Advent, what Jesus meant when he said "I came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets," why the Old Testament is so important to understanding the New Testament, why St. Paul wrote some of the things that make us cringe today, and more. It is fun, engaging, enlightening, and worth every minute. This will be the fourth time Gene and Karen have led this course together.

The book for this course costs $40; there is no other cost to participate. Registration is required; you can do that right here.

World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions // Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., September 21-November 16
Led by Jan Hatcher-Conquest
An understanding of our world’s major religions is an important part of understanding the world in which we live today. Join us in exploring the essentials of each major world religion, using Huston Smith’s beautifully illustrated World’s Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions.  Our weekly discussions will cover Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and what scholar Diana Eck refers to as the “pluralistic” landscape of religion in the U.S. today.
 
Week 1, 9/21: Introduction; What is Religion?; Short History of Religious Belief & Practice
Week 2, 9/28: Religions of India: Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism
Week 3, 10/5: Buddhism
Week 4, 10/12: Religions of China:  Taoism
Week 5, 10/19: Confucianism
Week 6, 10/26: Religions of Japan – Zen Buddhism and Shinto
Week 7, 11/2: Religions of the Middle East – Judaism & Christianity
Week 8, 11/9: Islam
Week 9, 11/16: Religion in the U.S. today; closing

Copies of the book, Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions, will be available for purchase in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's. Please feel free to bring lunch with you if you wish. Class size is limited. Register here

 

 

CONTINUING THIS SUMMER
Needlepoint group
, Fridays at 9 a.m. (continues through the summer)
Are you a needlepoint fan, or you want to learn how? St. Stephen's Needlepoint Guild offers two groups on Friday mornings at 9, one for those who already know how to needlepoint, and one for those who are looking for some instruction or guidance. Bring a project to work on (it does not have to be one of the kneeling cushions that are being stitched for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit). You do not need to sign up--just come!

Beginners group--Room 14--led by Jessica Tongel (email)
Experienced stitchers group--Room 1--led by Robyn Kay (email)

RETURNING THIS FALL
EPIC Moms // Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EPIC Moms (Episcopal Parishes in Community to support Moms) is a gathering for mothers of children from infancy to elementary school. This program is sponsored by Episcopal churches but open to all mothers regardless of religious tradition. Get to know other women across Richmond, share the joys and challenges of parenting, and hear and discuss speakers on topics such as early literacy, spirituality with children, and meditation for kids and mothers.

The group will meet for breakfast, fellowship, speakers, and occasional crafts. Safe, clean, on-site childcare will always be provided. Registration is $65/semester or $120/year. Scholarships are available on request and anyone can try one meeting free. For more information or to register, email Michele Burt.  

Education for Ministry // Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Email Richard Clary for additional information about joining this group.

Prayer Shawl Knitters // Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Knitters gather for prayer, fellowship, conversation and knitting shawls which will be blessed and distributed to those who are ill or who would otherwise benefit from a loving reminder of their inclusion in St. Stephen’s community. If you don’t know how to knit, come learn!


Contact

The Rev. Gene LeCouteur, Associate for Education and Formation // 804.288.2867, x 324 // email

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