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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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Bible study

St. Stephen's offers a number of opportunities for you to study the Bible with others or on your own. These include groups for which you are asked to sign up in advance, as well as those you can attend as your schedule permits. 

GROUPS

Go to the Emmaus Groups page to learn about these groups that meet for 10 weeks at a time.

Bible study groups:

Greek Bible Study led by Stuart Settle | Mondays, 3 p.m.  
The Greek Bible study group is beginning its fifth year at St. Stephen’s and meets to read in Koine Greek and translate the gospel and epistle lessons for the following Sunday. The only prerequisite is a basic knowledge of ancient Greek. Register here. 

Fathers Bible Study | Fridays, 7 a.m. | Please note new meeting day
On Fridays during the program year, fathers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome. Please email Michael Sweeney to be sure the group is meeting, as it will occasionally break for a holiday.  

Mothers Bible Study | Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 
Mothers gather in the Library for Bible study and fellowship. Child care is available if requested in advance. Please contact Sarah Moyar-Thacker for additional details. No registration is necessary. 

Thursday Bible study led by Penny Nash | Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. | year-round 
This group discusses topics or books of the Bible through in-depth reading of Scripture. We often relate what we read to the world around us, personal experience, as well as our hopes for the coming Kingdom of God. No registration is necessary. 

    


RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL STUDY

Weekly Bible Study
You may study the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday by using the study guide written by our Rector, Gary Jones. You can see the guide on the Weekly Bible Study page or you can sign up to receive it each week by email.

The Daily Office
Daily morning and evening prayers and scripture readings can be read by individuals on their own, or in a church with other worshippers. At St. Stephen's, we have Daily Morning Prayer at 8:10 a.m., Monday through Friday, and Evensong each weeknight at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to read the Daily Office on your own, you may find it in the Book of Common Prayer (the prayer book used by Episcopalians), or online.

Forward Day by Day
Daily reflections on the Scriptures can be found in a small paperback booklet called Forward Day by Day, available at church for $1 per copy. These reflections are also available online.

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