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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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Wellness

Classes | Food ministryFarmers Market 

The word “wellness” is used frequently and in different ways, so it's important to understand what we mean by “wellness ministries” at St. Stephen’s Church. First of all, we might say what we do not mean. St. Stephen’s Church is not a “spiritual spa” where individuals come for self-indulgent pampering. Rather, our wellness ministries are intended to promote the kind of spiritual focus and prayerful attentiveness that can lead to a more compassionate life, a life that is grounded in the Way of Jesus. And, of course, all that we do is set in the ancient, life-giving rhythm of prayer – weekly communion with God and one another; some sort of daily devotion, such as the recitation of psalms and scripture readings from Daily Morning and Evening Prayer; and, following the example of Jesus, regular times of private, contemplative prayer, times for “resting in God.”

St. Stephen's offers groups, classes, retreats and other opportunities to help people make healthy and informed choices about the things that affect physical, spiritual and mental health. In addition to the classes listed below, and the retreats we offer here at church and at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, we see our Farmers Market as part of this ministry. So is a food ministry that provides nourishing foods to those who cannot afford them, and Sunday Community Suppers which emphasize fresh, local ingredients, as well as fellowship. Suppers are donation-based to allow the broadest possible participation. 

MONDAYS

9:15 a.m. | Beginner Yoga Flow led by Celine Burn | beginning September 12 | suggested donation $10 per class 
This class is suited for individuals looking to learn the basics of yoga poses, breathwork and mindful flow. With this practice, participants will build strength and increase overall flexibility, while exploring the mind-body connection.  We will focus on proper alignment in both standing poses and floor work. Celine Burn has her 200-hour YogaWorks trainer certification. For more information, email Celine or call her at 917.294.9554. 

11 a.m. | Chair Yoga led by Celine Burn | year-round | suggested donation $10 per class
Chair yoga is a safe and supportive style of gentle yoga that allows individuals to engage in flexibility exercises as well as balance and coordination moves. Celine Burn is a group exercise instructor certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America who specializes in teaching seniors chair yoga through the Silver Sneakers certification program. This class is open to all ages and is ideal for those who would like to improve and maintain their wellness as they age.

6-7 p.m. | Guided Meditation led by Lynn Brooke | September 12 - December 13 | suggested donation $10 per class 
All levels. Learn to be more calm and present in your day-to-day life. Classes are 60 minutes: 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by 30 minutes of class discussion. This is a seated practice. Chairs and/or meditation cushions are provided. No registration required. 


TUESDAYS 

12-1 p.m. | Guided Meditation led by Lynn Brooke | September 13 - December 14 | suggested donation $10 per class 
All levels. Learn to be more calm and present in your day-to-day life. Classes are 60 minutes: 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by 30 minutes of class discussion. This is a seated practice. Chairs and/or meditation cushions are provided. No registration required. 

6:15-7:15 p.m. | Into Stillness (beginning) led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge | five weeks beginning September 27 | suggested donation $45 for the course | Register here
Mindfulness meditation is valuable for those who are looking for new ways of dealing with stress, using the same principles used in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven method for reducing stress. Learning to be still and present is a key component in the spiritual life. This class is suitable for beginners with no previous experience.

 

WEDNESDAYS

9:30 a.m. | Mindful Yoga led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge | year-round | suggested donation $10 per class 
This practice includes standing postures and sun salutations along with easy stretching movements performed on the floor. Beginners are welcome. 

2 p.m. | Chair Yoga led by Celine Burn | year-round | suggested donation $10 per class
Chair yoga is a safe and supportive style of gentle yoga that allows individuals to engage in flexibility exercises as well as balance and coordination moves. Celine Burn is a group exercise instructor certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America who specializes in teaching seniors chair yoga through the Silver Sneakers certification program. This class is open to all ages and is ideal for those who would like to improve and maintain their wellness as they age.
 
6-7 p.m. | Introduction to Guided Meditation Workshop led by Lynn Brooke | September 14, October 5, November 2 | suggested donation $15
This introductory session is designed to familiarize participants with beginning meditation techniques and make the practice easier to understand. This is a seated practice. Chairs and props are provided.  
 

THURSDAYS

9 a.m. | Yoga for the Heart led by Millie Cain | five weeks beginning September 15 | suggested donation $45 for the course | Register here 
When was the last time you gave your heart your complete attention?  We will explore through meditation and movement, asking the question: “How does love move?”

Newcomers to yoga are welcome, as are those at any and all levels of physical fitness. This may be practiced in a chair or on a mat, standing, sitting or lying down.

This invitation is not a new approach, but rather a very old path . . . the path of the contemplative. If your heart has longings that you can’t seem to embrace, perhaps this is a way to find your path and align your life with the heart’s deepest knowing. Join us and give yourself the gift of your full attention.

Millie Cain is a lawyer and mediator and has practiced yoga for over 25 years.  Her heart’s greatest pleasure is to come together with folks and look at what goes on here in this body, in this life, and ask the question:  “How could this be more loving?”

 

Coming this winter (Winter Covenant Period 2017)

Eat Well, Be Well led by Cherry Jones and Dale Purrington, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. beginning in January

Two nurse practitioners team up again to offer a class for those who want to learn how to make permanent changes in their diet that can lead to increased energy and better long-term health. The class includes specifics about nutrition and explores food fads and myths. You will learn how our food choices affect not only our individual health, but the health of our environment, locally and globally. The class is loosely based on Michael Pollan’s short book Food Rules.

You will learn ways to eat more simply and healthfully as you discover the reasons behind some of Pollan’s “rules.” Participants will also learn how dramatically the modern western diet has changed and why culturally indigenous diets have historically been so much healthier than typical practices today. This class builds on the assumption that caring for our bodies is inextricably linked to caring for our souls and our minds. This is not a weight loss class, but an opportunity to receive tools and information you can use to make healthy, life-giving choices.

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