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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.


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* (two services occur simultaneously, one in Palmer Hall Chapel, the other in the main church)
  • 10:10 a.m., Christian education for all ages (resuming September 18)*
  • 11:15 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 up to age 5

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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Guest Speakers

St. Stephen’s is known for the quality, breadth and depth of speakers who visit the parish, including renowned theologians, writers, poets, and monks. Our speakers series has become a resource not only for our own church but for the larger church and the community.

Past speakers have included Barbara Brown Taylor, John Philip Newell, Harvey Cox, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver, Jon Meacham, Becca Stevens, Martin Laird, Lauren Winner, Martin Smith, the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and many others.

Confirmed speakers for 2016-17 are listed below.

All events are open to the general public. You do NOT have to be a member of St. Stephen's to attend. Many, though not all, of these events have a suggested donation, but please do not allow this to be a barrier--see the information at the bottom of this page about suggested donations.

St. Stephen's also offers a variety of retreats and workshops, a poetry series, and the Sunday Forum meets at 10:10 a.m. in the Large Fellowship Hall between our 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Forum often welcomes guest speakers; more details about the Forum schedule for 2016-17 are here.

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:10-11:00 a.m.

Tim Floyd

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Justice, Mercy, Redemption and the Death Penalty

Attorney Tim Floyd teaches at Mercer Law School and argued an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a client on death row. He will speak about that experience and touch on themes raised in the parish's summer book selected, Just Mercy.

More information | No registration needed

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7 p.m.

snowmatthews.jpgJohn Snow & Dan Matthews

Economic Inequality, Social Unrest and Division: A Time for Hope and Healing

St. Stephen’s will begin an exciting new year of guest speakers with a compelling duo: former Secretary of the Treasury John Snow, and the Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, rector emeritus of Trinity Church, Wall Street. Join us for a thoughtful presentation and discussion on the American and global economic situation with two people who have seen tremendous changes in the economy up close. When you register for this event, you'll have the opportunity to submit a question for these two speakers; we'll send questions to them to ponder as they prepare their remarks.

More information | registration | submit a question for the speakers

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9 a.m.

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Two Books, One World

This astrophysicist and professor holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University...AND an MDiv from Candler School of Theology. The self-described science nerd is also a follower of Jesus. His book, Stars Beneath Us, blends story and theory, biblical texts and scientific concepts, and his workshop will explore the relation between science and the Bible.

In addition, Wallace will give a brief (45-minute) presentation in the Sunday Forum on October 30.

More information | registration 

Monday, November 14, 2016, 7 p.m.

bellnewell.jpgJohn Philip Newell & Rob Bell

Two of the most significant and influential voices in Christianity in the 21st century will be at St. Stephen’s Church together. While each is well-known for different expressions of the faith, until February, they'd never talked to each other before. Their conversation on a "Robcast" (a Rob Bell podcast) inspired Gary Jones to invite them to speak together in person at St. Stephen's.

More information | registration

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Advent Retreat

This popular speaker and teacher on the gifts of contemplation, and the author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence, will return to St. Stephen’s to lead an Advent retreat. Fr. Martin is at work on a new book.

In addition, Fr. Martin will give a brief (45-minute) presentation in the Sunday Forum on December 4 at 10:10 a.m.

More information to come | registration

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

greggarrettsmallerheadshotforweb.jpgGreg Garrett

Seeking the Sacred in Harry Potter

This writer and professor will show that, far from being mere children’s entertainment or even a gateway into the occult, this saga (written by a Christian) is a powerfully spiritual tale that engages such concepts as community, compassion, redemption, and sacrifice.

More information | registration

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7 p.m.

bbtaylor-smallheadshot.jpgBarbara Brown Taylor

An Evening with Barbara Brown Taylor

The author of Learning to Walk in the Dark, An Altar in the World, Leaving Church, and other books, will return in February. She spoke here in 2014 to a standing room only audience in the church. Be sure to reserve your seat right away!

More information to come | registration

Friday and Saturday, March 17 & 18, 2017

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Lenten Retreat

J. Pittman McGehee is an Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst in private practice in Austin, Texas. He is widely known as a lecturer and educator in the field of psychology and religion, as well as a published poet and essayist.

He is the author of The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are, Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul, Words Made Flesh, and The Paradox of Love.

You may attend a Friday evening offering, a Saturday offering, or both.

In addition, McGehee will give a brief (45-minute) presentation in the Sunday Forum on March 19, 2017.

More information

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

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Poetry Reading

This poet has been described by the New York Times as “radiant and passionate” and by other reviewers as “insightful and eloquent.” Her subjects range from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific to subtle unfoldings of daily life.

Read more about our poetry series here.

More information | registration

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9 a.m.

Greg Garrett

'Is This Heaven?'

Greg Garrett will examine how our stories of the afterlife shape our present, a topic he explores in his book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination.

More information | registration


Books by our speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.

A word about suggested donations

We suggest a donation of $25 to attend most events (unless noted otherwise); this usually covers the expenses of our bringing these outstanding writers, teachers and thought leaders to you. We want our speakers to be accessible to all, and we know that some people will be able to donate more than $25, and others less. If you plan to pay the suggested donation, you may reserve your place online. If you prefer to pay a different amount, please stop by the parish office to register, or call 804.288.2867. 

CONTACT

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

 

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