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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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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 this parish but for the larger church and the community.

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

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 2017-18 will be available here later this summer.

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

Looking for the schedule of Women's Forum speakers? Follow this link. Men's Breakfast speakers are here.

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. 

2017-2018 speakers

fall2017-vertical.jpgThis fall, our speakers will help us reflect on our connection to God and to one another as stewards of God’s creation. 

Fred Bahnson, who directs the Food, Health & Ecological Well-Being Program at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will come to St. Stephen’s Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. On Saturday at 6 p.m., he will be joined by the Rev. Heber Brown III, the director of the Black Church Food Security Network of Baltimore, at a dinner and program here. 

Bahnson, author of Soil and Sacrament, our parish summer book, will discuss the spiritual dimensions of sustainable agriculture and shared meals. What can churches learn from those who are experiencing holiness through their engagement with the land, and what can they learn from churches? 

Brown will discuss the network he leads which empowers black farmers and guides African-American churches in converting unused land to urban gardens, helping to eliminate “food deserts” in their communities. His organization’s vision is “a community-centered, local food system supported by black churches and led by those most directly affected by food insecurity.”

These visionary leaders will speak, appropriately, at a community meal prepared with ingredients from our farmers market vendors and others involved in growing and providing healthy local foods from local, sustainable sources. The event is open to all, and we are issuing special invitations to local organizations engaged in similar work, and to Richmond’s African-American churches.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR DINNER AND THE BAHNSON/BROWN PROGRAM HERE.

John Philip Newell’s topic during his visit on Thursday, October 19, at 7 p.m. will provide a fitting complement to the Bahnson/Brown weekend, “John Muir: Celtic Prophet of Ecological Consciousness and Action.” Muir, born in Scotland in 1838, moved to the United States as a child. He has been described as the archetype of humanity’s oneness with the earth and as the patron saint of American environmentalism. He was the most articulate and passionate advocate for what would become our system of national parks. Newell will explore the Celtic vision at the heart of Muir’s spirituality and invite us to be part of the relationship between loving the earth and protecting it.

REGISTER FOR JOHN PHILIP NEWELL'S PRESENTATION HERE.

 
Also coming this year

Father Martin Laird: Advent retreat, Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration coming soon

Eben Alexander, Author of Proof of Heaven: lecture, Friday, January 19, and workshop, Saturday, January 20, 2018; co-sponsored with Chrysalis Institute and the Institute on Noetic Sciences REGISTER THROUGH CHRYSALIS

Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate: poetry reading, talk, book signing, Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m. Tickets are required; they are free, but donations are welcome.

Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE: Lenten retreat, Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17; additional information and registration available soon

The Rev. Becca Stevens, Magdalen and Thistle Farms: workshop, Saturday, March 17; additional information and registration available soon

CONTACT

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

 

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