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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 (Summer Schedule is in effect)

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 10:00 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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Sunday mornings for adults

On Sunday mornings, adults, like children and youth, are invited to take part in education and formation offerings between the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services (roughly 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m.). Unless otherwise noted, these opportunities do not require registration and they are open to all. You do not have to be a "member" of St. Stephen's to take part.

The Sunday Forum

A weekly speakers series featuring teaching and presentations by the rector, the Rev. Gary Jones, as well as other clergy and lay staff, and outstanding guest speakers. The forum takes place in the Large Fellowship Hall. The schedule of speakers and topics is here.

Sunday morning Bible study

Christians generally believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Many Christians also feel that they have not really learned how to read the Bible for themselves. Some have tried to start at the beginning and then got stuck at all the “begats.” Others learned stories in Sunday school but feel that, now that they are adults, there is more to be learned from the Scriptures. Still others just want to know more about what the Bible says and what it has to do with our lives. If any of these characterizations apply to you, come and join a new Sunday morning Bible study class during the Sunday school hour every week beginning September 18. The Rev. Penny Nash is offering this class to help us all become more biblically literate and confident in our knowledge and ability to engage Scripture, to give us a road map for our own study. The group will not be reading every book line by line, but study it with an eye toward the story arc as well as the themes and motifs that run through the individual books and also connect with other books – and with our lives.

In the fall, the group will begin with an overview of the Old Testament prophetic literature, looking at the historical situation, images, motifs and stories that will be carried forward to the Gospels. Then, we will move into the Gospels, studying each one individually. There is no homework assigned, and you do not need to sign up or commit to weekly attendance (although regular attendance has its benefits). Come to this interactive study and reflect on how the Scriptures inform our world today, inform how we relate to God, to ourselves, and to others. How does the Bible help you make decisions, form opinions, inspire actions? 

Many Parents, One Vine

Many parents find themselves seeking opportunities to meet other parents for conversation and reflection on their lives from a spiritual perspective, as well as make new friends or share some collective wisdom on the joy and challenges of being a parent. “Many Parents, One Vine” is a space to grow in faith and connect with other parents in mutual affirmation. We believe that raising children is a cooperative, not competitive, enterprise. Together, connected to the vine, we are stronger parents. Come for coffee and fellowship, a brief summary of the suggested (not required) reading, and ample time for peer-facilitated small group discussion. This group meets in Room 14 (top floor of the parish house). More details are here.

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