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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* (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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Sunday Forum

The Sunday Forum convenes on Sunday mornings, 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m., in the Large Fellowship Hall, September-May. You do not have to be a member to attend, and no registration is required. On most Sundays, the rector or other St. Stephen's clergy speak. On occasion, we welcome outstanding guest speakers. When an audio file is available of a particular forum session, it will be found on the Forum audio page.

Books by our guest speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's. (Authors are indicated with an asterisk.)

Other Sunday morning offerings are described here.

Winter/Spring 2017 semester

anglicanimages.jpgJanuary 15-February 26 // Gary Jones, "What it means to be an Episcopalian"
A six-part series (no Forum on February 5) // Recordings are here; some sessions were not recorded
The Episcopal Church is sometimes called "a big tent." Those who are devoted to this Anglican way of practicing their Christianity tend to be at home with mystery, ambiguity, and even contradiction when it comes to pondering the Divine. And when it comes to human expressions about God, Anglicans tend to shun absolutes, except that they can be wholeheartedly devoted to One whom they admit they cannot comprehend. Join us for a six-part Forum series with the rector on the gifts of Anglicanism, and why it's an important time to be an Episcopalian.  

All of the books used in this series are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's:

(Top: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer; middle: Elizabeth I; bottom: Cape Henry, Virginia, site of the first Anglican Eucharist celebrated in the New World)

March 5 // Stephen McGehee, Associate Rector
An introduction to the newest member of our clergy staff; listen here

March 12 // Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts // The Vacancy Made Visible
The German theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart claimed that “God is found in the human soul not by addition, but by subtraction.” Just as silence can be illuminating when studying the Bible (as practitioners of lectio divina know), so can negative space in the visual realm. Allison will introduce “Erasure Art,” which makes use of negative space, removal, and reclamation as a way of discovery and rebirth. In preparation for Jane Hirshfield’s reading later this month, this presentation will offer other ways of thinking about the possibilities of poetry and your ability to delight in its form. Audio and slides are here.

March 19 // Pittman McGehee // The Paradox of Love
Based on his book of the same title, this Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst will discuss the three different Greek understandings of love--eros, philia and agape--and the healthy implications, and the dark side, of each one. Read more about Dr. McGehee here.

March 26 // Michael Sweeney, Director of Family Ministry // The Cafe
Michael and members of the project team planning our new cafe report on their progress and take questions. 

April 2 // Gary Jones // Pilgrimage

April 9, Palm Sunday // Bill Sachs // Compassion and Holy Week

April 16, Easter Day // no Forum

April 23 // Everett Worthington // How Does One Become a More Christian Christian?
How do we become more Christian in our daily lives? We do so not by willpower, which seems to "tire out" easily. Rather, we do so by forming habits. This is how we develop "the mind of Christ," which is not to be equated with simply rationally or reasonably thinking like Christ, but rather living like Christ, through building forgiveness, humility, and even patience.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr. is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research interests include forgiveness and other virtues, religion and spirituality in clinical practice, and the hope-focused approach to counseling couples. He has written over 30 books on topics including forgiveness of others, self-forgiveness, character strength, religion and psychology, and couples' therapy, and he has published over 350 scholarly articles and chapters. Worthington is frequently cited as an expert on these topics in scientific literature and public media. 

April 30 // St. Stephen's Youth and Michael Sweeney
On Senior Recognition Sunday, our high school seniors will not only be recognized and blessed in church, several of them will speak in the Sunday Forum about how being part of St. Stephen's Church has affected their lives.

May 7 // Legacy Society presentation and "Ask the Rector"
The leadership of our planned giving society will speak for part of the Forum, and the rest will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of the rector in the last Forum of the program year at which he will speak. 

May 14 // Outreach presentation
Hear from staff and the lay leadership of our outreach ministries about what St. Stephen's is doing in the community and in the world. 

May 21 // Bishop's visit; no Forum

May 28 // Summer schedule begins (two morning services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and no education hour)

Fall 2016 semester

September 18 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 1 | audio
Drawing on sources ancient and new, from the Bible to modern writers on the spiritual life, the rector reflects in this five-part series on ways to cultivate a life-giving spirituality in the 21st century. The series is meant as a theological response to the events of the past summer. When the world around us is so full of turmoil, how do we regain our spiritual bearings, our inner peace, our ability to move forward in our life with a sense of equilibrium?

Read about this five-part series here.

September 25 // Tim Floyd | audio 
This Mercer Law School professor, who has argued a death row appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, will discuss issues raised in our parish summer read, Just Mercy.

October 2 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 2 | audio

October 9 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 1| audio | text
Allison, our associate for religion and the arts, will lead a three-part series on poetry; read more about it here.

October 16 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 3 | audio

October 23 // Outreach leaders | audio

October 30 // Paul Wallace*
An astrophysicist who holds a Master of Divinity degree, Paul Wallace will explore one of the strangest accounts of creation in scripture: the divine monologue of Job 38-41. In these chapters, in response to the poor man's pleas for justice, God takes Job on a wild, woolly, and very unexpected tour of creation. Job's cosmos stands in accord with certain aspects of scientific thought: it values experience over tradition, offers a radical critique of conventional views of God, and removes human beings from the center of all things. These similarities make the book of Job a promising point of departure for those who seek dialogue between Jewish and Christian religious traditions and modern science. 

November 6 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 2 | text

November 13 // Gary Jones, post-election Forum | audio (includes the audio of the TED Talk)

TED Talk shown in the Forum on November 13

 

November 20 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 3 | audio | text

November 27 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," conclusion | audio

December 4 // Gary Jones, a year-end conversation with the rector | audio

December 11 // Greg Garrett*
In a presentation titled "Seeking the Sacred in Harry Potter," Garrett finds this best-selling saga to be much more than a children's story. He argues that it's a powerfully spiritual tale whose phenomenal appeal results both from J. K. Rowling’s gifts as a storyteller and her story’s engagement with the topics of community, compassion, redemption, and sacrifice. Garrett has written a book on the subject, One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter. 

No Forum December 18 or December 25 

 

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