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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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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 linked from this page.

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

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

October 9 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 1
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

October 23 // Outreach leaders

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

November 13 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 4

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

November 27 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 5 (conclusion)

December 4 // Fr. Martin Laird*
The author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence is one of our most popular speakers.

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 

Coming in 2017

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 of each and the dark side of each. (Read more about Dr. McGehee here.)

 

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