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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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Sunday Forum

AUDIO FILES OF PAST FORUM TALKS

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. 

Other Sunday morning offerings are described here.

2017-18 speakers/topics

forumspeakersfall2017.jpgSeptember 17 | Mr. Fred Bahnson, author of Soil and Sacrament (the video shown during the Forum is available here)
September 24 | Outreach staff, volunteers, and our overseas missionaries
October 1 | The Rector (see descriptions of Gary Jones' fall series below)
October 8 | The Rector
October 15 | Ms. Denise Thomas Brown and parish staff discussing employment assistance
October 22 | The Rev. John Philip Newell, authority on Celtic spirituality
October 29 | The Rector
November 5 | The Rector
November 12 | The Rector
November 19 | The Rector
November 26 | The Rector
December 3 | Father Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land

2018
January 21 | The Very Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean, American Cathedral in Paris
February 18 | Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist
March 18: | The Rev. Becca Stevens, Magdalene and Thistle Farms

Additional topics and speakers for 2018 TBA

The Rector's Fall Series

October 1 | Experience the joy: Philippians 1-2 
“Go out into the world uncorrupted as a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living, and of the living God.” So Eugene Peterson translates a couple of verses from Philippians in The Message. This letter, known as the “epistle of joy,” is appointed to be read for three Sundays in a row this fall. Its infectious joy illustrates that Christianity is not a religion of a book but a religion of a person, ultimately a religion of people, including you and me. Visit the audio page

October 8 | The life-changing magic of tidying up: Philippians 3-4
About living joyfully, Paul seems to think we have a choice. Just as the priest says, “Lift up your hearts!” so Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always!” Many in our culture are advising us to shed what we do not need as a way of recognizing what is essential. In the words of Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Paul says, “All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.” Visit the audio page

Links:
Wall Street Journal article on the effects of smartphones on our minds
Video about Eugene Peterson (The Message) and Bono (of U2)

The Message is available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.

October 29 | Beyond the stone façade 
The Gothic cathedral of the Middle Ages was thought to mirror heaven and shape those who worshipped there. How might we be formed by symbolic spaces like St. Stephen’s that are descended from a spirituality of the Middle Ages? Why were people like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis so drawn to the medieval imagination? We’ll look at some of the shaping symbols found in Gothic cathedrals, as well as in our own beloved worship space.

November 5 | Anchors, tethers, touchstones
What keeps us connected to God, to soul, to our true life, and to deeper relationships with each other? “How can we know the way?” Benedict of Nursia was alarmed by the social and cultural decay he found in Rome, and his concern led him to develop a Rule of Life that ended up grounding and centering Christianity through the Dark Ages. What can ground and center us?  In the face of cultural decay, should we retreat from the world, or engage with it? Are we “yeast in the dough,” or “yeast on a shelf”?

November 12, 19, 26 | The pull of distraction, the pull of prayer
Are we really “a wicked and adulterous generation,” or was Jesus just having a bad day? (Matthew 12:39 and 16:4). Jesus, of course, was talking about our marriage to God. Are we still too easily drawn away from our relationship with our life-giving God?  We’ll look at tried-and-true Christian spiritual practices for a more centered Christian life in the 21st century.  

December 10 | A conversation with the rector
The final Sunday Forum of 2017 

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