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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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Holy Week and Easter

From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection, Christians through the ages have found that a devotional focus on these last days in the life of Jesus can have a life-changing effect on us in the present. By following in his steps, listening intently to his final words to his dearest friends and to his words from the cross, even re-enacting some of the most poignant and penetrating moments of these last days, we find ourselves feeling as if our devotional sharing in his passion leads to a deeper sharing in his resurrection. 

The liturgies and devotions of Holy Week are time-honored ways of drawing nearer to the heart of God.  So, whoever you are and whatever has brought you to this moment at this time, we welcome you in our journey to a deeper life in God. 

We pray that what you experience in this time and place will awaken you more completely to the presence of God and to the life that God has prepared for you.

All services take place in the main church unless otherwise indicated.

Holy Week at St. Stephen's

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 9
7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One (note earlier-than-usual time)
9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
All gather at the Three Chopt entrance to the church for the Liturgy of the Palms before processing to separate services in Palmer Hall and in the church. 
10:10 a.m., Sunday school, Sunday Forum, and 'Many Parents, One Vine' (no adult Bible study)
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 in Large Fellowship Hall
8:00 p.m., Compline

Monday through Friday
Morning Prayer and Communion, 8:10 a.m. 

Monday through Wednesday
Evensong, 5:30 p.m. 

No Wonderful Wednesdays supper during Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, April 13
7:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar followed by all-night vigil (read more and watch a video)

Good Friday, April 14
8:10 a.m., Morning Prayer and Communion from the reserved sacrament

Noon, Liturgy for Good Friday
Listen to men from the choir "Sanctuary" sing Psalm 22 during the 2016 Good Friday service
The congregation sings "Were you there?" led by the men of Sanctuary

Parish office and May Fair House close at noon (preschool closed all day)

5:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross led by St. Stephen’s Youth

Easter at St. Stephen’s

Easter Eve, April 15
7:30 p.m., Holy Baptism and the Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
Please note that the regular 5:30 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist will not take place on April 15.

Easter Day, Sunday, April 16
7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One (note earlier-than-usual time)
9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, followed by reception (two services, one in the church, one in Palmer Hall)
No Sunday school or Forum (resume April 23)
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 in Large Fellowship Hall
8:00 p.m., Compline

Child care will be available during the 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. services.

The parish office, May Fair House and St. Stephen's Preschool will be closed on the Monday in Easter Week, April 17. All re-open on Tuesday.

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