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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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Easter at St. Stephen's

You are invited to join us to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord!

All services are in the main church except one of the 9 a.m. services which is in Palmer Hall Chapel (the small, brick chapel that was the original church building).

Saturday, April 15--Easter Eve

7:30 p.m.: The Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter, with Holy Baptism ORDER OF SERVICE
Children are welcome; be aware that it is longer than a typical service. Music will be led by Sanctuary, our Compline choir.

The regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist that takes place on Saturdays will not be held on Easter Eve. (Not to be confused with the Celtic service on Sundays, which will take place on Easter Day.)

Sunday, April 16--Easter Day

7:30 a.m.: Holy Eucharist: Rite One ORDER OF SERVICE
Service using traditional language; includes homily and singing of Easter hymns (but no choir). Lasts about an hour. 

floweredcrosssmall.jpg9:00 a.m.: Holy Eucharist: Rite Two ORDER OF SERVICE (main church) ORDER OF SERVICE (Palmer Hall)
Two services--one in Palmer Hall Chapel, one in the main church--using contemporary language.

In the main church, music will be led by the Virginia Girls Choir, organ, and brass quintet, and the rector will preach. This service usually lasts 80-90 minutes.

The Palmer Hall service is tailored especially for families with younger children, though children are welcome at all our services. This service will last a little over an hour. The Virginia Boys Choir, the Palmer Hall choir, and the Cherub Choir will sing.

Children are invited to bring a fresh flower to adorn a cross made of grapevines. (Adults may do this, too!)

A reception follows in the Fellowship Hall for those attending either service.

11:15 a.m.: Holy Eucharist: Rite Two ORDER OF SERVICE
Service using more contemporary language; sermon by the rector, hymns, St. Stephen's Choir, organ, brass quintet. Usually lasts about 80-90 minutes; reception follows 

5:30 p.m.: Celtic Evensong and Communion ORDER OF SERVICE
Contemplative service with brief homily, piano and other instrumental music, congregational hymns; healing prayer available; lasts about an hour

6:30 p.m.: Sunday Community Supper
All are welcome; donations appreciated but not required. Suppers are prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Takes place in the Fellowship Hall. Read more about these suppers here.

8:00 p.m.: Compline
This half-hour service takes place in the church which is lit only by candles. Though Compline is often spoken in churches, schools, monasteries and homes, at St. Stephen's the service is sung by a mixed a capella choir, Sanctuary. The congregation need only sit (or lie down in a pew) and listen to Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets. The repertoire for Easter is here.

If you are not familiar with St. Stephen's Church, you may find this information helpful:

  • The church is located at the corner of Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue, near the Libbie and Grove shopping area and the University of Richmond. Driving directions are available here.
  • Our buildings are handicap accessible; the entrance on Grove Avenue is graded (no steps), the entrance from Three Chopt Road includes a ramp, and an elevator is located in the parish house at the entrance off the main parking lot. Handicap parking spaces are located in the main parking lot, and on the Grove Avenue side of the church near the playground, Palmer Hall Chapel, and the memorial garden.
  • Child care for ages 4 and under is available during the 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services on Sunday. Children are welcome in all our services.
  • There is no Sunday school for children or adults on Easter Day.
  • Informal receptions follow the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services.
  • An informal supper follows the 5:30 p.m. service. It is donation-based--donations are appreciated but not required.
  • We have large attendance at all our Easter services, so please plan to arrive early. There is on-site parking, street parking, and additional spaces at St. Catherine's School across the street.
  • There is no dress code at St. Stephen's Church. If you want to wear an Easter bonnet or fancy clothes, please do. If you want to wear jeans, please do!
  • Read more about worship at St. Stephen's here.

Hear an Easter message from the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church:

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