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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 morning

The Sunday morning schedule at St. Stephen's Church includes liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer, hymns from the Episcopal hymnal, anthems sung by our choirs, and excellent preaching. From September through May, Sunday mornings also offer Christian education for all ages.

A nursery is available from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., though children are welcome at all services.

At 8 a.m., there is a service of Holy Eucharist: Rite One (more traditional language) along with a sermon. There is no music at this service. Many people enjoy the majestic language of Rite One, and they like to begin the day in worship. This service takes place in the main church.

At 9 a.m., there is a service of Holy Eucharist: Rite Two (more contemporary language, though still a traditional Prayer Book liturgy) with sermon, hymns, and music sung by one or more of our choirs. This service takes place in the main church.

During the academic year (September-May), an additional 9 a.m. service takes place in Palmer Hall Chapel. All are welcome at this Rite Two service, which is somewhat less formal than the service in Fellowship Hall, and is especially attuned to the needs of families with young children. Children have important roles in this service, as choristers, acolytes and readers.

At 10:10 a.m. on Sundays during the academic year, children and youth attend Sunday school (most classes meet on the top floor of the parish house), and adults are invited to the Sunday Forum in the Large Fellowship Hall. Occasionally there will be additional offerings for adults, such as an Inquirers Class, or a Bible study especially for parents.

At 11:15 a.m., there is a service of Holy Eucharist: Rite Two in the main church, and like the 9 a.m. service, it includes a sermon, hymns, and music sung by one or more of our choirs.

An informal reception follows the 11:15 a.m. service.

During the summer, the two large Sunday morning services (9 and 11:15 a.m.) are merged into one 10 a.m. service, and there is no Christian education hour or Palmer Hall service, which return in September. The evening schedule remains the same throughout the year.

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