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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 (summer schedule begins May 27)

  • 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., Evening Prayer (on Wednesdays during the academic year, this service includes the Virginia Girls Choir) 

Saturday worship

  • 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two


There are several entrances to the church and parish house that are designed to be accessible to those with mobility issues or other physical limitations:

All entrances to the church, and the main entrance to the parish house, are equipped with power-assist doors. In addition, the main entrance to the parish house, from the large parking lot, has an elevator on the ground floor that allows you to bypass the steps. The Grove Avenue entrance to the main church is gently sloped, without steps, and the Three Chopt Road entrance has a ramp

Inside the church, several pews are shortened to allow space for a wheelchair or walker: the first pews on either side of the center aisle, nearest the altar, and the pews near the large baptismal font.

The church is equipped with assistive hearing devices for the hearing-impaired. Please ask an usher for one of these devices as you enter the church.

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.


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


Sunday Schedule

Holy Eucharist: 8:00, 9:00, 11:15

Christian Education for all ages: 10:10 (returning September)


6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226

Christmas at St. Stephen's

Monday, December 24, 2018: Christmas Eve

All services take place in the main church with overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall and Palmer Hall.

Note: the 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. services are identical; if you attended the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service in the past, you'll be right at home in either service. Each is preceded by 30 minutes of music.

3:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, Family Service* with singers and instrumentalists; hymn choir led by youth and adult singers; all children age 6 and up are welcome to join this choir for the service, and no sign-up is required (please arrive by 2:15 p.m.)

5:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, Family Service* with singers (Cherub Choir, Palmer Hall Choir, Middle School Choir) and instrumentalists

7:30 p.m. Musical prelude* by Virginia Girls Choir and instrumentalists
8:00 p.m. Celtic Christmas service* with music led by Virginia Girls Choir and instrumentalists 

10:30 p.m. Musical prelude with chamber orchestra and St. Stephen's Choir
11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite One, Traditional Christ Mass St. Stephen's Choir, chamber orchestra, organ, congregational hymns and carols 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018: Christmas Day

(parish office closed)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, with Sanctuary (the Compline choir), organ, and congregational hymns and carols 

Things to know

Child care: children are always invited to worship with their families at any of the services at St. Stephen’s Church. For families who prefer it, nursery care for children from infancy to age 4 is available during services indicated with an asterisk (*). The nursery is staffed by a team of CPR/AED-certified childcare workers who have undergone background checks and received training from the Diocese of Virginia on the prevention of child abuse. 

Parking: free parking is available in our parking lot at the corner of Somerset and Grove, at St. Catherine's School, and on the street. We encourage you to arrive early.

Accessibility: there is an elevator on the ground level just inside the glass power-assist doors to the parish house off the main parking lot. Entrances to the church from Grove Avenue and Three Chopt Road are handicap accessible. Inside the church, several pews offer space at the end to accommodate wheelchairs. Those who wish to receive communion but are not able to walk to the communion rail may inform any of the ushers; a minister will come to you during the administration of communion.

In addition to marked handicap spaces in our main parking lot, there are handicap parking spaces in front of Palmer Hall and the playground.

Assistive listening devices are available for those who are hearing-impaired. Please ask an usher.

Ushers will be identified by ribbons on their nametags.

We ask you not to "save seats" at these very popular services. Ushers will discourage this practice. 

More information 

Sunday, December 30, 2018--Christmas I
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Rite One
9:00 a.m. Contemplative Holy Eucharist* followed by potluck reception
No Sunday school or Forum this week
11:15 a.m. Lessons and Carols* followed by potluck reception
5:30 p.m. Celtic service*
6:30 p.m. Sunday Community Supper
8:00 p.m. Compline 

Child care is available for children 4 and under during services indicated with an asterisk. 

Saturday services

The 5:30 p.m. Saturday service of Holy Eucharist: Rite Two will take place as usual on December 22 and December 29 in Palmer Hall.

Office schedule

The parish office is closed:
Tuesday, December 25
Wednesday, December 26
Tuesday, January 1 

The office will close at noon on Christmas Eve, and at 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

(When the parish office is closed, there is no Morning Prayer or Evensong.)

Cafe @ St. Stephen's

The Cafe will be closed December 25 through January 1 (except Sunday, December 30, when it will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.)

Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's

The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's will be open on Saturday, December 22 from 9 a.m. until noon, but will be outdoors that day. There will be no market on Saturday, December 29.

May Fair House

The May Fair House will close Friday, December 21, at 3 p.m., and re-open on Monday, January 14, 2019.