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.
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.
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.
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.