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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

Accessibility

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.

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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Envisioning Our Future

The clergy and lay leadership of St. Stephen's Church invite the entire parish to participate in an exciting two-year process called "Envisioning Our Future." St. Stephen's has a history of conducting such self-examination and planning processes, going back to the tenure of the Rev. Raby Edwards.

A steering committee for this project includes two current vestry members, John Bates and Braxton Hill, and former vestry members Becky Boyers, Allison Koschak, and Betsy Tyson. Facilitated by our consultant Susan Wilkes and representatives of the various ministry areas in the parish, we are considering how these ministries: 

  1. increase our appreciation of our rich and complex parish church,
  2. increase our understanding of the evolution of church and society,
  3. identify core values of St. Stephen’s, and
  4. build capacities that enable us to respond effectively to social and cultural change.

Rather than a traditional focused strategic planning process, the project is designed to allow ample room for reflection, learning, and the movement of the Spirit. Guiding questions for each area include the following:

  • What is the unique history of this ministry or parish organization?
  • What perceived need led to the beginning of this ministry?
  • How has this ministry changed over the years – how is it still ministry today?
  • What are our enduring values?
  • How have changes in society and the world affected this ministry?
  • How do you perceive society might change in the future?
  • How might this ministry respond?

What is this process all about?

To learn more about this process:

  • read an article by Susan Wilkes published in the fall edition of Seasons of the Spirit
  • Visit a blog featuring pertinent articles, each with an introduction written by Gary Jones

How can I participate?

  • Attend a discussion (listed below). Liaisons for each area of parish life are helping facilitate this exploration (you can see a list of them here). Each liaison/facilitator is scheduling discussion sessions to which you are invited; times and dates are listed below as they become available.
  • Come to one of the 'Church and Society' events listed below.
  • Comment on the blog.

Upcoming discussions

The following sessions are open to all; no reservations are needed.

MINISTRY AREA: small groups, including Emmaus groups, men's prayer groups, Bible study groups and others; Lynn Ivey, facilitator, Thursday, October 25, 4:30 p.m., and Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. (Room 14)

MINISTRY AREA: using our facilities to support activities and organizations (such as Scout Troop 418, VIP Care, recovery groups) that strengthen the community; facilitator, Keith Dull // Monday, October 29, 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 pm. (Room 3)

MINISTRY AREA: pastoral care; facilitator, Anne Townsend // Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

MINISTRY AREA: hospitality, including greeters, special event volunteers, and newcomer ministries; facilitator, Sharon Machrone // Wednesday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. (Room 3), Monday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. (Somerset Room), and Friday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. (Room 3)

MINISTRY AREA: the Women of St. Stephen's; facilitator, Bev Bates // Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. (Room 14)

AREA OF FOCUS: The Future of the Church; facilitators, Braxton Hill and Peter Pastore // Friday, November 9, noon (Room 3) (See the list of facilitators for a fuller description of this area of focus.)

MINISTRY AREA: food ministries (food donations and distribution, weekly meals open to the entire community); facilitators, Kate-Roy Christian and Susan Wilkes // Monday, November 12, 5:30 -7:00 p.m., and Thursday, November 29, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Room 14)

MINISTRY AREA: worship and music; facilitator: Jim Smith Parham // Monday, November 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Room 3)

MINISTRY AREA: kitchen ministries (including May Fair House cooks, volunteer cooks); facilitators: Eileen Walker, Kristin Estes // Thursday, November 15, 11 a.m. (Room 3)

MINISTRY AREA: Icon writing (weekly groups, annual workshop); facilitators, Donny Dunn and Barbara Massey // Tuesday, November 20, at 7 p.m. (Room 4)

MINISTRY AREA: Outreach; facilitators, Carroll Andrews and Janie Satterfield // Thursday, November 29, at 5 p.m. (Room 14)

MINISTRY AREA: Communication; facilitator, Bob Dibble // Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m. (Room 3)

The Future of Church and Society

In October, Gary Jones spoke at three events to which the entire parish was invited (you can read the invitation and description here). We'll post a recording of his remarks soon.

Ministry Liaisons/Facilitators

Download a list here.

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