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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

A tragic loss (Post 2)

The second article is a short one from The Washington Post, “The tragedy to communities when church buildings are demolished to make condos.” The writer is a clergy person, and he makes some excellent observations about church buildings as healing presences in their communities. Over the years, I’m sure you’ve heard people say things like, “Church buildings are expensive burdens that are draining the church’s resources. Maybe we would be truer to Christ and more vibrant as a church if we did not have an expensive building and could use all our resources for ministry instead.” But this article invites us to ponder how church buildings can be important instruments of ministry. We live in a stress-filled world, and technology has not made us less lonely or depressed. In fact, loneliness, depression, and anxiety are rising at alarming rates. In this environment, one wonders how church buildings and grounds can beckon the community as Jesus did, “Come to me, all you who labor and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will refresh you.” 

In a busy world of distractions, church buildings can be visible reminders that God is with us. They can be tangible signs of hope and prayer; they can provide a home for healing 12-step groups and other ministries devoted to caring for the community; they can be a refuge from the storms of life, providing a place where you can “seek God when you feel lost and find a community when you feel lonely.” At St. Stephen’s, we often talk about our role as a sacred “village green” for Richmond, where all sorts and conditions of people can feel welcome and at home, regardless of their religion. And we make a point of keeping the church open seven days a week, with a wide range of offerings for the well-being of body, mind and spirit.

St. Stephen’s Church occupies a prominent block in Richmond. We are surrounded by increasingly expensive homes and private institutions of privilege – two excellent prep schools, a venerable liberal arts college, and the Country Club of Virginia, all of which symbolize benefits that are usually available only to the rich and powerful. And yet, wealth and privilege of course can be significant challenges to a life-giving relationship with God, and many people who drive through our neighborhood and past our beautiful building might assume that a church like St. Stephen’s in Richmond must exist primarily for people who are of a certain race and class.

Communities that have lost church buildings to condo development and other uses have ended up feeling as if something vitally important went missing as a result. Our large and prominent church buildings and grounds present us with challenges and opportunities. One of the questions we are asking during our visioning process is, “How do we think Jesus would like us to use our building and grounds for the healing and well-being of the world?”

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