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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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The Innovation Business (Post 3)

In the third reading by Dwight Zscheile, “We’re in the innovation business,” the author notes that we are in a moment of profound social and cultural change, fueled by digital technology and globalization, in which all sorts of institutions are struggling to remain viable. For many churches, old patterns of life and ways of doing things no longer speak to emerging generations and neighbors, and this leaves many church leaders feeling frustrated, as they do all they can to revive old ways of doing things. 

For Dwight Zscheile, this moment calls for church communities to listen deeply to one another and to become more familiar with the gospel, as we ask ourselves, “Where do we notice God active in our lives and our world today?” Zscheile sees a need for “simple and accessible” spiritual practices that keep us connected to God and to one another, and he advocates learning the Gospel story and living our simple practices, so that the Gospel comes alive in us. 

At St. Stephen’s, we have a number of parishioners participating in small groups devoted to listening, mutual support, prayer, and service. These small groups provide a sacred space and time for people to step off the treadmill of their busy lives, in order to reflect together on questions like these: “How is it with my soul?” and, “Where have I sensed God trying to get my attention over the last week?” Many of these groups use our weekly Bible study guide or our weekly poetry resource, “Wellspring,” as catalysts for opening the eyes and ears of our hearts, sharpening our spiritual faculties. 

In addition, we routinely offer an annual overview of the Bible for people who want to feel more at home in our sacred stories. People are encountering the sacred in each other through healing prayer ministries and community meals. Tending to the spiritual lives of children and nurturing the souls of parents and their marriages are growing concerns. Groups devoted to ancient Christian contemplative practices are growing in popularity. And we regularly invite noted speakers to help us discern important trends and dynamics at work in the world today. 

Finally, encountering God in the poor and marginalized is an important and recurring dynamic in our church’s many outreach ministries. Our new initiative, Episcopal Community Services in Richmond’s East End, is an attempt to listen more deeply to the lives of people in poverty, complementing our ministries through Anna Julia Cooper School, the Peter Paul Development Center, and Fairfield Court Elementary School. 

If Zscheile is right, one of the most important things churches can do today is not prop up old church programs but cultivate a sacred environment in which people can come and make sense of their lives and their world in a Christian way. What is most needed, he thinks, is more sustained attention to the Gospel, deeper listening to each other and to our own lives, simple and accessible spiritual practices that keep us grounded in God, and an openness to the needs and longings of the world. Zscheile thinks it’s time to stop wringing our hands about the decline or demise of old ways of doing things, and immerse ourselves more fully in our sacred story, so that we can discover the new and innovative thing that God is doing now.

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