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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!

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
804.288.2867


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

  • 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. Our family ministry staff 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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Seven whole days

A new weekly rhythm for the parish

Since March 2020, St. Stephen’s clergy and staff, parish leaders and dedicated volunteers have learned many new ways of keeping all of us connected even as we are physically apart. Over these months, we’ve learned what works well, what’s been most helpful to our parish and the community, and how to continue to exercise ministry in innovative ways while protecting the health and well-being of all our people.

The cliché that is so often associated with churches—“We’ve always done it this way”—has flown the coop. And yet one of the things we have always done, marking the beginning of a new program/academic year with a new line-up of speakers, groups, classes and more, will happen again this fall—as it always has. Thoughtful, engaging, in-depth offerings—the kinds of things for which Stephen’s has become known and appreciated—will signal the beginning of a new school year (though school looks completely different). It will simply be in a different container. 

You’ll find details about some of these opportunities in the fall edition of Seasons of the Spirit, which is also in a different container—after nine years, it has been reimagined as a magazine. Look for articles about online groups and confirmation preparation for youth; a series for adults on the gifts of wondering about God with children; outstanding speakers; and more. 

Some of these new offerings are available on demand; others are livestreamed or on Zoom but also recorded. Some are online but not recorded, such as fellowship and small group gatherings. Zoom links and registration are detailed in e-communications about each event; you may also call the parish office for help, 804.288.2867.

The metaphysical poet and Anglican priest George Herbert wrote movingly about offering our devotion to God every day, not just on the Sabbath, in this poem published in the 17th century; we have sung some of the lines from this poem often at St. Stephen's, set to the tune General Seminary (Hymn 382, King of glory, King of peace).

Seven whole days, not one in seven, I will praise thee.
In my heart, though not in heaven, I can raise thee.  
Small it is, in this poor sort to enroll thee:
E'en eternity's too short to extol thee.

Here is an introduction to this new rhythm of our life as a parish--seven whole days--as we look forward to the time we can be physically together again.

Sundays: Worship and Fellowship

9:00 a.m. Livestreamed service from St. Stephen’s Church; also recorded for later viewing (beginning in October)

10:00 a.m. Sunday Forum: Conversation with the homilist of the day, livestreamed/interactive; also recorded for later viewing (beginning September 20) Registration here | Recordings here

10:45 a.m. Virtual Fellowship Time, live on Zoom, interactive; not recorded (beginning September 20) Zoom link here (Note: you may have seen earlier publicity that this begins at 10:30 a.m., but the correct time is 10:45)

5:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group (interactive on Zoom; not recorded); visit the middle school page for the latest information

7:00 p.m. High School Youth Group (interactive on Zoom; not recorded); visit the high school page for the latest information

8:00 p.m. Compline and weekly wrap up, livestreamed; also recorded for later viewing (beginning in October)

MONDAYS: Sharing what we have

1:00-3:00 p.m. Monday has traditionally been the day we receive neighbors from throughout the community who need our assistance to feed their families.

Tuesdays: Bible Study

Noon-1:00 p.m. Panelists of clergy and parishioners reflecting on the Gospel appointed for the coming Sunday, livestreamed and recorded Zoom link here (if you are asked for a password, use ststephens) Here's a link to a recent recording; you can find others on our Vimeo page as they are posted.

Wednesdays: Prayer

6:30-7:30 p.m. Contemplative Chapel: Practicing Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer with the rector, livestreamed; not recorded (began in July; ongoing) Details and registration here

Thursdays: Education series

7:00-8:00 p.m. Webinars with renowned teachers from around the world; live and recorded; free; registration required for live webinars (September 10 through December); videotaped for later viewing and posted on the same page

8:00-8:45 p.m. A special series for all ages: Entering the kingdom of heaven, “Listening to God with children,” livestreamed and recorded; registration required; contact Allison Seay (begins September 10)

Fridays: Art, music and the beauty of holiness

Noon Musical performances by parish musicians, some videotaped, some livestreamed from the church, as well engaging with icons, listening to poetry, and more. October 9 video | October 16 video | October 23 video | October 30 video | November 6 video | November 13 video

Saturdays: Feed and be fed | Sabbath begins at sundown

9 a.m.-noon The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen’s, a safe environment to shop for food, will remain outdoors all winter this year, to maintain the safety of all. Enjoy local, fresh, healthy food; support local farmers and businesses; help make it possible for vendors to share their products with our food pantry clients.

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