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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

Summer at St. Stephen's

Think that the church goes on vacation in the summer? Not at St. Stephen's! While the pace is certainly different, and our Sunday schedule changes a bit, there is still plenty of life at 6000 Grove Avenue during the summer months.

Worship schedule (May 27 through September 2)
Changes to the Sunday schedule include a break for the Sunday school and Sunday Forum (they return in September), and a 10 a.m. service in place of the separate 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Saturday evening service of Holy Eucharist (5:30 p.m.) continues, as do the 8 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. services on Sundays. Morning Prayer and Evensong continue on weekdays, as well. The summer worship schedule is here.

Office hours
Except for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, the office remains open all summer, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.; 804.288.2867.

Outdoor suppers
While our Wednesday suppers take a break in June, July, and August, the Sunday Community Suppers continue year-round. And at this time of year, we eat al fresco (weather permitting). Please join us as often as you can. And think about volunteering to prepare and serve the meal from time to time. Read more here.

Bookshop, Cafe, Farmers Market, etc.
The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's, the Cafe @ St. Stephen's and the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's remain open year-round. Cafe hours for the summer are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The May Fair House and St. Stephen's Preschool do close for the summer, re-opening after Labor Day.

Small groups, retreats, events
Summer groups are a bit different...Emmaus Groups do not meet, but many classes do. Check with your leader to be sure. The Thursday morning Bible study will continue to meet at 10:30 a.m. each week.

And summer is a time for some special summer-only offerings, including:

Want to help?
There are outreach and volunteer opportunities in the summer, as well. Please contact Deb Lawrence in the parish office to learn more.

One very easy way to support outreach efforts during the summer is to make sure you help us keep the food pantry shelves full. Summer is rough on those who suffer from food insecurity, and churches struggle to keep up with the demand because many parishioners who donate food are away on vacation. 

The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's is always in need of volunteers. Please be in touch with Moriah Karn about when, where, and how.

Going away this summer?
We know some folks spend most of the summer elsewhere, either at the river, or the beach, or simply taking a week or away for a family vacation. If you'll be away, there are several ways to stay in touch with what is happening at St. Stephen's Church:

Also: please remember to keep your pledge to St. Stephen's up to date over the summer; even when you're not here, the church must stay current on its expenses.

If you'll be away, consider making an extra donation of food to our food pantry before you leave town; people who suffer from food insecurity need our help year-round (in fact, the need is more intense in the summer).