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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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Farmers Market @ St Stephen’s

The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.*

We’re open year-round, except the Saturday after Christmas, rain or shine.

*The seasonal change to a 9 a.m. opening takes place October 2.

Seasonal hours
8 a.m.-noon, May through September
9 a.m.-noon, October through April 

The market is open for on-site sales, and most vendors also accept pre-orders. Here is information on the vendors coming this Saturday.

What’s going on at the market?

Sign up for the weekly market email newsletter (it's free, and we will not provide your email address to anyone else)
Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on Facebook 

COVID-19 precautions (updated 5.20.21)
  1. Masks are required for vendors and staff. The CDC also recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks in crowded, outdoor spaces.

  2. Maintain a personal distance of 6’ while waiting in lines and interacting with vendors.

  3. Please do not bring scooters, bicycles, or skates into the market boundaries.

  4. There are three pedestrian entry and exit points for the market. One is at the welcome table near the glass doors to the parish house, one is at the welcome table at the Somerset entrance to the parking lot, and one is at the alley between St. Stephen’s and St. Bridget’s. All customers must come AND GO through these points, no exceptions. This allows our staff and volunteers to ensure that the number of people within the market is kept at a safe level at all times. Please do not duck under the rope at the market boundaries.

  5. If the number of people within the market is reaches its limit, staff may ask you to wait at the entrance until someone leaves. This usually just takes a few minutes.   

Additional information for market customers

What’s in season right now? Consult this chart to find out! 

Would you like to volunteer at the market? We’d love to have you! Sign up here. You may work one shift or more than one; you may work one Saturday a month, every week, or anything in between. We will train you! This is a great way to meet people, to support the market, and get to know our wonderful vendors.

Are you a vendor or prospective vendor? 

Please visit our vendor page for information and forms.

Are you a non-profit organization that wants to have a booth or table at our market?

Please contact the market manager for information.

Are you a musician who wishes to perform at our market?

Please contact the market manager for information.

Why a farmers market at a church?

The Farmers Market at St. Stephen's seeks to connect our choices about the foods we buy and eat to our call to be stewards of God's creation, as we build community and support local farmers.

The market's goals include:

  1. connecting God’s call to environmental stewardship to the foods we eat, stewardship of resources, and reducing the carbon footprint of what we eat;

  2. building community by providing the city of Richmond and our local neighborhood with a healthy way to gather and connect with each other on a regular basis;

  3. educating patrons with practical ways to maintain the connection with the sources of their food; and

  4. helping fill the growing demand for fresh, locally grown and prepared foods in Richmond.

Patrons love our market because they can speak directly to the people who grow and produce their food, learning what methods and practices the farmer or producer uses, and getting tips about how to prepare the produce, eggs, meat, poultry and other goodies they find here. Many customers remark on the size of the market: it's big enough to have what they need, but it's not overwhelming. Free parking is available. Children are welcome.

Contact

Anna Jones, Market Manager // email

 

 

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