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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

For Parents

St. Stephen’s Church seeks to be a place where parents of children from birth until they graduate from high school can find support and resources. Here are some of the things we offer with these families in mind. Ongoing information will be available on this page, in the eSpirit and the Spirit (our weekly communications), and an email newsletter especially for families.

Email newsletter for parents
Sign up for the family ministry newsletter here. Reflections from the newsletter are also posted to the family ministry blog.

"Many Parents, One Vine" // Sundays at 10:10 in Room 14 (September-May)
Many parents find themselves seeking opportunities to meet other parents for conversation and reflection on their lives from a spiritual perspective, as well as make new friends or share some collective wisdom on the joys and challenges of being a parent. “Many Parents, One Vine” is a space to grow in faith and connect with other parents in mutual affirmation. We believe that raising children is a cooperative, not competitive, enterprise. Together, connected to the vine, we are stronger parents. Come for coffee and fellowship, a brief summary of the suggested (not required) reading, and ample time for peer-facilitated small group discussion. 

Wednesday Morning Mothers Bible Study (September-May)
On Wednesdays during the program year, mothers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s at 9:30 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Childcare is available. No registration is required–just come. If you have questions, please email the convener, Sarah Moyar-Thacker

Wonderful Wednesdays (September-May) 
Wednesday evenings at St. Stephen’s are “wonderful” for families. It’s a great way to have the entire family seated at the table for dinner together—and you don’t have to prepare it or clean up afterwards. If you wish, come at 5:30 and attend Evensong in Palmer Hall, a brief service led by the Virginia Girls Choir, before going into the Fellowship Hall for supper. Wednesdays are also the day when many rehearsals and groups for children and youth take place: 

  • Children’s choir rehearsals (Cherub Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Palmer Hall Choir, 5:15-6:00 p.m.; Virginia Girls Choir, 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a break for supper)
  • 4th & 5th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • 6th & 7th grade youth group, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • 8th & 9th grade Bible study, 6:30-8 p.m.

Friday Morning Fathers Bible Study (September-May) 
On most Fridays during the program year, fathers meet in the Library at St. Stephen’s from 7:00-8:00 a.m. for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome. Information: Michael Sweeney 

Parents are essential to the work we do with children and youth. We are recruiting volunteers now for the 2017-18 school year. Please download and complete the appropriate volunteer form(s).
Working with children age 3-grade 3
Working with children and youth grades 4-12

Planning ahead
Mark your calendars now with these 2018 dates; dates for fall 2018 and beyond are coming soon.

June 22-24: Parish weekend at Shrine Mont
July 9-13: Vacation Bible School (age 3 through grade 5)
July 17-24: Youth mission trip to the Dominican Republic (for grades 10-12)
July 29 - August 3: Youth mission trip to Beckley, WV (for grades 8-9)
July 30 - August 4: Catechist training at St. Stephen's (Level I)
August 6-11: Catechist training at St. Stephen's (Level II)

Staff contacts 

Andy Russell, Minister to Children and Youth // 804.288.2867 // email 
Sarah-Keel Crews, Minister to Children and Youth // email
The Rev. Becky McDaniel, Associate Rector // email
Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts // email