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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

Food ministry

The Food Ministry at St. Stephen’s is inspired by the Eucharist, the central act of worship in the Christian faith.

Through the Eucharist, Christians believe that they are fed by God so that they can feed others. The Food Ministry at St. Stephen’s is designed to transform this belief into practice by offering programs that help people lead healthier lives that make them better stewards of God’s creation.

The Food Ministry at St. Stephen's is changing lives and building community in the Richmond area. Our Food ministry has a number of different facets described below, and shown in this video.

The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen’s

A the Market, we seek 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.

Sunday Community Suppers

Suppers provide fellowship and delicious, locally-sourced food. These meals are prepared for the whole community--all are welcome and no reservations are required. These suppers depend on kitchen volunteers and monetary donations. However, we ask you to make a donation as you are able--if you cannot, you are still most welcome at these suppers which are held at about 6:30 p.m. after the Celtic service (5:30 p.m.) and before Compline (8 p.m.)

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry

We provide nourishing foods to those in the community who cannot afford them. Parishioners bring food items to church each Sunday that are subsequently organized, assembled, and distributed to those in need within the community by a team of volunteers. In addition to shelf-stable foods, our food pantry receives fresh produce and eggs from generous Farmers Market vendors, and from our community garden which is tended by volunteers. Our food pantry is open every week of the year. Hunger does not take a vacation. When children from low-income households are at home during school vacations and holidays, they are removed from a key source of nutritious food. It's so important that we maintain our ability to respond to the need for groceries year-round, even as many of our donors are out of town on summer vacations.

Read an article and see a slide show about the students of Iqra Academy visiting and stocking our pantry.

Backpack Snacks

St. Stephen's cooperates with the "Backpack Snacks" program of the Central Virginia Food Bank to deliver non-perishable food items to at-risk children over holidays and weekends when they do not have access to school breakfasts and lunches. Learn more about this here, including how to become a volunteer.

The Fruit Ministry

The original food ministry at St. Stephen's -- is an outreach project run by volunteers who collect, organize, and distribute fruit to over 200 individuals in the Gilpin Court neighborhood of Richmond. Parishioners bring fruit to church every Sunday in support of this ministry. 

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That is how prayer works.

Pope Francis