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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

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. Michael Sweeney, the director of family ministries, 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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New ways to pray

Two summers ago, my daughter's Sunday school teacher encouraged me to sign up for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation workshop. At first I gave her all the reasons I could not participate in a week-long training. She said she understood and did not press me. She then went on to express what a gift it was that we hold the formation courses at St. Stephen's. She explained that when she took the training she had to ask her mother-in-law to fly in to watch her children, so she could drive several hours to attend a workshop in the next town. Well, good grief! That made my reasons for not being able to attend seem a little thin. I told her I would try to make it. 

Whenever I try anything new I feel very anxious and nervous. Walking into the first day of the training was no different-until Anna, the formation leader, began talking. Then I felt my heart calm down and I was totally absorbed by the experience. Anna has a way of helping you connect and fully experience the present moment. Throughout the week we watched and participated as she gave presentations on such things as pouring, flower arranging, pasting, and unrolling a mat. If you can believe it, I was not the only adult on the edge of my seat as she mindfully showed us these practical activities in the way that they are presented to the children during Catechesis. It became apparent that each activity could be a form of prayer. Every presentation was engrossing. 

A favorite memory from the week was the Good Shepherd presentation. The woman sitting in the role of the "child" during the presentation was filled with joy, almost to the point of tears. After it was done she said, "Oh, this is so beautiful, I wish that someone had done this with me when I was a child!" My heart called out "Yes!" in silent agreement with her. At the same time I felt it was not too late. Right there in that room the Good Shepherd was calling each of us by name. It occurred to me that no matter our age, we are a child of God. 

Being involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program has been such a gift to my inner child and has deeply enriched my spiritual life as an adult. It has been amazing to see the signs of the Holy Spirit when I watch the other trained catechists and volunteers working with children at St. Stephen's. I am so thankful that my daughter's catechist gave me a gentle nudge into what turned out to be a life-altering experience.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach depends on volunteer catechists to work with children as they explore and reflect on God. Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd workshop here. The registration deadline is June 30, 2018.

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