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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)


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Concerts and Recordings

St. Stephen's is known for bringing the finest musicians to the community--some of them from right here at St. Stephen's or the greater Richmond area--for concerts open to all.


Choir of Canterbury Cathedral: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. // SOLD OUT (follow this link for information about overflow seating)

canterburychoir.jpgThis renowned English choir of men and boys will visit St. Stephen’s this spring. The choir sings at daily services in the historic cathedral, providing music which enchants and delights the many thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, as well as the regular congregation. As the seat of the archbishop of Canterbury, the cathedral has a unique role in the life of the church worldwide. The choristers who travel are ages 9-13 (though younger boys sing with the choir in residence at the cathedral). They live in the ancient and beautiful Cathedral Choir House and attend St Edmund’s School. The choir performs music from a wide repertoire, medieval to modern. Plan now to attend this concert featuring one of the finest choirs in the world.

Details are here. The concert program is here.

Three Choirs Festival // Thursday, May 10 // 7 p.m.

The annual Three Choirs Festival featuring the adult choirs of of St. James's, St. Paul's and St. Stephen's churches, will be a Vespers Service for the Feast of the Ascension. The choirs will sing works by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Howells, and Croft. No reservations are needed. 

Mother's Day Concert and Tea: Saturday, May 12 // 2 p.m. // TICKETS

vgc-withinpage.jpgThe Virginia Girls Choir will perform in concert on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Bring your mother for this special treat, which includes a lovely tea after the concert. This fundraiser for the girls choir is an all-ages event. Read more and reserve your tickets here.


Recordings by St. Stephen's choirs, including Sanctuary and the Virginia Girls Choir, are available online. These newer recordings, as well as older CDs of the parish choir and the organ, are also available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's. All of these recordings make wonderful gifts.

Sanctuary is the self-title CD recorded by our Compline choir. It features many of the chants and motets heard during our Sunday evening Compline service.

Where to buy Amazon | CD Baby | The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's

An Unexpected Christmas features the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez singing some "unexpected" Christmas arrangements and songs, as well as traditional carols. More details about this recording are here.

Where to buy Amazon | CD Baby | Episcopal Books and Resources | The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a recording of the program aired on 88.9FM WCVE on Christmas Eve 2015. It features Sanctuary, Virginia Girls Choir, St. Stephen's Choir and the new Virginia Boys Choir, and includes the nine lessons read by clergy and parishioners.

Where to buy The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's