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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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Canterbury Cathedral Choir in Concert

St. Stephen's Church is thrilled to welcome the choir of Canterbury Cathedral, Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. during this renowned choir's first trip to Richmond. The concert is part of a U.S. tour that will include stops in Beverly Hills, Houston, Birmingham, Ala., Charleston, S.C., and Summit, N.J. 

As of April 10, the concert is sold out. We are offering $10 tickets to listen to the concert in Palmer Hall Chapel, where there will be a live audio/video feed. Overflow tickets will be available for purchase at Will Call while they last.

A copy of the concert booklet is available here, and a list of the works to be performed is available below.

canterburychoircds.jpgCanterbury holds a special place in the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is a part. It is the seat of the archbishop of Canterbury, "first among equals" in the group of archbishops and presiding bishops who lead the various provinces of this international church. It is the site of the once-a-decade gathering of all of the bishops of the Anglican Communion, known as the Lambeth Conference. It is also a World Heritage Site.

The choir sings at the daily services in the 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. The choristers who will come to Richmond are ages 9-13; although the choir includes boys as young as 8, they do not tour. Choristers live in the ancient and beautiful Cathedral Choir House in the Precincts and attend St Edmund’s School. Each chorister learns to play at least two instruments as well as his very special training for his singing. Choir practice takes place every day, early in the morning before school and again before Evensong, and they perform music from the widest repertoire, medieval to modern. 

Though there is a great deal of work to being part of such a renowned choir, the Master of the Choristers, David Flood, ensures that there is always plenty of fun as well. The boys find a tremendous fulfillment in performing and very quickly become at ease with the big solo on the big occasion. Such occasions can be anything from an archbishop’s enthronement, to a royal visit to a Christmas service with more than 4,000 in the congregation to the Lambeth Conference.

canterburycathedrallogo.jpgThe choir also includes “Lay Clerks,” professionally trained singers who have “day jobs” outside the Cathedral. Some are teachers while others work in commerce or other fields. They sing seven services each week in the cathedral, which is a tremendous commitment, but the opportunity to perform an exciting repertoire in a place such as Canterbury Cathedral is a thrill, despite the effort it demands. We’re grateful that many of the cathedral choir’s Lay Clerks have made arrangements to join this tour.

In recent years the choir has toured in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Malta, Canada and the USA. These trips, along with television and radio appearances and recording CDs are some of the many exciting bonuses which come during a boy’s time as a chorister. It is a time which lives with them for ever and a training which is second to none, anywhere in the world.

We are thrilled to welcome the choir to St. Stephen’s Church on their very first visit to Richmond. 

Program for April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Ave Maria – Parsons
Vigilate – Byrd
Loquebantur variis linguis – Tallis
Ecce vicit leo – Phillips

Organ: Fête – Jean Langlais

Ave Maria – Biebl
Agnus Dei – Ralph Vaughan Williams
For lo! I raise up – Stanford
Hymn to the virgin – Britten
Magnificat – Swayne

INTERVAL

I wonder as I wander – Richard Lloyd
Lux aeterna – Edward Elgar
Venite Gaudete – Adrian Peacock
Organ: Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne
O magnum mysterium – Gjeilo
Gloria in excelsis – Dove
Stay with me, Lord – Todd
I was glad – Parry

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