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 

  • 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., Evensong (Sung Evening Prayer) 

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

Music Makers

You know how important it is to read to your child. Did you know that early childhood music experiences can have a positive effect on childhood development? The Community Music School @ St. Stephen’s Church is pleased to offer "Music Makers," a new program for very young children—infants, toddlers, and preschool ages. This community-wide offering is not limited to members of St. Stephen's Church. Aside from providing an enjoyable experience for you and your child, these classes can offer other important benefits. Numerous studies have shown that music instruction can enhance learning in other areas of a child’s development. Singing, listening, and moving involves several different skill sets. Areas that can benefit from such activities include communication skills and language development, spatial-temporal skills, even higher test scores.

These classes are meant to be taken with a parent or other caregiver. Enroll your child in an exciting, fun-filled music program where he or she will learn high quality musical selections that will remain in the memory for a lifetime. Created and taught by Dawn Childs, the early childhood music classes at St. Stephen’s incorporate the best concepts of several world-renowned early childhood music and movement curricula. Children have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate activities such as singing, dancing, listening, chanting, and playing simple instruments in order to touch on all areas of development. Music classes will help your child explore language, develop listening skills, build confidence, and use their creativity—all while fostering their natural love for music.

Winter/Spring semester // January 25 through May 18, 2017 
Includes 12 classes, with an extra week built in for make-ups or absences (date exceptions noted in registration links). You do not need to be a member of St. Stephen’s Church to participate. For online registration, click the desired class time below. 

Infants (six through 17 months with parent/caregiver)
Activities include singing, dancing, rocking, bouncing, listening, and echoing. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Fridays, 9:30-10 a.m. // Tuition: $145 per 12-week semester

Toddlers (18 months until age three with a parent/caregiver)
Activities include singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening and playing simple instruments. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Thursdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. | Fridays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. // Tuition: $145 per 12-week semester

Preschoolers (age 3 through Pre-K, parent/caregiver optional)
Activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, dramatic play, creative movement, exploring musical instruments, and story telling. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Fridays, 1:15-2:00 p.m. // Tuition $200; add $60 for lunch option
Lunch option: Fridays, 12-2 p.m. includes afternoon class preceded by supervised lunch and playground time (you should send lunch with your child)  

Tuition discounts are available for multiple children from one family or children participating in more than one section weekly. Class size is limited to 10 children (15 for preschool)


Dawn Childs, Music Makers creator and teacher // 804.288.2867 // email