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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. Our family ministry staff 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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Music Director Search

Director of Music

Posted January 31, 2019 (open until filled)

St. Stephen’s Church is seeking an outstanding, versatile music professional to serve as Director of Music. As the fifth largest Episcopal Church in the country based on attendance, St. Stephen’s offers five services each Sunday that feature music as a central component of worship, each with a distinct liturgical atmosphere: traditional Anglican liturgy in the morning, a contemplative Celtic Eucharist in the early evening, and a candlelit, entirely sung Compline service at 8:00 p.m.

Musical offerings at St. Stephen’s are numerous and varied. The resident Virginia Girls Choir—made up of auditioned middle- and high-school girls from all over the city—sings regularly at Sunday morning services and performs concerts throughout the year. Two adult choirs—St. Stephen’s Choir and Sanctuary—provide music for the morning and Compline services (respectively), and each is comprised of professional singers and auditioned volunteers. Music for the Celtic service features a small group of professional instrumentalists and a cantor. Other ensembles at St. Stephen’s include a volunteer adult Hymn Choir, a Bell Choir, and several choir offerings for children. St. Stephen’s is also home to a magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ (Opus 1110).

The full-time Director of Music will be responsible for coordinating and managing the inherent complexities of this multifaceted music program. The successful candidate will possess exceptional skills as an organist and choral director; significant experience leading worship in a large, traditional church setting is preferred; deep knowledge of choral literature across style periods, from Early Church Music and the Renaissance to the present; demonstrated ability to manage a team of staff and volunteers; an understanding and appreciation for a variety of liturgical styles; and the capability to manage the music program budget and other administrative responsibilities for the department.

Duties

Some of the duties expected of the Director of Music include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work closely with the rector to select repertoire that complements and enhances the aesthetic of each service of worship
  • Coordinate with the rector and staff in planning and coordinating musical events for the city
  • Work collegially with the larger staff of the church to ensure atmosphere of hospitality, welcome, and embrace for all
  • Prepare organ repertoire for recitals, weddings, and funerals, as well as preludes, postludes, anthems, and service music for regular worship services
  • Conduct multiple choirs of various ages
  • Manage and coordinate existing staff of part-time music professionals (organist, choir directors, staff singers) assisting with worship
  • Develop and grow an annual concert series at St. Stephen’s, bringing in top-level talent from the international, national, and local levels
  • Serve as the music department’s primary point of contact with the rector and clergy for liturgical planning, attending regular staff meetings, and working in collegial fashion with entire church staff

Compensation and Application

St. Stephen’s offers competitive compensation and full benefits for the position. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to musicdirectorsearch@ststephensRVA.org. Candidates may be asked to send follow-up materials (repertoire lists, video/audio of performances, etc.) upon request. The position is open until filled.

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