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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)


6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226

Groups and Classes

St. Stephen’s offers a wide variety of Bible studies, small groups, and classes. Some groups meet year-round, some for 10-week "covenant periods," some for other periods of time. Groups for the fall covenant period are listed below.  

If you want to learn about Emmaus Groups, a particular kind of small group, please follow this link.

Wellness classes and contemplative practice groups are also offered. 

We have several "guilds" at St. Stephen's Church, as well. Read about them here

Winter Offerings:

Madeleine L'Engle book group: Walking on Water | led by Claudia Merritt | Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. | beginning January 8
Faith is growing to know God more intimately. We can nurture our relationship through God through music, art, story, and poetry. These doorways to our faith open us to subtler ways God may be working in us and revealing God's self to us. The late Madeleine L'Engle wrote about the place of the arts in our spiritual life in her book Walking on Water. This is not a new book, but it is timely as we try to engage our faith more deeply and in fresh ways. On five Mondays this winter -- January 8, 22, 29 and February 5 and 12 -- Claudia Merritt will lead a group, 7-8:30 p.m., to read and ponder L'Engle's book. Registration is now closed. 

Education for Ministry | Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides lay people with theological education to support their ministry. Dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, church history, and theology. Reflect with the group on your life and how daily experience relates to your faith. 

This four-year distance learning program was founded at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1975, and groups take part in in churches around the world, including St. Stephen’s. Space is limited, and annual tuition is required. To learn more, contact Richard Clary

Inquirers Class led by Steve McGehee | Sundays, 10:10 a.m. | beginning January 28, 2018 | email Janet Allen to register
This class includes the basics of what it means to be an Episcopalian. It’s the class new members take, especially if they wish to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, but it’s also an interesting refresher course for lifelong Episcopalians. Questions are not only welcome, they form the basis for this class. The class concludes with an instructed Eucharist led by the rector. The spring class will meet Wednesday evenings beginning April 4, 2018.

Book Group led by Wilda Ferguson | 10:30 a.m. | first Thursday of the month  
This monthly book group selects books to read and discuss based on group interest. The books will have relevant faith components and may indeed challenge us in our faith. The group will begin the fall session on September 7 with a presentation by Becky Lehman of St. Stephen’s staff about her recent trip to New Zealand. The group will also decide on books to read for the rest of the year. Come with suggestions.


Please call the parish office at 804.288.2867 if you have questions.