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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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Wellness

Classes | Food ministryFarmers Market 

The word “wellness” is used frequently and in different ways, so it's important to understand what we mean by “wellness ministries” at St. Stephen’s Church. First of all, we might say what we do not mean. St. Stephen’s Church is not a “spiritual spa” where individuals come for self-indulgent pampering. Rather, our wellness ministries are intended to promote the kind of spiritual focus and prayerful attentiveness that can lead to a more compassionate life, a life that is grounded in the Way of Jesus. And, of course, all that we do is set in the ancient, life-giving rhythm of prayer – weekly communion with God and one another; some sort of daily devotion, such as the recitation of psalms and scripture readings from Daily Morning and Evening Prayer; and, following the example of Jesus, regular times of private, contemplative prayer, times for “resting in God.”

St. Stephen's offers groups, classes, retreats and other opportunities to help people make healthy and informed choices about the things that affect physical, spiritual and mental health. In addition to the classes listed below, and the retreats we offer here at church and at the Society of St. John the Evangelist, we see our Farmers Market as part of this ministry. So is a food ministry that provides nourishing foods to those who cannot afford them, and Sunday Community Suppers which emphasize fresh, local ingredients, as well as fellowship. Suppers are donation-based to allow the broadest possible participation. 

MONDAYS

Chair Yoga led by Celine Burn | 11 a.m. | year-round | suggested donation $10 per class 
Chair yoga is a safe and supportive style of gentle yoga that allows individuals to engage in flexibility exercises as well as balance and coordination moves. Celine Burn is a group exercise instructor certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America who specializes in teaching seniors chair yoga through the Silver Sneakers certification program. Celine also has her 200-hour yoga certification from YogaWorks and is a member of the American Fitness Association of America. This class is open to all ages and is ideal for those who would like to improve and maintain their wellness as they age.

TUESDAYS 

Yoga for Vibrant Aging led by Kay Franz | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | suggested donation $10 per class
This one-hour mindful yoga class is for active older adults or anyone else wanting to build strength, flexibility and balance. Single poses are done standing, on the floor, or at the wall. No up and down from the floor is required. The focus on gentle moves and long holds will help maintain and build bone and muscle strength and flexibility, as well as improve balance. Kay is a Yoga Alliance certified ERYT-200, RYT-500 yoga teacher and a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She will also occasionally share some tips on diet and lifestyle to improve health and well-being. No registration is needed. 

For further information, call Kay at 804.305.6374 or email her.  

Into Stillness led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge | 6:00 p.m. Beginning students, 7:30 p.m. Continuing students | beginning February 20 | suggested donation $45 for the four-week course register here (beginning students), register here (continuing students)
 
Mindfulness Meditation is valuable for those who are looking for new ways of dealing with stress. Using Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven method for reducing stress, participants will learn to be still and present, which is a key component of wellness and growth in spiritual life. 

Introduction to Meditation led by Lynn Brooke | 6:30-7:45 p.m. 
| April 3-May 1| $100 for the five-week session
This introductory meditation course provides a step-by-step guide to the practice of mindfulness meditation. It is designed to familiarize students with meditation techniques, and makes the practice easier to understand. Over the course of five weeks, participants will explore mindfulness of the body and of breathing, followed by mindfulness of emotions and thinking. Each meeting will include talks, instruction, questions and answers, as well as guided meditation practice. This beginning-level course is also appropriate for those with some meditation experience who would like to revisit the basics, or deepen their practice. Register at LynnBrookeMeditation.com. Lynn is certified as a teacher trainer with the Yoga Alliance (500 RYT), has been a practitioner in the healing arts for more than 25 years. She is a certified Spiritual Director though the Haden Institute. 

WEDNESDAYS


Gentle Yoga led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge | 9:30-10:45 a.m.
| year-round | suggested donation $10 per class 
This class offers easeful postures to open and renew the mind and the body. Using teachings from Swaroopa yoga, Integral yoga, the Alexander Technique, Bones for Life, and mindfulness meditation, the class will lead the student to connect to support, sensation, sound and breath. The student will learn how to integrate the teaching in their daily practice. No registration is needed. 


THURSDAYS

Gentle Yoga led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge | 9:00 a.m. | year-round | suggested donation $10 per class 
This class offers easeful postures to open and renew the mind and the body. Using teachings from Swaroopa yoga, Integral yoga, the Alexander Technique, Bones for Life, and mindfulness meditation, the class will lead the student to connect to support, sensation, sound and breath. The student will learn how to integrate the teaching in their daily practice. No registration is needed.   

Moving Meditation led by Matthew Thornton | 6 p.m. | resumes September 21| suggested donation $15 per class
This class focuses on the relationship between movement and breath through moving meditation. Exercises increase coordination and range of motion while reducing stress and developing greater energy and balance. General control and spatial awareness benefit sport, dance and daily life practices. Matthew is a movement artist who combines dance, theater, somatic practice, and martial arts. Thornton co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater with choreographer and dance artist Alicia Díaz, creating work for concert dance, outdoor environments, and other projects. He taught, performed and choreographed with the world-renowned dance company Pilobolus. Matthew Thornton served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College and the University of Richmond. Thornton currently teaches Movement Arts at the Richmond Waldorf School. Thornton has trained under martial arts and somatic practitioners Wayne Chandler, Michael Goldstein, Sharon Smith, Margot Milcetich, and is currently a student of Roberto Sharpe in NYC and Wilson Pitts in Richmond VA, investigating the intersection between Western Boxing, Afro-Brazilian and Asian Internal Martial Arts for both practice and performance.

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