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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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American Christians and the refugee crisis

Like any parents, Cherry and I would do anything to protect our children from harm. Lately, I have been trying to imagine what it would have been like for us to have to gather up our three children when they were little and run for our lives. Considering the massive refugee problem in the world today, I think Jesus is asking everyone who lives in a country that is capable of granting asylum to imagine these things.  “Do to others, as you would have them do to you,” he said. And as an American Christian, I am troubled right now. 

I do not regularly write to my congressional representatives about social and political issues, and I’ve never written to the White House. Now I am doing both of these things with a sense of urgency, and with the sense that my soul might be at stake. Several of our president’s recent executive orders have troubled me, but the most recent one closing the door on terrorized, suffering people around the world has rattled my soul. 

Only last Sunday, St. Stephen’s Church honored a much-loved staff member and his family—a family that arrived as refugees from Cambodia in 1981, and whom the parish helped resettle in Richmond. Many in the parish are now engaged in helping to resettle a young husband and wife from Afghanistan, with their two small children. These are all people whom we love, and I am sure not a single parishioner can imagine saying to Sun Ho or Sophany, or to Sultan or Nooria, much less to any of their precious children, “I’m afraid it is too dangerous for us to let you enter the United States. You’ll just have to do the best you can to escape the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban, or ISIS on your own. We are sorry.”

As an American, I think one of the most haunting things Jesus said was, “To whom much has been given, much will be required.” To many of us, it now seems as if we are deciding to close the door and keep all we have for ourselves, at least until we aren’t so afraid. But that just doesn’t sound very American or Christian to me: that when innocent people are being terrorized we would turn off the lights and cower behind our closed doors until things settled down. To most Americans, that probably sounds like the land of the free and the home of the chicken. And for most Christians, that probably feels like a betrayal of the most frequent command in Scripture: “Do not be afraid.”

Instead of closing the door and turning off the lights, I’ve always thought it was part of the American character at times like this to turn the lights ON, to go looking for the troublemakers, and to do whatever it takes to put an end to the bullying. And all the while, we Christians would be about the business of “strengthening the faint-hearted, supporting the weak, and helping the suffering.” 

I think most Americans still believe the Golden Rule feels as American as it is Christian. I believe the inscription at the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me,” still resonates with most Americans the way Jesus’ words resonate with Christians, “Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

As a Christian living in America, the slogan “America First” in the context of discussions like this is deeply grating. To be honest, it feels like putting God second, or worse. I am not an economist, so I need to rely on a healthy debate among much more knowledgeable people than I am about the global economy and fair trade deals. But the One whose words I read every day was very clear about who will be first and who will last, and he could not have been clearer about the relative merits of serving versus being served. He had plenty to say about giving versus receiving, and he warned about building bigger and bigger barns for ourselves, about gaining the whole world but losing our souls. And maybe most chilling of all, he was very specific about whom we are really feeding, clothing, sheltering, and welcoming when we choose to open our doors—or not—to “the least of these.”

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Read an email from Episcopal Migration Ministries about how to stand with refugees, and a link to a statement from our presiding bishop.

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