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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

Ash Wednesday

For over 30 years now, I have put ashes on the foreheads of elderly people, middle-aged people, young adults, youth, and even infants in their mothers’ arms, saying to each one, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 

When I put the ashes on babies, what are their mothers and fathers seeing and feeling? When I mark the foreheads of the elderly, what are their spouses, children, and grandchildren experiencing? With each thumb-imprinted cross on the forehead, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” something is awakened in me and, I’m sure, in them.

I wonder if I might as well use a familiar blessing with each smudge of ashes, “Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who are traveling the journey with us. So, be swift to love, and make haste to be kind.” 

I have also blessed, baptized, and anointed babies in Neonatal Intensive Care just before they died. I’ve done the same for elderly people in the hospital, as well as young adults and middle-aged folks, after an illness or accident, just before life supports were removed. And all the while, the parents of the babies and loved ones of the elderly and the young, all stood around the one being anointed, holding each other, with love so intense that it could only be expressed in tears and a final embrace. It produces an ache, a longing, and a resolve to use every last second and every fiber of one’s being to express what is bursting from one’s heart.

“Death is the mother of beauty,” a famous poet once said. But I wonder if death is really just the revealer of beauty. The revealer of a beauty and love that have been with us all along, just hidden beneath our daily worries, distractions, and busyness, so that we don’t have time to notice the most powerful thing within us. But when we see the ashes, when we hear the word “remember,” maybe the most important truth, the Presence, our soul, wells up and causes us to hold each other, and if we speak, we say only what is necessary: I love you…Thank you…You mean everything to me. 

Maybe Ash Wednesday is intended to be the revealer of this hidden but ever-present beauty and love that is always within each of us, just hidden or covered up much of the time. Maybe the smudge of ashes reveals the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Presence that can suddenly produce that ache, that longing, and the resolve to devote ourselves to the one thing that matters most, to express our gratitude for this world, our love for the people who are traveling the journey with us, and our awe and wonder for this one wonderful, jaw-dropping, precious life we have together. 

Ash Wednesday at St. Stephen's Church