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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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Common Sense and Guns

Although I am not a hunter, I have several friends who are. I even have a couple of friends who collect guns. It’s a real passion for them. But I’ve never met anyone who thinks it is a good idea to have military-style, combat assault weapons available for sale to the general public. Not even my gun-loving friends. They are quick to say, “It’s insane. An AR-15 [the style weapon used to kill students and teachers at school in Parkland, Florida] is designed for one purpose only–to kill as many human beings as possible in the shortest period of time. These assault weapons should be banned, and gun-safety laws are a no-brainer.”

So, when President Trump encouraged frightened teenagers to seek help from faith leaders in their communities, I was pleased. The young people in my church know that above all, we cherish the sanctity of human life. During the season of Lent, we are reciting the 10 Commandments each Sunday, and “You shall not commit murder” rings out as an unequivocal, non-optional command. Our youth know that they come to church to be ever more deeply motivated to live lives of love, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. So if our frightened teens take the president’s advice and reach out to me, I really have only one thing to add to what they already know by virtue of their faith. 

That is: trust your common sense. God gave us this thing we call “common sense” to use in times when people are trusting in other things, like money and political power. But as attractive as money and power are, you know some things are much more important.

You know that it makes no sense at all, for example, for military-style weapons designed for use in combat in places like Afghanistan or Syria, to be available to ordinary civilians in America, where they are being used to kill students, teachers, church folks, moviegoers, and concert patrons. Tell your elected representatives (there's a list at the bottom of this post) that such weapons should be banned. If combat weapons must be used at all, they should be used exclusively by trained, authorized military personnel. 

And in the midst of a lot of political rhetoric and arguments about the Second Amendment, again, trust your common sense. The Second Amendment was written in 1791, when the right to bear arms meant the right to have a musket with a flintlock, a rifle that had to be reloaded and tamped between each shot. Everybody knows that modern, military-style assault weapons have no business being in the hands of civilians. Hunters don’t need combat weapons—only people who hunt in schools, churches, movie theaters and concerts. Trust your common sense.

And if someone wants to argue with you that enacting gun safety laws and banning combat assault weapons is the beginning of a slippery slope, again, trust your common sense. If Congress has done nothing to stop the sale of these weapons and has failed to enact simple gun safety measures, after repeated massacres in schools, movie theaters, churches, and concerts, it’s ridiculous to think that simply banning assault weapons and enacting basic gun safety regulations is going to lead to anything more than that. There’s no slippery slope here; it’s more like a staircase, and all we’re talking about here is taking a sensible, single step. Trust your common sense.

I understand that students are organizing a march on Washington, called March for Our Lives, on Saturday, March 24. They realize that one massacre after another in the United States have not been enough to overcome the power of the gun lobby and the lure of wealth and power. But maybe politicians will pay attention to young people. “A little child shall lead them” is a biblical prophecy whose time has perhaps come again. So plan to join in. Better yet, ask if you can organize a bus to the march. I’ll be there, too. I suspect some of my gun-loving friends might be there to support you, also. Because this is not about guns. It’s about common sense given by God.

Elected representatives

Virginia's U.S. Senators
Tim Kaine // contact info
M
ark Warner // contact info

U.S. Congressional Representatives
Don McEachin // contact info
Dave Brat // contact info
(If you don't live in Virginia's 4th or 7th District, you can find your congressperson here.)

Governor
Ralph S. Northam // contact info

Lieutenant Governor
Justin Fairfax // contact info

Virginia Attorney General
Mark Herring // contact info

Find your local members of the Virginia Legislature here.

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