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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. Our family ministry staff 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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Retreats and Workshops

St. Stephen's offers retreats at the church, at the beginning of Lent and Advent and at other times. We also offer retreats offsite, such as at the Society of St. John the Evangelist's monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or at Emery House, SSJE's retreat center in Newburyport, Massachusetts; and at Shrine Mont, the Diocese of Virginia's camp and conference center in the mountains northwest of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Lenten Retreats and Workshops

Additional Lenten offerings are here.

"Listening for God" // CANCELLED
Friday, March 8, 2019 // 6-7:30 p.m. (begins with supper)
Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

“The Gift of Humility” // CANCELLED
Saturday, March 9, 2019 // 9 a.m.-noon
Br. David Vryhof, SSJE 

We regret that this supper, teaching and workshop must be cancelled because Br. David is ill. If you have made a donation for the workshop, you will hear directly from a member of our staff. 

Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2019
Kayleen Asbo
REGISTRATION 

Read a special message from the rector

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How do we hold on to hope when everything around us is falling apart?  How can we face the difficult task of rebuilding shattered lives in the midst of persistent darkness? How do we find our way out of despair into healing and community? How do we turn towards the difficult tasks of personal and collective transformation with integrity? How do we discover a place of belonging and joy? Dante’s Divine Comedy is a 700-year-old road map to answering those deep, persistent questions. While it’s been called the most beautiful poem ever written, it is much more: a penetrating synthesis of imagination that weaves together Greek and Roman myth, European history and a pathway of universal spiritual development with deep cross cultural resonances. Written during the “dark woods” of Dante’s midlife after a series of personal catastrophes, it is an epic achievement that saved the author’s own life. In this retreat set to begin the commemoration of Holy Week, we will dive into this tale through art, poetry and myth, woven together with contemplative practices to awaken your own imagination so that you can discover how Dante’s story can lead to your own renewal and transformation.

Hours and registration
This retreat begins Friday evening (6-8 p.m.) and continues on Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) The suggested donation is $45, payable with your registration. Dinner will be served on Friday and lunch on Saturday; you will be invited to  make a donation at each meal.  

Retreat schedule and registration
This retreat begins Friday evening (6-8 p.m.) and continues on Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) The suggested donation is $45, payable with your registration. Dinner will be served on Friday and lunch on Saturday; you will be invited to  make a donation at each meal.  

SPECIAL OFFER
Dr. Asbo has made her online course on Mary Magdalene available to St. Stephen's parishioners for half-price, to allow you to experience her teaching before she comes here for her Lenten workshop on "The Divine Comedy." Read more about "Twenty-two Days of Mary Magdalene" and subscribe here.

About Kayleen Asbo

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Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is a passionate scholar of history, myth, music, art and comparative religion. Educated at Smith College, Mills College, the San Francisco Conservatory, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of California, Dr. Asbo holds a PhD in mythology and additional master’s degrees in depth psychology and piano performance.

She is a faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute and a lecturer for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University in California.

 

Retreats with the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist

April 4-7, 2019 and May 30-June 2, 2019

Each year, clergy from St. Stephen's take groups to the Cambridge, Massachusetts monastery of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, or its rural guest retreat in Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

Every other year, one or two of the brothers lead a retreat for men and women here, usually during Lent. In 2019, Br. David Vryhof will be with us (see above).

This year, Gary Jones will take a group of men to the Cambridge monastery the weekend of April 4-7, and Penny Nash will take a group of women the weekend of May 30-June 2. Space is limited for both offerings; the cost for the men's retreat is $330; the women's retreat cost is $455. The costs include your room and meals; the women's retreat also includes a program led by one of the brothers. You are responsible for your own travel. Both retreats are spent primarily in silence. For additional information about the men's retreat, please contact Janet Allen; for the women's retreat, please contact Penny Nash. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please ask about scholarship assistance.

Individual retreats at the monastery are also possible; visit the order's Web site for details.

The Society of St. John the Evangelist
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is a religious order for men in the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1866, the community is celebrating its 150th year, making it the oldest men’s community in the Anglican Communion. Brothers preach, teach, lead retreats and offer spiritual direction at the order’s two monasteries, and engage in other ministries both locally and across the country and the world. To learn more about them, visit their website at www.ssje.org. 

Parish Retreat // Shrine Mont

June 21-23, 2019 // Register by March 20 (prices go up March 21) DETAILS
This retreat is for families, couples, or individuals, and is suitable for all ages. It usually takes place in June, beginning with Friday supper and concluding Sunday after worship. You can read more about the parish retreat at Shrine Mont here

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training // St. Stephen's 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian approach for children ages 3 to 12, based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in a specially prepared environment called an atrium. Children use hands-on materials to explore and reflect on scripture, prayer, and liturgical events. Together children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Serving as a catechist (guide) in the atrium is a deeply rewarding experience for adults. The training required to serve as a Level I catechist (serving children ages 3 to 6) is available at St. Stephen's this July and the training required to serve as a Level II catechist (serving children 6-9) is available in August. These offerings are for anyone--you do not need to be a member of St. Stephen's Church, nor do you need to serve in one of our atria, to take part in this training. Adults from other churches with a Catechesis program, or considering one, are most welcome to take part. You can read more about the Level 1 training here. Level 2 training is here.

Icon Writing Workshop // St. Stephen's

Each summer, St. Stephen's Church offers a week-long workshop for those who wish to learn how to "write" (paint) an icon, as well as those who want to continue to deepen their practice. The workshop is so popular that it fills up by spring (we keep a waiting list!). Past participants in the workshop have even formed an icon "guild," and gather each Friday morning at St. Stephen's to write icons together.

The workshop is led by Suzanne Schleck, an artist, retired art teacher, and iconographer from New Jersey. The workshop takes place Monday through Friday, all day, in Sunday school classrooms here at the church. You can read more about icons, the workshop, and how to take part here.

A word about suggested donations

We suggest a donation of $25 to attend most events held at St. Stephen's Church, unless noted otherwise (week-long offerings, or offsite retreats that include lodging and meals involve greater cost, for example). The $25 donation usually covers the expenses of our bringing these outstanding writers, teachers, and thought leaders to you. We want our speakers to be accessible to all, and we know that some people will be able to donate more than $25, and others less. If you plan to pay the suggested donation, you may reserve your place online. If you prefer to pay a different amount, please stop by the parish office to register, or send a check payable to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, to the church at 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226. If you have questions, please call 804.288.2867. 

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