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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!

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
804.288.2867


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

  • 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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Sacred Ground

A series beginning August 9

Registration*

*Please note that our registration platform says you're registering for an all-day event on August 9; this is simply because of the limitations of our registration system. Be assured that you are simply indicating that you wish to be placed in a small group.

At this important moment in our history, we recognize the need for more thorough understanding and action regarding the systemic racism that has plagued our country. Therefore, planning is underway to engage with a dialogue series on race and racism, providing trusting and respectful spaces for loving dialogue. The curriculum we are adapting for our use, “Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith,” was created especially for the Episcopal Church. It includes two core books: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, and Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman, along with documentary films and short videos. Our engagement with this curriculum will also include faith-nurturing spiritual practices and opportunities to strengthen the bonds of love in our parish church. 

We recognize the many divisions playing out in our country, and our church is eager to live into our identity as “A Sacred Village Green” where all people belong and are equally valued; our identity as “A New Abbey” that is committed to study and ancient practices that deepen our faith and our love for God and one another; and our identity as “A Healing Community” that is constantly engaging in ministries that mend, heal, and bind together that which has been torn. And we are pleased that our vestry endorsed this initiative at its June meeting.

We are grateful for our many partnerships with ministries across the city of Richmond, as well as for hundreds of volunteers who daily engage in hands-on, face-to-face interracial ministries, and we see this curriculum as a unique opportunity to enhance our understanding and ministry. And as in all we do as a parish, we pray that this work will renew our faith, strengthening our relationships with God and each other.

Participating in this offering

There is no charge to participate in this important offering, though registration is required.* We will furnish copies of the books to be read for any who do not already own them. If you wish to make a donation to help defray the costs of the books and the training we are providing to small group facilitators, such support is helpful, but not required.

We plan to begin this series August 9 and it will continue through December 6. Each small group will gather once every two to three weeks by way of Zoom; it may be that as the series progresses, groups will be permitted to meet in person if state and diocesan guidelines permit.

*Please ignore the reference to an "all-day" event. Your registration simply places you on a list to be assigned to a small group.

Contact

The Rev. Cate Anthony

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