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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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Sunday Forum

About the Sunday Forum

The Sunday Forum takes place 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m., September-May. You do not have to be a member to attend, and no registration is required. On most Sundays, St. Stephen's clergy or other staff members speak. On occasion, we welcome outstanding guest speakers. 

Traditionally the Forum has been held in the Fellowship Hall. This fall, however, we'll move this even to the nave (the church), to allow for more space to enhance safety. As with all other events at St. Stephen's Church, masks covering both nose and face are required for all, regardless of vaccination status.

We are excited to return to an in-person format, and to continue our tradition of featuring high-quality speakers and teachers,drawing upon the best of our tradition through biblical, theological, and artistic lenses, both from within and outside the community of St. Stephen’s. In this time of transition and discernment, the forum will also provide space for dedicated engagement and conversation on related topics with the wider parish. 

For those who cannot attend or who do not feel comfortable being in a space with lots of others, we will livestream the forum on this page.

The Forum will open with the Rev. Patrick J. Wingo, our interim rector. In fact, Pat will have the first three Sundays (September 19 and 26, October 3) in the Forum schedule, and will be joined September 26 by the Rev. Sarah Brockenbrough, the transition minister for the Diocese of Virginia. 

On October 10, our guest speaker will be the Very Rev. Dr. Andrew McGowan, the dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

A panel of our new clergy and lay staff, including the Rev. Will Stanley, the Rev. Cate Anthony, the Rev. John Jenkins, and Ron Brown, will speak on October 17.

On October 24, we’ll welcome the Rev. Whitney Edwards, upper school chaplain at St. Christopher’s School.

A three-week series will take place October 31, November 7 and 14, featuring the Rev. Thom Blair. Thom was rector of St. Stephen’s from 1994 to 2004, and is known for his outstanding biblical teaching.

On November 21, Allison Seay, associate for religion and the arts, will speak in the Forum. Allison’s presentations are always extremely popular.

November 28 is the First Sunday in Advent, and there will be no Forum that day so that all can participate in our intergenerational Advent Fair.

On December 12 and 19, another popular Forum speaker returns when Dr. Gardner Campbell, a St. Stephen’s parishioner and associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present a two-part Forum on an Advent.

The Forum will then be on hiatus until the new year.   

Forum livestream and recordings

The livestream of the Sunday Forum can be seen below each Sunday beginning around 10:10 a.m. Between sessions, you may see a recording of the most recent Forum. After the conclusion of a Sunday Forum, a video of the livestream will be posted on this page

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