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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

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


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.


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

Sunday Forum

Conversation with the Homilist

Sundays, 10 a.m. via Zoom

At this time our Sunday Forum is taking place online at 10 a.m. Each Forum features a conversation with the person who gave the homily in that Sunday's online worship service. Tune in to hear the conversation and, if you wish, pose a question. Here's the registration link for this Zoom series.

Following the half-hour program, you may also join a Zoom "coffee hour" if you wish. There's no registration required for this informal gathering. Here's the link; each session begins at 10:45 a.m.

Read more about weekly offerings here.

Recordings of online Forum sessions

Looking for the worship videos? They're on this page.

February 28, 2021; preacher: Cate Anthony

February 21, 2021; preacher: Will Stanley

February 14, 2021; preacher: Allison Seay

February 7, 2021; preacher: Gary Jones

January 31, 2021; preacher: Claudia Merritt

January 24, 2021; preacher: Cate Anthony

January 17, 2021; preacher: Gary Jones

January 10, 2021; preacher: Will Stanley

December 20, 2020; preacher: Cate Anthony

December 13, 2020; preacher: Will Stanley

December 6, 2020; preacher: Gary Jones

November 29, 2020; preacher: Allison Seay

November 22, 2020; preacher: Claudia Merritt

November 15, 2020; preacher: Will Stanley

November 8, 2020; preacher: Gary Jones

November 1, 2020; homilist: Cate Anthony

October 25, 2020; homilist: Claudia Merritt

October 18, 2020; homilist: Gary Jones

October 11, 2020; homilist: Will Stanley

October 4, 2020; homilist: Cate Anthony 

September 27, 2020; homilist: Gary Jones

September 20, 2020; homilist: Gary Jones 

About the Sunday Forum

While we are not able to be together in person at this time, the following information tells you about the Sunday Forum during more typical times. Ordinarily, the Forum would convene on Sunday mornings, 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m., in the Large Fellowship Hall, September-May. You do not have to be a member to attend, and no registration is required. On most Sundays, the rector or other St. Stephen's clergy speak. On occasion, we welcome outstanding guest speakers. When an audio file is available of a particular forum session, it can be found on the Forum audio page.

Winter-Spring 2020

January 12: Gardner Campbell 
January 19: Gardner Campbell
January 26: Gardner Campbell
February 2: Josh Rockett and colleagues on January 2020 trip to the U.S./Mexico border
February 16: Gary Jones: The Anglican Way, part 1
February 23: Gary Jones: The Anglican Way, part 2
March 1, Lent I: Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE: "Signs of Life"
March 8, Lent II: Gardner Campbell: "Listening for God," part 1 (Description)
March 15, Lent III: Gardner Campbell: "Listening for God," part 2 (Videotaped version of online interactive session)
March 22, Lent IV: Gardner Campbell: "Listening for God," part 3 (Videotaped version of online interactive session)
March 29, Lent V: Billy Peebles: "Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: The Culmination of an Extraordinary Spiritual Journey" (Description)
April 5, Palm Sunday: No Forum
April 12, Easter: No Forum
April 26 through May 24: The Chronicles of Narnia (read more here)
June 7: Online Forum with the Rector