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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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Thursday evenings online

St. Stephen's Church is known for outstanding speakers and educational offerings for adults. At the time we are not able to gather in person, but that won't prevent our bringing outstanding speakers to you. Beginning in September 2020, St. Stephen's will offer a weekly webinar over Zoom on Thursday evenings. Most will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. These webinars will be recorded and posted on this page as soon as possible after the live webinar, so that if you are not able to participate live, you will be able to view the presentations as your schedule permits. 

The Rev. Gary Jones will moderate these webinars and receive questions to be posed to our speakers.

These excellent speakers' presentations are free and open to all. Registration is required and will be available on this page with each speaker's description.

Ordinarily, we would offer books by our speakers through our bookshop. During the pandemic, while our buildings are closed, we encourage you to support other independent, local booksellers through Indie Bound, or by calling the bookseller directly; those who do not carry the book will order it for you, and many offer curbside pickup at this time.  

Dr. James Hollis: The Summons of the Soul | Watch Gary Jones' video invitation to this webinar
September 10-October 8, 2020 | 7-8 p.m.

hollis-headshot.jpgA consequence of the necessary adaptations we make to the demands of family, the world around us, and the embedded messages we all carry, causes each of us to get separated from our own truth, our personal authority. Initially accountable to the world around us, we adapt, repress, leave behind some of our best parts. Living a mature life is an on-going summons of accountability to the soul, and the potential we are asked to bring into this world. In this five-part series led by James Hollis, Ph.D., and moderated by the rector, Dr. Hollis will identify some of the issues, and the tasks they raise for us, in living a mature, examined life.Dr. Hollis is a Jungian analyst in Washington, DC, and author of 16 books, the latest being Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey and Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times.

September 10: Growing Up: the Recovery of Personal Authority | video of webinar session 1 
September 17: Stepping Out from Under the Parental Shade | video of webinar session 2
September 24: Encountering Our Shadows | video of webinar session 3
October 1: Freeing Your Children (from you) | (not available)
October 8: Mature Spirituality: Meaning vs. Happiness | video of webinar session 5

James Hollis is the most lucid thinker I know about the complexities and complexes that interfere with living a full life. His broad background in literature, philosophy, and Jungian psychology is everywhere present in this important book, which, as it strips away illusions, posits the soul-work that’s necessary for the difficult task of making our lives meaningful. He’s one of our great teachers and healers.

Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Dr. Kayleen Asbo: The Way of the Hermit: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Our Times 
Thursdays, October 15, 22, and 29 | 7-8 p.m.

asbo-headshot.jpgDr. Asbo led an engaging Lenten retreat on The Divine Comedy here in 2019.She explains that throughout human history during times of upheaval and social collapse, a surge of contemplatives have been drawn to following a path of the heart where they discovered a life of inner awakening, beauty and balance despite outer confinement and austerity. Dr. Asbo will illuminate the commonalities of the “hermetic path” of wisdom traditions across the centuries that can help inspire and empower us in the days and months--a pattern that can transform the experience of “lockdown” to “breakthrough.”

 

Videos
Session 1
(October 15) video available here
Session 2 (October 21) video available here 
Session 3
(October 29) video available here

Pico Iyer: The Seasons of Our Lives 
Thursdays, November 5 and 12 | 7-8 p.m.

pico-headshot.jpgOur lives, our worlds, are shaped by seasons, whose cyclical progress is an hourly teaching in changelessness and change. The leaves teach us every year how to let go of things and remind us that we’re not here forever; but that very impermanence often moves us to cherish the beauty of the moment and to relish the bright, sharp days of fall, which lead not just to winter but towards spring. And as we go through, or towards, the autumn of our lives, we come to see all the blessings we could never have guessed at in spring, and how life never moves in a straight line, but offers us gains and graces for everything we lose.

Drawing on his book Autumn Light, Pico Iyer will return (virtually) to St. Stephen's to present this two-part series.

Pico Iyer, part 1 | Video
Pico Iyer, part 2 | Video

Gardner Campbell: John Milton's Nativity Ode
Thursdays, December 3, 10 and 17 | 7-8 p.m. | REGISTRATION

campbell-headshot.jpgOur own Dr. Gardner Campbell, associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, a parishioner, and a favorite in the Sunday Forum and our annual film series, will offer a three-part Advent series exploring John Milton’s great Nativity Ode in all its splendor, drawing on the questions, conflicts, and assurances the Ode encompasses. He'll help us think about art, theology, cosmology, and the shape of time itself. Our pandemic days bring with them uncertainty, fear, and doubt. Growing up in a large city periodically ravaged by plague, the young John Milton knew these sorrows too. Yet he kept the faith, and in this poem, shares that faith with all of so that we, too, can lift up our eyes to the promise of deliverance—a promise fulfilled in a humble birth in a stable.

REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR HERE. (If you do not plan to view sessions live, but you'd like to watch them later on demand, you may register so that you're notified when videos are posted.) 

December 3 | The Time of Advent: John Milton’s Birthday Present for the Christ Child | VIDEO
“On The Morning Of Christ’s Nativity” announces itself as a Christmas poem—yet this is Advent. Have we misread the liturgical calendar? Not according to John Milton, whose “Nativity Ode” (as it is usually called) turns time into both a “now” and a “yet to come.”

December 10 | The Sound of Music: Shepherds Hear the Gloria | VIDEO
Even on the day of Christ’s birth, there is waiting … even for those who, like the shepherds, do not know they are waiting. Milton portrays both expectancy and explosive revelation in his “Nativity Ode,” as prophecies are both fulfilled and set in motion, and creation itself is remade in glorious music.

December 17 | Order Serviceable: Paradise Regained | VIDEO
As Milton concludes his “Nativity Ode,” the new day dawns, the first sunrise Jesus will see. This day begins a new Advent, a new time of waiting, as clock-time (“Chronos”) and God-time (“Kairos”) work together to empower God’s good creation to re-discover its once and future perfection.

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