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 

  • 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. Michael Sweeney, the director of family ministries, 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

Holy Week and Easter

From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection, Christians through the ages have found that a devotional focus on these last days in the life of Jesus can have a life-changing effect on us in the present. By following in his steps, listening intently to his final words to his dearest friends and to his words from the cross, even re-enacting some of the most poignant and penetrating moments of these last days, we find ourselves feeling as if our devotional sharing in his passion leads to a deeper sharing in his resurrection. 

The liturgies and devotions of Holy Week are time-honored ways of drawing nearer to the heart of God.  So, whoever you are and whatever has brought you to this moment at this time, we welcome you in our journey to a deeper life in God. 

We pray that what you experience in this time and place will awaken you more completely to the presence of God and to the life that God has prepared for you.

All services take place in the main church unless otherwise indicated.

Sermons and homilies for these services are posted on the sermons page when they become available. Reflections from the Celtic service are here.

Holy Week at St. Stephen's

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25
7:30 a.m
., Holy Eucharist: Rite One (note earlier-than-usual time)
9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
All gather at the Three Chopt entrance to the church for the Liturgy of the Palms before processing to separate services in Palmer Hall and in the church.
No Sunday school or adult education offerings on Palm Sunday or Easter; nursery for ages 4 and younger available
11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, followed by reception
5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion
6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper in Large Fellowship Hall
8:00 p.m., Compline

Monday through Friday
Morning Prayer and Communion, 8:10 a.m. 

Monday through Wednesday
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. 

No Wonderful Wednesdays supper during Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar followed by all-night vigil (read more and watch a video)
ORDER OF SERVICE (2017) // Ubi caritas by Maurice Durufle, sung by St. Stephen's Choir

Good Friday, March 30
8:10 a.m., Morning Prayer and Communion from the reserved sacrament
Noon, Liturgy for Good Friday
(Page 276 in the Book of Common Prayer)
Psalm 22 sung by men of St. Stephen's Choir
The congregation sings "Were you there?" led by the men of Sanctuary ORDER OF SERVICE (2017) 

Parish office and May Fair House close at noon (preschool closed all day)

5:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross led by St. Stephen’s Youth    ORDER OF SERVICE 

In addition to Holy Week services held at St. Stephen's, many of our parishioners and clergy take part in a community-wide Stations of the Cross service at 9:30 a.m. on Good Friday which begins at Third Street Bethel AME Church. Details about this offering are here.

Easter at St. Stephen’s

Easter Eve, March 31
7:30 p.m., Holy Baptism and the Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter   ORDER OF SERVICE (2017)
Please note that the regular 5:30 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist will not take place on March 30.

Easter Day, Sunday, April 1
Please note that the orders of service linked here are for last year; when this year's service leaflets are completed, we will post them here.

7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One (note earlier-than-usual time) ORDER OF SERVICE
9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, followed by reception (two services, one in the church, one in Palmer Hall) ORDER OF SERVICE (main church) ORDER OF SERVICE (Palmer Hall)
No Sunday school or adult education (resume April 8)
11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, followed by reception ORDER OF SERVICE
5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion ORDER OF SERVICE
6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper in Large Fellowship Hall 
8:00 p.m., Compline

Child care will be available during the 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. services.

The parish office, May Fair House and St. Stephen's Preschool will be closed on the Monday in Easter Week, April 2. All re-open on Tuesday.