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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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Online worship

Like other churches in the Diocese of Virginia and neighboring dioceses, St. Stephen's Church suspended Sunday services March 15 until further notice, to safeguard the health and well-being of all during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response, St. Stephen's produces weekly videos that include prayers, Scripture, hymns, and a homily for each Sunday. We also offer a livestream of daily Morning Prayer.

LIVESTREAM | VIDEO CHANNEL (Worship videos and more on Vimeo) | MINI-RECITALS ON ST. STEPHEN'S ORGAN

We are livestreaming Daily Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday, at 8:10 a.m. Read more here

Individual worship videos are linked below by date.  

PLEASE NOTE: We are committed to observing guidance from public health, government, and diocesan leaders about best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Some of these produced videos include footage taped before shelter-in-place protocols were directed by the Governor of Virginia, and before the most recent guidelines from our bishops about the number of people allowed indoors at any one time.

If you have a Book of Common Prayer at home, you might want to have it handy as you watch. A hymnal will allow you to sing along with the hymns. (If you don't have a prayer book at home, visit the online Book of Common Prayer.)

August 9, 2020, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost | Program (PDF download) | Link to Lectionary Page
August 2, 2020, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
July 26, 2020, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
July 19, 2020, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
July 12, 2020, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
July 5, 2020, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
June 28, 2020, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
June 21, 2020, Third Sunday after Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
June 14, 2020, Second Sunday after Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
June 7, 2020, Trinity Sunday video | Program (PDF download) |Link to the Lectionary Page
May 31, 2020, the Day of Pentecost video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
May 24, 2020, the Seventh Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to the Lectionary Page
May 17, 2020, the Sixth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to the Lectionary Page
May 10, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download) | Link to the Lectionary Page
May 3, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to the Lectionary Page
April 26, the Third Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to this the Lectionary Page | Information on Sunday Forum online
April 19, the Second Sunday of Easter video | Program (PDF download)| Link to poem read during the service
April 11, Easter Vigil/Easter Day video | Program
April 10, Good Friday video | Program
April 9, Maundy Thursday video | Program | Link to livestream page for all-night prayer vigil (goes live at 8 p.m. you may wish to mute it until then)
April 5, Palm Sunday video | Program | Link to Lectionary Page
March 29 video | Program | Link to the Lectionary Page
March 22 video | Program | Link to the Lectionary Page
March 15 video | Link to the Lectionary Page

In preparation for each service, you may wish to have your Book of Common Prayer on hand. (If you don't have a prayer book at home, you can use this online version.) 

The Daily Office

We began offering Daily Morning Prayer: Rite II via live feed each weekday at 8:10 a.m. during Holy Week, and have continued to offer it during the Easter season with permission of our bishop. Here's a link to the live feed. The service begins on page 75 of the Book of Common Prayer; an order of service is here (PDF download). Please note: for the health and safety of all, there is only one person in the chapel at the Morning Prayer service.

Other resources for prayer and reflection at home:

RELATED: The latest information on our response to the COVID-19 situation is here

Read about the online Sunday Forum here.

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