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Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2 (Self Guided), Richmond

Due to its past as an English colony, Richmond has a number of notable Anglican and Episcopal churches dotted around the city. Take our two-part tour to discover these beautiful buildings as well as many other places of worship in Richmond.
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Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 2
Guide Location: USA » Richmond (See other walking tours in Richmond)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: damon
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • St John's United Church-Christ
  • First English Lutheran Church
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Commonwealth Chapel
  • Metropolitan Community Church
  • First Baptist Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

1) Bethlehem Lutheran Church

The Bethelem Lutheran Church is a wonderful red-brick church building of Neo-Baroque architectural style. Dating from 1852, it has been the site of Sunday services in the heart of downtown Richmond for many decades.
St John's United Church-Christ

2) St John's United Church-Christ

St. John's United Church of Christ is a historic church in Richmond. It was founded as 'Saint John's German Lutheran Evangelical Church' and was called St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church from 1943 to 1962.

The congregation formed in 1843 to minister to the very large German immigrant population of Richmond (especially the Carver neighborhood) at the time. The name "German Lutheran Evangelical Church" was selected as its members were Lutherans, but the church has never been affiliated with any Lutheran denomination. It operated independently until 1874 when it affiliated with the German Evangelical Synod of North America, a predecessor of the United Church of Christ.

After meeting in member homes for several years, the congregation moved into a new church building on North Fifth Street at Jackson in 1847. It moved into a larger building in 1881, and into its current facilities in 1928. The church houses one of the three remaining intact EM Skinner pipe organs on the East Coast of the United States. One prominent member of St. Johns was Conrad Frederick Sauer, whose family-owned CF Sauer factory exists nearby on Broad Street to this day. Virginia Governor Mills E. Godwin Jr. and his family were members of this congregation during his first term. St John's was also influential in forming the Gesangsverein Virginia, or "Virginia" German singing society that was a pillar of Richmond's German community and still exists today.

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First English Lutheran Church

3) First English Lutheran Church

Dating from 1869, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church also derived from the immigrant German Lutheran community. In 1876, the name was changed to First English by members of the congregation to set the church apart from two others in the city that held services in German. In 1911, a new church was founded at Stuart Circle on Monument Avenue at the western edge of the city.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

4) Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

The Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church started as a congregation in 1790. At that time worshippers used the as yet uncompleted Virginia State Capitol building as their gathering place. Later located at Park and Harrison, the church is now based at new buildings on Monument Avenue.
Tabernacle Baptist Church

5) Tabernacle Baptist Church

Situated in Virginia's historic Fan District, the Tabernacle Baptist Church has been around for 120 years. This centrally-located church mixes urban ministry with vibrant tradition.
Commonwealth Chapel

6) Commonwealth Chapel

The Commonwealth Chapel is an Assemblies of God church that draws followers from many different religious backgrounds. This community centered on Jesus Christ believes in fostering hope, restoration and health through worship and prayer.
Metropolitan Community Church

7) Metropolitan Community Church

The Metropolitan Community Church is another Christian church in the Fan district. This forward thinking church promotes a tolerant policy towards sexual minorities. It’s also a member of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, which includes congregations all over the world.
First Baptist Church

8) First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church is an historic Baptist Church in Richmond. Lott Carey and Collin Teague were associated with this church. Established downtown in 1780, it is currently located on the corner of Monument Avenue and The Boulevard. Current Senior Minister is the Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C.

First Baptist Church offers two traditional Sunday services, the one at 11:00 am being broadcast live on a local ABC television station. Most aspects of the church reflect traditional Baptist churches including Sunday school prior to worship and evening bible studies throughout the week. The music during worship is several hymns, an offertory song and a choral anthem. Other music that may be added is children or youth choir, English handbells or various soloists on instruments. Wednesdays offer a meal and activities for everyone. The Youth Group takes up the whole third floor and is 8th to 12th graders. There are usually a minimum 50 people a Sunday.

Not only was it the first church of any denomination to be organized in Richmond, the first Baptist church organized in a Virginia city, and the first church in Virginia to organize a missionary society for women, but it also was the first in the city to organize a Sunday school for children, the first in America to send her own members as foreign missionaries to the continent of Africa, and the first in the Southern Baptist Convention to have a church library.

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Walking Tours in Richmond, Virginia

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Create Your Own Walk in Richmond

Creating your own self-guided walk in Richmond is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 1

Richmond Places of Worship Tour Part 1

Due to its past as an English colony, Richmond has a number of notable Anglican and Episcopal churches dotted around the city. Take our two-part tour to discover these beautiful buildings as well as many other places of worship in the city of Richmond.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Richmond Museums Tour

Richmond Museums Tour

Richmond is one of the best places in the state of Virginia to find fascinating museums. The Science Museum of Virginia is based here, as well as the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Confederacy. Take this tour to learn all about the history of the city and see some excellent exhibitions.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 Km or 5.4 Miles
Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond Art Galleries Tour Part 1

Richmond is one of best cities in this part of the United States for art, with a large number of quality galleries in the city. You can see fascinating artworks by nationally and internationally famous artists here, as well as browse paintings for purchase at commercial galleries. Take our two-part tour to see the best art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Richmond Civil War Trail

Richmond Civil War Trail

One of the most fascinating aspects of Richmond is its glorious past as the Confederacy's capital. If you are a history buff you’ll love taking this unique tour, which includes all the main sites in the city associated with the American Civil War.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Richmond Cultural Tour

Richmond Cultural Tour

Richmond is famous for its many architectural and historical landmarks, but it is also a vibrant center for the arts. Take our Cultural Tour to discover the wide variety of theaters, opera houses and other cultural venues that make up the Richmond arts landscape.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Richmond Introduction Walk

Richmond Introduction Walk

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond boasts a great cultural and historical heritage. In fact, it helped to shape American history. Take our City Orientation Tour to get a sense of the main institutions of Richmond and see some of its top sights.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles