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

Wellspring: Poetry for the Journey

The beauty of great poems is not that we are provided the answer, but that we are given a question to consider.

—Allison Seay in "Wellspring," the weekly poetry guide 

St. Stephen's Church offers this weekly resource written by our Associate for Religion and the Arts, Allison Seay. The guides may be used by Emmaus Groups or other small groups, or for individual study and reflection. You can read more about poetry at St. Stephen's here.

To subscribe to the weekly poetry email, follow this link.

March 19, 2018 edition

The Snow Storm 

I walked down towards the river, and the deer had left tracks
deep as half my arm, that ended in a perfect hoof
and the shump shump sound my boots made walking made the silence loud.

And when I turned back towards the great house
I walked beside the deer tracks again.
And when I came near the feeder: little tracks of the birds on the surface
of the snow I’d broken through.

Put your finger here, and see my hands, then bring your hand and put it in my side.

I put my hand down into the deer track
and touched the bottom of an invisible hoof.
Then my finger in the little mark of the jay.

Marie Howe[1]

The poem printed here is included in Marie Howe’s collection, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, a book full of treasure and magic and reverence. Some readers will recognize right away the dual meaning of “Ordinary Time”: liturgically, Ordinary Time refers to the Sundays after Epiphany and after Pentecost, from the word “ordinal,” which simply means “counted time”; “ordinary”— with a lower case “o”—of course means “common” or “mundane.” One thing I admire about Howe’s book is this purposeful blurring of Ordinary and ordinary and the skillful way she manages what might be called “spiritual poetry.” Her work is as concerned with the Kingdom of Heaven as it is with the kingdom of earth; it is a kind of poetry that reminds its readers that indeed the extraordinary is always present in the ordinary, and what she calls “unromantic daily love” is at the very heart of our mission on earth—to revere the commonplace, to cherish the imperfect, to attend carefully to all the creatures of the earth, to our own lives, and to one another.   

In an interview published in the literary magazine AGNI, Howe speaks to the ways in which The Kingdom of Ordinary Time feeds her “obsess[ion] with the metaphysical, the spiritual dimensions of life as they present themselves in this world.” In the case of “The Snow Storm,” an attention to the tracks of both deer and birds (creatures large and small) recalls the story of Thomas, who desires to touch the wounds of Jesus in order that his faith might be affirmed. Howe’s poem shares a line with scripture: “Put your finger here, and see my hands, then bring your hand and put it in my side” are the very words Jesus speaks to Doubting Thomas in order that he “be not faithless, but believing.”

When the speaker of this poem lays her “hand down into the deer track / and touch[es] the bottom of an invisible hoof” she is made keenly aware of the presence of something no longer seen: evidence of the now-invisible. Interestingly, these marks in the snow are only visible after a storm, her awareness now possible because the skies have cleared. I am led to consider the larger metaphor—the ways clarity often comes at the cost of despair, spring blooms around us only after the cruelty of winter, and the darkest hour is just before dawn. In this way, Howe’s attention to a small detail inspires a call to faith.

The world is full of these reminders of the divine, small and holy moments Howe describes as the “is-ness” of the world. She devotes many of the poems in this particular collection to her musings on the existence and eventual passing of all things… “the wind, running water, voices.” “Poetry holds the knowledge,” she says, “that we are alive and that we know we’re going to die. The most mysterious aspect of being alive might be that.” In other words, we are. Life is. To be is its own poetry.

While it is not Ordinary Time by the Christian calendar—we are in the season of Lent, preparing to enter Holy Week—I offer this poem now because I like to return to it as a resurrection of sorts: it is always an inspiring and timely reminder to be reassured that the divine is real and the divine is near. The work of a life is but to notice it, that extraordinary ordinary, in the here and now.

About the poet
Marie Howe currently serves on the writing faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, as well as co-editor of the essay anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She served as Poet Laureate of New York State from 2012 to 2014.

[1] “The Snow Storm” by Marie Howe from The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, W. W. Norton. Used by permission.

by Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church © 2018

Download a print-friendly version of the March 19 guide here (The Snow Storm)
Download a print-friendly version of the March 12 guide here (After All [Everything])
Download a print-friendly version of the January 22 guide here (Geography by Natasha Trethewey)
Download a print-friendly version of the January 15 guide here (The Americans by Natasha Trethewey)
Download a print-friendly version of the January 8 guide here (Mosaic of the Nativity by Jane Kenyon)

Earlier poetry guides are here.