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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!

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 (summer schedule begins May 27)

  • 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. (Please note that the May 21 edition is the last one until September.)

May 21, 2018 edition


Salt shining behind its glass cylinder.
Milk in a blue bowl. The yellow linoleum.
The cat stretching her black body from the pillow.
The way she makes her curvaceous response to the small, kind gesture.
Then laps the bowl clean.
Then wants to go out into the world
where she leaps lightly and for no apparent reason across the lawn,
then sits, perfectly still, in the grass.
I watch her a little while, thinking:
what more could I do with wild words?
I stand in the cold kitchen, bowing down to her.
I stand in the cold kitchen, everything wonderful around me.
Mary Oliver[1]


As Wellspring comes to a close for this program year and as I prepare for a slower-paced summer of reading and writing, I leave you with this beautiful meditation by Mary Oliver—an accessible and clear poem that I think of as starting in morning and ending in eternity, starting in the kitchen and ending in bliss.

I have had moments like the one this poem illustrates (though I fear I could not have written a poem about them)—moments of awe, of miracle, moments when everything did feel— even if but for a moment—wonder-filled, everything shaded with the tint of the divine, moments of ecstasy that could not be explained, nor recreated.

Pentecost, one of the three major feast days in the Christian church, was yesterday; it is the day we commemorate and celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples who are bewildered, amazed, astonished and wondering what it all means. I like this poem as a companion: there’s nothing bewildering here, except for the moment itself. And the astonishment is not because of “divided tongues, as of fire” but instead the simple wonder of a cold kitchen in morning, the cat and her milk, the grass, the salt shining. What, indeed, does it all mean.

Perhaps one does eventually run out of “wild words” to describe the amazement of existence. Or perhaps one keeps working anyway, keeps looking for more, keeps watching and, having witnessed the now-awakened cat leaping “for no apparent reason across the lawn,” keeps wondering what more could one do, what else but this, what else.

I wish my readers a season of joy, poetry, rest, and wonder.

About the Poet
Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, is a best-selling poet and one of America’s most beloved writers. Though born in Ohio, she spent much of her life in New England and now lives in Florida. For more than 40 years, she lived with her partner, the photographer Molly Malone Cook, until Cook’s death in 2005. She visited St. Stephen’s in a rare public appearance in 2011.

[1] “Morning” by Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press. 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 May 21 guide here (Morning by Mary Oliver)
Download a print-friendly version of the May 14 guide here (How Many Nights by Galway Kinnell)
Download a print-friendly version of the May 7 guide here (The Good Life by Tracy K. Smith)
Download a print-friendly version of the April 30 guide here (A Poem of Thanks by Wendell Berry)
Download a print-friendly version of the April 23 guide here (These Poems by June Jordan)
Download a print-friendly version of the April 16 guide here (Do You Love Me? by Robert Wrigley)
Download a print-friendly version of the April 9 guide here (Essentials of Spraying and Dusting by Nathaniel Perry)
Download a print-friendly version of the April 2 guide here (blessing the boats by Lucille Clifton)
Download a print-friendly version of the March 26 guide here (Highway 90 by Linda Gregg)
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.