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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

Visiting Poets

All readings begin at 7 p.m. and include a reception and time for questions and book signing.

April 12, 2018: Nathaniel Perry

perry-web.jpgNathaniel Perry is the author of Nine Acres (American Poetry Review, 2011), which won the 2011 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His poems and translations have appeared recently in American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Gettysburg Reviews, Bat City Review, and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and Associate Professor of English at Hampden-Sydney College. He lives with his family in rural southside Virginia.

nineacres-composite.jpgNine Acres is composed of 52 poems, all of which take their names from the chapter titles of horticulturalist M.G. Kains' 1935 book on small-farm management, Five Acres and Independence. As one reviewer writes, “The poems in his debut collection consider what it means to be faithful—as husband, father, neighbor, and as steward of land, poultry, orchard, and garden…they confront the passions, tedium, graces, and sweat labor of such fidelities both thematically and structurally.” The poet Marie Howe praises Perry’s work, as well: “[T]his is a book that concerns itself with freedom and constraint, with what we used to call husbandry—care of the land, of animals, (of a marriage, of children). Nine Acres speaks of the responsibilities of love. … These poems restore and refresh—they taste of water and metal, arising from a spring close to the source.”

Previous visits in 2017-18

October 5, 2017: Gabriel Fried

Gabriel Fried is the author of The Children Are Reading (Four Way Books, 2017) and Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande, 2007), which was named a best poetry collection of 2007 by Foreword and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is also the editor of an anthology, Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems. His work has appeared in many magazines, including  American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy. He teaches in the graduate creative writing programs of the University of Missouri and Sierra Nevada College, and is the longtime poetry editor at Persea Books, a literary publishing house based in New York City. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Of his first collection, his publisher writes, “[Reading this book], we find ourselves unexpectedly amidst Biblical and mythological stories so intimately retold that they seem populated by friends and relatives . . . the distance between myth and the everyday, collapsed. We remember Eliot’s dictum that only a poet with personality in the first place is able to repress it. And we welcome this poet, who gives us—instead of yet another hip, new, media-ready version of the self—the world we live.”

November 2, 2017: Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah’s poems appear widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, and have been translated into Bengali, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese. She is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016) and Registers of Illuminated Villages, forthcoming from Graywolf in 2018. Her honors include two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, POETRY Magazine's Frederick Bock Prize, among others, and she was recently recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Tarfia co-directs OW!Arts, a collaborative publishing venture with the poet Jamaal May. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry at University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' program.

Natasha Trethewey says of Seam, “In poems made more harrowing for what’s not said—the poet’s elegant and wise restraint—we confront the past and its aftermath in the lives of women interrupted by violence and brutality and loss. Memory and the journey back are always fraught with difficulties… Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision and Seam is a beautiful and necessary book.” 

January 25, 2018: Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewy served as 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014) and is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Trethewey, who received her master’s degree in English and creative writing from Hollins University, is the author of four collections of poetry, Thrall (2012), Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000) which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. She teaches at Northwestern University.

March 15, 2018: Molly McCully Brown 

Listen to an August 14, 2017 segment of Fresh Air with Terry Gross featuring an interview with Molly McCully Brown

Read Molly McCully Brown's November 15, 2017 column in the New York Times

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Image, TriQuarterly Online, Kenyon Review, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Raised in rural Virginia, she holds degrees from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Stanford University. Currently, she is a John and Renée Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi.

Haunted by the voices of those committed to the notorious Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded in Amherst County. Virginia, epicenter of the American eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century, this evocative debut marks the emergence of a poet of exceptional poise and compassion, who grew up in the shadow of the Colony itself. Poet Ada Limon praises the book, saying, “This is nothing less than a revelatory debut that reveals how to stitch something undeniably beautiful out of immense pain and solitude. Intelligent, intricate, fearless, and relentlessly acute, these poems do the good and complicated work of both shattering and singing.”   Writer Beth Ann Fennelly says, “I am stunned by the power of this deeply imagined collection. Because the author herself is ‘spastic, palsied, and off-balance,’ she realizes that, had she been born fifty years earlier, she might have ended up in the infamous Virginia State Colony…”


Previous visiting poets

Jane Hirshfield
The Beauty
Come, Thief
Given Sugar, Given Salt

Patrick Phillips
Elegy for a Broken Machine
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Jennifer Whitaker
The Blue Hour

Dave Lucas

Lisa Russ Spaar
Rough: Poems
Satin Cash: Poems


Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts // email // 804.288.2867