As we navigate our way through challenging times and Pennsylvania enters the yellow phase of reopening, St. Peter’s is charting a course that will enhance our ability to be a community while we are physically disconnected from one another. This course will involve the continuation of live streaming our various worship services, virtual gatherings through Zoom meetings, posting special, time-sensitive announcements, resources for children and families, and curated spiritual resources.
Below you will find information and links to resources that will be most commonly used during this time that we are apart. If you experience any problems, please contact the Church Office at 610-644-2261 so we may help you. Please know that we miss you and are praying for you.
Sunday Services & Other Virtual Offerings
Sunday Services. Sunday services will be replaced with Sunday Morning Prayer starting at 10 a.m. via Facebook live until further notice. Each service will be posted for the duration of the week.
Use the links below to aid in worship:
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27 leaflet (pdf)
Book of Common Prayer
Sunday Zoom Coffee Hour. Following the 10:00 a.m. service, we will be hosting a coffee hour via Zoom. Refer to Keynotes for the link information or contact Chris.
Daily Noonday Prayer. To help keep us grounded in this time, Chris and Abigail have added daily Noonday prayer to our offerings. This will be available on Facebook live at 12:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study. This will take place at 10:00 a.m. If you wish to participate, please email Chris for Zoom information.
Thursday Prayer Group. Meets virtually at 10:30 a.m. Email Chris for Zoom information.
We have begun to offer small outdoor member gatherings that will follow these guidelines: gatherings will not exceed 25 people, mandatory masks will be worn at all times, and a distance of minimum of 6 feet between people of different households will be observed. No food or beverages will be provided.
Movie Night – July 2 at 8:30 p.m. (depending on sunset)
1776, the Musical. This is for those who are 18+ years old. We are limited to 25 people. Bring your own chairs or blanket. If you wish to attend, sign up here.
Outdoor Service of Holy Eucharist – July 19, at 4:00 p.m.
An outdoor service of Holy Eucharist in front of the historic church that will be an informal, spoken service with reflection in place of the sermon. Bring your own chair. In order to comply with diocesan rules, registration is required. Please email Abigail if you wish to attend.
Movie Night – July 23 at 8:30 p.m. (depending on sunset)
Zootopia. Pending approval from the Diocese, this event will be limited to those in the youth group (rising 6th graders and above). Bring your own chairs or blanket. Please email Chris to reserve a spot.
Atwater Walks – July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Join Abigail for a 45-60 minute walk through the neighborhood adjacent to St. Peter’s on Monday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting of course. Limit of 4 people. Please email Abigail if you wish to attend.
BYOB On A Blanket – July 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Bring a beverage and a chair for a convivial hour of conversation in the Rector’s Grove. Watch for signup information in a future Keynotes.
Sunday School and Families
Offerings for Children:
Bedtime Stories with St. Peter’s. Our nightly program “Bedtime Stories with St. Peter’s” continues on Facebook. Each night, favorite children’s stories are read aloud at 7:00 p.m. by Abigail, Chris or other members of the parish.
Sunday materials for children are being emailed to families each Saturday throughout the summer. The materials will be creative and interesting approaches to the same scriptures heard in each Sunday’s service. Other possibilities for activities and crafts will be emailed at other times. Anyone who would like to receive these emails may send a request.
We are loving the pictures of our wonderful children who have been joining the Sunday services and the nightly stories program on Facebook. Please continue to send them in!
Offerings for Families:
Faith@Home is a useful web resource for families. Lectionary based, it provides timely readings and reflections, videos and books for children, and suggestions for things to do. New content is updated daily. Click here.
If you or a loved one are in need of pastoral care, please contact the Church Office at 610-644-2261. For more information about pastoral care go here.
Daily Noonday Prayer is available to help keep us grounded during this time. Please join us virtually on Facebook live at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
If you wish to spend time in either the historic church or bank barn for private prayer, please email Abigail to make arrangements.
Taking Care of Oneself During Pandemic
In addition to the resources below, we are considering offering a Zoom discussion on the topic of mental health during this time of global pandemic. Please email Abigail if you are interested and would like to attend.
Parishioner Brendan Hickey is a disaster and crisis mental heath volunteer with several agencies, an accredited suicide prevention specialist, and a school psychologist, currently being deployed to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts. He blogs about his experience and his tips for navigating a pandemic at aconspiracyofyoungravens.com in an ongoing series called “Scenes from a Pandemic.”
Helen Ockenden is a parishioner and retired registered nurse. She offers several suggestions for things to do to make this time easier on you and your family. See her video.
Betsy Bouvel, MS, NCC, LPC, is a psychotherapist and a parishioner at St. Peter’s. She shares strategies for reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. View her video.
Holly O’Connell, Executive Director of A Path to Hope, visited us in October to offer guidance and support to parents and caregivers navigating the mental healthcare system, to bring awareness of this medical issue and open up dialogue, and to improve access to information and affordable resources available in our community. Here she connects us with mental health resources easily accessible for those who need to reach out for help in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. https://youtu.be/lkRjNATdQpY