As we navigate our way through challenging times, St. Peter’s in the Great Valley is charting a course that will enhance our ability to be a virtual community while offering some in-person opportunities to connect with one another. Please know that we miss you and are praying for you.
If you are a visitor, we welcome you to join any of the services and events marked with an asterisk listed below. Events are updated weekly.
Sunday Service Offerings & Other Virtual Offerings
We have returned to limited in-person worship at 8:00 a.m. in the Historic Church and 10:00 a.m in the Bank Barn Church, while also maintaining our 10:00 a.m. service on Facebook live. All pandemic-related procedures will be followed including mask wearing and distancing.
- February 21, 8:00 a.m., Historic Church in-person worship (pre-register) – The First Sunday in Lent. Rite One service leaflet.
- *February 21, 10:00 a.m., Bank Barn in-person worship (pre-register) or view on Facebook live. The First Sunday in Lent. Rite Two service leaflet.
- Book of Common Prayer
Adult Formation during Lent:
Adult Formation will be held twice weekly during Lent: on Sundays immediately following the 10:00 a.m. livestream service; and on Wednesdays during Lent for “Soup Suppers.” Details about these special offerings can be found here.
Lenten Services & Virtual Gatherings:
- *Wednesday “Soup Suppers” from February 24 – March 24, 6:15 p.m. Come, Pray: The Prayer I Need This Day; a video presentation by Society of St. John the Evangelist, discussion following. Zoom information sent via Keynotes. Read more.
- *Thursday Compline from February 18 – March 25, 8:00 p.m. A contemplative prayer service led by our Youth Group via Facebook.
- *Fridays from February 19 – March 26, 7:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross. In-person; must pre-register. Limited to 10 people.
Upcoming Virtual Events:
- The Most Reverend Michael Curry, March 16, 6:30 pm – The presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, will be the keynote speaker at St. James School’s 10 Years of Faithful Partnership event. This evening will celebrate our church and others that have helped build and grow this thriving school serving children in the under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhood of Allegheny West. RSVP.
Repeating Virtual Offerings:
- Sunday Coffee Hour. Following the 10:00 a.m. service, we will be hosting a coffee hour via Zoom. Refer to Keynotes for the link or email Chris.
- *Noonday Prayer. To help keep us grounded at this time, Chris and Abigail have added 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 via Zoom or conference call. If you wish to participate, please email Chris for information.
- *Thursday Prayer Group. Meets every Thursday. Email Chris for Zoom information.
- Gathering of Men. Please join Cliff every Friday at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom. All men in the parish are invited to this virtual morning gathering. If you would like to join this group, please refer to the most recent Keynotes for details.
Outdoor In-person Events
*Atwater Walks – Mondays at 9:30 a.m.
Join Abigail for a 45-60 minute walk through the neighborhood adjacent to St. Peter’s each Monday at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Limit of 4 people. Please email Abigail if you wish to attend.
Sunday School and Families
Offerings for Children:
- Sunday materials for children continue to be emailed to families each Saturday. The materials are interesting approaches to the same scriptures heard in each Sunday’s service. Other possibilities for activities and crafts are emailed occasionally. From time-to-time events are scheduled for children at church or via Zoom. Anyone who would like to receive these emails may send an email request.
Offerings for Youth:
Youth group Zoom meeting. Check with Chris for the current schedule.
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.
Private Prayer – 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
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