As we navigate our way through challenging times, St. Peter’s is charting a course that will enhance our ability to be a virtual community while gradually offering in-person opportunities to connect with one another. We continue to offer live streaming of one Sunday morning prayer service, virtual gatherings through Zoom meetings, posting special resources for children and families, and curated spiritual resources. 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
- a distance of a minimum of 6 feet between people of different households will be observed
- no food or beverages will be provided but members of the same household may share food and drink
Please know that we miss you and are praying for you.
Sunday Services & Other Virtual Offerings
- 8:00 a.m. Outdoor Eucharist (pre-registration required)
Rite One, September 20th leaflet (pdf)
- 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Prayer, on Facebook live; 16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 20th leaflet (pdf)
- Book of Common Prayer
On Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m., Dr. Fran Altvater, from the University of Hartford will lead us as we consider, “The Multi-ethinic Image of Jesus: Exploring Race and Religious Art” for our first evening adult forum offering. Email Chris or Abigail if interested; the link will be emailed the day before.
Saturday, October 24, 7 –9 p.m. All are welcome to this family-friendly event. Please join us on Zoom (by computer or phone), and be sure to invite your friends for an evening of fun. Prizes will be awarded to all winners; $20 for four cards, $30 for twelve. Sign up information in Keynotes. Bingo cards will be sent electronically to those who enroll.
All Saints Day Evensong:
November 1, 4 p.m., on Facebook and livestream.
Repeating Virtual Events:
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 via Zoom or conference call. If you wish to participate, please email Chris for information.
Thursday Prayer Group. Prayer Group will resume on Thursdays beginning September 3. Email Chris for Zoom information.
Gathering of Men. Please join Cliff every Friday at 8 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 Offerings
Movie Nights for All Ages
We will use our inflatable movie screen and projector to show movies in the Grove, observing all guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks. Bring your own chairs. Attendance will be limited to 25 people. A sign-up link will be sent out through Keynotes. Email Chris to RSVP or if you have any questions. The dates are below:
- Saturday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. (or earlier) – Family Movie Night; Disney’s Moana. At least one parent must stay.
Blessing of the Animals – October 4, 4 p.m.
In the Historic Church yard. Animals must be leashed.
Trunk or Treat – October 25, 7-9 p.m.
Halloween candy! Family event.
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 of course. Limit of 4 people. Please email Abigail if you wish to attend.
Sunday School and Families
Offerings for Children:
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 Youth:
Youth group Zoom meeting – Check with Chris for the current schedule.
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