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:
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2 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 1:15 p.m. Email Chris for Zoom information.
BYOB – Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour of convivial hour of conversation. Check the most recent Keynotes for the Zoom information.
Popcorn Theology, Pandemic Style – August 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Like a book discussion, but with a movie! You watch the movie at your convenience and then gather with others, via Zoom, to discuss the film’s spiritual, religious, moral, and ethical themes. We will give it a try and if there is interest we will develop a series. The first movie is The Way, “a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.” Email Abigail to let her know you plan to participate.
Gathering of Men
The Gathering of Men is back. 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.
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.
Outdoor Service of Holy Eucharist –
Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8 a.m. through August 30.
Join us every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. or every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in front of the historic church for a simple, spoken service of Holy Eucharist. Our numbers remain restricted by diocesan rules. Details about the current protocol will be provided to all who register. Bring your own chair. In order to comply with diocesan rules, registration is required. Please email Abigail or sign up using the Signup Genius link in Keynotes if you wish to attend.
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:
Vacation Bible School at Home. If you missed the first week, it isn’t too late to begin. The curriculum, Noticing God in Creation, provides a flexible approach to hearing the Bible and finding God in the wonders of the world that surrounds us. Information about the program has been sent to families, and the first lesson was emailed on July 24. Additional lessons will follow each Friday. VBS is open to all school-age children, and there will be a Facebook page where experiences can be shared. Email us if you would like to learn more.
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 on August 16 at 5 p.m.
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