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.
Visitors are welcome to join any of the services and events marked with an asterisk listed below. Events are updated weekly.
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 our website, Facebook and Youtube (connect to all from our Live Stream page). All pandemic-related procedures will be followed including mask wearing and distancing. The Book of Common Prayer can be found here.
- April 16, 8:00 a.m., Historic Church in-person worship (pre-register here) – Second Sunday of Easter; Holy Eucharist, Rite One. View the service leaflet here.
- April 16, 10:00 a.m., virtual worship and in-person at Bank Barn (pre-register here) – Second Sunday of Easter; Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. View the service leaflet here.
- 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.
- Sunday Adult Formation. For a list of upcoming topics, please click here. On 4/25 the adult forum will focus on solutions to climate change and conclude Earth Day events in the church and wider community. More information on a variety of Earth Week options, here.
Other Virtual Offerings
Upcoming Virtual Offerings:
- Pub Theology. April 19 at 6:00pm. We will continue to explore many topics in the upcoming gatherings. Topics that have been suggested include: what the Bible has to say about sex and sexuality, how our prayer book came into being, and how it was decided what books to include in the canons of scripture. The Zoom link for pub theology will be sent out in the Keynotes the week before. If you have questions, please email Chris.
Repeating Virtual Offerings:
- *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.
- Gathering of Women. April 14 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. At this month’s gathering we will discuss planting and gardening plans. Whether you have planters on a porch or balcony, or a garden worthy of inclusion on a garden tour, plan to share your ideas and helpful hints. Some may already have started germinating seeds under a grow light, and others may have tuned into the recent chatter about using teabags in the garden. Do plan to join us, whether you are a “regular” or are new to the group. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Mander whose contact information is in the parish directory or email Abigail.
Outdoor In-person Events
- Holy Hike, Pulpit Rock. April 24 at 8:30 a.m. We will meet at the Pulpit Rock trailhead at 8:30 a.m. to beat the crowds that use this very popular trail. At our destination and surrounded by a beautiful view, we will celebrate a simple Eucharist. The 3.8-mile loop trail is located near Hamburg, Pennsylvania, a 90-minute drive from St. Peter’s. Rated as moderate, this trail, with its 830-foot elevation gain, will be more challenging than our past hikes, which were more like “walks.” To learn more about the trail and to preview the hike in photos, visit alltrails.com/trail/us/Pennsylvania/pulpit-rock. Masks are optional while hiking, but must be used when distancing from others can’t be maintained. Please sign up here so we know the number to expect. Please email Abigail if you have any questions.
- Holy Hike, McKaig Nature Center. April 25 at 4:30 p.m. For those who wish a more local adventure, our Sunday afternoon holy hike will take place at the McKaig Nature Center in Wayne. We will meet at Robert’s Elementary School (889 Croton Road, Wayne) for a gentle walk along trails by bubbling streams and through an old growth forest. We will walk together for at least a mile with the option of adding more distance with additional trails. Eucharist will be celebrated in the area called “The Beach.” Masks are optional while walking, but must be used when distancing from others can’t be maintained. Please sign up here so we know the number to expect. Please email Abigail if you have any questions.
- *Atwater Walks – regularly on 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 outdoors in-person and Zoom meetings are offered on Sundays. 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