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.
- May 9, 8:00 a.m., Historic Church in-person worship (pre-register here) – Sixth Sunday of Easter; Holy Eucharist, Rite One. View the service leaflet here.
- May 9, 10:00 a.m., virtual worship and in-person at Bank Barn (pre-register here) – Sixth Sunday of Easter; Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. View the service leaflet here.
- May 23, Pentecost Celebration – Join us for festive worship with special thanks to our choir at 10:00 a.m. followed by a parish picnic. Please bring your own picnic and kite, we will provide music, mini golf, games, and more! To help us with our planning, please sign up by following this link. Thank you!
Other Virtual Offerings
Upcoming Virtual Offerings:
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
- May 12, Gathering of Women at 6:00 p.m. – The women of St. Peter’s will meet in person for the first time in over a year — outdoors, on the lawn in front of the historic church. Bring a drink and snack and join us!
- May 15, Holy Hike at Jenkins Arboretum, 9:00 a.m. – Please join us at Jenkins Arboretum for a lovely walk through a local gem. We will begin and end with prayer. Please email Abigail if you wish to attend.
- *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