We are a thriving, vibrant community of faith, and we want to see you at church! We know that schedules are tight, and families are unruly and sometimes unwilling. We also know that if you make the space in your life to worship at church once a week, once a month, whenever you can--it will enrich your faith in amazing ways. To encourage you in this journey, we offer several programs, many of which are designed for children and families but available for all. Join us!
LIFE 2.1, or Living in Faith Everyday, is our hallmark faith formation program at church. It is interactive and multi-generational. Events occur most Sundays during the program year during Fellowship Hour after the 10:00 am service. We focus on learning through crafts, activities, service, and fellowship. Although we meet at church, we also seek to equip families and individuals for Faith at Home through our programs. In addition to our regular Sunday morning program, we offer several special LIFE 2.1 events, including:
- Seasonal events such as the Advent Workshop each December and our Journey through Lent in the spring. We also publish take-home calendars for these seasons, with daily reflections, service ideas, and fun facts about our faith traditions.
- Movie Nights several times a year. Join us as we camp out in the Parish Hall for dinner (or snacks) and a movie that connects with our faith, sometimes in unexpected ways. Discussion topics are available to keep the conversation going. Movies are announced in advance, but are selected with a wide age-range in mind.
- Annual traditions such as the Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve and our All Saints' Celebration. We also celebrate the Blessing of the Backpacks in September, and Bible & Prayer Book Sunday in October. These are frequently church-wide events, and important parts of the fabric of our parish life.
- Funday School, which is our summer formation program geared towards children in the summer. We meet at 10:00 am on designated Sundays for crafts and activities on the church lawn, then move inside to join the rest of the congregation for the Peace.
Wiggle & Worship
Wiggle & Worship is our Sunday morning program for children 6th grade and under. Sometimes the service can seem a little long, and the pews can be a little confining! On most Sundays (summer excepted) at the 10:00 am service, we gather all interested children at the front of the church at the beginning of the Gospel. We leave the church for our own active worship activities, returning at the Peace.
One of the most meaningful ways to live out your faith at church is through participation in one of our worship ministries. For adults, there are a variety of options--please see our Worship Ministries page for more details. Children are also invited to participate in our worship ministries, and there is no better way to learn the beautiful rituals of our Episcopal tradition! Children as young as 4 can help bring the elements up to the altar before the Eucharist as oblationers. Children who are comfortable reading aloud can serve as lectors (readers) or by reading the Prayers of the People. Children from 4th grade and up are invited to serve as acolytes, and older children can serve as ushers. Please contact the church office for more details!
"It's been my experience that people develop a more meaningful faith when they are free to explore it on their own."
Read more from this Grow Christians blog entry, "My Daughter is Growing into Leadership--as an Acolyte" by Heather Sleightholm.
Blessing of the Backpacks
September 9 / 10:00 am / Worship
All are welcome to our traditional Welcome Back Sunday! Bring backpacks, briefcases, or anything (portable) you'd like blessed as we begin a new season of study, work and fellowship. Wiggle and Worship and our new LIFE 2.1 debuts today also!
September 16 / 8:00 am and 10:00 am / Worship
Today we officially launch our participation in the RenewalWorks program at St. Peter's. Designed to help us build a greater culture of discipleship, we invite all parishioners to participate in this process.
St. Francis Blessing of the Animals
October 7 / 10:00 am / Worship
Bring pets, appropriately caged or leashed, to this annual blessing of the animals in the tradition of St. Francis! This is a wonderful and festive Sunday for the whole family!
Bible and Book of Common Prayer Sunday
October 28 / 10:00 am / Worship
Join us as we celebrate Reformation Sunday on this special day. All 2nd graders will receive Bibles, and all 8th graders will receive Books of Common Prayer in preparation for confirmation.
All Saints' Sunday + Baptisms
November 4 / 10:00 am / Worship
We celebrate the saints of God during this festival Sunday by welcoming our newest members into the household of God.
November 18 / 9:30 am / Worship
Today we conclude our season of stewardship by offering pledges for the upcoming year. This is followed by a celebratory parish potluck lunch--all are welcome!