Faith at Church
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 2.0, or Living in Faith Everyday, is our hallmark faith formation program at church. It is interactive and multi-generational. Events occur throughout the year--some are more structured, some are more flexible. 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. LIFE 2.0 events are usually scheduled once or twice a month, and families and individuals of all ages are invited to participate. Some of these events include:
- 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. For 2018, the Funday School dates are July 15, 22, and 29.
July 15, 22, 29 / 10:00 am / Church Lawn
A summer tradition is back at St. Peter's! Funday School is our summer formation program for children ages 3-10. We meet at the Rectory Stairs on the church lawn (weather permitting) for a casual lesson and activity, and then join the rest of the congregation for the Peace.
This year's theme will be "Children of God," and we will explore what it means to be a Christian. Over three weeks, we'll look some faith activities that provide the foundation of Christian life: reading the Bible, praise and worship, and service to others.
All are welcome to attend! Come for one week or all three! If it rains, we'll meet in the Parish Hall instead.
Wiggle & Worship
Wiggle & Worship is our Sunday morning program for children under 10. 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 more active worship activities of prayer, song, movement, and reflection. We return to church at the Peace. Once or twice a year, we perform one of the songs we've learned for the congregation. If you're a Wiggler, come join us!
During each worship service at St. Peter's, we pause following the Peace to observe any milestones our parishioners may be celebrating. Birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, new skills, first days of school, lost teeth, new driver's license, retirements--anything that you mark in your own life, let us mark it with you! God is with us in all our life moments, not just those at church, and we recognize and celebrate these milestones that make up our lives with God and as a faith community.
"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.
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!