Summer of Faith

Summer is often a much-needed time of relaxation and refreshment. Schedules become more flexible, and many of us will spend time traveling away from home. Even if you find yourself away from St. Peter's, know that faith follows! We've included some ideas to bring faith into your homes and on vacation, as well as some summer activities right here at St. Peter's!

 
 
O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— "Prayer for the Good Use of Leisure," Book of Common Prayer, p. 825
 
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Funday School

Our Summer faith formation program at St. Peter's is Funday School. We meet at 10:00 am (weather permitting) on the church lawn for prayer, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-10. 

Funday School 2017 Dates:

  • Sunday, July 9
  • Sunday, July 16
  • Sunday, July 23
  • Sunday, July 30
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Faith on the Go

One of the blessings of summer is less scheduling and structure. While we hope to see you at St. Peter's when you are in Freehold, we know that you will spend some Sundays away, at the beach, with family, or traveling. Please use these resources to bring your faith with you wherever you go this summer!

 

Three Faith-at-Home (or Faith-Away!) Activities from Vibrant Faith at Home:

A Blessing for Travel

It's summer! It's vacation time! The day is finally here. The suitcases are packed. Your car has a full tank of gas or maybe you have boarding passes tucked away in your pocket. You've made your best guess for how many goldfish crackers you'll need during the trip. Most importantly, you have your child's favorite stuffed animal handy for nap time in the car, on the train, or in the airplane. Before you leave on vacation, take a moment to say a prayer for traveling mercies.

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Leaving Home with God

Are you leaving home this summer? Maybe you are going on a vacation with your family. Perhaps you’re going to a sleep-away camp, or even to a day camp. In this activity we’ll read a prayer from the Bible and remember that God travels with us everywhere. We’ll also create some materials we might take with us the next time we leave home.

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Summer Pilgrims

The word "pilgrim", for most Americans, evokes images of black hats, white lace aprons, and shoes with buckles. Not only are these images inaccurate, they narrow the definition of pilgrim to one group. Pilgrims are people on a spiritual journey. Summer is filled with people on journeys. How might you help turn a trip into a pilgrimage?

 
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The Episcopal Church at Home & Away

If you are traveling and want to find another Episcopal church to attend, use the "Find a Church" feature on the Episcopal Church's national website! If you have a great experience as a visitor, let us know what you liked!

 

A Summer Prayer

Father, Creator of us all, thank you for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank you for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy your creation. Thank you for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. 

Draw me closer to you this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of your presence and light my path with your word and counsel. As I enjoy your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for you.

Amen

Blessings for the Summer Holidays

Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God. Take time to have fun; it is God's way of teaching you your strengths. Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you. Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you. Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them. Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.

(from St. Matthew's, Edgeley, UK)