Welcome to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine
We are a diverse group of Christian believers, each of us on a faith journey and all at different places on that journey. We welcome all people – your questions, your ideas, your passions, your stories, and your experiences – all those things that make you the unique person God created you to be.
As a parish within the Episcopal Church, we are also a member of the World-wide Anglican Communion. As Anglicans our theology, worship, and organizational structures embody aspects of both Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, which makes us attractive to people from many different religious backgrounds who are seeking a new church home.
We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. (10:00 a.m. during the summer). You may also join us for worship for an alternative contemplative Eucharist in the chapel on Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. You can find a description of the different services on our Worship page. The church is handicapped accessible.
If you are looking for a place to call your spiritual home, in the words of Jesus, “Come and see” if St. Peter’s Church is for you.
An updated St Peter's Parish Profile for 2014 is available here.
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Clergy and Staff
John Van Siclen has spent the majority of his ordained ministry of thirty seven years serving parishes in New England.
Upon retirement in 2007, he became part-time Priest in Charge of St. Giles' in Jefferson, Maine and became Transition Priest in Charge of St. Peter's in December 2013.
He enjoys transitional ministry and sees "the in-between time" as an opportunity of growth. John has served on the Commission on Ministry in Maine and two other dioceses, has been a deputy to four General Conventions and seeks to bring the perspective of the wider church into the parish as a way to challenge assumptions of ministry and help to lead in new directions.
John is married to Pam and father to Peter, who is thirty years old and is relocating to Connecticut with his wife Mary Beth. His hobbies include reading biographies of American politicians, putting around the house, gardening and travel in the United State.
He is excited about serving at St. Peter's and especially the "downtown" ministry in the small city of Rockland because reaching out to people in need is very much a part of the daily ministry dynamic of this vibrant parish.
Jane Chatfield grew up in the Boston area, and has lived in New Hampshire, Illinois, New York City, Connecticut, Idaho, Alberta, Canada, New York, and now Maine.
She grew up a Unitarian, and became an Episcopalian through singing sacred music in choirs and marrying an Episcopalian.
While living in New York, raising her children, she had a garden design business. Jane's three children are happy to be living in cities (Brooklyn & Washington D.C.), while she & husband John enjoy country life. She was ordained to the Diaconate in June 2013 and was sponsored by St. Peter’s for this ministry.
Her primary diaconal ministry is that of a Spiritual Care Volunteer to the hospitalized at Pen Bay Medical Center, visiting patients twice a week.
She is still discovering ministries outside her church walls. Her hobbies are tennis, skiing, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Scott Dyer is a native of Grove City, PA and a 1984 graduate of Westminster College with a degree in music education. During his summer breaks at college, he was a pianist and director of a theater program at a private camp in Kents Hill, ME and decided to make Maine his permanent home.
With 30 years of teaching general music, he has a wide variety of experiences on which to draw, including writing his own curriculum-based operettas, developing in-school residencies that integrate science, social studies with music performance as well as curriculum development that aligns itself with new national standards, known as the "Common Core."
Although he has no formal training as an organist, he has been called over the past 30 years to serve in that capacity in several denominations. His recent appointment as part-time organist/choirmaster at St. Peter's is of great interest to Scott as he attempts to draw on the diverse backgrounds of those who attend choir rehearsals. Using a collaborative approach to decision making, the group has become a strong community of musicians who want to give their time and talents to love and service of Christ.
Kate Jones has served as the Parish Secretary of St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Rockland since June, 2010.
With over 25 years of administrative experience, as well as 10 years of experience in healthcare compliance, Kate is very comfortable in the parish office.
She is also the author of Medical Coding Evaluation and Management, which outlines the intricacies of any physician-patient healthcare visit.
She and her husband Seth, a Congregational minister, have been married for 22 years, and are the proud parents of a 16 year old daughter college freshman.
11 White Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
Services held on Sundays
at 8:00 and 10:30 AM
(10:00 AM in the Summer)
11 White Street
Rockland ME 04841
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