- 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.
- Announcements -
A schedule of Holy Week Services is available here
- Clergy and Staff -
Lael Sorensen is an Episcopal priest and began as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine in 2015.
Prior to St. Peter’s, Lael served as Assistant Rector at Grace Church, Silver Spring, MD and as chaplain at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals in Delaware.
A native Californian, Lael was raised in New Jersey and attended schools in Massachusetts and Michigan but underwent her most important spiritual formation here in Maine, where she was sponsored for ordination.
She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Diploma in Anglican Studies from The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She is especially interested in practical theology for daily living, Ignatian spirituality, liturgy and music, and has a lifelong commitment to social justice.
Her sermons and other reflections can be found on her blog: For the Fullness of Joy.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Telephone: 207- 594-8191
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.
Sheila Seekins was ordained a transitional deacon in 2014 and serves at St Peter’s, which sponsored her for ordination. She is passionate about discerning and sharing God’s blessings in our midst. She earned a Master of Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University and a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary.
She has had the privilege of working as a chaplain in home care hospice in Maine, in hospitals in Seattle, and in a psychiatric hospital. Currently Sheila works as a registered nurse in psychiatry and substance abuse treatment.
Her interests include hand spinning and growing vegetables. She loves reading in theology and spirituality. Her faith and commitments have been influenced by Ignation spirituality, living life in several faith communities, and by her parents’ deep love of and respect for the earth.
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.
- 2014 Vestry -
11 White Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
Services held on Sundays
at 8:00 and 10:30 AM
(10:00 AM in the Summer)
Our Calendar of Events
is published every month
in The Rock.
Archives are here
11 White Street
Rockland ME 04841
Rev. Lael Sorensen
The Newsletter of St. Peter's
The Episcopal Church in Maine
The Episcopal Church, USA
Episcopal Relief and Development
Forward Day by Day
The Daily Office
Episcopal News Service
Province One (New England)