St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Nativity Lutheran Church invite you to a blessing of the animals. Saturday, October 2, 10:00 AM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church grounds between the church and the playground. Come give thanks for the animals in you life! Bring your pet of any shape or size, a favorite stuffed animal, a photo of a beloved animal, or even one from the wild. For the safety of pets and people, all pets must be leashed, haltered, or secured in a carrier.
The Dancing Elephant yoga studio in Rockport has invited us at St. Peter’s to join them in two sessions of Wabenaki REACH programming. The sessions will be held on Friday, October 1, and Friday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom. A link will be sent with registration.
Today we are creating a community together. We are not experts, you are not experts. We will learn from the materials we experience together and from what we share with each other about our own experiences and thoughts. – Wabanaki REACH
We hope you can join us for these two engaging and impactful evening programs. Wabanaki REACH seeks to build a broader and stronger community of people who understand the long term impact of the generational harms done to Indigenous people since first contact, and who are committed to transforming the present day systems that provide advantages to the dominant culture. This is a special opportunity to grow in our understanding of and respect for the first nations in Maine. It is an opportunity to look honestly at colonization and dominant culture, and to participate in creating a new story as we move forward.
This change comes to accommodate the many (maybe even most) of our parishioners for whom 9:00 is too early. Many of us who are older take medications that require gentler, slower starts to our days, others with children would love to attend but would appreciate a later start time. Finally, it is more convenient for the staff, who have a split shift on Sundays. This autumn move to later hours will be familiar to many, since that had been our pattern for many years. Early birds, remember, there’s a Wednesday morning Eucharist at 7:00 AM.
St. Peter’s is now open at capacity for in-person worship to fully vaccinated persons. We gather inside without regard for social distancing, approach the altar and take communion together. As long as Knox County is designated as level orange for Covid spread, however, we will not share a common cup, but will have communion with bread only. Also, worshipers will be required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.
As you know, health authorities advise that most of those activities are unsafe for persons who are not fully vaccinated. We are mindful that there are persons for whom the vaccine is not yet available, medically contraindicated, or eschewed. If this applies to you, let me know (email@example.com or 207-594-8191) because there are ways we can reach out to you, be with you, pray with you, and bring you communion without endangering you.
Our Sunday morning service will continue to be live-streamed on Zoom, and will be available to all remotely. We will ask for proof that you are fully vaccinated for admission to in-person worship. (The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since receiving the second of the two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks since receiving the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.) This proof needs to be shown only once:
- bring your vaccination record card with you to church,
- bring a photocopy of your vaccination card and keep your original safe at home,
- take a picture of your card with your phone and show us the picture when you get to church, or
- scan it to make a pdf or take a picture of it and email or snail mail either of those forms to the church office.
You will surely be able to come up with other ways, but you get the gist: we must see proof that you are fully vaccinated.
Next Sunday, May 23, the Feast of Pentecost, St. Peter’s will resume in-person worship with a festive service of Holy Eucharist outdoors at the church. We have not been able to be together like this since Christmas Eve, and it will be so good to be able to be together again. (In the event of rain, we will move indoors with masks and social distancing.) Please bring your masks, wear warm clothing (it will still be chilly), and BYOC (bring your own communion bread and wine).
Thereafter, St. Peter’s will offer in-person worship for up to 30 people at each service:
- Sundays, 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist, rite II (live-streamed)
- Sundays, 5:30 pm, Celtic Eucharist
- Wednesdays, 7:00 am, Contemplative Eucharist
St. Peter’s will continue to maintain all state and local covid-19 prevention protocols:
- unless we are outside, we are limited to 30 persons in our sanctuary, in order to accommodate social distancing requirements;
- all worshipers must wear masks indoors;
- we will continue to keep contact tracing information;
- we will sanitize our common areas before and after each service, and ensure exchange of air in the sanctuary between Sunday services; and
- Holy Communion will be offered BYOC (bring your own communion bread and wine) and consumed at your place in the pews.
Although many, if not most of you, are already fully vaccinated, know that we will continue to maintain state and local pandemic protocols to ensure the safety of everyone. Remember, children will not yet have been vaccinated, and because we can all be carriers, we want to do as much as we can to protect the most vulnerable in our midst, including our own children and grandchildren. These requirements, of course, are subject to change, but this is what you can expect as of this writing.
Our building will remain closed to all but scheduled users, all of whom have agreed to maintain our covid-19 prevention protocols.
Join Bishop Brown in person or online for a diocese-wide service renewing baptismal promises and ordination vows at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland on Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 am.
For those joining us online, you can access the service on the Cathedral’s livestream channel here. Those planning to attend Eucharist in-person, please register here and read more about the street and parking garage options here.
Registration is now open for a five-part workshop called Courageous Communication (aka nonviolent communication) sponsored by St. Peter’s beginning May 14.
Especially in times of political, racial, and social division, we want to consider and practice how to listen with compassion, speak with gentle clarity, and stand our ground in love. We recognize such courageous communication as a hallmark of many traditions (and of those with no such tradition) and we are looking to engage a sense of shared community with our neighbors in the Midcoast of Maine.
Sessions will be held on Zoom from 9:30 to noon on Friday mornings, from May 14 to June 11, with breaks provided.
- Each session will be facilitated by Peggy Smith, a licensed trainer in nonviolent communication. Click here to learn more about Peggy.
- Peggy advises that participants print off emailed materials since having hard copies, along with paper and something to write with, will facilitate discussion.
- Recommended donation for the facilitator is $130 per person, but pay what you can and know that no one will be turned away for nonpayment. Make checks payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Courageous Communication” in the memo line and mail them to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. All monies will go for the facilitator. Alternatively, you can donate to the facilitator by following the Give Donation link on this website. (Select one-time donation, restricted gift, and write in “Courageous Communication”). Please submit donation no later than June 10.
- The Workshop has a ceiling of 30 persons.
- Participants may withdraw at any time. But registration will be considered closed to new participants on May 21. The Workshop requires time to build trust within small groups, and continuity and commitment are important ingredients to the Workshop.
- Register for the Courageous Communication Workshop by emailing the parish office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your name, contact information, and statement of desire to join Courageous Communication. A mailing from the facilitator with Zoom details will constitute your registration receipt.
For more information, please contact the parish office: email@example.com or 207-594-8191.
Sunday, April 4, 1:00 PM
Come to St. Peter’s and pick up a take-out dinner at 1:00 PM. Dinner is free to the public and all are welcome.
Please wear a mask and maintain a safe physical distance.
Sponsored by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. (594.4523; firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Community Speakers Series organized by the Pastoral Care Committee at St. Peter’s is offering another program in the series on Difficult Conversations titled “Helping You Cope with Care for One with Dementia.” The program will be Sunday, April 11, at 2:00 PM via Zoom.
Click on the button below to join the Zoom meeting on April 11. PLEASE NOTE that the “doors” to the Zoom meeting will be open at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to enter beginning at 1:45 p.m.; the program itself will begin at 2 p.m. as advertised.
Cheri Blouin, LSW, director of social services for Knox Center and Quarry Hill, will be our presenter for this program. Both these facilities have specialized units for those afflicted with dementia and multiple forms of memory loss. Since 1997, she has conducted a local support group for area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine. Due to the Covid pandemic, the support group is currently using a Zoom platform.
There will be a time for questions and for open sharing followed by a short concluding discussion.
Future programs will cover end of life issues and family conversations. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates in 2021 will be announced later.
The programs are free and open to the public.