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Advent and Christmas Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Advent and Christmas Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

November 28, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — First Sunday of Advent

December 5, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Second Sunday of Advent

December 12, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Third Sunday of Advent

December 18, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM — Advent Quiet Afternoon

December 19, 10:30 AM — Fourth Sunday of Advent

11:30 AM — Greening of the Church
5:30 PM — Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

December 24, Christmas Eve, 5:30 PM — Festive Candlelight Eucharist

December 25, Christmas Day, 10:30 AM — Festive Eucharist

12:30 PM — Community Christmas Meal (take-away only)

December 26, 7:30 AM and following — Christmas I prerecorded diocesan service

January 1, 8:00 AM — Feast of the Holy Name, Celtic Yule

January 2, 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM — Christmas II, Holy Eucharist

January 6, 5:00 PM — Feast of the Epiphany, Evening Eucharist (spoken service)

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal

Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.

St. Peter’s will continue its tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinner in a slightly different style, due to Covid-19. Instead of the usual sit-down dinner in the church’s parish hall, the meal will be exclusively take-out.

The free turkey dinner will still have all the traditional dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, and lots of pies. Gluten free and vegan items also will be available. Meals can be picked up at the parking lot entrance to the parish hall. There is no charge for dinner.

The church is located at 11 White Street in Rockland. We welcome anyone to come and pick up a holiday meal, but, to keep everyone safe, we require everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. If you are not feeling well or have been around someone who is not well, please stay at home.

If you are considering helping or want to provide food, please contact coordinator Ron Staschak at 207-691-7578.

If you would like to support this community meal with a donation, you can do so electronically on the St. Peter’s parish website or you can send a check, made payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Thanksgiving Meal” in the memo line, to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

Liturgy to Remember Indigenous Peoples Day

Liturgy to Remember Indigenous Peoples Day

This Sunday, October 10, we depart from our regular Pentecost season liturgy to remember Indigenous Peoples’ Day at both services. Special lections, hymns, and a litany for healing and restoration will be offered to remember the Wabenaki here in Dawnland and indigenous peoples throughout this country.

To learn more about the Wabenaki, we invite you to watch this short video from Wabenaki REACH

All Souls Evensong

All Souls Evensong

Please join St. Peter’s on Tuesday, November 2, at 5:30 PM, for a service dedicated to all whose lives have been touched by suicide. In a spirit of loving witness, we gather to lament, to acknowledge our collective reluctance to reach out to those who suffer, and to share our stories. Donations this year will go to support The Landing Place, an after-school teen center in Rockland. 

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

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.

Connecting, Healing, and Writing a new story with Wabanaki REACH

Connecting, Healing, and Writing a new story with Wabanaki REACH

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

New Sunday morning worship hours beginning September 19 — 10:30 AM

New Sunday morning worship hours beginning September 19 — 10:30 AM

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 Resumes In-Person Worship; Masks Now Required

St. Peter’s Resumes In-Person Worship; Masks Now Required

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 (rector.stpetersrockland@gmail.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.

In-Person Worship Resumes with the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 23

In-Person Worship Resumes with the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 23

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.