Hospitality & Pastoral Care
At the heart of a Christian community is the care and nurturing of one another and the welcoming of strangers and visitors through fellowship and care.
St. Peter’s Pastoral Care Committee serves and supports parishioners when they are sick, disabled, or otherwise in need of personal support and attention from their parish family.
The committee, which includes the Rector, meets monthly to confidentially discuss the needs of parishioners. We pay special attention to members who are unable to attend church for any reason and those coping with illness or surgery. The committee plans home visits and phone calls and coordinates with our priest and lay ministers for home communion. We also may arrange for transportation, home delivered meals, and respite care.
Prayers of the People are an integral part of our congregational worship and of our care for our community. If you would like specific prayers for someone added to the list of those prayed for during services, please be in touch with the rector or the office. Requested prayers are included in worship for a period of four weeks, but can be extended.
The Flower Ministry delivers Sunday altar flowers to members who are ill or home bound, and to those who just need to have their day brightened. Along with the flowers, a volunteer delivers a Sunday bulletin and a card with this greeting: “These flowers have been on the altar at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. They have heard the hymns that have been sung, the prayers that have been offered and the sermon that has been preached. Now with their silent message they come to you with our love.”
During Advent and Lent we send winter greens or a small olive wood cross with a purple ribbon.
The Bread Ministry
One of the first ways people at St. Peter’s say, “Welcome!” to visitors is to give them a small loaf of homemade bread. Our Hospitality Ministry has a team of bread makers who bake a variety of delicious breads for every Sunday. The bread is sealed in a plastic bag with two tags attached. One tag includes the quote from Scripture, “. . . . I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35. The other tag introduces people to St. Peter’s, giving our Rector’s name, times of service, contact information and inviting people to give their name and contact information so the rector or another parishioner can respond to them.
Anyone wishing to join the team of six or more bread makers may contact Marty Rogers. Kneading bread is a lovely, quiet time for mediation and prayer. We also share delicious recipes.
Fellowship in a Time of Social Distance
At this time, when the church is learning how to be together while protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19, we are rethinking what fellowship will look like. The descriptions below reflect our practices before the onset of the pandemic. These activities are now suspended. As we create new ways to be together safely, we will update this section to reflect these new practices.
Sunday Coffee Hour
Each Sunday, a simple coffee hour follows the 9:00 AM worship service, with light snacks, coffee, tea, and juice. Coffee hour is an opportunity to visit with members, newcomers, and strangers and become more familiar with the life of the parish community. It is also an opportunity to mingle with Loaves and Fishes noon lunch program guests who arrive early to enjoy coffee hour fellowship. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up on the form posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Throughout the year, the Vestry hosts small newcomer lunches in the Parlor so that newcomers can meet the parish leadership, learn one another, and ask questions about St. Peter’s. These lunches also afford an occasion for our leadership teams to become better acquainted with newcomers.
Easter Brunch, Summer Picnic, and Fall Harvest Dinner
St. Peter’s offers several parish-wide opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. These are frequently pot-luck meals. (St. Peter’s folks like to cook!) These occasions include a special Easter brunch, an early summer cook-out or ice cream social in June, and a fall Harvest Dinner grounding our October Stewardship campaign in thanksgiving.
Episcopal Church Women
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) organization is open to all women in the parish. Meetings are held on the First Monday of the month at 1:30 in the afternoon. Meetings, usually at members’ homes, are dedicated to fellowship and events planning. It has been a tradition at St. Peter’s for the ECW to host the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Luncheon for the greater community. ECW also is the primary organizer for funeral or other special receptions. The “donated” funds received from this are designated by ECW for special church or community project needs. Recent beneficiaries include Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, and the AIO’s Food Pantry. The ECW also sends cards to members of the parish who are ill. ECW heartily welcomes new members. We urge all who are interested to contact the church office to be put in contact with the current president.