After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)

Frequently asked questions

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We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world. We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation. We believe that God loves you – no exceptions. (from "What we believe" at episcopalchurch.org. Click on the image above to visit the site and learn more!)

Christian life begins with the sacrament of baptism, the full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's body the Church. Baptism is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual Grace. Through this sacrament we become united with Christ in His death and resurrection and forgiven of our sins so that we may participate in a new life in the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an important act of obedience to God's will and a sign of His love and adoption for the persons being baptized. Families that wish to have a member baptized should be members or intend to become so.  Click on photo for more information.

Very soon after becoming engaged, you should make an appointment to talk with a clergy member of St. Peter’s. By contacting the church early (preferably before choosing a reception hall), you can find out what is required by this congregation in order to get married here. Click on photo for more information.

The clergy and people of St. Peter’s extend their prayers and condolences to you upon the death of your loved one. We hope that these guidelines help you to plan a funeral service within the liturgy of the Episcopal Church that comforts you and your family at this time. To assist you, the priest has developed the following step by step Funeral Planning Guide, which includes suggested readings and hymns.
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Do I have to be an Episcopalian to come here?

Everyone is welcome at St. Peter's.  Whether you have belonged to another denomination, or you are just starting out in a church for the first time, or you are a cradle Episcopalian, we welcome all.

Can I receive communion?

Anyone who has been baptized is invited to come up to the altar, the Lord's table, to receive communion, or Holy Eucharist, regardless of age or denomination. Those who have not been baptized are invited to come up for a blessing.

Are all three services the same?

All of our services follow that Sunday's Bible lessons and celebrate the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. 

Saturday 5:00 PM - Contemporary English; contemplative, without music

Sunday 7:45 AM -  Traditional English; contemplative, without music

Sunday 10:15 AM - Contemporary English; music led by our organist & choir; periodic participation by children & youth; nursery care available for infants & toddlers

We offer Sunday School every week from 9:00-10:00 am during the school year for children from 3 years old through high school.  (Click on image for registration form.) We have a nursery for the littlest ones each Sunday during the 10:15 service.  Children's Chapel is offered during the school year for children up to 3rd grade for the first part of the 10:15 service. We also offer special events throughout the year such as a Christmas Pageant, Live Stations of the Cross, service projects and other opportunities for youth to be involved in St. Peter's.

While we welcome children of all ages in our services and do not mind their joyful noise, we understand that sometimes you, as a parent, may prefer to worship peacefully.  During the 10:15 service, nursery care is offered for infants and toddlers in our nursery room, and a Children's Chapel is offered in Moore Memorial Chapel for ages preschool-Grade 2 (children join their parents in the main sanctuary before Communion) all but one Sunday of the month. Click on image for registration form.

There are many opportunities to get involved at St. Peter's.  Whether you help cook breakfast for the homeless once per month in Camden, help maintain our property and grounds, teach Sunday School, or serve as a worship assistant, there is something for everyone to do, and we need many hands! Click on the image to go to our ministries page.

What do you have for older adults?

Please consider joining SOAR (Seniors On A Roll).  This group of people, who have been lucky enough to have lived a while, meets at St. Peter's four times per year on the second Wednesday of September, December, March, and June, at 12:30 PM. We have light refreshments and invite a speaker to inform us about things that are of interest to those of us whose youth has gone with the wind, such as aging gracefully, dealing with loss, and safety.

What do you have for people with special needs?

We have gluten-free wafers available for Holy Eucharist; please let the priest know ahead of time so that one may be consecrated for you.

In the back of the sanctuary, there are hearing-assistance devices available.

A Eucharistic visitor is able to bring communion to those who are homebound; please contact us to make this request.

We have a ramp entrance into our sanctuary for wheelchairs and handicapped parking on the steeple side of the church.

Can I get healing or prayer?

St. Peter’s Prayer Vine members pray daily for the healing and protection of all whose names are submitted to us. Names are kept on St. Peter’s Intercessory Prayer List for one month unless renewed. To request prayer for yourself or another, please list the name and need in the binder located in the narthex or contact the Parish Administrator (office@stpetersmedford.org or 609-654-2963) All prayer requests are confidential to the members of the Prayer Vine and clergy.

How do I give altar flowers?

Flowers for the altar may be given for a donation in memory or in thanksgiving of a loved one.

Contact the office or pick up a Flower Memorial envelope in the narthex of St. Peter’s to give the name of the deceased and the date (except during Lent) or name of the person in thanksgiving.

The names will be placed in the bulletin and read aloud during the services. You may also set up this up to be a yearly memorial.

Who was St. Peter?

St. Peter, also known as Simon Peter, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, and the first leader of the early church.