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So, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. (Galatians 6: 10)
Find a ministry and get involved at St. Peter's
At St. Peter's, we have many ministries in which parishioners feel a connection to God and to others, both within St. Peter's and outside our walls. Whether it is on a monthly basis during worship, once in a while around the property or in the community through an outreach event, we welcome all ages to join in on one or more ministry. Which ministries is God calling you to? If you'd like to volunteer in a ministry that is not listed here, please contact the church office. Please note that during COVID-19, some of our ministries have been suspended.
Hover over or tap the ministry name for more information.
Altar Guild is a ministry that prepares our sanctuary for all services. Wine and wafers and vessels are set out, hymns posted, candles filled with oil, specific brass items polished, and linens and frontals are in good order. Your work is done with team members once a month. Time commitment is about two to three hours a month. Let this be your ministry for your church. Come join our friendly group!
The Acolytes of St. Peter's provide the youth of the church the opportunity to participate in the worship service and serve at the altar with the clergy. In this way, the young people of our parish learn the meaning of service and strengthen their commitment to the life of the church. Acolytes at our Sunday 10:15 service serve once per month, on average. Training is provided for all new acolytes. Ages 8 and up are welcome to join this important ministry.
Eucharistic Ministers reverently serve the consecrated elements at celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, serve as lectors/intercessors, and assist the clergy in preparing the Altar. Each Eucharistic Minister serves approximately once a month and on major Holy Days. They are licensed by the bishop and supervised by Deacon Helen.
Eucharistic Visitors carry Holy Communion to those unable to attend services due to illness or disability. In doing so, they form a living link between the congregation and the person being visited. Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the bishop and supervised by Deacon Helen.
Lectors share God’s word during worship services by reading scripture aloud or by leading the psalm. When leading the Prayers of the People, they serve as intercessors. They serve at weekend services on a monthly rotating schedule and on major Holy Days. Please speak with Reverend Valerie, Deacon Helen, or Lisa Minerd if you are interested in joining this ministry.
"When you sing, you pray twice." Led by our Music Director Brendan Moore, we are a small but dedicated group - and we're always happy to add new members! The choir offers an anthem and leads the congregation in hymns for the 10:15 AM Sunday service. We rehearse Thursday evenings 7:30-9PM. If you love to sing, join us!
The ministry of our Sunday School teachers is to share their love of Jesus with the children and youth of our parish. We provide training and support for those who teach, as well as curriculum to use each week. Our Director of Christian Formation, Sue Legnani, is always available to assist those who teach whether they have any experience or not.
St. Peter’s community outreach provides basic necessities to neighbors in need. Ministries include ongoing food donations to folks served by the Christian Caring Center, cooking breakfast for homeless individuals at St. Paul’s in Camden, caps and blankets for newborns, clothing collections, and school supplies/backpacks and Christmas gifts for kids at Oaks Integrated Care. Ideas for new ministries are always welcome.
On the second Sunday of each month, a group of parishioners goes to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Camden to cook breakfast for any who show up. Many who come are homeless or food insecure. We provide all of the food and the training--you just need to show up and we will find a job for you!
The Property & Grounds Chairperson strives to maintain the upkeep, repairs, replacements, safety and improvements to the facilities. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help out at "work days" and on their own. This work is done on behalf of our own congregation, but also for the comfort of our visitors, guests and outside organizations that utilize our spaces.
The International Outreach Team (IOT) follows our Baptismal vow to seek and serve Christ in all persons by leading our congregation in reaching out to the poor and oppressed living beyond our borders. We actively support St. Peter’s companion relationship with Redemption School, Haiti, and the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. Meetings are the 3rd Sunday of the month, following the 10:15am service. Please see Deacon Helen or any IOT member for more information.
Hospitality volunteers work with our parish administrator to make sure we have adequate supplies in the kitchen, supervise coffee hour to make sure we have coverage and instructions available, plan special occasions, such as the annual meeting and picnic.
Do you like to write, take photos, make videos or use social media? If so, sign up for our communications committee, and we’ll find a place for you!
We are looking for people to help us grow our Endowment and Planned Giving, and help with Stewardship events. Financial experience is not necessary!
The Christmas Pageant is a way of retelling the story of Jesus’ birth at Christmas that began with St. Francis of Assisi. While our pageant varies each year, the children and youth of our parish have the opportunity to tell this story and, in doing so, spread the Good News of the birth of Jesus to all who attend. Adult volunteers are welcome to assist with this tradition in many ways including helping with costumes, music rehearsals and coaching the littlest ones to be patient while they wait their turn to be angels or shepherds.
This tradition started many years ago when the youth of our parish took on the roles of Jesus and the others who are part of the Stations of the Cross. In recent years, adults have also taken part. This moving pantomime of the way of the cross is presented during the Good Friday liturgy. Rehearsal is held the afternoon of Good Friday and volunteers are always needed and welcomed for the characters in the Stations of the Cross as well as lighting, sets and help with costumes.
Ushers faithfully serve at each of our Sunday services and are the face of St. Peter’s to our many guests. Ushers greet parishioners, visitors, and newcomers with a smile; give them bulletins and inserts, and provide extra support whenever needed. Contact the office if you'd like to join this ministry of welcoming people!
Sharing Christ's love with our guests through hospitality and orientation of our facilities, worship and ministries. We are currently looking for people to take on this ministry of hospitality.
Take a moment while you are at St. Peter's to write a short note to an ill or home bound parishioner. Note cards are available on a table in Williams Hall, along with a list of parishioners to write to. Once you are done, leave the card in the box on the table and it will be mailed by St. Peter's.
Welcome to Stewardship. We are all stewards of our church and congregation. Each of us is responsible to become better acquainted with the opportunities to take care of anything from money to kitchen care, to caring for each other in so many different ways. Volunteers are needed to help plan events which encourage parishioners to give of their time, talent and treasure, such as the annual Consecration Sunday.
Our nursery is located just outside of the Narthex of the church and is staffed by adult and teen volunteers who provide a safe, nurturing environment for our children. The nursery is open during the school year and parents who make use of the program regularly are encouraged to volunteer. Schedules are developed in advance so people can plan ahead. A substitute list is also provided in case of last minute illness or emergencies.
St. Peter’s Prayer Vine members’ daily prayers form an invisible web of solace and support for those in need of God’s healing and protection. Prayer requests and regular updates are emailed or telephoned to all members. Please contact Reverend Valerie or Deacon Helen if you are interested in joining this important ministry.