open door project

New for April 2018 -- We have been dreaming.  We all love St. Peter’s and we are anxious to continue to share and welcome new folks to our community.  Saint Peter’s square is a unique place and we attract folks in many different ways.  We have been dreaming about what the future holds and what God will need our space to be for those who come after us.  The Vestry started to prayerfully discern this in a project titled “Open Door”.

At the annual congregational meeting last November, we shared with you a very rough draft of our vision and you gave us a great deal of excellent feedback.  The Vestry, Open Door Committee and staff have been working on increasing the amount of usable space at Saint Peter’s while maintaining green space.  We know we need more worship and meeting space but want to be sure to keep the special feel and ambiance of St. Peter’s square.  We have continued working with an architect about to figure out how we can best do this.

As we continue to grow, the parish hall and office space are pivotal to our future.  The Vestry decided to hire an engineer to assess the integrity of the buildings to determine their exact condition and how they can fit in or not fit into the future needs of the congregation.  We found some surprises, but also some exciting possibilities. 

We now feel ready to come back to you again and share with you what we have discovered.  We are planning on three congregational meetings to present more details and renderings to help you to be able to visualize some future possibilities. The meetings are scheduled for Sunday, May 6, after the 10 a.m. service, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary.  RSVP to one of these times so that we can have materials ready for you.

Please set aside the time to join us—we value your input and we want all of our members to share in our dream of the Open Door for the future of Saint Peter’s.  Please feel free to email or call me with any concerns or questions you may have.

                                                                                             Sue Potts, Senior Warden

Over the past few years, the Vestry and staff have been prayerfully discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in our common life. We continue to be committed to being a sanctuary in the heart of Lewes for all our members and visitors. We are deeply committed to excellence in worship & music, formation for all ages and mission & outreach. We seek to be good stewards of our blessings, mindful of our responsibility to pass on what we have received in a better way to those who will come after us. As part of this process, we have engaged a consultant to work with us in appraising our ministries and resources, including our building. We are calling this the OPEN DOOR PROJECT and we have already done some preliminary work. We want you to help us in the next steps so that we can share this with the whole congregation at our annual meeting in November.   Below is the presentation by Bob Reid of Kimmel-Bogrette Associates which was held in the Sanctuary on August 14.  If you have any questions or comments, please email them at

Click here to view the first presentation (08/15/17)

Click here to view the presentation from the Annual Meeting  (11/05/17)

Annual Meeting Presentation

On November 5, 2017, Martin Kimmel, discussed the following power point presentation of the Open Door Project to the congregation at the Annual Meeting.  

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Open Door Presentation

Below are the presentations on the Open Door Project on August 14, 2017