Adult education

Saint Peter's offers a wide variety of opportunities for deepening your faith and spiritual exploration


In addition to the following, Jeff, Mark, Carlyle and other members of the congregation have offered short term programs on a wide variety of topics including Christian Spirituality, prayer practices, individual books of the Bible, etc. 


To find out more, feel free to call the office or speak to any one of the clergy.


Scroll to see EfM and St. Peter's Academy.

  • bible study - weekly

    Our weekly Bible Study group meets every Tuesday morning 10:00-11:30 in the Conference room. To find out more, please feel free to speak to any one of the clergy or call the church office.



  • bible study - daily

    Daily bible study is held each day Monday through Saturday following the prayer service at 8:30, using "today's" readings as a basis. Fr. Perrin Hayes will coordinate the study for 30-45 minutes. 

  • Centering Prayer               

    The Centering Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Church. We learn the discipline of centering prayer and read Thomas Keating’s "Open Mind Open Heart."  Previous experience is not necessary—only the desire to experience the presence of God in our lives.

  • LENTEN SERIES

    Our Annual Lenten series is held on Thursdays with weekly presentations and discussion following a soup and salad supper.  


    Our theme for 2017 will explain and explore the services for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. As in years' past, the series will be held on Thursday evening beginning with a light soup/salad dinner at 5:30 pm, Program at 6, finishing up between 7 and 7:15 pm.  This year's schedule is as follows:

    • March 2--Ash Wednesday & Lent
    • March 9--Tenebrae
    • March 16--Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
    • March 23--Maundy Thursday (footwashing & Passover meal) 
    • March 30--Good Friday
    • April 6--Easter Vigil/Resurrection Sunday
  • spirituality series

    The 2017 Summer Spirituality Series begins the Thursday following Memorial Day and runs through the Thursday before Labor Day. Presentations on a variety of topics begin at 7 pm and last about an hour followed by a brief question and answer session after which ice cream cones from Kings Ice Cream will be served. The series is free and open to the public. NOTE: Dates with an asterisk (*) indicate a coinciding children’s night. For additional information, contact the church office. 

    • June 1          The Jesus I know (The Rev. Carlyle Gill )
    • June 8*        The Process of Dying (Bill Robbins)
    • June 15        Water: A Spiritual Crisis (Green Team)
    • June 22*       A Scientist’s Perspective on Our Stewardship of the Environment (Dr. Jen Biddle)
    • June 29        No class
    • July 6            How to Read the Bible... Hopefully? (The Rev. E. Perren Hayes)
    • July 13*        Reflections on Always Kristen, a Memoir About Her Transgender Daughter
                                     (The Rev. Rita Nelson)
    • July 20           500 Years of Martin Luther in Less Than An Hour (The Rev. Ray Michener)
    • July 27*         Using Essential Oils in Your Spiritual Life (Mary Anne Latorre)
    • August 3       Jewish & Christian Responses to the Stranger
                                     (Rabbi Beth Cohen & the Rev. Jeffrey Ross)
    • August 10*   Nutrition: Feeding the Soul by Caring for the Body (Sharon Lawrence)
    • August 17     The Women of Islam (Usman & Sobia Sandhu)
    • August 24*    Love Conquers All: Examples from Corinth to the Cape (Dr. Aimee Wiest)
    • August 31      Introduction to Financial Peace (Deb Chamberlain)

Academy

WELCOME TO ST. PETER'S ACADEMY!


St. Peter's Academy is your online faith learning source and we are so happy to be able to offer this experience to you. We hope you will take full advantage of this opportunity. All classes are free!  [Membership is limited to St. Peter's parishioners.] 


To browse the courses at St. Peter's Academy, click here. We have many courses available on a variety of spiritual topics. There truly is something for everyone--and you may take as many courses as you like. If you're new to taking online courses, and you'd like to see what it's like to take one, you may first want to take the class "How to Take on Online Class."


If you're already enrolled in St. Peter's Academy, simply click here to reach our school: stpeterslewes.pathwright.com


To enroll and begin taking an online course at St. Peter's Academy is easy--just complete this enrollment form to submit an online request to Father Jeff. 


Please be sure to let us know how you like St. Peter's Academy!

education for ministry

Thursdays at 1 pm, September thru May.

Thoughtful people are asking….What is EfM and why should I consider joining?


Short answer: EfM is the acronym for Education for Ministry, a distance learning program of the Episcopal Seminary in Sewanee TN. 

It is a four year program of study, group reflection/discussion, worship, Christian community and spiritual friendship. More details available at www.efm.edu


Why should I consider joining? Have you ever read a book that really engaged you and made you think? Or, watched a movie or heard a talk show or had a conversation that seemed to challenge your view of life or your faith? Have you ever opened the Holy Bible but found it too difficult to understand how it could relate to questions raised by life’s big and little questions? Do the current political issues within the church frustrate you and cause you to wonder if the church has ever before gone through such turmoil? Did you come to the Episcopal church from another Christian denomination or another faith and wonder what the Episcopal church “thinks” about this or that? Do you sometimes think that you are the only one who struggles to understand your faith? Do you love the thoughtful sermons preached every Sunday at St. Peter’s but wish the conversation could continue? If you find yourself answering yes to any of these questions you might be a good candidate for EfM.  More


EfM is one of the best educational bargains around. Contact Fr. Jeff or Natalie Kerr.