youth & family MINISTRY

Several years ago, the Vestry of St. Peter's made Youth and Children's Christian Formation a priority for St. Peter's and a staff person was hired as the Youth and Family Minister. The Youth and Family Minister serves the parish in developing, directing and coordinating comprehensive educational and spiritual programming.  Lorri Camilleri is our Family Minister (read about Lorri here)


In addition to our Youth Groups and our Sunday morning formation classes, St. Peter's also offers other opportunities for our children and youth such as Acolytes, Lay Readers, Ushers, volunteering as Godly Play Greeters and providing child care. 


If you have a child that wishes to participate in any of these activities, please call Lorri Camilleri [645-8479 x202] or email her for additional information. All of our Youth Groups are very much involved in our local communities in outreach programming.





Children's Sabbath

Sunday, November 12

Mission Project and Worship.

The classes will participate in a mission project making ‘blessing bags’ for those affected by the recent disasters in the US, Puerto Rico and Mexico. A large bin is outside of Lorri’s office to collect items for the bags. We need toothpaste, toothbrushes, small shampoos, washcloths, individually wrapped bars of soap, decks of cards, small activity books, crayons, wide tooth combs, $5 gift cards (McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, etc.), socks, chap stick, all-purpose wipes, non-perishable foods (granola bars, raisins, etc.). Dollar Store type items are perfect. Gallon sized re-closable plastic bags. We will assemble the bags on November 12 and then offer them at the LIGHT service in the parish hall that day. We hope you will all help us to help those who have experienced tragedy in their lives.

godly play

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AGES 3 THROUGH 3rd GRADE                                                                                                                                       9:30 Each Sunday Morning

    

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD


Godly Play is the curriculum used for ages 3 through 3rd grade and is offered on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at which time the children join their parents at the Peace in the morning service or for the new service at 10:30 a.m. (10:15 a.m. in the Summer) in the Parish Hall. 


There are two age groups in our Godly Play Program: 3, 4, and 5 year olds and grades 1, 2, and 3.


Godly Play is a Montessori-based program that is multi-sensory and uses a hands-on approach to Christian formation. The children are introduced to and enter into the religious language by hearing the stories of God, wondering and responding to those stories, praying together and being surrounded in a child-friendly worship setting. The Godly Play classroom provides a threshold of sacredness, safety and wonder. 


The children are encouraged to enter into the presence of God through discovery and play. This is one place where our children’s ideas, opinions and gifts are deeply respected. Not only do our children learn the stories of God, but they also are encourage do explore their spirituality through prayer and theological response. 


Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.


When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Our goal in Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. To achieve this goal is to help children become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time use this powerful language and community to be open and creative. 


More information about Godly Play


ST. PETER'S  YOUTH (AKA "spy")

St. Peters offers three separate Youth programs: SPY Explorers, SPY Middle and SPY High.

Online Application

         

                                                                                                                                               

  • SPY EXPLORERs & Middle

    GRADES 4 to 8                                                                                           9:30 Each Sunday Morning


    Explorers meet each Sunday until the Peace. Our curriculum, Weaving God's Promises, is designed especially for this age group and enhances the lessons previously learned in Godly Play by expanding on discussions and reading actual scripture. A great deal of our time is spent learning more about how we use the prayer book and bible, the meaning of the sacraments, and overall why we do what we do.


    Here is a short video which will describe the new program:


  • SPY HIGH

    GRADES 9 THRU 12                                                                                     Following 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service 


    SPY Senior High Youth Group meets following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

    They participate in both social and outreach activities and take an annual mission trip or pilgrimage.

  • Saint Peter's Youth Group

    Youth Group Informational Luncheon

    Sunday, October 8 at 12 noon (SPY Room)


    Calling ALL Youth Grades 8 and Up! We will have our first meeting of the Saint Peter’s Youth Group (grades 8 and up) on Sunday, October 8, at noon in the SPY room. Join Fr. Jeff, Fr. Mark, and Lorri Camilleri as we kick off this new activity for our older youth. Join us for lunch and see what all of the excitement is about!!! Bring a friend, too! Just let us know you will be coming so we that we can plan appropriately. Parents, by all means join us as well for this first meeting! The theme for the coming year is Getting Connected With Your Life As An Adult Christian and we will focus on topics of interest for our older youth. We have plans to meet once per month currently and have scheduled a Youth Retreat the weekend of December 1-3 to Hershey, PA where we will stay at a retreat center and spend Saturday at Hershey Park. Chaperones needed! We want to hear from our youth as to what they would like to do! Next summer there will be an opportunity for a mission trip to help those affected by the recent disasters — there is definitely going to be a need in so many places! So it’s not too early to think about how you can get involved. Contact Lorri for questions or to RSVP

church mouse program

The Christian Formation Committee sponsors an exciting program designed to keep our college students (and seniors in high school at boarding school), who are away from home stay connected to our church. If a student chooses to participate, they will be assigned a “church mouse.”


The mouse is a volunteer from our church family who will anonymously support their assigned student while they are away from home. The mouse can accomplish this task in a number of ways, such as sending cards or notes or small care packages throughout the academic year, and most importantly by praying for their student. 


College students wishing to participate will complete a profile which will help the mouse learn of their interests and favorite small items. The student will not know the identity of their mouse until they graduate (or, if the mouse chooses, at the end of the school year should they volunteer for one year only). To complete the form, click here.


Each mouse will follow their student for the duration of their college years (or as above).


Students, if you would like to be part of the program and receive a secret mouse, click the link. If you are interested in becoming a mouse, please contact Lorri Camilleri in the Parish Office.