youth & family MINISTRY

Several years ago, the Vestry of St. Peter's made Youth and Children's Christian Formation a priority. The Youth and Family Minister serves the parish in developing, directing and coordinating comprehensive educational and spiritual programming.  Chris Miller-Marcin is the Interim Director of Christian Formation. 


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 Chris Miller-Marcin[645-8479 x207] or email Chris at chris@stpeterslewes.org for additional information. All of our Youth Groups are very much involved in our local communities in outreach programming.





godly play

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AGES 3 THROUGH 3rd GRADE                                                                                                                                       9:30 Each Sunday Morning (Sept-May)

    

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.

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  • 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:


  • Saint Peter's Youth Group

    Youth Group Meetings

    2nd Sunday of the month at noon


    Calling ALL Youth Grades 5 and Up!  We want to hear from our youth as to what they would like to do! We meet each month for discussion and activities.   


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 Joyce Gleason or the Parish Office.