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The mission of St. Peter's Church is to share the love of God through worship, Christian formation, and reaching out to those in need in the community.


SERVICES

We are open for in-person worship. Pre-registration is no longer required, 

however, we are requiring that masks be worn by everyone in attendance at worship.


Our services are at 5 pm Saturday, 8 am and 10 am Sunday, The Iona service is at 10:15 every third Sunday. 7 pm Wednesday, and Thursday 12:00 pm at the Moorings.

We will still webcast the 10 am Sunday service on Facebook and YouTube. 

Sunday School is from 9:15-10:00 in the lower level of the Parish Hall.


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Welcome to our website

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church serves the city of Lewes, Delaware, and its surrounding communities. Located in the heart of the First Town of the First State, Saint Peter's is one of the oldest congregations in the state of Delaware. The church has served the community faithfully since 1681. 


Today, Saint Peter's is more active than ever. We are a warm and welcoming congregation and clergy and invite anyone seeking a relationship with Christ to join us.   

We are open for in-person worship. Pre-registration is no longer required, 

however, we are requiring that masks be worn by everyone in attendance at worship.


Holy Eucharist is Celebrated

      Saturday at 5 pm  

       Sunday at 8 am and 10 am in the church building

(The 10 am service is also available to watch live via YouTube and Facebook)

       The 3rd Sunday of the month at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall (Iona service)

       Wednesday at 7 pm

        Thursday 12:00 pm at the Moorings


For more information about our worship, children's programs or our nursery, please call Saint Peter's Parish office at [302] 645-8479, or email office@stpeterslewes.org  

Our office hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday.


Pandemic response update


Friends,

Today is the feast of the Epiphany, when we recall the long journey of the Magi who followed a star to find the Christ child as told in the Gospel of Saint Matthew.  Anglican poet, T. S. Eliot, penned a beautiful piece inspired by this event called “Journey of the Magi” that opens with these words:

A cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year, for a journey, and such a long journey: 

The ways deep and the weather sharp, the very dead of winter.

I think of this journey and these lines as I reflect on where we are at this time.  We are in the midst of a difficult journey.  A year ago, most of us were unable to gather with those we love to celebrate the birth of our Lord.  This year, many of us were able to do so, even if it was somewhat limited.  Covid has taken us on a journey that none of us could have imagined at the start of 2020.  Yet through it all we have (hopefully) learned to appreciate the gift we have in each other and to work more intentionally to protect each other.  Just as Eliot reflected in his poem, the journey does not end with the reaching of the destination.  We are changed along the way and we find the greater gift is not arrival, but in the companionship.

I am sure you have noticed the rising infection rate of the Omicron variant here in Delaware.  This, coupled with the annual flu outbreak, means our medical practitioners and hospitals are overwhelmed like never before.  Unfortunately, we are all called to reconsider our own actions as we redouble our efforts to protect each other and to stay safe.

As you know, at our monthly meetings, the Vestry and I review and reconsider where we are with the pandemic.  The rise in cases has forced us to make some adjustments and hopefully preventing the need to suspend all in-person worship services.  We, as the people of God, are called to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This can mean giving up some things for the greater good of our community.  We remain hopeful that the infection rate will peak this month and we hope these new precautions will help us get the infection back headed in the right direction.  Here are the steps the Vestry and I have agreed to take until our next meeting in February:

  • 1)     Limit in-person worship only to those who are fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • 2)     Suspend Christian Formation classes on Sunday mornings
  • 3)     Urge in-person worshippers to maintain six feet between the seating of household groups.
  • 4)     Suspend all coffee hours and receptions
  • 5)     Masks to be worn at ALL TIMES by anyone inside any of the public buildings on campus and at all gatherings.
  • 6)     Shorten the service (Scripture lessons, hymns and shorter sermon) to minimize time of exposure.  No acolytes or lay readers.
  • 7)     Limit vocal choir to not more than four voices at the 10 am service.

I know these are painful steps to take, but they are much less painful than losing someone we love to this disease.  Please know that I am very willing to talk with you one-on-one if you have any personal concerns.  I remain encouraged by the love and compassion that so many of you have embodied these last two years, and it gives me great hope.  We have come to a much deeper understanding of the gift that we have in each other.  Like the Magi we have seen Christ in our midst and been changed along the way.  May God continue to bless us as we seek and serve Christ in our own lives and the lives of others.

Peace,

 

Jeffrey

 

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PARISH CLERGY & STAFF


The Rev’d Jeffrey Austin Ross, Rector • jross@stpeterslewes.org

The Rev’d Doug Culton, Rector Emeritus

The Rev’d Canon Mark Harris, Associate Priest • poetmark1940@gmail.com

The Rev’d Carlyle Gill, Associate Priest • cgill@stpeterslewes.org

The Rev’d Ray Michener, Associate Priest • rmichener@aol.com

The Rev'd Ted Olson, Associate Priest

Ms. Kelley Mallon, Parish Administrator • kmallon@stpeterslewes.org

The Rev. Deacon Paula Waite, Chaplain to Beebe Hospital  pwaite@beebehealthcare.org

Ms. Jessica Potter Director of Family Ministries & Communications jessica@stpeterslewes.org

Mr. T.J. Thomas, Minister of Music • tthomas@stpeterslewes.org

Ms. Adele Fluharty, Parish Administrator Emerita

Mr. Bob Reehorst, Sexton



SAINT PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

P.O. Box 464

Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 645-8479

www.stpeterslewes.org



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