Adult education

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


To be a Christian is to walk a grace filled journey of living out and into our baptism. Baptism initiates us into a lifelong venture of knowing, loving and living Jesus Christ. The faith community at St. Peter’s walks together toward all that Christ calls us to be. We pray, socialize and serve with one another.  Each of these activities is an essential component of our life in Christ along with the ongoing formation of mind and heart. For that purpose, we offer a variety of opportunities at St. Peter’s. Jeff, Mark, Carlyle, Ray, Ted and other members of the congregation have offered programs on a wide variety of topics including Christian Spirituality, prayer practices, individual books of the Bible, etc. Please consider joining any or all of the offerings.  There are other ongoing and special events to nourish our minds, hearts and souls.  Please check the bulletin for these opportunities.


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


If there are any topics or programs which you would like to suggest for future events, please send Fr. Ted an email at frted79@gmail.com


ADULT FORMATION SCHEDULE


  • sunday adult forum

    The Sunday Adult Forum will follow the 10:00AM Service and will be held in the church.  Please consider staying for about an hour and exploring topics which we hope you will find to be interesting and helpful to your life in Christ.  The weekly topics will be published below,  in the parish bulletin, and on Facebook so that you may plan accordingly.

    For more information email  Fr. Ted at frted79@gmail.com


    Join us for the Adult Forum this coming Sunday at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary


         Upcoming Topics include:

         October 31 – Grief with The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton

         November 7 – Ethical Decision Making – Part 1 by the Rev. Rita Nelson

         November 14 – Annual Meeting Everyone is encouraged to attend

         November 21 – Ethical Decision Making – Part 2 by the Rev. Rita Nelson

         December 5 – Keeping Advent at home by the Rev. Deacon Chris Miller-Marcin/ Event Cancelled

         December 12 – The Liturgical Year by the Rev. Jeffery Ross

         December 19 – The Nativity Narrative and Characters by the Rev. Ted Olson


    Click on the Buttons below to see the handouts.

    Becoming Beloved Community

    How to be an active listener in Candid Conversations

    Identity Molecule Graphic Organizer




  • Men's Spiritualtiy

    A Spiritual and Personal Growth Discussion Group for Men.  

    The group meets  the second and fourth Monday of each month.
    As a starting point for discussion, we’ll consider ideas from Chapters Four and Five of Brian McLaren’s book, “The Great Spiritual Migration – How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.” The book is available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook formats, although reading is not necessary for participation in the group.



  • CENTERING PRAYER               

    The Centering Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. We learn the discipline of centering prayer and read Robin Wall Kimmerer "Braiding Sweetgrass."  Previous experience is not necessary—only the desire to experience the presence of God in our lives.

  • BIBLE STUDY - WEEKLY

    St. Peter’s is offering two Bible study classes each week. On Wednesday and Thursday.


    New Wednesday Night Bible Study Group: The Wednesday Night Bible Study group is reading The Book of Genesis, (the book of beginnings). We meet at 7pm for an hour. Mark Harris and Ray Michener, priests in the parish, are guiding the conversation in our efforts to respond to this incredibly evocative material. Everyone in the group is a contributor, everyone is a learner.

    We are fed by the Scriptures, and the Book of Genesis is a real feast. This is a chance to bite into some of tis most tasty offerings.

    Come and Join in the discussions! Contact the office for the Zoom Links.


    Thursday morning at 9:30 am we are studying the Book of Acts. This study follows the hybrid model: in-person for those who are comfortable gathering together, or via Zoom for those who either need or want to join from home. This group has lively and informative discussions about the text they are studying together. There is always room for more participants if you are interested.

  • Saint peter's readers

    St. Peter’s readers will be meeting in-person and on Zoom on the third Sunday of the month at 5pm. The in-person meeting will be in the new conference room in the lower level of the church. We will adhere to all the Covid protocols that are in place at the time of the protocols that are in place at the time of the meeting. We also offer the meeting via Zoom for member who cannot attend in person.


    Starting in November the meeting will start at 4 pm. If you would like to be added to or deleted from the St. Peter’s Readers email list please contact Carole Somers at somers6o6@aol.com or Roberta Williams Lindsay at williams9olinsday@gmail.com

    Our upcoming selections:

    •        November - (classic)- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (November 21st)
    •        December – Children’s book festival. (December 19th) Readers share their choices of children’s books to be donated to Primeros Pasos and Read Aloud Delaware.
    •        January – (nonfiction) – Love is the Way. By Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (January 16th)
  • An Introduction to Anglican Spirituality


    Have you ever wanted to know more about our heritage as Christians in the Anglican tradition? To explore some of the mystics and visionaries who have nurtured the spiritual side of our common life? Beginning on Tuesday, November 9 at 10am, a new class will be starting which will explore the writing of 29 significant thinkers, including folks like George Herbert, Thomas Cranmer, Dorothy Sayers, and Desmond Tutu. The class will last about 12-15 sessions and be available on zoom. This class is especially appropriate for folks who have completed EfM, but that is NOT required. Our text will be Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality by the Rev. Richard Schmidt. It can be ordered on Amazon or through the Church Office when you call to sign up. Any questions, please feel free to speak to Fr. Ross

education for ministry

Tuesday at 5pm, 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.sewanee.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 Jacqueline Ferris and Ray Michener.