adult formation

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 .

  • 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

  • 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 7 PM 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 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 its most tasty offerings.

    Come and join in the discussions! Contact the office for the Zoom links.


    The Thursday morning 9:30 am group picks a book of the Bible and does an in-depth study of it. 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.

  • Deepening Your Spiritual Journey: Centering Prayer and Spiritual Reading

     

    A group interested in deepening spiritual understanding and engagement at St. Peter’s is meeting on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Carlyle Gill as moderator.  Participants can attend remotely via Zoom Group members have the option of attending either or both of two 45-minute sessions as interest and schedules permit. The first session, from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m., is devoted to Centering Prayer, cultivating ways to be closer to God amid our busy lives. We start by reverently reading a Psalm using a time-honored spiritual practice called Lectio Divina. We then allow ourselves to be open to God’s presence by simply sitting quietly together – no special training or experience is needed. The second session, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., focuses on readings that may lead us to greater wisdom and understanding.  We are currently reading “Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church” by Barbara Holmes, which can be ordered from Browse about Books in Rehoboth or from Amazon.  All are welcome to join us for open and thoughtful discussion; reading is not necessary for participation in the group.


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  • 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.

  • St Peter’s Readers will continue to meet using a hybrid meeting format. We will meet in person in the conference room and on Zoom. You will find the Zoom meeting ID and the Zoom Password at the end of this announcement. Our meetings are at 5 pm on the third Sunday of the month. On July 17 we will discuss a novel The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. If you would like to be added or deleted from St Peter’s Readers email list, please contact Carole Somers or Roberta Williams Lindsay . Call the office for the Zoom Meeting ID and password.

summer spirituality series

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  • With Fr. Ted

  • The Rev. Deacon Paula Waite

  • The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton & the Rev. Barry Stopfel

    Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7PM in the Parish Hall

    The Spirituality of Coming Out

    Our Spirit (breath) is what animates us. It makes us alive.  Coming out is then to come alive.  It is a life-long spiritual practice seeking the integration of our Queer identities into the whole of our lives. A spiritual coming out opens us to God, ourselves and others. With that connection comes self-illumination. For Queers (and everyone else) living out of an identity that is more authentic to ourselves and the purging of a false life image will bring an abiding communion with the Divine that is at the deepest center of ourselves. Bernard of Clairvaux, wrote “Everyone has to drink from his [or her] own well.” Coming out is like a drink of living water that springs from the very depths of our own personal experience and that quenches a thirst for an authentic, full, and alive self. Mysteriously coming out lets our Queer selves breathe.

    Presenters:

    The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton is a self-avowed, unrepentant, practicing Jesus-freak and committed pilgrim who dreams dangerous dreams of the change and transformation of the institutional church. She loves the ocean and chocolate, basking in creativity and imagination in her sunroom where she also loves to pray and read, meditate and daydream. She finds herself most at home at the intersection of the sacred and the profane. There is a rumor afoot that she is retired but the only evidence thus far is that she collects a pension. She has no idea why it is that Barbara Conroy has remained her spouse for 46 years, except that all those folks must have been wrong all those many years ago and that it really must be love.

      The Reverend Barry Stopfel is a retired Episcopal Priest and newcomer to the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.  He has served congregations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  He holds an M.A. in Teaching and Journalism from Columbia University and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.  Following a career as a Marketing Executive he entered seminary in 1985.  He was ordained by Bishop John Shelby Spong in 1991.  He holds a firm belief that doubt and questions are necessary attendants to faith. His hometown is Hershey Pennsylvania.

  • The Power of Gratitude with Rabbi Beth Cohen

    For what are you grateful? How often do you think about that for which you’re grateful? Do you find it hard to be grateful? Gratitude is one of the many values or soul traits that is studied in Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice that can guide us on how to live a more meaningful and ethical life. We’ll talk about what gratitude means, the three stages of gratitude, how do we practice gratitude, can we improve our practice of gratitude, and can the practice of gratitude change our lives. 

    Presenter: Rabbi Beth Cohen is the Rabbi Emerita of the Seaside Jewish Community, where she was the congregation’s first religious leader for 10 years. She has been studying, practicing, and teaching Mussar for over 12 years. She is also the Rabbi-In-Residence at St. Peters, where she teaches Mussar, participates in the Summer Spirituality Series, and was part of the morning Bible study group for over 10 years.

  • The Underground Railroad in Delaware with Sylvester Woolford

     

    As a border state, Delaware sat directly along the Underground Railroad lines used by escaped enslaved persons to reach the northern states and Canada. Harriet Tubman and other “conductors” led more than 3000 people to freedom through Delaware. Come and hear the fascinating history that took place in our State.

    Presenter: Sylvester Woolford is a native Delawarean who currently resides in Newark, Delaware. He has two adult sons and two grandsons who live in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Woolford is a graduate of Wm Penn High School, a graduate of Delaware State University with a BS Degree in Business Administration /Accounting and a graduate of Rutgers University with an MBA in Marketing. In 2008, Mr. Woolford began researching his family history and expanded that research into a total revisiting of African-American history. He has been lecturing on African-American history since 2010. He serves on several historical preservation boards. Including: Delaware Heritage Commission – Commissioner, Historical and Cultural Affairs – Collections Committee, Delaware Preservation Fund,

    He currently lectures monthly for the New Castle County Library System, is a guest lecturer at the University of Delaware and does consulting for State of Delaware – Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

  •  Heroes in our faith that we share with our Jewish, Christian and Muslim friends

    Did you know that both Abraham and Moses each play a prominent role as examples of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? And that Jesus’ mother, Mary, plays a prominent role in Islam? The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, former Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Episcopal diocese of Washington, DC, who has led interfaith dialogues for over ten years, will lead a study comparing the texts in the Hebrew Bible, the Christian testaments and the Quran that describe the roles of these heroes of our faiths. Handouts will be provided.

    The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett is a retired Episcopal priest who moved to Lewes in 2020 with her husband. She served for 25 years in the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Diocese of Washington (DC). She moved to the DC area in 2007, and served at the Washington National Cathedral as the Interfaith Programs Coordinator and Associate Rector at St. Alban’s Church. She retired in 2012 and served as the Ecumenical & Inter-religious Officer for the Episcopal diocese of Washington until 2018. She has had years of experience building interfaith relations with faith leaders of all religions. As Co-Chair of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Faith Community Working Group, faith leaders met quarterly for dialogue and to share their community’s ministry and needs.

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  • Thursday, July 14, 7 to 9pm in the Parish Hall

    Stephen Ministry at St. Peter’s

    For the last ten years Stephen Ministry has quietly and effectively been a source of effective pastoral care at St. Peter’s.  Many have been trained as Stephen Ministers at St. Peter’s and others have been trained as Stephen Leaders by the national Stephen Ministry program.  Stephen Ministers are assigned Care Receivers who wish to have the attentive listening skills of a Stephen Minister.  Those Care Receivers include people with terminal diagnoses, those who have just lost a partner or spouse, and those who are living with a chronic illness.  Stephen Ministers are lay people who have felt a call to care for people in our parish.  Because Stephen Ministry caring relationships are confidential, many don’t know much about this program.  

    This presentation will introduce you to two seasoned Stephen Ministers who will talk about what this ministry means to them and how it works.  Two members of St. Peter’s who have been Care Receivers will also talk about the difference in their lives made by the care of a Stephen Minister.  You will also hear a Stephen Leader describe the training involved in becoming a Stephen Minister.  You may want to become one!  And you will hear our Rector describe the ongoing impact that Stephen Ministry is having on the life of our parish.

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  • Thursday, July 21, 7-9PM in the Parish Hall

    The Daughters of the King

    You may have heard of The Daughters of the King. Or perhaps you may have seen the unique cross worn by their members. This presentation will offer information as to who the DOK are, their mission and vision in the life and mission of the Church. You will learn about their Rule of Life, their main tenets of prayer, service, and evangelism, and how these are lived out in the lives of the community members.

    Our presenter is Virginia Slichter. Ginny has been a Daughter for almost 30 years. She has served as President for her local chapter and as President for the Diocese of Pennsylvania DOK. She was drawn to the Daughters because of “my desire to be in a community of likeminded women who seek to serve our Lord and who gather strength and support from each other.” Ginny is a lifelong Episcopalian with a 50-year career as a nurse. She has been an EFM mentor for 17 years in a men’s maximum-security prison and is coordinator for a homeless program at Christ Church Pottstown.   

  • Thursday, July 28, 7-9PM in the Parish Hall

    The Rev. Barry Stopfel

    What is the relationship between economics and Christian faith and belief?  Some say that money is the true god of America and that the Christian God is a distant second.  To what extent should the Church participate in the economic institutions of the world?  Is it true as Paul’s First Letter to Timothy claims that money is the root of all evil and the source of ruin and perdition? These questions have vexed theologians from the beginning of the church. Could one imagine as I do that the Columbia Business School is a seminary of economics?  Please join me as I recall the questions and some of the answers I found along the road from a marketing executive at American Express to Union Theological Seminary.   

    The Reverend Barry Stopfel is a retired Episcopal Priest and newcomer to the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.  He has served congregations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  He holds an M.A. in Teaching and Journalism from Columbia University and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.  Following a career as a Marketing Executive he entered seminary in 1985.  He was ordained by Bishop John Shelby Spong in 1991.  He holds a firm belief that doubt and questions are necessary attendants to faith. His hometown is Hershey Pennsylvania. He presented earlier this summer on the Spirituality of Coming Out.

  • Thursday, August 4, 7-9pm in the Parish Hall

    The Rev. Carlyle Gill

    In the gospels we often hear that Jesus “looked with compassion.”  Jesus saw with the eyes of compassion:  understanding, feeling, empathy, love.  The eyes of compassion gave Jesus the grace to really see another no matter who they were.  How can we deepen our eyes of compassion?  How can we see ourselves – perhaps the most difficult of all – with the eyes of compassion?  The deepening of compassion for ourselves and others is the beginning of true transformation

  • Thursday, August 11, 7-9pm in the Parish Hall

    “Spiritualism”

    The Rev. Jack Anderson

    Home to the world’s largest group of “mediums,” who claim to have the special ability of communicating with the dead, the quaint Victorian town of Lily Dale, New York opened its doors to the outside world in 1879. Come join us this evening to explore the world and tenets of Spiritualism, seen through the eyes of filmmaker Steve Cantor, as we view the HBO documentary film, “No One Dies in Lily Dale.” Rev. Jack Anderson will guide us in discussion and share some of his own remarkable experiences while visiting Lily Dale several years back.

    Father Jack completed his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology degrees from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA. He was awarded his Licentiate in Canon Law at Catholic University in 1987 and his Doctorate in Canon Law from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, Italy in 1988. He worked as a teacher and school counselor in Central Bucks School District for 26 years before retiring in 2019. He lives in Millsboro with his spouse, Fr. Ted Olson. He is currently in the process of having his priesthood ordination received by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

     

  • Thursday, August 18, 7-9pm in the Parish Hall

    “Aging and Spirituality”

    The Rev. Tom Ledbetter and Donna Strachan-Ledbetter

    Do the later years of life differ much from the middle years?  How do we continue to grow emotionally and spiritually in our later years?  Can aging be rescued from the its all over” doom and gloom prejudice of our culture?

    In this Summer Series we introduce a new book from Connie Zweig entitled The Inner Work of Age:  Shifting From Role to Soul, a useful assist in developing a life-giving perspective on aging and spirituality in aging.  This will be an introduction to an expanded 4 or 6 week series that we will lead during Epiphany at St. Peters.

    Facilitators of this study will be Donna and Tom Ledbetter, Pastoral Psychotherapists from Brandywine Pastoral Institute, Lewes.  They are members of the St. Peters community.  For more information about them please visit their website at www.brandywinepastoral.org

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Inquirer's Class

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An Inquirer’s Class will meet for two sessions (Saturday Morning,  March 12 and April 23 from 9am to Noon) for those who wish to be confirmed, welcomed, or received when the Bishop visits on Sunday, May 8th, 2022. If you are interested in taking this class, please contact the office ASAP. We will again be using the book “Walk in Love” by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. Copies ($15) are available in the office if you would like to get one in preparation. You are welcome to attend without making a commitment to be confirmed or received.  Please feel free to reach out to one of the clergy if you have any questions.

education for ministry

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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.