Adult Formation

At Saint Peter's, we offer various opportunities for spiritual growth and deepening your faith. Join us in prayer, socializing, and serving together as a faith community. Attend programs on Christian Spirituality, prayer practices, and Bible studies led by members of the congregation like Jeff, Mark, Carlyle, and Kathy. Check the bulletin for special events to nourish your mind, heart, and soul. Contact the office or clergy for more information.

  • OCTOBER 2023 UPDATE

    Deepening Your Spiritual Journey: Centering Prayer
    Centering Prayer continues to meet on Wednesdays at 3 pm. Beginning on Wednesday, October 18, the group will meet in the Zoom format only. Contact the office for Zoom login information. This group is interested in deepening spiritual understanding and engagement at St. Peter’s. Through Centering Prayer, group members cultivate ways to be closer to God amid our busy lives. We start by reverently reading a psalm from “Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness” by Nan C. Merrill. 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. Following this, we discuss a book we are all reading, currently. We welcome new members and are always happy to review the Lectio Divina steps for newcomers.


    Contact the office to get login information or  Subscribe to our Weekly E-blast to receive group updates and learn more about our current book.

  • Explore your own spirituality and relationship to Christ and the Universe.

    Study to Engage, Challenge and Enrich Your Spirit by:

    • Meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm beginning Sept. 5th.
    •  Being open and willing to listen to all ideas.
  • A Spiritual and Personal Growth Discussion Group for Men.  

    We will meet on Monday, May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m., for open and lively conversation about growth issues in our lives.  All men are welcome to join us for this time of enriching discussion of spiritual matters without judgment or criticism. 


    This will be a “hybrid” meeting -- those who wish to meet in person can gather in the Conference Room in the church basement, with masks recommended but not required; We will also broadcast via Zoom. Contact the office or subscribe to the eblast for the meeting Id and Passcode.  

    Our normal meeting schedule is the second and fourth Monday of each month.

  • Tuesday Mornings 

    This class meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10 am in the Conference Room. 

    Contact the office for zoom login information. SUBSCRIBE to our E-Blast to receive group updates and learn more about our current studies.

  • The Thursday morning 9:30 am group 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.

     SUBSCRIBE to our E-Blast to receive group updates and learn more about our current studies.

    For those participating via Zoom contact the office for the log in information.

  • ST PETER’S READERS

    St Peter’s Readers are continuing to meet using a hybrid meeting format. We meet in person in the church conference room and on Zoom. Contact the office for the zoom log in information or subscribe to our e-blast. Our meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at 5 p.m., during daylight savings time and at 4 p.m. during standard time.

    If you would like to be added or deleted from our email list, please contact Roberta Williams Lindsay  or Carole Somers

    Subscribe to our eblast to to stay updated on all of our activities.

  • 2024 Summer Spirituality Series
    This very popular summer series returns with a great new presentation line up. Come join us Thursday evenings in the Parish Hall???? as we explore topics, different services, and our own spiritual practices. Each session starts at 7pm and ends with ice cream from King's  Ice Cream. Come join us!

    SUBSCRIBEto our eblast to to stay updated on all of our activities.


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    TOPIC- Descriptions coming soon

    PRESENTER

    May 30

    The Book of Common Prayer

    Rev. Kathy Andonian

    June 6

    Considerations in Senior Care Planning and Decision Making: Age in Place or Care Center Living? My Experiences from the Field

    Michele High, CDP/ADC

    June 13

    Biblical Environmentalism: Our relationship with God's Creation, Faith, Science and Responsibility!

    David Schofield, MSc, MA

    June 20

    The Service of Compline

    Elevate Vocal Arts – Sponsored by T.J. Thomas

    June 27

    Labyrinth Service

    Father Jeffrey +

    July 11

    Advance Care Planning

     

    Rev. Paula J. Waite, M.Th., ACC; Chaplain- Beebe Healthcare

    July 18

    Iona Service

    Fr. Jeffrey +

    July 25

    Spiritual Practice – Why do we do it?, What is it?, Why is it important?, What are its benefits? (Pt I)

    Rev. Carlyle Gill

    August 1

    Spiritual Practice – (Part II)

    Rev. Carlyle Gill

    August 8

    18th Century Saints - John and Charles Wesley, their contributions to Anglican, Methodist and wider Christian spirituality. 

    Rev. Fred Day

    August 15

    Godly Play

    Jessica Potter

    August 22

    Taizé Service

    Father Jeffrey and Annie

    August 29

    “A Rule of Life”

    Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, Jody Barbarulo, Barbara Conroy

  • Women’s Spirituality Group

    The WSG meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays at 10:30 am in the Community (Parish) Hall. Books are chosen by the women and facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Carol Flett. Join in our group for amazing discussions. Women are always welcome to attend, even if you  have not read the book.  Subscribe to our weekly email for updates on what we are reading and discussing. For questions, contact revflett@gmail.com.

All are welcome

Our mission

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.

VBS summer 2023

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Thank you to the kids, families, and volunteers who made Vacation Bible School a success. We had a great time learning, playing, singing, dancing, and building community. Can't wait to do it again! See you next year!


Planning out your summer?  Consider Vacation Bible School. Every summer St. Peter’s Episcopal Church gathers together for a few days of learning, fun, and spirituality featuring skits, stories, arts, crafts, and games. This year St. Peter's is teaming up with All Saints and St. Georges Chapel to bring you three fun filled days of Vacation Bible School. We meet July 12-14 from 4-6pm at St. George's Chapel located at 20271 Beaver Dam Road in Harbeson, DE. Our theme this year is "The Ten Commandments: Rules that Rock!" Dinner will be provided. We can't wait to see you there! For questions, to volunteer, or to register your child contact Jessica Potter at jessica@stpeterslewes.org or Deacon Chris at deacon@allsaintsandstgeorges.org.

Once completed send your VBS registration to Jessica Potter at St. Peter's or Deacon Chris at All Saint's and St. George's

Vacation Bible School Registration

THE REV. TED OLSON

PRIEST ASSOCIATE FOR ADULT FORMATION

Ted was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1979 for the Diocese of Wilmington where he served in parishes and as a canon lawyer. He earned a graduate degree in canon law from The Catholic University in Washington, DC, a master's degree in pastoral care and counseling, and training in spiritual direction from Neumann University in Aston, PA. After electing to leave Roman Catholic ministry in 2004, he worked in the fields of alcohol and drug counseling, psychotherapy, and hospice chaplaincy. Following his reception into the Episcopal Church, he entered a process of discernment resulting in his petition to have his ordination received by the Episcopal Church. In August 2020, Ted’s Orders were received by Bishop Kevin Brown, and he is now canonically resident in the Diocese of Delaware.

Ted and his spouse, Jack Anderson, live in Millsboro with their two Siamese cats, Annie and Lucie. They enjoy traveling in their RV as well as living in lower Delaware. Ted’s interests include personal and spiritual growth, ongoing education, and good entertainment.

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2023 Annual Meeting

Sunday November 12, 2023 following the 10am service

Click the buttons below to watch the Annual meeting and view the Annual Ministries Report for St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

ANNUAL MEETING

          

ANNUAL MINISTRIES REPORT

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PHASE ONE

The below album will show you the many different stages of Phase one of the OPEN DOOR PROJECT. The pictures chronicle St. Peter's first days of construction, unfortunate structural issues, and a slow transformation into the beautiful Sanctuary where we worship.  

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Hello, thanks for stopping by our website. We know you might have some questions about our church and we hope you'll find the answers here.

If you're interested in worshiping with us or have any other questions, make sure to explore the NEW HERE section. We can't wait to meet you. 

Thank you!

Zeke Clark fundraiser

On Saturday, August 5, 2023, St. Peter's Family Ministries organized a fundraising event for Zeke Clark. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who generously donated and took part in the Silent Auction. Additionally, we extend our thanks to everyone who assisted in cooking, arranging the setup, and dismantling afterwards. For those interested in making a donation, please visit HelpHopeLive.org today. This website also provides further information about Zeke and the Clark-DeForrest family.

2022 ANNUAL MEETING

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ST. PETER'S  YOUTH MINISTRIES

(A.K.A "S.P.Y")

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GRADES 5 -12    

Join us Sundays at 9:15 for thought-provoking discussions on faith, fun games, and community service opportunities. During these gatherings, we explore sacred texts, the Book of Common Prayer, and the significance of serving the community. Our aim is not only personal growth, but also fostering a deep sense of community that extends beyond St. Peter's Square. Through our actions, we strive to show the world the love of Christ.

 

Calling ALL Youth Grades 5 and Up!  We want to hear from you! Email


Supplemental Curriculum: 

Godly Play By Jerome W. Berryman

Godly Play in Middle and Late Childhood by Cheryl V. Minor



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Zeke fundraiser

On Saturday, August 5, 2023,
St. Peter's Family Ministries organized a fundraising event for Zeke Clark. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who generously donated and took part in the Silent Auction. Additionally, we extend our thanks to everyone who assisted in cooking, arranging the setup, and dismantling afterwards. For those interested in making a donation, please visit 
HelpHopeLive.org today. This website also provides further information about Zeke and the Clark-DeForrest family.

Christmas Services

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Christmas Lessons & Carols 9am

A Godly Play Christmas For Families  5pm

  Festal Service with Handbells   7:30pm
  Prelude with Carol Sing   10:30pm
Festal Service with Choir   11pm

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Eucharist, In person only 9am

Services include communion unless otherwise stated.

Services will be broadcast on Facebook Live & YouTube unless otherwise stated.

December 24th and December 31st there is no Godly Play or 10:30 Family  Service in the Community/Parish Hall.

Godly Play (9:15)and the weekly Family service  (10:30) will resume on January 7 in the Community/Parish Hall.


St. Cecilia Music Guild 

ART SHOW RAFFLE

We are excited to announce that three of our popular exhibitors have generously donated valuable creations of original art for our raffle.  This year the Art Show Raffle is being administrated by the Saint Cecilia Guild to raise funds to support music outreach ministries including a music scholarship program for Sussex County high school seniors and free concerts for the public

Please note that:

Ticket prices are $2.00 each or a sheet of 12 for $20.00. On each ticket, please check which item you would like to win.  Each ticket will be put into a separate drawing.

Drawings will take place at 2:30 pm on July 1; your presence is not necessary to win.

Tickets—one sheet of tickets will be mailed which you may purchase for yourself or sell on behalf of the SCG. Please send or drop off your tickets and check to the church office by noon on June 30.  We appreciate your support for our charitable work!

  • Gilbert Carey

    Horseshoe crab mirror

    Dimensions:  28” x 11” x 1” (10” mirror)

    Market Value $300

  • Bruce S. Garrabrandt

    Full Pew

    Signed/numbered, double matted and framed

    Market Value $72.95

  • Tonya Perri

    Hand painted porcelain necklace and matching earrings in a teal and sandy ocean color accented with a white gold luster sterling accent and sterling ear wires,

    Market Value $112

Longest Night

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes invites everyone to its Longest Night service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22.


Each year around Dec. 21, the Earth’s northern pole reaches its maximum tilt away from the sun, creating the shortest day and longest night for those in the northern hemisphere. At the same time, many folks who are going through trying times of loss and grief may feel disconnected from the joyful spirit of the season. Feeling out of sync with holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s compounds feelings of isolation and sadness. Perhaps it is the first Christmas since the loss of a loved one or the anniversary of their passing. Maybe a long-term relationship has failed or a job has been lost. In the midst of all the holiday frenzy, some feel left out as they endure the long night of the soul.


This year, St. Peter’s is offering a chance for people to gather together in prayer and contemplation with others in similar situations, either virtually via Facebook or YouTube, or in person. In this service, participants can lay their burdens before God as they gather together to pray. Attendees will recall the loving kindness of a God who never gives up on people as they offer up their pain, sadness and loneliness, and seek consolation and comfort. In offering this service, organizers pray and hope that all who participate will find peace and consolation in knowing they are not alone, and they are beloved by God.


Currently, masks are required for all attending in-person services.


St. Peter’s is located on the corner of Second and Market streets in Lewes.

If you were not able to join us un person you can view this service and many others by following the link below.


https://youtu.be/lLbvNZz6Whs


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Vestry Candidates

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We have a full slate of nominees for this year’s Vestry elections. Ballots will be mailed to all St. Peter's members in good standing the first week of October. In the meantime: meet our candidates!

  • JODY BARBARULO ( Sister joanna catherine)

    I have had the privilege of being a member of St. Peter’s for almost seven years and am completing my first term as a member of the Vestry.  I was raised Roman Catholic and was a vowed member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas for 25 years.  I have truly found my spiritual home and community at St. Peter’s.  I currently serve as a Chalice Bearer, Reader, and I completed the EfM program in 2022.  In October of 2022, I was received and clothed as a novice with the Anamchara Fellowship.  It was a joy to have that ceremony during our Sunday worship.  I am currently employed by Beebe Healthcare full time as a Patient Advocate in the Patient Experience Department.  I received certification as a Grief Counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling.  I have recently started a new program with the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals, Spiritual Christian Counseling.  I would be happy and honored to serve another term on the Vestry. 

  • Jeanie Hosutt

    My husband (Nick Lindberg) and I officially joined St. Peter’s about 2 years ago.  Although new to Lewes, we had second homes in the vicinity for approximately 25 years prior to making this our permanent residence.  Nick has settled in as a member of the choir and I have spent many Sundays during the past year helping with the Godly Play and SPY programs and attending the Iona service.  I have greatly enjoyed interacting with some of St. Peter’s youngest members as well as the other volunteers who assist Jessica with those ministries. Prior to moving to the area full time, we were members of the same church, St. Paul’s in Doylestown PA, for about 30 years. Over those years, I participated in the life of the parish at various times as a Church School teacher, Church School Director, Youth Group leader, member of the Stewardship Committee, choir member, usher, leader of a capital campaign to fund a new organ, vestry member, and Rector’s Warden.  I am currently self-employed as a consultant medical writer for pharmaceutical/biotech clients – a constant learning experience. Happily, our son, daughter-in-law, and 2-year-old granddaughter live close enough that they can park their car in Cape May and hop on the ferry to visit us in our new home.  I have always found that my own faith is most bolstered by the faith of those around me.  I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by the faithful people of St. Peter’s and I would be honored to serve them as a member of the vestry. 


  • Brian Jenkins

    I was baptized Lutheran at the age of 2. At age 5 we as a family moved from the greater Baltimore area to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically the town of Rock Hall. At the age of 7, my mother and myself began attending the oldest church in Maryland, St. Paul’s Kent County. There I sang in the children’s choir and assisted with the annual Thanksgiving dinner. During the following years, I assisted my mother with her altar guild duties. Every Sunday that she served in that capacity, the rector would take us to breakfast. During those formative years, I became close to George Taylor, our rector. In seminary, Fr. Taylor was roommates with Allen Miller. Allen Miller went on to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Easton and Fr. Taylor’s boss. When the Rt. Rev. Miller retired, Fr. Taylor was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Easton. Seminary roommates succeeding one another is very unusual. While at St. Paul’s I was confirmed and went on to be the 8 o’clock acolyte/chalicist for the next 6 years every Sunday. My liturgical training was very specific and thorough. More than 30 years later, the Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland relied on me to train 10 diaconate candidates in their liturgical duties. Nine of those candidates were vocational trainees and one was transitional. After 6 months the transitional candidate got her own church. Duties and responsibilities over a lifetime: Acolyte, Chalice Bearer, Reader, Celebrant (morning prayer), Sermons while Church was searching for a new Rector, Choir member, Groundskeeper (volunteer), Altar guild member, Director of Altar Guild, Vestry Member, Senior Warden (While senior warden, solicited and received $1 million donation for the church), Bishop’s visitation committee member, visited 5 churches for the Bishop with other committee members and visited 30 of on my own. Bishop Sutton was one of Father Ross’s instructors while at seminary.

  • Michelle Phipps Norelli

    I am a life-long Episcopalian, who earned a MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and retired from my second career as a Sr. Litigation Paralegal from a large law firm in NJ.   That career followed an early retirement from Bell Laboratories/AT&T/Lucent Technologies as an Operations Manager. Since becoming a member of the St. Peter’s family, I have served as an usher, volunteered to greet parishioners attending the 10AM mass and hosted several coffee socials following the 10AM worship.  In the winter season of 2022-2023, I prepared various dinner courses for the Sheltering Hearts program, providing food for those housed at The Red Mill Inn.  During the 2023 Lenten season, I attended the weekly Soup and Study series. For 12 years, I served on the College of Saint Elizabeth Alumnae/I Association Board of Directors, initially as a Director.  I was later elected Vice President, President-Elect and ultimately, President.  My final year of service was as Immediate Past President.  In honor of my late husband, I created the Overlook Hospital Foundation - Neil Vincent Norelli Fund for Blood Cancer Patients (The Fund); several fundraising events were held and donations made according to the terms of The Fund.  I also spearheaded a team for the Light The Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, seeking supporters and selling LLS memorabilia.  My Mother and I prepared Thanksgiving dinner for a family in recovery from blood cancer.  Separately, I raised sufficient funds for a commemorative bench and later a brick in my husbands’ name, at Mystic Seaport Museum. I am a well-traveled wine connoisseur, who enjoys classical music and ‘oldies’, as well as the ballet and theater.   Locally, I prepare sandwiches for the Jusst Sooup project, and in my community, I am an active member of the Veteran’s Club as a former First Responder.  I am a ‘Mom’ to my kitty-girls.

  • Scott Samples

    Scott began attending services at St. Peter’s in 2018 and was confirmed at St. Peter’s in 2019. He sings in the choir and plays handbells. He’s on the Cookie Walk Committee and also assists at St. Cecilia Guild events. Scott serves on the altar as a reader and as a chalice bearer. He has been a volunteer at the Art Show every year since 2018 and he and his husband Jeff co-chaired the show this year. In 2022 he accepted an invitation to fill an empty seat on the vestry. Since early 2023 he has also been serving as Junior Warden. Scott was raised Southern Baptist. During his spiritual journey as an adult Scott has worshiped with many denominations including Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Metropolitan Community Church, and United Church of Christ, before finally finding a home in the Episcopal Church. Throughout his adult life Scott has served on the governing bodies of several congregations, including St. John’s/Grace UCC (Catonsville, MD) and Northside Presbyterian (Ann Arbor, MI). Scott retired in 2020 after 35 years at Army Research Lab in Adelphi, MD, where he managed contracts for the federal government. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Marshall University and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

  • Dr. Barbara Tenney

    I am a retired pediatrician, who began my career in academics serving on the faculties of NYU, WVU, Cornell and ECU.  I spent the last 14 years of my career practicing in Pottsville, PA to see if what I had been teaching really worked. My late husband Mike Cote and I moved to Milton full time in 2011.  We had already found St Peter's while house hunting in Lewes and knew it would be our church home.  Since joining St Peter's I have served on the Vestry in 2016,2017 and 2018.  I have been a Godly Play teacher for a number of years and have completed the Sacred Ground training.  I am a regular participant in Centering Prayer and Book Club. I have just completed nine years as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wilson College and have recently become a CASA - a court appointed child advocate.  I am also a member of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice education/scholarship committee. My faith has always been central to my life and has guided my life choices.  My greatest desire is to continue to grow in my faith and to serve God in every way I can.

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It is with great sadness that we announce that our dear Fr. Ray passed into the nearer presence of God at 7:10pm Thursday, August 17th. He was surrounded by Fr Tom and his Family.
May Ray rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory and may his memory be a blessing.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced once they are in place.

St. Peter's Event's

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World Labyrinth Day


Every year on the first Saturday in May people around the world celebrate World Labyrinth Day. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes invites you to celebrate with us. You can enjoy a walk in our labyrinth located in St. Peter’s Square on Second Street, or our labyrinth located at Pilottown Cemetery on Pilottown Road. Both are always open and all are welcome!

Little Cupboard

Community Pantry

The Little Cupboard is a sustainable program for feeding children and families of our local and larger communities. Little Cupboard volunteers, with donations and financial support, work hard to help ease some of the hunger faced by those in our little part of the world. Through this ministry, hunger and poverty in our community is addressed each and every day. The Little Cupboard, located just outside the Church gate by the labyrinth, contains a variety of nourishing, non-perishable food items for those in our larger community experiencing food insecurity.

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  • Kelley Mallon

    PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

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  • T.J. Thomas

    MINISTER OF MUSIC

    T.J. serves as Minister of Music at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes, DE. He oversees a vibrant music program including several choirs, a concert series, and the annual residency of a prominent Anglican Church musician. Prior to St. Peter’s, T.J. was Interim Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate career, he served on the music staff at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral (Wilkes-Barre, PA) under the direction of his organ teacher and mentor, Canon Mark Laubach. An active member of the Royal School of Church Music in America, T.J. functions as Liturgist and Co-Music Manager for the King’s College Course every summer. He is active in the American Guild of Organists and Association of Anglican Musicians. T.J. received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Marywood University (Scranton, PA). He was received into the Episcopal Church in 2006.

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  • Jessica Potter

    Director of Family Ministries and Communications


    Jessica serves as the Director of Family Ministries and Communications at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, DE. She became a member of St. Peter’s in 2014 and volunteered with Godly play, Vacation Bible School, and Heart and Soul. Later she served as the under 30 delegate for Convention and was the Vestry liaison for Christian Formation.  

    Jessica oversees St. Peter's online platforms and Christian formation programs from Godly Play through S.P.Y High school. She is on the Diocesan Youth Leaders Advisory Group.

    Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and is a Certified preschool teacher. Jessica lives in Millsboro with her spouse Michael and dog Charlie.


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    GARDNER

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  • The Rev. Jeffrey AUSTIN Ross


    RECTOR AND PASTOR                                                                

    As the Rector and Pastor of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, I would like to welcome you to our parish webpage! We are glad you have found us and want you to know that if you are looking for a spiritual home, you would be most welcome in our community. Here is a little about me. Since August of 2005, I have served as the Rector of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church which has been in existence for over 300 years and is an active and growing community. We have a strong ministry reaching out to youth, young families, and newly retired adults. We are passionate about our local outreach ministries. I am a life-long Episcopalian and have been ordained since 1998 (my sister is also a priest!). Prior to ordination, I worked as a family therapist as well as on Bishop's staff for Christian Formation. I am a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and I also hold a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University. My wife has a PhD in Corporate Leadership and she currently serves as the Executive Director of the Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement. We have a grown daughter and a son. We enjoy swimming, skiing, and traveling. Personally, I am trying to enhance my novice skills in photography and playing the penny whistle as my official hobbies (along with loving movies, books and theater!).   

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  • The Rev. Canon Mark Harris

    PRIEST ASSOCIATE FOR MISSION

    Mark has served at Saint Peter’s Church since 2003.   He has served as a Vicar in Puerto Rico, a Chaplain to the U. of Michigan and U. of Delaware, was Staff Officer for Ministry in Higher Education and Director of Overseas Missionaries and Partnership officer for East Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, and director of an independent mission agency. He has been a rector and interim priest in Delaware.  Along the way he has served as a consultant for numerous parishes, dioceses, religious organizations as well as worked on issues of justice and peace.

     

    Mark holds a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For his work with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines he was named Canon for External Relations, and received an honorary doctorate. Mark is an avid poet and artist, with a printmaking studio in Milton, De.  He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful grown children, two spectacular grandchildren and two very lovable dogs! You can follow Mark on his blog Preludium at www.anglicanfuture.blogspot.com.

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  • The Rev. Carlyle Gill

    PRIEST ASSOCIATE FOR PASTORAL CARE

    The Rev. J. Carlyle Gill recently retired after thirty years of ordained ministry. She is among the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Carlyle served as Assistant Chaplain to the College at the University of the South, Associate Rector at St. Augustine-by-the-Sea in Santa Monica, California, Rector of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Washington, D.C., and Senior Associate and Interim Rector at St. Alban’s, Washington, D.C. Carlyle received her Master's of Divinity from The Virginia Theological Seminary, her Master's in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Queens University. She is currently a retreat leader and spiritual director.                                 

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  • The Rev. Ted Olson

    PRIEST ASSOCIATE FOR ADULT FORMATION

    Ted was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1979 for the Diocese of Wilmington where he served in parishes and as a canon lawyer. He earned a graduate degree in canon law from The Catholic University in Washington, DC, a master's degree in pastoral care and counseling, and training in spiritual direction from Neumann University in Aston, PA. After electing to leave Roman Catholic ministry in 2004, he worked in the fields of alcohol and drug counseling, psychotherapy, and hospice chaplaincy. Following his reception into the Episcopal Church, he entered a process of discernment resulting in his petition to have his ordination received by the Episcopal Church. In August 2020, Ted’s Orders were received by Bishop Kevin Brown, and he is now canonically resident in the Diocese of Delaware.

    Ted and his spouse, Jack Anderson, live in Millsboro with their two Siamese cats, Annie and Lucie. They enjoy traveling in their RV as well as living in lower Delaware. Ted’s interests include personal and spiritual growth, ongoing education, and good entertainment.

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  • THE REV. DEACON LARRY NORFLEET

    DEACON

     Larry was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. After earning a Master Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Larry held several positions in engineering management and consulting. He retired from professional consulting in 2013. He joined Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church of Middletown when he arrived in Delaware in 1999. After several years on the Vestry and serving as Treasurer for 6 years, Larry answered the call to the Diaconate Ministry and was ordained in 2019. Larry has led and served in organizing several outreach ministries in Delaware. Larry has served as the Disaster Preparedness Officer for the Episcopal Church in Delaware since 2020.  He is active with the Delaware Behavioral and Emotional Support Team and Medical Reserve Corp. delivering vaccines, food and pastoral support during the COVID pandemic.

     

    Larry and his wife Sue have two children and three grandchildren.

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  • The rev. Paula j. waite, M.th., acc

    DIOCESAN CHAPLAIN TO BEEBE HOSPITAL

    Paula is a vocational deacon whose service within the Diocese of Delaware is fulfilled by her ministry as a Staff Chaplain at Beebe Healthcare at the main campus in Lewes. Paula graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore Maryland and was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Chilton Knudsen in 2018. Paula completed her residency in chaplaincy at Christiana Hospital in 2017 and joined Beebe Healthcare upon graduation. Paula has a certificate in the Foundations of Palliative Chaplaincy and is Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Paula created and offers a community education program, Life Before Death, that focuses on Advance Care Planning. Paula and her husband Tom reside in Milton with their cat Samantha. Please contact Chaplain Paula at Beebe Healthcare if you or your loved ones are hospitalized.

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Sunday School is offered September to May from 9:15 to 10:15 at which time the children join their parents for the 10:00 a.m. Service in the Sanctuary or the 10:30 Family Service in the Community Hall. Our Sunday School consists of the Little Shepherds (ages 3-6) and the Disciples (grades 2-4). SPY Middle and Spy High (grades 5-12) meet in the Community Hall at 12pm, following coffee hour.

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Interested in volunteering at St. Peter's ? Here are some things you should know. There is now an online safe church training. This training teaches all volunteers how to interact safely in different situations. To learn more about the safe church program click the button below.

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EfM

why should I consider joining?

Thoughtful people are asking….What is EfM and why should I consider joining?

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

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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. 


To learn more about Sewanee visit their   WEBSITE

Contact Jacqueline Ferris and Ray Michener.

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parking meters go back into effect

may 1st

The parking meters in downtown Lewes will be active from May 1 until October 14th from 9 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. As in previous years, the meters on Second Street in front of the church and on Market Street immediately next to the church will not be enforced until noon on Sunday, but they are enforced AT noon on Sunday. (If you are still parked at 12:05, you may find a ticket on your windshield.) Please note that this applies ONLY to the block that surrounds St. Peter’s Square; if you park in front of the bank or Agave, for instance, you have to pay or you will get a ticket. Please do NOT park in the parking lot at R&L Liquors after 10 am on Sundays; you will get a ticket. Instructions on how to feed the meters can be found on the meters themselves

Ministries FAir

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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church invites you to join us for our Ministries Fair, Friday, April 28 (5pm to 7pm) or Saturday, April 29 (10am to Noon), St. Peter's Parish Hall:  Are you looking for how you can become more involved at St. Peter's, or simply wondering what a particular committee or group does?  Come to the Ministries Fair! This is a no-pressure, informational event with representatives (both lay and clergy) to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be offered (wine & snacks on Friday, coffee and pastries Saturday) and there is no charge.  Just come, ask questions, meet new people! All are welcome! Questions? Contact St. Peter’s Office at 302-645-8479

Youth Group Overnight

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Saint Peter’s Youth are invited to an overnight stay at Camp Arrowhead. This youth fellowship will take place on April 22 through the 23. Our Saturday will be filled with games, camp activities (depends on staffing), a labyrinth walk, conversations, a campfire, and will end with a service Sunday morning at 10 in the Chapel. We would love for your youth ages 9 to 18 to join us. Families are invited to join the 10 am service in the Chapel. This is a great chance for all of our youth to get together, post Covid, and enjoy each other’s company in the presence of God. Contact Jessica Potter to register no later than March 31st.

YOuth Group Overnight


Saint Peter’s Youth were invited to an overnight retreat at Camp Arrowhead. This youth fellowship took place on April 22 and 23. Our Saturday was filled with kayaking, gaga, games, a labyrinth walk, conversation about the stewardship of the earth, and smores. Our retreat ended with the Sunday morning Iona service  in the Chapel. We had an absolute blast. Please enjoy a glimpse of our fun filled weekend by viewing the pictures below. 

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What does volunteering at the Art Show look like? 

There are many ways to help during St. Peter's Art Show. We have listed a few of them below.

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Welcome to St. Peter's

Sanctuary in the Heart of Lewes

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church serves the city of Lewes, Delaware, and the surrounding community. Located in the heart of the First Town in 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, welcoming congregation with warm and welcoming clergy. We invite anyone seeking a relationship with Christ to join us.


We are open for in-person worship. Masks are voluntary.

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.


OUR MISSION

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.

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"Jesus said therefore, ‘What is the kingdom of God like?

And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed

which a man took and sowed in his garden;

and it grew and became a tree,

and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.’”

                                                                                            —Luke 13:18-19


St. Peter’s continues to be a dynamic and growing community of faith providing a sanctuary in the heart of Lewes, open and welcoming to all. So far in 2016 we already have 24 new households worshiping with us. Our church can be likened to the trees in the parable of the mustard seed, providing a place for birds, our ministries, to grow. Birds supported in our trees include, among others, pastoral services, outreach, worship, music, Christian formation and parish life. Our ministries provide wonderful and needed services to parishioners, those seeking to learn about the Lord, and those in need throughout the Cape region. All of the property, administration and ministries done by St. Peter’s of course require financial and volunteer support. Please take some time to consider what St. Peter’s means to you personally and the greater community. Then determine what you can do to support the church.


Pledging.  Pledging is the primary way to financially support St. Peter’s. A Pledge is your estimate of what you expect to give to the church during the next year. It isn’t a binding commitment and can be modified at any time. It can be given weekly, monthly, or annually. Your pledge goes to support all aspects of the church. By pledging, you’re providing the Vestry with the information it needs to generate a realistic budget and to plan for next year’s activities.


Join us on November 6, as we give offer gifts to God and join in "Growing St. Peter's in 2017." 


Pot Luck Luncheon and Annual Meeting.  As in previous years, we will have a Pot Luck lunch after the 10 a.m. worship service on November 6.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  The Annual Meeting will follow at noon.  Both will take place in the Parish Hall.


For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Bob Fischer, Stewardship Chair or click here.

CHILDRENS MINISTRIES

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Sunday School is offered September to June  from 9:15 to 10:00 at which time the children join their parents for the 10:00 a.m. Service in the Sanctuary or the 10:15 Iona Service in the Community Hall. Our Sunday School consists of the Little Shepherds (ages 3-6), the Disciples (grades 2-4), SPY Middle (grades 5-8), and Spy High (grades 9-12)


  • godly play

    Godly Play is a program that uses a hands-on approach to Christian formation. Children are invited to listen to stories, pray together, and wonder about God. Godly Play encourages children to ask questions and respond to the lesson in open and creative ways. Our goal in Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator, and the Redeemer all at once, all the time in every place.

    More information about Godly Play

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    Building Faith Brick by Brick is a new curriculum that we have introduced to our Disciples class. Dig into your bin of LEGO® bricks and start Building Faith Brick by Brick! Children in 2nd grade through 4th Grade engage the Bible and use their imaginations by recreating the stories with LEGO®.

Safe Church

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Working with children and youth in the Episcopal Church requires Safe Church training. Safe Church training is offered in person and online.  Remember, you must contact your church administrator or Toni Snow for instructions on registration.

 

For more information follow the links provided.


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CAMP ARROWHEAD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY


  • Any Parishioners attending Camp Arrowhead are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 15. To register please email your registration information and statement of account/ Invoice to Jessica and Kelley to reserve funds.

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Shrove tuesday

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Thank you to everyone who helped shop, set up, cook, serve, wash the dreaded dirty dishes, and break down on Shrove Tuesday. St. Peter's is blessed to have so many willing helping hands. It is safe to say that the pancake dinner was a success. Thanks to everyone's generosity we were able to raise $1,300 for Code Purple

COFFEE HOUR

If you are interested in hosting click the button below to learn more about getting involved with Coffee Hour.

Adult formation

Click more to learn more about adult education at St. Peter's.

Godly Play & Sunday School

St. Peter's Sunday School runs from 9:15 to 10am. There are classes for all ages. We would love for you to join us. Godly Play is spoken here.

Camp Arrowhead

Camp Arrowhead is taking applications for the 2023 Summer Sessions. Click the button below to learn more. 


ST. PETER'S 57TH ANNUAL ART SHOW

July 1, 2023

Since the 1980s, St. Peter’s has given the money raised to organizations that help people in need in the local area, and this year will be no different.  The Community Resource Center in Rehoboth, a ministry of the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches, is a major beneficiary of the show. Aid is given regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, color, marital status, creed, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation. 


It’s no wonder that the show’s motto is “Art that Gives.”

Click on the picture to learn more about our Art Show.

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No one at St. Peter’s will ever solicit a monetary donation from anyone in our parish via a text message or email. There are many scammers who spoof our identity to prey on the generosity of our parishioners. If you ever receive a solicitation of this sort, please call us or come see us to confirm its veracity. 
Additionally - we do not use Twitter, so if you see anything posted on Twitter that claims to be from St. Peter's, know that it is NOT us!

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  • Baptism at St. Peter’s Church

    The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated according to the canons of the church and the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. By Baptism, we become full members of the Body of Christ and His Church. Baptisms are therefore part of the public worship of the church and are not performed privately but rather during one of the principal Sunday services. It is expected that persons who are Baptized at Saint Peter’s will answer affirmatively the questions asked in the baptismal covenant, particularly concerning their participation in the life and ministry of this parish. When we baptize infants and small children, it is expected that their parents and/or guardians will assist their children in regular attendance at worship and in the life of the congregation.

    The Book of Common Prayer directs that it is especially appropriate for Holy Baptism to be performed at these feasts: The Baptism of our Lord, The Great Vigil and Easter, Pentecost Sunday, and All Saints Sunday. It is also appropriate to celebrate Baptism at the visitation of our Bishop. In addition to the dates listed above, a baptism may also be scheduled on other Sundays of any month other than those listed above. Except in the case of extreme emergency, baptisms will not be performed in the season of Lent.


    Before the Baptism is celebrated there is always instruction for the individual and/or parents. Godparents are also strongly urged to be participants in this instruction. If you wish to be baptized or to have your child baptized, please speak with Fr. Jeff. 

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  • Blessings for Birthday and Anniversary

    Our congregation enjoys receiving blessings for birthdays and wedding anniversaries.


    Pet Blessing

    Each year on the anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Peter's holds a blessing ceremony for our pets.

  • Confirmation & Reception

    Confirmation is a pastoral rite in which a mature person, who was baptized as an infant or young child, reaffirms his or her baptismal vows with a blessing and laying on of hands by the Bishop. Reception is a similar rite in which a Christian, who has been baptized as an adult in another tradition, is received into the Episcopal Church by means of a blessing and laying on of hands by a Bishop. The Bishop visits Saint Peter’s Church once every year, in part to Confirm or Receive new members into the Church. Prior to his visit, those wishing to be Confirmed or Received, will be prepared by Fr. Ross through study, prayer and contemplation. If you are interested in being Confirmed or Received, please speak with Fr. Jeff.

  • Funerals and Memorial Services

    The death of a child of God is a tender event. Members of the church are urged to call Fr. Jeff as soon as possible when death is anticipated or has come, in order that he may bring the comfort of our faith and the presence of the church family. In addition, parishioners are encouraged to sit down with the Rector ahead of time to make advance arrangements. It is appropriate for the funeral of a Christian to take place in the Church. A viewing can also be held in the parish hall or the church prior to the service. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has an opportunity to be present. Members and their families may also avail themselves of the Pilottown Cemetery. 

    St. Peter's Pilottown Cemetery Policy & Operating Procedures- Download PDF


    St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is available to the community to conduct weddings, funerals and memorial services in accordance with the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and the traditions of the Episcopal Church.  

    FEES FOR FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES  - Download Word Doc. 

  • Holy Unction & Sick Calls

    All parishioners are strongly urged to inform the church when they or a loved one are seriously ill and/or hospitalized. Our clergy are very willing to visit and pray with members of the congregation at any time, but especially when they are in need. When you call the office, please let the staff know if you or your loved one would like to be anointed with the oil of the sick (Holy Unction) for healing and/or have Holy Communion brought to you.

  • ST. PETER'S OFFERS THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE TO ALL PERSONS.

    Entering a Holy Union or marriage is a major rite of celebration in the Christian community. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is available to the community to conduct wedding services in accordance with the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and the traditions of the Episcopal Church.

    St. Peter's will provide service to anyone if at least one partner is a baptized Christian. In the course of this celebration, a couple declares before God and the congregation that they are knowingly and without reservation entering a relationship that has consequences for them and for society as a whole. When two people present themselves for a Holy union, they are declaring that they are a part of the Christian community and are, or desire to begin to be participants in the life and witness of the faith community.


    In order to uphold the integrity of both the Sacrament of Holy unions and to provide a setting in which the couple and their families and friends can celebrate its joy, the following policies and procedures are adhered to in this parish. For more details about weddings at St Peter's download the document provided in the link.

    Download Word Doc.          Download PDF


  • Prayer Vigils

    At various times during the Christian year it has become a tradition at St. Peter’s to hold a prayer vigil in the Church. In preparation we make certain that at least one person is responsible for one hour, but more than one person is welcome to participate at any given hour. The hour may be spent in reading the scriptures or other devotional literature that is made available, in meditation, or prayer. This is done for the purpose of making intercession for the worshiping community in its ministry. Traditionally we have a Prayer Vigil beginning the evening of Maundy Thursday that goes through Good Friday, as well as before and during events that affect the parish and world.

  • Ordination

    This sacrament is the setting apart, by the laying on of hands and prayer by a bishop, of a person, to function in the Ministry of Word and Sacraments in the Church. There are three orders of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church: Bishop, Priest and Deacon. Those who are contemplating a vocation of ministry should speak with Fr. Jeff.

  • Reconciliation

    The sacrament of Reconciliation is a rite by which a minister of the church absolves and offers forgiveness of sin to a penitent in the name of Christ and his church. The sacrament is also known by the term confession and is available to anyone who feels that sinful events in their life have caused a block in their relationship with Christ. It is by no means mandatory, but is rather a means offered by the Church to help reconcile individuals to God and to receive counsel in restoring their relationship with Christ. It is celebrated upon request to Fr. Jeff.

  • Support Groups

    The gathering of small groups of people for the purpose of support, healing and well-being are profoundly helpful for persons facing serious challenges in life. These groups arise on an as needed basis. Effective support groups are usually composed of four to eight persons, have a primary purpose, require a commitment to confidentiality and to meet for a limited period of time. At the end of this predetermined time, the group decides whether to continue to meet for another specified period of time or to conclude. Further information may be obtained by calling the church office.