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St. Peter's is a place where all ages gather together for spiritual and relational growth-- and FUN! Welcoming families and children is a top priority for our parish. Children's Minister Susanne O'Day and Organist & Choirmaster Kathleen Turner have dreamed up some enriching, lively, and creative programs for kids. Associate Rector David Wantland facilitates youth programs and Acolytes.

Children

 For more information about any of St. Peter’s children’s programs, please contact Susanne O'Day.

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Sunday Morning

Nursery

A Nursery for infants - age 4 is available on Sundays from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. The Nursery is always staffed with two attendants.

Acolyting
All children and youth ages 8 and older are invited to serve in worship by joining our acolyte ministry.  Acolytes are scheduled on a rotating basis to process with the cross, the Gospel, or the torches.

Little Church

During the 10:15 AM sermon, prayers, and announcements, kids ages 5-12 are invited to join the procession (or sit with their parents) and follow the cross out to Little Church, held in the Chapel. Little Church engages the readings of the day, liturgical actions, saint days and feast days, and the circle of the church year. We will read, sing, pray, learn, and wonder about God. Children return to parents/caregivers in Big Church during the peace.

 

Kids' Kits

To help families attend our worship services, we offer Kids’ Kits that children between the ages of 2 and 11 years can use as they sit through the service. These bags contain coloring pages, lacing cards, books and other activities designed to help children learn about the Episcopal tradition, liturgical items, and feast days.  Kids’ Kits are available right outside the doorways leading into the sanctuary.

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Wednesdays

Midweek Meal

Families are welcome to take part in our Midweek Meal on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  In addition to the standard offerings, child-friendly meals are also available each week.  The menus and pricing are available in our newsletter and on the registration page. Please register by noon on Monday.

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Seasonal Events

St. Peter’s sponsors a variety of seasonal events throughout the year to engage children in the knowledge and love of Christ and to build fellowship.

  • Spring - Easter Egg Hunt

  • Summer - Vacation Bible School, Creative Arts Camp

  • Fall - Back to School Blessing, Michaelmas procession, Trunk or Treat, Food Drive

  • Winter - Advent Wreath Making, Lessons & Carols, St. Nicholas Talent Show, Christmas Pageant

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Youth

 For more information about any of St. Peter’s youth programs, please contact David Wantland.

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Sunday Morning

Acolytes

All children and youth ages 8 and older are invited to serve in worship by joining our acolyte ministry. Acolytes are scheduled on a rotating basis to process with the cross, the Gospel, or the torches.

Lectors

Readers of the two lessons during the service.

If you are interested in assisting with worship by serving as an acolyte or lector, please contact David Wantland.

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SPY (St. Peter's Youth)

Popular experiences include the fall Mystery Trip and the February Ski Trip. 
Part of the time at SPY is also dedicated to the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program, a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th-12th grades. It encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore the two guiding principles of the program: 1) manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and 2) adulthood must be earned. The end of J2A is marked by a spiritual pilgrimage that is often a life-changing event for youth.

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Wednesday Evening

Midweek Meal

Youth are welcome to take part in our Midweek Meal on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. 

Choir

Youth who love music are invited to join our Chancel Choir, which practices on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 7:30 in the Choir Room. Our Organist and Choirmaster, Kathleen Turner, directs our Chancel Choir.

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Special Events

Pilgrimage

The culminating experience for our young people is the youth pilgrimage. Every 3 years, our high school students decide where they want to go on pilgrimage, raise the funds, and go out into the world for this adult experience of discovering God in the wider world. Past St. Peter's pilgrimages have been made to Scotland, Italy, Spain, Alaska, and San Francisco.

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