Children and Families at St. Peter’s Church
We believe that children are gifts from God. They bring their own spiritual gifts and perspectives, both giving and receiving ministry. They are an essential and integral part of the St. Peter’s community. Christian formation that is engaging, creative and welcoming fosters a deeper relationship with God, helps children connect their story to the larger Christian story and inspires service to the world in God’s name.
Although St. Peter’s welcomes children at all times, a special service for young children and their families takes place at 9 a.m. every Sunday. This service is designed to nurture children’s spiritual formation and growth through singing, stories and communion. Learn more.
St. Peter’s Church offers a world-class music education for children grades 1-8 and beyond with its boys and girls choirs. Children rehearse once a week during the school year and learn the basics of singing and music reading. Trips abroad and summer camps help children develop lasting friendships. Learn more.
During the sermon at the 11 a.m. service, children in grades 4 and below are invited to participate in Godly Play, a Montessori-based approach in which children hear the great stories of faith and enter into them through play. Children rejoin their parents for Eucharist. Godly Play is also offered at 10 a.m. after the Family Service at St. Peter’s School. Godly Play is held all year except for the months of July and August.
Youth grades 6-12 meet for fun, fellowship, service projects, and to discuss issues facing students and how God is at work in our day-to-day lives. Our youth group follows the Stories & Rituals curriculum provided by the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Youth Ministry. The Youth Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania organizes events, retreats, and service opportunities for those in grades 7-12.
Resources for Parents
Being a parent is one of the greatest joys of life. And it is also one of the hardest and most difficult things you can do. St. Peter’s often blogs about parenting issues on its Open Minds blog. You can also click here to access useful links to parenting articles and websites.