Fellowship Groups at St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s Church provides many opportunities for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Whether you have been a member at St. Peter’s for decades or you are a new visitor, we invite you to try out one or several of our groups. You are sure to find, given the breadth of St. Peter’s interests, a welcoming group to match your own.
“What knocks me out, time and again, is the way this parish connects. The ministries I have seen most are the liturgical ministries, the Food Cupboard, and the knitters, and I am continually stunned at the stories that come out in these groups. There are networks of relationships here, some of them decades old, but which have been welcoming and inclusive.” – Marianne Lipson, parishioner
Twenties N’ Thirties
Twenties N’ Thirties (TNT) is an informal gathering of those in 20s, 30s, or thereabouts who worship at St. Peter’s. We gather for fellowship and fun; it’s a great opportunity to get to know some others. The group usually gathers for a discussion on the first Wednesday each month at a local bar–a gathering we call Brew & Beliefs. Bring a friend and join us!
As a welcoming church, St. Peter’s is blessed to have gay and lesbian parishioners in every aspect of our life together. The LGBT fellowship is a gathering of folks who share a similar life journey and friends to share in conversation and community.
Parents and Children
St. Peter’s Parents of Infants and Toddlers + School-Aged Children (SPPIT+) is a supportive group of parents of young children that provides opportunities to get together and share the joys and frustrations of parenthood. The group meets periodically throughout the year for fun events like picnics, pumpkin decorating, and conversation.
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. St. Peter’s Youth Group will explore and reflect on the “big ideas” and themes of faith through community building, storytelling, discussion, and ritual prayer and reflection experiences. Our youth group follows the Stories & Rituals curriculum provided by the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Youth Ministry.
Sages is an energetic group of retired parishioners who meet monthly on a Wednesday for lunch and discussion. Often the meeting is accompanied by a presentation from authors, leaders in the arts, and other people of interest. All ages are welcome to attend, and friends are always welcome.
Morning Prayer Group
Start your day with Morning Prayer followed by conversation about life and faith, coffee and pastries at Eat, Pray, Laugh. All are welcome to participate. Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. in the parlor of 313 Pine Street.
Volunteers are needed to help prune seasonal plants, remove ivy, plant annuals, rake leaves, and general upkeep of the garden and grounds. The churchyard which surrounds St. Peter’s Church at 3rd and Pine Streets is a green oasis in the Society Hill neighborhood and is enjoyed by the entire community for its beautiful scenery and its history. No experience is necessary—our gardening group is a welcoming bunch! The group meets from March through November, generally once a month on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.
Contemplative prayer is an ancient practice involving sitting comfortably and quietly, focusing on breathing and/or a word or phrase designed to quiet our thoughts and allow us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, thinking or consciousness itself. This method of prayer has been described as both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a way of seeking unity with God. No prior experience with meditation or prayer is needed; guidance is provided. Sessions are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
St. Peter’s Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month in a member’s home to discuss a book, movie or occasionally a play.
Once a month, this group gets together in a member’s home for knitting, crocheting, mending, etc., or just for conversation and refreshments. Beginners welcome. Free instruction!
Grief is an experience each of us will have. And, while often surprising, grief is normal, and faith does not deny grief or the pain of death and loss, but rather helps it become part of life. Led by clergy and professionals such as social workers and nurses, this group meets once or twice a year for several weeks at a time to explore grief and faith in a safe and supportive environment. For more information, contact the Rev. Claire Nevin-Field.