CHILDREN & YOUTH

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.

Family Worship

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 during the school year. At this time, the service is alternating outdoors in the churchyard and virtual on Zoom. This service is designed to nurture children’s spiritual formation and growth through singing, stories and communion. If you’d like to be added to our email list to receive notices about the Family Worship, please sign up for our email newsletter here or contact Associate Rector Rev. Sarah Hedgis at hedgis@stpetersphila.org.

Chorister Academy

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.

Godly Play

*Godly Play has been suspended during the COVID pandemic. During the sermon at the Sunday worship 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 held all year except for the months of July and August.

Youth Group

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.

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