Children’s church is designed for those three years of age through six years of age. The children begin in “big” church with their parents. Following the Collect of the Day the children are dismissed to attend children’s church.
The children go to the designated space set aside for this ministry. They sing a song, set the altar, listen to a Bible story, say prayers and do an art project. The Bible story is usually based on the same Gospel reading that is being read in “big” church.
The children rejoin their parents during the passing of the peace. Two volunteers are assigned each week to teach the class.
We are always looking for more volunteers for this ministry. If you would like to help with children’s church, please contact the church office.
The choir is a group of volunteers who come together to sing praises to God and to enhance the worship service through music.
The only qualification for joining the choir is a willing heart and a little bit of time on Sunday mornings. We rehearse at 9:45 on Sunday mornings and on other occasions after church as needed.
We welcome musicians also. We would like to incorporate other musical instruments into our worship.
Please consider offering your talents to the Choir.
ECW (Episcopal Church Women)
St. Peter’s ECW’s focus is on ministry within and outside our congregation.. We have helped with a variety of projects within the church as well as outreach projects outside the church.
The ECW’s big project each year is our “Art on the Rez” event. This event is held the last weekend in September of each year. This event allows area artists to display their art from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. The ECW receives a percentage of the sales and ticket sales from the Friday evening preview party. This money is marked for outreach.
This event also brings people from all over the area to our church where we are able to show our hospitality.
The ECW sponsors our yearly “Feast of St. Nicholas” in December.
We also come together for fun and fellowship. We host a few get-togethers throughout the year. Some are just for fun and some are focused on fundraising for our projects.
If you would like to be a part of the ECW, please attend the next meeting.
The ECW meets on the 4th Sunday of each month following the 10:30 a.m. service.
EYC - Youth Group
EYC stands for Episcopal Youth Community. It is the usual name given to youth groups in the Episcopal church.
EYC usually meets every other Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the outreach building from September through May.
The schedule is subject to change and this information will be made available in advance.
EYC is available for anyone youth 5th-12th grade. For more information, please contact the church office or go to our Youth Page
The vestry, at its June meeting, began the work of supporting specific outreach ministries, given the payoff of our debt. While our decision-making process has not yet been detailed in official guidelines, the general sentiment in both the outreach committee and the vestry was to focus first on programs in our geographic area. In this first round of enhanced support of outreach ministries, we chose three causes to support financially.
Center for Violence Prevention. The vestry voted to support the CVP with a $1500 contribution, with half going to the Battered Women’s Shelter and half going to ‘the Tower.’ The programs for domestic violence victims include giving them a safe haven while working to end domestic abuse. The Center works with the justice system, human service providers, and battered women’s programs. ‘The Tower’ provides “voluntary services to identified victims of trafficking through its multidisciplinary professionals and community partners to achieve safety, recovery and restoration.”
Hope House of Hospitality. The church will also financially support the Hope House, a facility which offers accommodations to Mississippians diagnosed with a serious disease in need of regular treatment in the Jackson area. The Hope House provides not only a place to stay, but also meals and (perhaps most importantly) emotional support by other guests. The vestry voted to give Hope House $1500 at this point, specifically to buy them a new clothes dryer and paint supplies for repair and renovation of the patient wing.
McCoy House for Sober Living. The McCoy House offers a ‘transitional’ environment for women who have “gone through residential treatment and are learning to live a sober life.” Among the offerings at the McCoy House are yoga, art classes, equine therapy, and ‘the Real McCoy’ thrift store. The vestry voted to give $1500 to the program to help support McCoy’s work.
While our church will support these three ministries with a financial contribution, all three also have other needs. They all use volunteers, so members of St. Peter’s can also assist them with contributions of time or donations of household items/clothes. To volunteer or donate, contact them directly at the numbers listed below.
Center for Violence Prevention. 601-936-7749
Hope House of Hospitality. 601-981-1260
McCoy House for Sober Living. 601-946-0578
OTHER OUTREACH MINISTRIES
We continue to focus on “outreach,” or help to people who are not part of our church family. We support, financially and with our presence, such ministries as Stewpot, Billy Brumfield, Mississippi Food Network, and various women’s shelters.
We go each Thanksgiving morning to Voice of Calvary ministries in downtown Jackson to cook and serve breakfast to the homeless. We support, with cash contributions and Kroger cards, many people who struggle financially. Each year our church adopts a number of elderly persons to provide them with Thanksgiving meal supplies, as well as participating in the Angel Tree ministry to buy gifts for children.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on Mondays at 11:30am for the day group and at 7pm for the night group in the Parish Hall. You do not have to participate every Monday, you can come when you are able.
The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. Made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer, the shawls are passed on hand to hand and heart to heart.
Shawls are given to anyone who is suffering in body, mind or spirit. Shawls are given to those who are baptized and confirmed into the church. We share our gifts with those inside our church family and those outside our church family. We invite you to join us.