St. Peter's Church offers a variety of opportunities
to serve within the church. These dedicated, active groups always
welcome extra hands, minds, and hearts.
There is a fascinating history to this work and a
meaningful ritual. Our duties are simple and rewarding. We prepare the
altar for communion using the silks, linens and vessels that have been
donated to the church over the years. After the service, we wash and
put away the communion ware. Dedicated members also serve by washing
and ironing the linens and polishing the silver. Certain members assist
by scheduling the volunteers for each month. In addition to preparing
for the 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday services, we assist for weddings,
funerals and additional services during Lent and special feast days.
To volunteer, contact Sharon Couch DeBonis or the St. Peter's Church office.
Please see the Christian
Education page for more information on these
To volunteer as a Christian Education teacher or
discussion leader, please contact Laura Saffares or the St. Peter's Church office.
Our committee arranges flowers each week for the main
altar and any others that have been subscribed to by our parishioners
as memorials or celebrations. We purchase flowers early in the week,
condition them, and usually arrange on Friday mornings at the church.
During Advent and Lent we arrange greens only as a prelude to the
upcoming Holy Days.
To volunteer for the Flower Guild, please contact the St.
Peter's Church office.
Overflow Homeless shelter
Peter’s Church, along with Partners in Outreach, operates an
overflow homeless shelter during the winter months to augment the
ministry of the Capital City Rescue Mission. The Mission selects
12-15 men from their population and brings them, along with a Mission
Resident Assistant, to St. Peter’s at 8:00 in the evening and
they stay until 7:00am. Volunteers sign up to stay during the
overnight hours and act as an extra pair of hands assisting the Mission
Resident Assistant. Orientation sessions provide the training for
individuals interested in volunteering. To register, please
contact St. Peter’s Church office at (518) 434-3502 or email us
We thank the individuals who volunteered last winter from
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s
Episcopal Church, Cathedral of All Saints, Trinity Episcopal Church,
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church and
Defreestville Reformed Church and welcome new ecumenical partners
Lay eucharistic ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy in the
administration of the Sacrament at Holy Communion. Versatile
as they are, LEM's are occasionally also called upon to perform the
functions of Acolytes and Lay Readers, when none of our regular
Acolytes or Readers are available.
Many of our Lay Eucharistic Ministers also serve as
Lay Eucharistic Visitors, taking the Reserved Sacrament to parishioners
who, for various reasons, are prevented from joining our worship on
Sunday morning. Our dedicated LEV's travel to parishioners'
homes and to the local hospitals making sure that every parishioner is
included in the Sacraments and worship of our church.
Anyone who is interested in serving as a Lay
Eucharistic Minister or a Lay Eucharistic Visitor can feel free to
contact Fr. Hartt in person at the St. Peter's
Church office or by e-mail.
Lectors fulfill an important role in the worship
service by reading the lessons, or scripture passages, from the
To volunteer to be a lector, please contact the St. Peter's Church office.
Our ushers make our first impression. They meet and
greet people of our community, visitors to the Albany area and the
members of our parish family. They are the first persons to show warmth
and to offer a sincere welcome to our historic Saint Peter's Episcopal
To volunteer for the Usher Guild, please contact the St. Peter's