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• Holy Communion - 8:30am
• Holy Communion (1st & 3rd Sundays) - 10:30am with Summer Choir, Summer Sunday School and Child Care
• Morning Prayer (2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays) - 10:30am with Summer Choir, Summer Sunday School and Child Care
Sunday, August 7th
We are happy to announce that the 8:30AM Holy Communion Service has returned. For the summer the service will be a "said service" with no music and will take place at the St. Mark's Altar with Mtr. Christina Hunter preaching.
The 10:30AM service has returned to it's regular schedule of a Holy Communion service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and a Morning Prayer service on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month. This Sunday, August 7th will be a Holy Communion Service. We hope you will join us for one of these Sunday services.
The summer choir will be singing, with this week's anthem, "Ave verum" by Edward Elgar. Summer Sunday School will take place and Child Care will be available.
For the summer months coffee hour will not be held after either service. Coffee hour will resume in September.
COVID Guidelines for Worship at St. Peter's Church updated August 2022
The clergy and Vestry of St. Peter’s are continuing to monitor the public health situation. We wish to find ways of being together in worship and fellowship that take into consideration the varied needs and comfort levels of our congregation.
Current research on Covid continues to show that transmission of the virus most often occurs through exhaled air. This means that masking and distancing, along with vaccinations, are the most effective means of preventing the spread of the virus.
Use of the common cup during communion is being restored at St. Peter’s, based on the research that – while transmission of the virus through saliva is possible – studies seem to indicate that to be a very low possibility.
The practice of receiving communion via intinction – while permitted -- potentially presents a higher risk of transmission than drinking from a common cup because the fingers of parishioners sometimes accidentally touch the chalice or the consecrated wine.
With all that said, here are the updated COVID Guidelines:
Receiving communion in both kinds is permitted, including drinking directly from the chalice. As always, parishioners who are not comfortable partaking of the chalice may receive the fullness of the risen presence of Jesus Christ in the bread.
Although intinction is still permitted, we would ask parishioners who plan to receive the sacrament in this way to sanitize their hands immediately before approaching the altar rail.
The priest and lay eucharistic ministers will sanitize their hands immediately before administering the sacrament to the congregation.
Masking and distancing, while not required, are certainly always welcome here at St. Peter’s.
As always, we would ask anyone who shows any signs or symptoms of potential Covid infection to stay home from church and to consider testing.
We are always seeking better ways to navigate this difficult time in our church and world with charity and openness. If you have suggestions or concerns, please feel free to talk to Mtr. Christina or any member of the Vestry.
Welcome to St. Peter's
St. Peter's is an active church with a rich history. With a faithful membership, St. Peter's seeks to worship God, to support the spiritual growth of all parishioners, to reach out to the surrounding community, and to preserve our unique Christian heritage for the benefit of future generations.
St. Peter's has served as an active center of worship for over 300 years. A member of the Diocese of Albany, St. Peter's existed before the formation of the Episcopal Church after the American Revolution. The current St. Peter's Church is the third structure in the parish's history, the first having been built in 1715.
Much of the life of the church takes place in the Guild House adjacent to the church, which houses the church offices, the Sunday school classrooms, the nursery, the choir room, the archives, a large auditorium with full kitchen, the Pumpelly Room parlor for receptions, and upper floor apartments.
Coffee Hour Volunteers: Coffee Hour is an important stewardship program of St. Peter’s. The volunteers this year: Gayle Hartz, Josephine Kamya, Robin LaPlante, Michele Lundberg, Donna Ohlman, Alice Sanigular, Susan Smith, Gloria Van Derpoel and Michele Vennard have provided us all with great treats and outstanding hospitality. It’s time to provide a summer break for all. Coffee Hour will resume in September. In the meantime, if you would like to become a Coffee Hour host, please reach out to Michele Vennard at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (518)858-0525 or (518)274-4989. Our final Coffee Hour for the summer is today, July 10th.
Summer Choir: Members of the parish are invited to join the singing of the summer choir, beginning Sunday, June 26th. We have a brief rehearsal at 9:45AM on Sundays to prepare music for the 10:30AM service. There is no audition, but the ability to follow musical notation is helpful.