M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm
9:30am - 12:30pm
• Holy Communion– 8:30 AM
• HC or Morning Prayer – 10:30 AM
• Holy Communion – 12:05 PM
Governor's Mandate 3/20/20
Due to the new public health mandates, we will be closing both the Church Office and the Church until the restrictions are lifted. The closure will begin at the close of business, March 20th. The parish answering machine will be checked regularly for pastoral emergencies. Please continue to check the St. Peter's Website for updates. May the Lord protect and keep you, Fr. Hartt+
An Update and Word of Encouragement from Bishop Love
(5th Sunday in Lent – March 29, 2020)
A Letter from The Treasurer -
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your god is with you”
On behalf of the Vestry and Clergy of St. Peter’s Church, our prayers are with everyone during these difficult and unprecedented times. Please remember that while our worship services are temporarily suspended, St. Peter’s continues to be here for all of you in ways that allow our compliance with recent restrictions. Our website www.stpeterschurchalbany.org has phone and email contact info which will get you in touch with our clergy if needed.
Aside from the anxiety and emotional stress these events and restrictions have caused, many of you have likely suffered financial hardship. We pray for all of you and for the hopeful restoration of some normalcy in our lives soon; socially, spiritually, professionally and financially. The church is not immune to these hardships either. Our endowment accounts have declined significantly and the lack of worship services have eliminated weekly offerings while our operating costs remain. While we are dealing with these challenges, please know that we are positioned to weather this storm and recover quickly and strongly at its conclusion.
We encourage those of you that haven’t already, to attend virtually the weekly worship service that is available on the website of the Albany Diocese www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org . In addition, St. Peter’s website has some helpful links for additional home worship along with resources for prayer and bible readings. Recently Father Hartt and Mother Sue have been posting enlightening morning and evening prayer videos on their Facebook pages which we would also encourage all to view.
For those of you that are able, we encourage continued giving to the church. This can be done through the link on our website where credit, debit and direct payments from bank accounts are available or should you wish to contribute by check, can be mailed into the church office at 107 State St., Albany, NY 12207. We appreciate any contributions which will be vital during this period.
We pray for everyone during this time and celebrate God’s love which will guide us through. We look forward to the day when our doors reopen, the smiles and joy of our Brothers and Sisters spill out to the front steps and the magical sounds of the choir fill the air!
George Scala, Treasurer
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.
Holy Week Service Videos
During Holy Week videos of different Holy Week Services, each filmed from inside St. Peter's Church with Fr. Paul Hartt, will be available to view. These Services will also contain music from the St. Peter's Choir. The Services to view are Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Each video will be published on the church website on the appointed day as well as on the St. Peter's Church Facebook page. Click the link below to view.
Palm Sunday Service: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3CxvebT5dSs
Worshiping from Home
Morning and Evening Prayer Videos: Please visit the St. Peter’s Church Facebook page for a daily Morning Prayer video with Mtr. Sue and a daily Evening Prayer video with Fr. Hartt. You can also access these videos on this home page by clicking on the video under the "St. Peter's Episcopal Church Facebook" section.
WEBCAST SERVICES: Every Sunday the Episcopal Diocese of Albany webcasts a Sunday Service of Holy Communion with Sermon. You can access this service and those going forward from the Diocese at https://albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/
Resources for Home Worship: The Episcopal Diocese wants to encourage you to worship from home while this health crisis unfolds and to do so they have complied a resource list for you. By no means does this list provide all available resources, but it does give you a number of options to guide you in your home worship. You may also reach out to your parish clergy for ideas and suggestions. These resources can be found on the Albany Diocese’s website at: https://albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/worship-resources-during-covid-19-pandemic/
Prayer Book and Bible at Home. Family Devotions are a great comfort. Our Tradition encourages the use of the Prayer Book and Bible in this way. The Service of Morning Prayer begins on page 41. You can also go online to hear a spoken Daily Office at: