Upcoming Events

Cinco de Mayo Reception for the Del Priores 
Friday, May 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
Make plans to join us on Friday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) in Segar’s Pavilion for a farewell reception for the Del Priores, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This will be a celebration of Dorian’s ministry with us, and the family’s ministry with us during these past three years! This is an event is intended for adults, youth, and children before Fr. Dorian’s last Sunday, May 7. (Fr. Dorian will have a final SPY event specifically for our youth on Sunday, May 7) Let’s all celebrate the ministry we have shared, and offer our best wishes for the whole Del Priore family!

Habitat for Humanity:  Service Opportunity
Saturday, May 6
The Outreach Advocates have decided to expand our participation with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is going to build a house at 201 Boyd Ave. in Simpsonville. This is for a single mom with a couple of kids. As chance would have it, they are long time members of Holy Cross. This home is being built with the help of volunteers from about a dozen churches around Greenville County. Saturday, May 6th is St. Peters’ day. The projects that day are currently scheduled to include:

  • Priming the interior walls
  • Beginning first coat of paint
  • Finish interior Trim
  • De-hinge the Doors
  • Build the back Porch

We are asking for volunteers as the time is now approaching. We can have a maximum of 15 workers on each shift (morning and afternoon) and need a minimum of 5. We will also like to schedule a crew to feed our volunteers that day. If you are over 16 and would like to assist please sign up in the lower Narthex for the morning shift, the afternoon shift and the lunch crew.
If you would like to assist on other days (mainly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting March 23rd) you can sign up and if they have room on the crew for that day they will be happy for the help. Becca Robins is the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat on this project. Her phone number is 864-672-6345. Please contact her if you would like to work on another date.

Cinco de Mayo Reception for the Del Priores 
Saturday, May 6 @ 5 p.m.
It is a busy week end and yet there is more;  a time to relax.   Bread Breakers will sponsor a Kentucky Derby Party on May 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the home of Valerie and Tim Estes.  All members and friends of St. Peters are invited to come.  Please bring an appetizer to share or a bottle wine.   Pick your favorite horse and enjoy and afternoon at the races (via TV, of course).  Ladies are encouraged to wear outrageous hats;  gentlemen may also dress for the occasion.  If you would like directions, please call Tim or Valerie.

Labyrinth Ministry
First Sundays at 4 pm from October through June
“You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Ps 18:36

Walking Prayer
Behind the altar of St. Peter’s church, we are blessed to have a labyrinth, a spiritual path. It is set in a sacred space. Walking to its center, the pilgrim or prayer walker, lets go of all thoughts and concerns. The center is a place to tell God- “Here I am Lord,” use me for your service. Walking back out the same path that one entered, one meditates on what service they can bring to the world.
A simple prayer.

Weather permitting, join us every first Sunday at 4 pm from October through June for a community walk or simply walk and pray any time the Spirit moves you or the world troubles you.

Iter Vitae (Life’s Journey) St. Peter’s Labyrinth Ministry

Are You Called to Become A Daughter of the King?
We are a group of Christian women striving to fulfill the promises of our Baptismal Covenant through the adoption of a Rule of Life:

• To continue in the Apostles’ teaching & fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.
• To persevere in resisting evil, and when we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
• To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
• To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
• To strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

At Confirmation we promise to pray, work, and give for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom. Through membership in our Order women are:

• Strengthened through prayer.
• Helped to learn through study.
• Provided community with other Daughters.

We are a group of women living a Rule of Prayer and Service to our neighbors. We are women to whom parishioners can look for love and for help in time of need or loneliness. We seek to walk with God as our guide and try to draw those with whom we come in contact into the church. We are women who work to spread Christ’s Kingdom here on earth. We can never forget that prayer is the foundation from which our service grows.

“Prayer without work is empty words, Service without prayer is labor lost.”

We find The Order of the Daughters of the King to be a safe place in a busy world where we can be together and support each other in Christ’s love.
For more information or questions, contact Diane Moore or Beck Sullivan.

St. Peter’s Online School  
What does it take to be a Crazy Christian?
Do you want to know more about Scripture?
Would you enjoy learning the basics of how to Pray?

AND…did you know that we have an ONLINE Formation School? In fact, we have a remarkable resource at our fingertips here at St. Peter’s. This school will be used to prepare for Baptism. It will supplement and work in conjunction with our in-person Sunday morning offerings. This school will also feature special classes seasonally. We will often find ways to gather in person after these classes to reflect communally. Current offerings:

Classes are taught by notable clergy and great lay leaders in the Church. Many are taught by some of my seminary professors! Classes are self-paced, consisting of videos and reflection questions. Participants can post questions, thoughts, and ideas for other participants to engage with. It is easy to register and jump in! Current offerings:

How to Be a Crazy Christian – with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
Bishop Curry encourages us to break away, to be different, to embrace the crazy hope of the Gospel. If you seek to revitalize your faith, or to learn more about what it means to be a Christian, or if you’re simply weary of following your own way, this course is for you.

The Gospel of Mark – with the Rev. Dr. David Lose
With Advent, we will begin Year B of the Lectionary, and our Gospel readings will primarily come from the Gospel of Mark. This course explains why we have the gospels at all, and then answers four important questions: Who was Mark? To whom was Mark writing? What are the main themes in Mark? How should Mark be read?

An American Prayer Book, A Global Prayer Book – with the Very Rev. D. Tom Ferguson
If you’re new to the Episcopal Church, you may have wondered where we get this thing called The Book of Common Prayer. Whose book is it? Where does it get its name? What is “common prayer”? If you’re a lifelong Episcopalian, you may have asked the same questions, or you may simply have never thought about it much before. Whatever your background, the lessons that follow are bound to make you think. We’ll explore why the “the” matters in the book’s title; what “book” meant to the earliest Anglicans and what it means to us now; why we call our worship “common;” and what we teach and believe about prayer.

Start a Family Devotional Time – with Anne Kitch
Regular family prayer time can have a big impact on our children, and Anne has some great ideas as to how parents might develop and fine-tune their shared devotions. We will learn: Why a family devotional time is so important; How to begin and maintain a regular family devotion; How to pray and read the Bible with children; How to get over our fears of being in a religious leadership position.

REGISTRATION: To register for a class, please email Dorian (rev.dorian@gmail.com) with your class request. Dorian will send you a link to sign up and join the class. Once you are in the system, other offerings will be visible and available. These offerings will rotate.

EFM- Education for Ministry 
EFM is designed to address our call at Baptism and Confirmation to become ministers. God calls all of us to become ministers for the church. The EFM program purpose is to help Christian lay people prepare for this ministry by developing an understanding of their faith through the study of the Bible, church history, and theology in seminar group study. As opposed to an ordained ministry, EFM does not teach the skills of ordained ministry.
EFM will be starting our 4th year this September with our current EFM program. There are 6-12 participants in an EFM group. Currently, there are 8 participants in our program. We have seven – 4th year participants and one – 3rd year participant. The program runs on an academic year of 36 sessions. Typical study preparation time is 4-6 hours prior to the seminar. The seminars meet once a week for approximately 3 hours. There are a total of four years in the program but each participant commits to each year separately. It’s encouraged to have multiple years in each EFM group.

The seminars furnish the participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the written materials and develop skills of theological reflection. It is through theological reflection that participants can learn to examine their own beliefs and relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith.
The EFM program is administered by The University of the South (Sewanee). Study programs are supplied by Sewanee. The cost for registration and materials is $350.00. You may contact current mentors, Mary De Monterey or Ron Adams if interested. Also check out the official website www.sewanee.edu/EFM/. There are prospectuses for EFM on the website.