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A multi-faceted program providing everything from blood
pressure monitoring to helpful advice. This ministry is being led by
Maureen Joos and Loran Manni, registered nurses.
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Christian Education Mission Statement
The mission of St. Peter’s Church includes following Christ through “study.” In fulfilling this part of our mission, we seek to provide quality Christian Education programs for all ages. Specifically, the mission statement of the Christian Education Council (CEC) is as follows:
Our goal is to create a loving and caring environment in which people of all ages come to know Jesus Christ and to enter into a personal relationship with the Lord. This relationship is encouraged to grow by teaching each adult, child and youth the meaning of being a disciple of Christ and the ways in which He empowers us to minister to others in our daily lives.
Christian Education for Children
From 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, students as young as age three (if potty trained) are encouraged to participate in our Elementary Education Program. The program includes students at the following grade levels:
Christian Education for Youth
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th - 12th grades. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore its core principles:
There are three two-year segments of the program:
Rite-13: The first two years (6th & 7th graders) that focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and their creative potential.
J2A: The middle portion of the program (8th & 9th graders), engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment.
Young Adults in Church (YAC): A mentor-based program helping older teens (10th & 11th graders) to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized.
Students involved in these programs have classes from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and also participate in monthly God in 4 D Youth Group Events Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and other retreats and events sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and St. Peter’s Church.
Christian Education for Adults
As a new class of students becomes ready for confirmation, they will meet with the Rector for a series of classes to explore this step toward reaffirming their baptism and becoming adult Christians. The time and scheduling of the classes depends on the visitation schedule of the Bishop and the availability of the candidates.
Special Events and Liturgical Programs
Throughout the year, students present special liturgical programs such as the Christmas Pageant, Stations of the Cross, the Passion on Palm Sunday and Wonderbox presentations in which each elementary level class talks about what they are learning in Sunday School. In addition, retreats and other special events are available through the St. Peter’s Church and the Diocese of New Jersey throughout the year.
Our new nursery is located between the narthex (lobby) and the parish hall and is available for children from 6 months to 3 years during the Christian Education classes from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and the 10:15 Family Eucharist on Sunday mornings. Volunteers staff the nursery and provide a safe and nurturing environment for our infants and toddlers. Beepers are available for parents so that they can be notified if they are needed to comfort their child. Children three years and older are encouraged to attend the 3-year-old Sunday School Class if they are potty-trained. There is no fee for these services. For more information, see the Nursery Brochure.
Children from age 3 to the second grade are invited and encouraged to attend Children’s Chapel at the beginning of the 10:15 Family Eucharist. We open our worship time with singing, then read the Gospel lesson for the week and offer a craft or other activity to illustrate the Bible story. Children are also encouraged to share their thoughts and prayers for the week, learn the Lord’s Prayer and are then dismissed back to the main church in time for the Peace and to share in the Eucharist.
Community Ministries and Sunday School
Each academic year, the Sunday School adopts a fundraising project. The Christian Education Council (CEC) approves a project proposal made by the Community Ministries Chairperson. In the past few years, the projects supported have included Ryan’s Well, the Heifer Project, building houses through Food for the Poor, support for St. Andrews Church and School in Louisiana, and the Build a Village Project through Church World Service. Funds are raised through a number of events such as the rummage sale and other donation drives.
Community ministries through the church are coordinated
the Community Ministries Committee, and include activities and
events primarily geared to address the issue of poverty both locally
and around the world. Many of our community ministries take
throughout the year:
Project Interaction Sunday Breakfast Program at St. Paul’s Church in CamdenVolunteers are needed the second Sunday of each month to serve breakfast to those in need. If you are interested, contact Richard Trimble for more information.
St. Paul’s Church Clothing DriveIn addition to the Sunday Breakfast Program, St. Peter’s has started an ongoing clothing drive for St. Paul’s Church. Each month when the volunteers go to serve breakfast, they also deliver donated clothes from the parish. Clothing can be dropped off in the office wing of the church.
St. Vincent de Paul Society CollectionOn the third Sunday of each month, the parish collects items for this local ministry. Bulletin announcements explain what items are being collected, and grocery bags are distributed for collecting the donations and delivering them to St. Peter’s Church.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Burlington CountyThe Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County was created to provide shelter, meals, and support to families without homes. "Host" congregations provide lodging and meals for up to 14 people for one week every two to three months on a rotating schedule.
As the “Support Congregation” for Medford United Methodist Church, which acts as the host congregation, St. Peter’s Church offers the use of our shower in the evenings from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with volunteers to act as hosts and provide supervision. We also offer breakfast for our guests on Saturday morning during our IHN week.
Volunteers are also needed:
Caps and LapsThis caring, comforting and knitting ministry meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the library. Caps for babies and lap blankets for the sick and elderly are created and donated to those in need
Collections for the Anna Sample House for the HomelessDonations of small toiletry items can be made throughout this year and given to the Anna Sample House. Donations are collected in wicker laundry baskets found throughout the church.
Christian Children’s Fund SponsorshipThe parish sponsors two children through Christian Children’s Fund: Francisco Jobsmario Rodrigues of Brazil and Felix Marca Ayala of Bolivia. Along with regular sponsorship dollars, parishioners can make special donations to the boys and send letters and cards.
Contributions for either boy can be sent to: Christian Children's Fund, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, Virginia 23261-6507. It is wise to cite St. Peter's contact number: 002577284, as well as the child's name, project number and country of residency
Special Community Ministries Projects
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