Community Life at Saint Peter’s

Parish life provides many opportunities for learning, camaraderie, and service. Typical events during the year are included below, and as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, there will be special events throughout the year.

A grief education presentation will be held in the Church on Sunday, December 2 at 11:30 AM. This presentation will explore how to navigate the difficult journey of grief, no matter the cause, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
The holidays can be especially painful because they emphasize absence. There is the empty chair, the missing voice, the missed laughter. One less place setting. One less present to buy. One less to receive. This absence changes everything.
Yet the pain is also a push toward a new way of living. Individuals and families are pressed by the emotional pain to organize in new ways, especially for holidays.
This presentation will address commonly-faced issues and offer attendees suggestions on how to make the holidays manageable and meaningful in the face of loss.
This program will be conducted by Father Vince Corso, M.Div., LCSW, parishioner and Pastoral Assistant at St. Peter’s. Vince is the founder of Compassion Identity and a therapist in private practice focusing on loss and life transitions. For over 20 years, Vince served as director of bereavement services in hospices in New York City and Long Island. For further information, please call the church office at 973-226-6500.

Advent is a time for getting ready to enter the mystery of Christmas.
Let’s start getting ready together!
Join us on Sunday, December 2nd, 
from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Undercroft.
We will have a light supper and children’s Christmas crafts. In addition, families will have the opportunity to make Advent wreaths (we will be asking for a small donation if you are making a wreath to offset costs).
It’s sure to be a wonderful time of togetherness!

Our first-ever Fall Festival took place on Saturday, September 22 and was a great success! The Fall Festival was proudly co-sponsored by several West Essex community businesses and organizations. Click here for more information!

Parish Events

St. Peter’s Street Fair 2nd weekend in June Our old-fashioned community and family event features carnival-like game booths, book sale, nourishing food, tiny cars for tots and much more.
St. Peter’s Youth Mission Trip in July  Senior Youth travel to work on a project to help people in a needy area, worship together, and take some time for fun at local amusements.
Vacation Bible School First full week of August Open to families in the West Essex community, this five-day ecumenical event includes bible stories, music, science, recreation, and snacks organized around an exciting theme for kids.
Choir Camp In this week-long event held the last week of August, children learn how to read music, sing hymns and learn their meanings, and practice simple anthems. At the end of the week, parents are invited to a short midday service sung by the children.
Thanksgiving Baskets Members and friends bring a variety of foods to make up 15 baskets to be distributed through the Caldwell Food Pantry to needy families.
Advent Event Special pre-Advent afternoon of craftmaking, food and fellowship
Christmas Lessons and Carols Service A special musical event re-telling the story of salvation in song and readings during the season of Christmas.
Men’s Nights | Ladies’ Nights Special evenings of fun and refreshments organized from time to time.

Adult Education

Being a follower of Jesus involves life long learning about how to put into practice the Master’s challenge to reflect the image of God in word and deed. A variety of learning events are offered each year that reflect the Anglican dedication to using Scripture, Tradition and Reason—including the wisdom of modern psychology and science to grow closer to God.

Sermons Select sermons are posted on our YouTube channel.

Confirmation for Adults Becoming Episcopalian
For adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, Confirmation is the path to entering fully into the life of the Episcopal Church. Adult Inquirers’ classes are held every other year for those interested, as well as any member who wants to know more about the distinctive Episcopal/Anglican approach to Christian life. A Confirmation celebration will be presided by the Bishop.

Seminars | Workshops

Adult Education Forums either as single events or short series are held on occasion after the 10 am Eucharist on Sundays. Recent topics have included “Walking the Way of Christ,” “The Reformation, Then and Now,” and “Responding Gracefully with Suffering.”
Special Events and Topical Workshops “Handling the Holidays When Grieving” and other pastoral issues, Walking the Labyrinth, CPR Training, and other topics.
Lectio Divina Reflective Reading of Scripture: A quiet hour of reading and responding to the coming Sunday’s Gospel is held twice monthly at 11 a.m. in the main church choir area before the regular Noon Healing Eucharist. First and Third Wednesday, unless otherwise announced, September through June.

Further Reading

Looking for interesting reading that can enrich your spiritual life? Practical advice for putting your faith into action? Interesting information about the Episcopal Church, the history of Anglicanism, or the history of the Church? Here are some suggestions for exploring and understanding your faith.
Welcome to the Episcopal Church, by Christopher Webber
Welcome to the Church Year, by Vicki Black
Wresting with Grace: Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life,
by The Reverend Robert Morris
Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers, by Ann Lamott
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, by Ann Lamott
Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer, by Fr. Thomas Keating