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 Drive-in Worship Services

Starting June 13, we are meeting for a drive-in worship service Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at the St. Peter's parking lot. You can also watch the service on YouTube on Rev. Cate Ratcliffe's page. Check our "Virtual Services" page using the menu above to watch some recent services or read a recent sermon.

If you are planning to attend a drive-in service, please review the following procedures before you arrive:

1. You must arrive in a car, alone or accompanied by members of your household only (no carpooling!).
2. This time, Public Health is requiring that vehicles that be parked 6 feet apart for the service.  Follow the person guiding you to park, and park only where they tell you. Park so that your car is facing the church building. Like a drive-in movie, you will stay inside your car throughout.
3. It will be first come, first served for parking. This means that if the parking people tell you there isn't room, unfortunately you won't be able to stay. There's only so much room, and we're doing this for everyone's safety. Please try again (earlier) next week!
4. Only open the window on the driver's side of the car. This way germs will not travel between cars.
5. If you are able, please print and bring the service leaflet, or bring a device you can read it from. If neither of these are options, we will have some leaflets available, but bringing your own and staying in your car will minimize contact as much as possible.
6. Turn your radio to 88.3 FM.

Please try to arrive before 10:00 AM, so that our service can start on time with minimal disruptions. We are not able to open the washroom facilities to folks at this point, so please plan accordingly!


Update on the Annual Candle Service of Remembrance


The annual candle service of remembrance usually held in June has been postponed until September 12 at 7pm. More information will be available closer to the date on how to purchase memorial candles and participate in this special service.



St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery


The cemetery is now open for burials until October 31. Please contact the church office to arrange a burial. All current public health guidelines for funerals and gatherings must be followed during a burial and service of interment.


St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery is always open for visitation.


St. Peter's Cemetery continues to maintain the grounds; providing our regular perpetual care to the cemetery.


Please note that if you are having a memorial stone installed or repaired on a loved ones plot, you must notify the office of the work being done and when before having someone work in the cemetery. 



Parish Council

Parish Council meetings are open to any member of the congregation to attend, to keep up with what happens in our parish. Unless you are a member of the Parish Council, however, you would not have a vote. If you do attend, we would ask that you remain respectful and quiet during the meeting. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please approach a member of council, preferably the Parish Council Secretary Julie Bergeron, before the meeting to be added to the agenda. Minutes of the meetings will be made available online, and on paper by request from the office.


Parish Council is currently meeting electronically on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm, excluding July & August.


Prayer Shawls

We have a prayer shawl ministry in the parish, and always welcome new shawls! For those who don't know, a prayer shawl is given to a person in need (physically, mentally, spiritually, etc) as a reminder that they are loved, and that they are being prayed for. Our goal is to have some available to give out, whenever needed. When shawls are available, you’re welcome to take them for someone you know who is in need. If you knit or crochet, you’re welcome to make shawls in any pattern/colour you see fit. Just remember that the intention of these is that they would be big enough for people to wrap around themselves, as a comfort. There are some patterns available at the back of the church if you would like some guidance, or there are tonnes of patterns available online. You also may notice that there are some shawls in progress at the back of the church, with a simple pattern. You are welcome to pick these up and work on them at any time. The more hands, the merrier! Please return them to the basket when you’re finished working on them.




Bottle Cap Collection




You may have heard, but Eastern Passage is at the forefront of a new recycling project, recycling bottle caps! Matt’s Bottle Exchange is collecting

caps from “beverage containers, household cleaners, condiments, pills, milk containers – basically any cap that is approximately 2 inches or less in diameter. Give them a quick rinse if needed.” Keeping in line with the Season of Creation, if you’re unable to bring them to Matt’s yourself, we have a place set up where you can recycle them at the church! So save up your bottle caps from the landfill, and help with a small step in saving the planet.


Sunday School


With the COVID-19 outbreak, Sunday School is taking a break just like the rest of our programs and services. .


E-Bulletin

St. Peter's offers an e-bulletin by email. If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly bulletin by email, please email the office at stpeterschurch@ns.sympatico.ca and we will add you to the list. If you are currently receiving an e-bulletin and are not interested in that, please let us know as well.





Parish Office

*If you need to meet with the office, please call to schedule an appointment during the hours below. 



    Monday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Tuesday:  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Wednesday:  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Thursday:  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Friday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Saturday: Closed

    Sunday: Closed


    The Parish Office is housed in St. Peter's, 

    and is open these hours (excluding holidays). 

    If these hours don't work for you, please 

    contact the office to arrange an appointment 

    or time that would work for you.

Donating to St. Peters

If you'd like to make a donation to the parish, we are set up to receive donations by e-transfer (stpeterschurch@ns.sympatico.ca)! Simply include the following information in your e-transfer: Your full name and envelope number, or mailing address if you don't have an envelope number. In this way, you can receive a year-end tax receipt for your donation. This is a great way to make occasional or one-time donations. 














































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Message from the Rector: June 2021


Message from the Rector

Dear friends in Christ,

It seems like we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Public Health has announced some ways in which restrictions are beginning to loosen, as well as the intended path for the foreseeable future. Most Nova Scotians have had a first dose of the vaccine, or at least have an appointment booked (I'm looking forward to June 4th, myself!). While we wait for a time when the vast majority are protected, we still have restrictions in place, like gathering limits, distancing, and masking, but we're getting there! We're in a much more comfortable place as I write this than we were even a month ago.

In the first phase of reopening, we're permitted to have drive-in services, so we'll return to that for our worship on June 6th at 10 AM. Please see below for a reminder of the regulations for that, the same ones that we followed last year and made our drive-in services such a success. We hope to see you out there for that, but if you're uncomfortable with that, or unable to join us there, we hope to live-stream our Zoom services from outside (a new addition to the drive-in this year!), as well as broadcasting on the radio. Tune in, if you can't come out!

On a more serious note, I want to acknowledge the pain and the grief that many have been experiencing recently with the announcement about the mass grave of 215 children found at the site of a residential school in Kamloops, BC. They were innocent victims, and we mourn their loss, the loss of innocence and the loss of the elders they would have become, with all their wisdom. As we mourn their loss, we remember that they were not the only victims. This was ONE school. The atrocities of residential schools are something that both our province and our denomination took part in. It’s a part of our history that we try to sweep under the rug. But it was not only a “dark chapter” in Canadian history, the mistreatment of the indigenous people of the lands on which we’ve settled continues today, in a variety of ways. We need to change the system, and often that starts by educating ourselves. This announcement came just before National Indigenous History Month, which we celebrate in June. I would highly encourage you to take the time to educate yourself on Indigenous issues this month. I'm going to be taking a free online course called "Indigenous Canada" offered by the University of Alberta (you can find the link to that here https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada?=). It's primarily video-based, taught by Indigenous folks, and although I've only done one class so far, it seems very interesting. If you take on a new learning opportunity this month, I'd love to hear about it!

We're getting there, folks, on so many levels. It's been a long ride, and the journey isn't quite yet over, but the time will come. May God grant us the strength to continue to persevere.

Peace,
Cate