St. Peter's Church and Christ Church
Starting Sunday January 17 we will be meeting in-person for services at 10 am. Please register by Thursdays at 5pm for each week's service. You can register by calling our registration line at 902-580-7629 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces will be limited to follow Public Health guidelines. Please remember to bring your mask, practice physical distance with those not in your social group, sanitize your hands and stay in your spot. Communion and music will look different. Contact us with any questions about what to expect at an in-person service.
Services are also recorded and made available online.
Click below to visit Rev. Cate's YouTube channel for services:
Christ Church remains closed at this time as there is not sufficient space to allow for proper social distance.
St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery
The cemetery is now closed for the season, as of October 31, 2020. There will be no further burials or installation of headstones until the cemetery re-opens on the May long weekend in 2021.
The church is now open for indoor funerals. Please contact the office to arrange a funeral.
St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery remains open for visitation.
We ask that visitors follow all Covid-19 directives given by the municipal, provincial and federal governments when visiting loved ones at the cemetery. Please maintain physical distance of 6 feet with other visitors to the cemetery and ensure there are 10 or less people in your group as you visit. These directives can change so please stay informed and make sure you are following current guidelines when you visit.
St. Peter's Cemetery will continue to maintain the grounds; providing our regular perpetual care to the cemetery.
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. Our next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for November 17 at 7 pm. If you have anything to put on the agenda for November, please remember to notify Julie or the office before the meeting.
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
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.
With the COVID-19 outbreak, Sunday School is taking a break just like the rest of our programs and services. When students returned to school, Sunday School will resume in the parish too.
Sunday School Registration has taken place, but you're still welcome to join in! We look forward to continuing to share God's love with our youngest parishioners! Please speak to Sandi Somerton if you have any questions.
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 email@example.com 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.
*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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)! 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.
If I'm honest, this is probably my least favourite month. It's grey and dreary, and always seems a bit sad to me. So I thought I'd start off this message with a reminder that there are things to be happy about, even in times that may seem dark. It's always about trying to find the light and the good.
On that note, this month we start our services back. It's very fitting that our first service back will be on All Saints' Day, when we think of all the saints who have worshipped and served God in the time before us. Every time we worship, we do so with the cloud of witnesses, including the saints. In many ways, when we return to our worship in the building, it's going to be different than our worship has been in the past, but it will be a wonderful time too. God is with us in it all, and that hasn't changed despite the changes in the world around us. We will also acknowledge Remembrance Day, and although it will look different than it has in years' past, we honour those who have served just as much as ever before.
I will be taking a week of study leave, during which I'll be attending Vital Church Maritimes (virtually) as well as engaging in some study and reflection. Following that, I'll be taking the rest of my vacation for the year. Emergency pastoral care will be made available by contacting the office of Eva Naugle for the number of the clergy on duty. Rev. Tori Byrne will cover the two services I'm gone. I'll be out of the office from November 9-26 (with the exception of Remembrance Day!), and will be back just in time for Advent, that season full of anticipation!
On a personal note, Noah and I decided to change our wedding (last time, God-willing!). When we changed the date initially to October 2021, we hoped that the pandemic would have lessened, and that family and friends from afar would be able to join us. But it’s become increasingly clear that we can’t guarantee that, and it’s been so hard for us to live apart that we can’t imagine doing that for another full year. So we’ve decided we’re going to get married on December 19th, 2020 instead! We're planning on livestreaming the ceremony, so that even though we can't have everyone we would love to have there in person, we're hoping to be able to have
at least some folks be able to join in online.
This year hasn't been anything like any of us anticipated, but there is still joy all around us. God is good!