GRACE & ST PETER’S CHURCH
Until further notice, we will not be holding public worship services. Rev. Bob will lead Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings and post video of each service, including the parish prayer concerns and a pastoral message.
Video: Morning Prayer for the 5th Sunday in Lent, March 29
Readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent, March 29
Today, March 29, at 5:00 pm
[NOTE CHANGE from original announced time],
we will have our first Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom.
Have your coffee and muffin ready,
parishioners still in pajamas graciously welcomed.
LIKE Grace & St Peter’s on Facebook
for more ways to stay in touch!
Please join in the virtual worship service any time during the week when you have 40-50 minutes available, and keep our community’s concerns in your prayers.
Video: Morning Prayer for the 4th Sunday in Lent, March 22
Stay in touch: Rev. Bob’s messages to the congregation
We are a Christian community welcoming and accepting of all people
for worship, praise, fellowship and prayer.
We strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of
every human being.
RECENT AND COMING EVENTS
Find out what’s happening at Grace & St Peter’s right now
and in the upcoming weeks!
Walking the Way of the Cross together,
and proclaiming the Love that overcomes death,
even when we cannot assemble together
In this time of a global pandemic, churches everywhere are challenged to find new ways to observe the holiest days of the Christian year.
Grace & St Peter’s will provide a variety of ways for our members and friends to share in worship virtually, to celebrate within our households, and to pray and meditate as individuals.
Information and resources will be forthcoming by email, Facebook, and here on the church website. Please check with the church office if you have questions.
Pastoral Message from the Rev. Robert Bergner, Priest-in-Charge
Dear Grace and St Peter’s,
In accordance with the Town of Hamden’s response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health of our community, Grace & St Peter’s has suspended public worship for the duration of the crisis.
Until further notice, we will experience worship in a new way. I will lead a “virtual” service of Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings, which will be videotaped and posted on the Grace and St. Peter’s Facebook page and website later that morning. The videos will be posted indefinitely, so you may join in when you are available.
Please take note, also, that Dinner for a Dollar will be serving carry out meals only until communal meals are again considered safe. Upcoming parish meetings and activities have been cancelled until further notice.
If you are not feeling well, please do contact your healthcare provider. Please let the church office know and tell us how we can be of help (email@example.com, 203-248-4338).
In closing, I offer the prayer and salutation with which Presiding Bishop Michael Curry concluded his most recent communication regarding the novel coronavirus:
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
This we pray in Christ our Lord. Amen.
God love you. God bless you. May God hold us all in God’s almighty hands of love.
Peace and stay well,
GRACE & ST PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
AT THE CROSSROADS
Centerville, Hamden, CT
at the corner of Whitney and Dixwell Avenues, across from Hamden Town Hall
Grace & St Peter’s is a wonderfully kind, generous and welcoming community, worshiping together … serving our neighbors … sharing God’s love.
NORMAL SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Suspended for the duration of the coronavirus crisis
Current information is at the top of the home page.
8 a.m. Contemplative Service - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for children ages 5 to 12
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
Nursery care is also available at this service, though babies and children are always welcome in the church during worship.
Children join the full congregation after the sermon, to share in the gifts of bread and wine.
After the service of worship, we enjoy some relaxed conversation with coffee and refreshments. All are invited!
There is a small parking lot behind the church, and parking is also available on Sundays in the lot behind the DeMatteo building, next door to the church grounds.
Enter the DeMatteo lot by the driveway right next to the church’s EXIT driveway.
WE ARE A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
... welcoming and accepting of all people for worship, praise, fellowship and prayer.
We strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS
At Grace & St Peter’s, we bring the Gospel into the world, giving our time and hearts to doing God’s work.
Every Friday night we host a dinner for the community. We have many regular guests that come to enjoy the great home-cooked meal and friendly conversations.
We also participate in many other outreach ministries in the Hamden-New Haven area.
SHARING GOD’S LOVE
Our congregation is lively and diverse. We come together in worship, service and fellowship: to share our lives, to support each other, to learn from each other, and to have fun together!
We are called to love and support each other, to share each other’s joys and sorrows, to pray for one another, to encourage one another and to comfort one another.
We are called to gather together in worship, to sing, to pray, and to hear and reflect on scripture, to break bread
and share the Body of Christ.
We are called to go out into the world,
to serve our neighbors and to share
the good news of God’s love and Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Click here to read Rev. Bob’s blog, “Thoughts from the Center Aisle”
Grace and St. Peter’s is the product of the merger of two parishes in 1990. St. Peter’s did not exist until 1958, but the history of Grace Church stretches back 200 years before the merger, when our nation was newly independent, the Episcopal Church USA had only recently established its own constitution and structure apart from the Church of England, and the town of Hamden was little more than a dusty crisscrossing of paths in the countryside.