Ministries

Acolytes

The Acolyte Ministry is made up of a dynamic group of people who serve the church by being an integral part of its worship services.

The Acolyte Ministry provides opportunities for lay participation in worship services by adults and by young people age 8 and older. Acolytes participate in services by carrying candles, lighting and extinguishing candles, carrying banners, carrying the cross, holding the Book of Gospels, serving the celebrant during the Holy Eucharist, and being leaders for the congregation in worship experiences.Recruiting and training of new acolytes occurs throughout the year.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild assists the clergy in preparation for liturgical celebrations.

Members of the Altar Guild are responsible for the care of the vessels, candles, linens, hangings, vestments and decorations for the Holy Eucharist and for special services. Altar Guild members serve on a rotating schedule. Please contact Marion Cutler through the church office if you are interested in assisting the Altar Guild.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King is a religious order of women who take a life vow to live by the Rule of the Order.

Daughters of the King is a religious order of women who take a life vow to live by the Rule of the Order. The Rule of the Order requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism. The mission of the order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism. Are you being called to become a Daughter of the King? This is a group of women striving to fulfill the promise of the Baptismal Covenant through the Rule of Life. If you would like more information on this order, please contact Mary Gerisch (802) 379-6311 , retiredinvermont@hotmail.com, Nancy Sanford fhsmre@gmail.com , Colleen Gates, (518) 423-2485, cgates1011@aol.com, or the church office, (802) 442-2911, office@stpetersvt.org To find out more about the national organization visit the Daughters of the King Web site.

Eco Team

The Eco Team has spread from tending St. Peter’s garden into a number of ministries related to providing healthy food throughout the wider Bennington community. Though the group still identifies with St. Peter’s as it’s home base, in 2012 we shifted away from committee meetings to pursuing the we have started outside St. Peter’s walls. We expanded our raised beds on the east side of the church property, and tho9ught the summer the team made sure that there was extra produce to take home after church. The EcoTeam’s involvement was evident from the Kitchen Cupboard to the Walloomsac Farmer’s Market, local farms and CSAs and several community gardens. St. Peter’s has shown the value of a strong community-oriented food and farm network, and with your help we can carry this out in new and different ways. We would welcome you to get your hands a little dirty with the Eco-justice Team.

The Faithful Folders

The Folders are responsible for collating, folding, labeling, and posting the major mailings of the Parish

The Folders are responsible for collating, folding, labeling, and posting the major mailings of the Parish. They organize the mailing of the Parish Newsletter, The Keystone, each month. They mail stewardship materials, reminders, invitations, and other important communications materials.

Greeters

Hospitality is one of St. Peter’s strengths, and the Greeters are the first to extend the warmth of this hospitality and welcome to all.

Hospitality is one of St. Peter’s strengths, and the Greeters are the first to extend the warmth of this hospitality and welcome to all. They offer a hand of welcome to all who enter St. Peter’s Church. The Greeters acknowledge each person, parishioners and visitors alike, who come to St. Peter’s services.
For more information about this ministry contact Shirley Miller through the church office.

Intercessors, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers

Adults who take a prominent part in parish worship
Eucharistic Ministers are lay people who administer the chalice of wine during communion. Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the diocese.
 Lectors/Intercessors are lay people who read the designated scripture and lead the Prayers of the People during worship.
 A ministry schedule is distributed each month to all Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors/Intercessors. This schedule identifies the dates and times each minister of the service is scheduled to serve.

Knitting Ministry

A group of yarn lovers get together on a monthly basis (except summer) to knit or crochet for the glory of God.

We make prayer shawls, preemie hats that go to third world nations, chemo hats, baby blankets and other projects that are requested. These are blessed by our priest during a service. Prayer shawls are given to people for pains, joys or sorrows. If you know of someone that needs a shawl you can call St. Peter’s at 442-2911.

Music Ministry

The musical heritage of the Episcopal Church is extensive and diverse. St. Peter’s Choir is an adult, four part, mixed choir that incorporates plainsong, Anglican chant, Renaissance polyphony, classical choral works, contemporary anthems, and sacred songs and refrains of the 20th and 21st centuries in worship.

Choir rehearsal is held on Thursday evenings in the Parish Hall. Warm-up rehearsal is from 9:05 to 9:45 on Sunday mornings. The Choir sings at the 10:00 AM Eucharist on Sundays from mid September through mid June and for special liturgies including Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and the Great Vigil and Easter.

St. Peter’s Contemporary Ensemble, consisting of three acoustic guitars, electronic autoharp and keyboard, provides music for celebration of the Holy Eucharist according to Enriching Our Worship. The ensemble also provides music for occasional celebrations of Evening Prayer, Rite Two and for services of prayer and meditation around the Cross in the manner of Taizé

The Organ
E. and G. G. Hook, c. 1860

Estey Organ Company, 1932

M. R. Resig Associates, 1985

Southfield Organ Works, 1996

Great
Violoncello 16 (extension of Gemshorn 8′)

Open Diapason 8’

Major Flute 8′

Harmonic Flute 8’

Gemshorn 8’

Octave 4’

Chimney Flute 4′ (extension of Major Flute’)

Twelfth 2 2/3’

Fifteenth 2′ (extension of Octave 4′)

Mixture III 1 1/3′

Tuba 8’

Clarion 4 (extension of Tuba 8′)

Bell Star

Swell
Stpd Diapason 8’

Concert Flute 8′

Viola 8’

Celeste 8′
TC (tuned flat)
Principal 4’

Night Horn 4′ (extension of Concert Flute 8′)

Nazard 2 2/3′ (extension of Viola 8′)

Block Flute 2′ (extension of Stopped Diapason 8′)

Octave 2′ (ext Principal)

Seventeenth 1 3/5′ (extension of Celeste 8′)

Nineteenth 1 1/3′ (extension of Viola 8′)

Fife 1′ (extension of Stopped Diapason 8′)

Bassoon 16′ (extension of Hautboy 8′)

Hautboy 8’

Tremolo

Pedal

Resultant 32’

Double Diapason 16′ (extension of Great Octave)

Sub Bass 16’
Violone 16′ (from Great)

Octave 8′ (ext Great Octave)

Bass Flute 8′ (extension of Sub Bass)

Cello 8′ (from Great Gemshorn)

Super Octave 4′ (Great Octave)

Still Flute 4′ (extension of Sub Bass)

Harmonics III
Trombone 16′ (extension of Great Tuba)

Bassoon 16′ (from Swell)
Tromba 8′ (from Great Tuba)

Clarion 4′ (from Great Tuba)

Couplers
Swell: 16′, Unison Off, 4′

Swell to Great: 16′, 8′, 4’

Swell and Great to Pedal: 8′ and 4′

Combinations on 8 levels of memory
Generals: 6

Swell: 5

Great: 5

Pedal: 4

Mark Resig’s work was a rebuilding of the previous instrument. Southfield Organ Works of Springfield, Massachusetts recently renovated the console and winding. At present, the organ bears no nameplate.

Outreach Ministry

St. Peter’s supports a wide Outreach Ministry.

Besides providing financial support for the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund (ERD), and for other world wide ministries of the church, St. Peter’s supports a number of local efforts.

  • The Angel Tree
  • The Homeless Shelter
  • Emergency Food and Fuel Fund
  • PINS – Partners in Service
  • The Dove Project of the Southwestern Vermont AIDS Project
  • The Free Clinic
  • Kitchen Cupboard
  • Sandy Relief in Far Rockaway through ERD

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Ministry program gives opportunity for baptized Episcopalians to live out their Baptismal Vow that makes each person a minister.

The Pastoral Care Ministry program gives opportunity for baptized Episcopalians to live out their Baptismal Vow that makes each person a minister. The Lay Pastoral Care Ministry program complements and supplements the pastoral care provided by St. Peter’s priest and deacon, the ordained clergy.
Most of us, individually or as teams or families, have an hour a month to visit a shut-in, help with some shopping, provide transportation or prepare some food for a special need (the arrival of a new baby, someone who is ill or just home from the hospital). Use your imagination; you may have a talent that we haven’t thought of. Please think about this important ministry and your part in it. Remember we are all lay ministers. Call Emily Kennedy (442-5300) or Nancy Bower (447-0119).
Prayer Chains are another area of the Pastoral Care Ministry. There are 3 prayer chains that provide daily prayers for those who have requested special intercessions. Prayer requests are received by one of the prayer chain leaders and are passed on to the rest of that chain. The prayer chains are confidential. You are welcome to become part of one of the prayer chains. We can always use more people in this ministry. If this is a ministry that you feel you would be called to participate in please call the church office (442-2911) or Nancy Bower (447-0119) To request prayer for yourself or someone else, call the church office (442-2911) or Nancy (447-0119).

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation classes for children and youth include stories, music, crafts, games, and lunch.

Spiritual formation classes for children and youth include stories, music, crafts, games, and lunch. (10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the third Saturday each month) For additional information, please contact Mary Greisch or the church office.

St. Peter’s Red Hat Club

Our St. Peter’s (ERD-yes we can spell) Red Hat Club was formed for ladies, over 50, from St. Peter’s and the community to meet for “fun.”

Our St. Peter’s (ERD-yes we can spell) Red Hat Club was formed for ladies, over 50, from St. Peter’s and the community to meet for “fun.” We decided to have a purpose also –so we have a raffle each month; the money from which is sent to Episcopal Relief and Development to help children and others around the world.
Our “fun” activities include going out for lunch, having pot lunch or breakfast at St. Peter’s with a program, i.e. Cake decorating demonstration by Jayne Leonard, a professional. We also met with seven other Red Hat Clubs in North Bennington for luncheon singing and dancing and of course, looking at wild red hat creations.
We welcome new members!

Ushers

The Ushers of St. Peter’s are responsible for assisting people to find seating at services at St. Peter’s.

The Ushers of St. Peter’s are responsible for assisting people to find seating at services at St. Peter’s. They distribute the Service Bulletins to people who come to attend services. The Ushers collect the peoples’ offerings and bring the offering plates to the altar during the service. Men and women are ushers at St. Peter’s, and young people often assist the adults in this ministry.
For additional information contact Donna Maroney through the church office if you would like to assist in this service ministry