Situated in the center of the picturesque and historic town of North Wales on Church and Main Streets, St. Peter's has always had a community bent. Happily, we are hosting a number of community groups in our facilities. Our Fellowship Hall is used daily by guest groups and ministries. We are a church in and for the community and also globally.
For many decades now we have hosted mid-day meetings of AA groups. Currently groups meet here every day except for Sundays and Mondays. The Tuesday through Friday groups meet at 12:00 noon and the larger Saturday group at 1:15 p.m. The groups are organized independently from the church, open for everyone and confidential/anonymous. We support them with our prayers and by providing our space. For more information about AA and their approach to recovery from alcohol addiction, please check out www.aa.org.
Recognizing that many in our community suffer from chronic pain, a support group has been organized at St. Peter’s to discuss the practical issues of living with chronic pain. The group offers an opportunity for those in the community suffering from chronic, acute and debilitating pain to come together with empathy and encouragement so they may live more fully in spite of their pain."
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:18
CONTACT: Eve Phelps at email@example.com.
WHEN: Meets every Thursday at 6:15 pm
Pennsylvania is #1 in Lyme Disease cases in the US with cases continuing to rise. 10-40% of people infected with Lyme disease can develop a persistent, progressive illness affecting multiple body systems. Symptoms may include fatigue, insomnia, pain, aching joints and muscles, weakness, spasms, swollen joints (knees, shoulders, elbows, fingers, etc.), decreased short-term memory and/or ability to focus/concentrate, speech and handwriting problems, changes in vision or hearing, and mood changes (depression, anxiety, rage). Symptoms may come and go and migrate around the body. Diagnosis and treatment are rapidly evolving as scientific knowledge progresses. The MontCo support group provides education, support, and resources to patients exploring Lyme/Tickborne diseases as a potential cause of their illness, and for those diagnosed and suffering from Lyme/Tickborne diseases. The MontCo group hosts educational speakers, provides resources, and runs monthly support group meetings providing peer to peer support. The state organization, PA Lyme (www.palyme.org) provides an annual Patient Conference, and an annual Medical Conference, and runs the "Dare 2B Tick Aware" state-wide prevention program (www.https://palyme.org/dare-2b-tick-aware/) to generate public awareness and reduce the risk of children, youth, and adults getting Lyme disease.
For the last few years, we have conducted art camps for K-6th grades in the summer. The camps are run by a local Elementary School art teacher and a North Wales freelance arts illustrator. The camps are always filled to capacity and affordable for families. You may check out the website of Renee Williams-Erwin. Not only has Renee been a leader for art instruction, she has also designed several murals in the Greater North Wales area, which were painted by children. Two of them are in our church.
The Global Outreach Team (familiarly known as St. Peter’s Outreach Team, or SPOT), is a young ministry formed in 2015 that takes our prayerful acknowledgment of global issues to the next level. It is easy to look at the magnitude of poverty and suffering, or of wars and natural disasters, and conclude that these are issues for others to address. We recognize that needs come in all sizes and that we can do our part to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities. We can also build bridges of cross-cultural understanding and “Live the Word” through direct interactions with those in need.
SPOT facilitated a mission trip to Maya Mopan, Belize (2017) and the funding of a community farm in Léogâne, Haiti. We plan to visit the Haitian community March 7-11: for our Haiti Vision Trip. We continue to strengthen the bond between our communities.
Through prayer and our Pastor’s guidance, our team of Ambassadors will determine specific social ministry projects to support those in greatest need.
On Tuesday and on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. you will hear music and rhythmic movement in our Fellowship Hall. That's when the women from Aerobics Rhythmics meet here for their twice-weekly exercise. For more information, check out their website.
In the fall of 2011, St. Peter’s engaged in a partnership with the ELCA and Korean Lutheran Mission Developer Jonathan Shin. Since then a Korean worshipping community meets at St. Peter's on early Sunday afternoons. They worship in Korean. Please check them out on Facebook.
About three times a year we host community Red Cross Blood Drives, typically on Monday afternoons and evenings. Dates and times will be posted on our website calendar in advance.
In 2008 our church started a community Oktoberfest. The event has since evolved into North Wales Community Day, held on the first Saturday of October. The event includes lots of vendors, a free kids zone at Weingartner Park and lots of music, food, and beverages, including beer. Our church offers traditional German food, beer and other beverages from 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and also has live music throughout that time. It's fun and a way to bring people together.
The North Penn Partnership of Churches was started in 2013 as a successor of the North Penn Ministerium. It is comprised of both "mainline" and "evangelical" churches. The churches focus on collaboration on behalf of Christ and the people in the Greater North Penn area, especially in social ministries. Our pastor is an active participant of this group. Check out their website