Ministries

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Ministries

“A Lighthouse of Faith, Hope, and God’s Love through Worship, Prayer, Christian Education, Stewardship, Fellowship, Evangelism and Outreach”

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Our mission at St. Peter’s is accomplished through the work of the various Ministries outlined on this page. Please click on each bar to expand and read about each ministry.

Acolytes & Chalice Assistants: Mr. Huxley Smith, Coordinator

Acolytes assists the Priest at the altar ensuring that liturgies are conducted in a manner of holiness and reverence. Their roles include thurifer, crucifer, torch bearers and master of ceremonies.

Chalice Assistants assist the clergy with the administration of Holy Communion and occasionally at the request of the clergy take the Holy Sacrament to the sick and home bound.

Our members consist of thirteen parishioners. At our 8:00AM Low Mass, two members perform duties as acolytes and chalice assistants. At our 10:00AM High Mass Services we have six Acolytes and three adults who perform duties as Acolytes and Chalice Assistants. We thank them all for their dedicated service.

Acolytes and Chalice Assistants for 8:00AM Mass are Mr. George Ault & Mrs. Brenda Innis.

Acolytes & Chalice Assistants for 10:00AM Mass are Dr. H Wayne Campbell, Mr. Neville Maynard and Mrs. Norma Rudder.

Acolytes are Mrs. Judith Alloko, Ms. Barbara McDowall, Mr. Justin Lowe, Mr. Rashawn Ifill, Mr. Theodore Robinson, Mr. Christopher Brown and Mr. Antonio Rodriquez.

New Members are welcomed. Any parishioner wishing to join the Acolyte Guild, please contact Father Foster.

May God bless you all.

Altar Guild: Ms. Patti Rookwood, Director

Altar Guild members are custodians of the Altar. Our mission statement is "We handle holy things in the preparation of the Altar so that it is suitable for the offering of Christ’s Body and Blood." Altar Guild members are responsible for the beauty of the worship. They take care of sacred vessels of silver and brass, alter linens, vestments, candles, wine, wafers, and flowers. We launder, clean, iron, polish, dust, hang and decorate.

Altar Guild members work in teams that are on duty once per month. The team meets on Saturday mornings for one and half to two hours. The entire Altar Guild is on duty in preparation for Christmas, Easter and St. Peter’s Day. Altar Guild members are faithful, prayerful, careful, diligent, patient, particular, and thorough.

An Altar Guild Prayer: O God, who has taught us the beauty of order in Your universe, give us a constant sense of that perfection, and a reminder that work is prayer if done for You; that we may approach Your Altars with humility and with a deep sense of our high call in Your service. For Your sake we ask it. Amen.

The Altar Guild meets by team on Saturday mornings.

Members:
Beverly Brown                                           Barbara Khan
Hyacinth Cameron                                    Inez Powell
Linda Fraser                                              Cynthia Rhodd
Yvonne Gittens                                          Patti Rookwood
Sonia Griffith                                             Ariana Simpson

Bible Study: Fr. Foster

Our mission is to "To connect to Christ through reading and discussion of God’s Word, advancing our spiritual growth." Led with great vigor and vibrancy by our Rector, Father Steve Foster, the Bible Study provides spiritual enrichment and growth. This ministry offers an in-depth study of the Bible and religious publications, followed by an open discussion by all participants. Currently, the ministry is studying the Gospel of St. Mark, a precise narrative of the life and work of Jesus.

The Bible Study Ministry has enjoyed a steady increase in membership during the past two years, and new members are always welcome. We meet from September to June following The Eucharist on Wednesday mornings and evenings.

Bible Study:
Wednesdays after 10:00am Mass
Wednesdays after 7:30pm Mass


Members:

Miriam Anne Alleyne                                          Barbara Maynard
Cynthia Anderson-Rhodd                                  Mary Maynard
Adolphus Cameron                                            Neville Maynard
Hyacinth Cameron                                             Ludie Mills
H. Wayne Campbell                                           Norman Newman
Cynthia Craig                                                     Constance Newsome
George Eastman                                                Patti Rookwood
Brenda Innis                                                       Tanifsher Smith
Henrietta Kerr                                                     Davis Welch
Hyacinth Lopez                                                   Pauline Williams

 

Choir Director/Organist: Mr. Eiichi Shamada

The St. Peter’s Senior Choir under the direction of Mr. Eiichi Shamada provides melodious music, aiding in our praise and prayers being lifted up to Almighty God. The choir meets for rehearsals Thursday evenings at 7:00PM and Sunday mornings at 9:30AM. New members are welcome.

 

Church School: Ms. Hettie Powell, Superintendent

Our Mission Statement is to provide a strong foundation in Christian education so that our children can examine and understand the teachings of Christ, thereby developing in them a belief in God’s presence in their daily lives. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

The Church School meets during the 10:00AM Mass on Sundays, except for first Sundays, and Sundays in the months of July and August. Our activities include the annual Christmas and Easter pageants which help the children to understand the true meaning of these seasons by bringing them to life through drama and singing. The children are also involved in Martin Luther King and Black History Month presentations. All children Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome.

Daughters of St. Peter: Mrs. Evelyn Irving, Superintendent

The Daughters of St. Peters consists of a warm and friendly group of women who represents all the values and dedication established by the organization of Episcopal Church Women. Our Mission Statement is: "Sisters in Christ through prayer and supplication supporting at all times our parish family and those in need." Our monthly meetings are held every second Sunday following the 10AM Mass, (except during July and August). We have several annual activities such as hosting a Defensive Driving course in February, recognizing prominent spiritual women during Women's Month in March, a Tea Party in April, a Father's Day brunch in June, and our participation in the Adopt a Family clothing and gift donation in December. Spiritual highlights are our Prayer Breakfast in October and our trip to see a Passion play at Sight and Sound in Lancaster Pa. We bring Christmas gifts to our sick and shut in and also lend our overwhelming support to the various other ministries in our Parish. New Members are always welcome.

Episcopal Ministries of LI: Mrs. Dahlia Henriques, Chairperson

As the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island, we at St. Peter’s collect non-perishable items through the year to give to churches in Queens. Two of our biggest contributions are during November and December. In November we collect several baskets of thanksgiving food for families less fortunate, and in December we collect coats and slightly used clothing for the United Farm Workers of Long Island. Thanks to our dedicated church family, our contributions continue to grow through the years.

Fellowship Committee: Mrs. Cynthia Craig, Chairperson

Our Mission is “Building the Kingdom of God to all believers.” The fellowship committee provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere to visitors and parishioners after the 10AM Mass on Sundays. The fellowship hour not only allows the Minister to meet and greet with the members of the congregation but also the congregants do the same. The following are some of the occasion fellowship is provided to carry out its mission: Pot Luck Suppers; Shrove Tuesday; Easter Vigil; St. Peter’s day; Annual Homecoming and Harvest Supper.

 

Legal Eagles: Ms. H. Powell, Mrs. M. Probherbs-Thompson, Co. Chairpersons

A group of Lawyers, paralegals and para professionals with legal training and experience coming together to provide legal education, life skills, health issues, financial awareness, relationship wellness, and domestic violence awareness to the parishioners and community of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Rosedale.

Our motto is “Spill the information”, so that everyone can “Sip the tea of knowledge.” Our forums cover education on Wills, Trusts and Estates Planning, Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, free tax preparation, free legal mobile van, free breast cancer screening mobile van, foreclosure and information on your legal rights.

Men's Guild: Dr. H. Wayne Campbell, President

The Men’s Guild is comprised of a small group of adult male parishioners. “Together we seek, through Christian brotherhood and fellowship to foster and strengthen the close family nature of our parish.” We meet together on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except July and August, to discuss and plan our upcoming activities. To demonstrate our active participation worshiping God, we wear our St. Peter’s ties on the fourth Sunday of every month, and participate in corporate communion every three months during the year. The Guild sponsors the St. Peter’s Scholarship Awards Fund and Dance, the Mother’s Day Luncheon, and The Annual Fall Dinner Dance, among the duties of a very active ministry at St. Peter’s. Welcome and come and join us!

Pastoral Care Committee: Ms. Barbara McDowall, President

The mission of the Pastoral Care Ministry is “to visit and communicate with the sick and shut-in and those who are in distress within our parish family”. The foundation is drawn from Matt: 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…” Members of this ministry visit the sick and shut-in on a monthly basis at home, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabs and assisted living. It brings the presence of St. Peter’s to our brothers and sisters and the privilege to listen, pray, read and sing with them. The committee members meet monthly every second Friday; whereas, the general body meets bi-annually for a time of debriefing, fellowship, reflection, and new ideas. The group strives to carry out the expectation of discipleship and to live, work, and have a sense of always being in the presence of God.

Property Committee: Mrs. Phyllis Harris-Williams, Chairperson

The Property Committee oversees and is responsible for the maintenance of the church, the rectory and any other buildings, as well as the grounds of the parish. In this capacity, the Committee recommends to the vestry any capital improvements which it deems to be necessary and beneficial for the improvement and enhancement of the property.

In 2013, the Committee commenced a feasibility study for the addition of an air condition system to the church and rectory. The Committee then recommended to the Vestry to move forward with this project. A state of the art ductless air condition system was installed and completed at the church, parish hall and rectory, comprising of 13 Mitsubishi air handlers and 9 condensers. This was a hallmark undertaking by the Committee, and in the summer of 2014, our parishioners enjoyed the comfort of air condition for the first time.

Under consideration is an evaluation of the overall building structure to ensure our plant would be in compliance with building codes. In this regard we will also be exploring ways to upgrade our church in order to provide improved access into the church and parish hall. As St. Peter’s Church is more than 100 years old, we expect to incur many challenges as we proceed with this project.

Scholarship Awards Committee: Dr. H. Wayne Campbell, Chairperson

The St. Peter's Scholarship Awards Committee is charged with the responsibility of recommending to the Vestry the awarding of scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 to two students each year. To be eligible each recipient must be a graduating High School senior who plans to attend College/University. In addition they should be in good academic standing, and be positive, active members of our parish, and their own communities.

The members of the St. Peter's Scholarship Awards Committee are:

  • Dr. H. Wayne Campbell - Chairperson
  • Dr. Krisann Johnson - Educator
  • Ms. Patricia Rookwood - Educator
  • Ms. Hettie Powell, Esq - Sunday School Superintendent
  • Mrs. Evelyn Irving - Daughters of St. Peter's: President
  • Ms. Sharon Locker - Youth Group: Director
  • Mr. Justin Lowe - Young Adults: President
St. Luke's Guild: Mrs. Hyacinth Lopez, President

The mission is “to educate and bring awareness to the parish and the community on issues affecting our health.” The goal is to promote health and wellness to the congregation and to the community. There is an emergency care team in place on Sundays with the goal of exercising safety and well being during church activities. There is blood pressure screening every first Sunday and there is also the hosting of educational forums to the parish. The group meets the fourth Friday of each month at 8:00 PM, except for July and August. New members are welcome and the ministry is open to all members of the church community.

St. Peter's Key: Mrs. Zavi Gunn, Chairperson

Our mission is “to communicate and promote God’s Word from the life and witness of the parish family of St. Peter’s.” This newsletter is published quarterly.

Stewardship Committee: Mrs. Henrietta Kerr, Chairperson

Mission Statement: "To foster among the members of St. Peter's Church faithful stewards through education on the use of Time, Talent and Treasure in Thanksgiving for God's love and blessings." We send out letters in November to encourage parishioners to make a financial commitment to the work and ministry of St. Peter's. We also do a presentation to highlight this commitment.

Ushers: Mrs. Sandra George, Coordinator

Our Mission Statement is "the inward face of the parish providing hospitality and welcome to all parishioners, visitors, and newcomers. Serving together in a manner that is pleasing to God."

 

Vestry: Mr. Pearson Griffith, Senior Warden (Class of 2016)

The Vestry consists of nine Vestry persons, two Wardens, and the Rector. They act as the agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Rector and Bishop, which are not inconsistent with the laws of the State of New York, Canons of the of The Episcopal Church USA, Canons of the Diocese of Long Island, Certificate of Incorporation and the bylaws.

Members of the vestry, wardens and officers shall discharge the duties of the respective positions in good faith and with that degree of diligence, care and skill which ordinarily prudent individuals would exercise under similar circumstances in like positions.

Each year at our Annual Meeting, one-third of the Vestry members are elected to hold office for three years while one Warden is elected for a term of two years. The regular meetings of the Vestry are held on the third Sunday of each month.
Some of the Vestry’s responsibilities are to define and communicate the mission of the congregation, to oversee the church’s ministries, and to manage the church’s resources effectively.

Young Adults for Christ (YAFC): Mrs. Zavi Gunn, Coordinator

Our Mission Statement is "to be a lighthouse of faith and of God’s love in the community providing opportunity for outreach, service, charity and Christian socialization." In the celebration of the events in the lives of others and sharing in the joys and sorrows as we walk together in faith realizing that all things come from God spiritually through worship and prayer.

We meet the 2nd Sunday in the month after 10 am Mass. Other activities are walk-a-thons including breast cancer awareness, Senior Appreciation Day; Technology training for parishioners; Black History Presentations; Summer Festival and Adopt-A-Family clothing and gift donations.

Youth Group: Ms. Sharon Locker, Director; Mr. Theo Robinson, President

Our Mission Statement is “to provide spiritual and social development, along with charitable outreach. To participate fully in the life and work of the church, while spreading the good news of God’s love to others.”

The St. Peter's Youth Group is open to young people 12-18 years old. Meetings are held the first and third Saturday each month. The youth group participate in many activities and events including service projects, outings, Parish picnic, presentations and shows, apple picking, spiritual discussions, and the opportunity to fellowship and make new friends.

The group aims to awaken our youth spiritually and encourage them to participate more fully in the life of the church.

All youth are encouraged to come join the fun and activities.

 

 

Come share your gifts, skills and talents with us!

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