Serving at St. Peter's
Acolytes are young people who assist at our Sunday worship and other special services; acolytes may begin at age 10 and serve throughout high school. Training is provided and most acolytes serve once a month.
Church School/Sunday School
We provide Christian Education on Sundays (September to May) during the 10:00 am service to the children of St. Peter's, aged 3 years to 7th grade. Sunday school is broken into different age groupings according to the needs of the parish.
The Holiday Baskets Project is coordinated by Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, Colorado and sponsored by Aspen Interfaith Association. This program assists families in need that live in the El Jebel to Aspen area with Christmas gifts and food vouchers. Families are referred by local social service agencies.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Readers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Readers serve in leading worship and assisting the priest regularly at all of our Sunday liturgies and other special liturgies throughout the year. St. Peter's provides training, and licensing is required through the Diocese of Colorado. Lay Readers are authorized to lead services of Morning or Evening Prayer (and others) in the absence of a priest.
Nursery/Parent's Night Out
The nursery ministry of St. Peter's provides care for infants and toddlers at the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services and childcare for many ages during gatherings and meetings throughout the year.
Monthly during the school year, parents of young children have an opportunity for free, safe childcare for an evening out. Parents who participate regularly are asked to sponsor one evening each year.
Heather Phillips is our child care provider; she does a fabulous job with the children. Parents or other adults are encouraged to help out on Sunday mornings or on our Parent’s Night Out.
Ushers serve as greeters at St. Peter's, especially to newcomers and visitors. We direct people where to go, where to hang their coats, where the church is, and where the nursery is. Ushers also collect the offering during the church service, and direct the people during the taking of communion. Ushers also take an accurate head count that gets recorded for church records. After the service, ushers pick up bulletins, and straighten chairs and books.
The Altar Guild of St. Peter's cares for the altar, the sanctuary and the preparations for our celebration of Holy Eucharist. This includes tending to the altar linens, altar vessels, flowers, candles, and vestments.
The Flower Guild is responsible for our weekly flowers arrangements on the altar. Families are able to sign up to offer the flowers in honor, memory, or thanksgiving of an event or person by clicking the Flower sign-up link. The donation for flowers is $30.00.
St. Peter's Key Society
This is an exciting program that recognizes people who remember St. Peter's in their estate planning. This can be done through a will, life insurance policy, qualified retirement plan, stocks, or real estate gifts, or special gifts, some of which can provide the giver income for life. We are prepared to help you in your estate-planning journey and to encourage you to at least make a will as soon as possible.
Leadership at St. Peter's takes many forms, though the primary body is through participation on the Bishop's Committee. Persons who are called to be leaders are elected at the Annual Meeting, which usually takes place in January. The priest in consultation with the Bishop's Committee appoints other officers of the church, such as Clerk, Treasurer, and Wardens. Smaller committees also serve to lead and administer the parish to fill certain needs, such as an annual audit, planning the budget, and stewardship.
St. Peter's has traditionally made a commitment to give 10% of the income from pledges to spread God’s love to the community at large. The Outreach Committee is the group of church members who make the selections, and then those selections are communicated to the Bishop's Committee for approval or changes. In recent years the members of the committee have attempted to provide gifts to a variety of organizations, focusing primarily on local organizations and secondarily on statewide, national, and international gifts.