In 1970, Reverend Larry Lossing of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Smyrna requested permission from the Diocese of Central Florida to hold a service at the beach. On July 19, 1970, the Right Reverend William Folwell presided at the first Surfer’s Mass. This quickly became a summer tradition, continuing into the early 1980’s when the beach services were discontinued, to the dismay of residents and weekend visitors from Orlando. Thanks to the efforts of both groups, services continued and were held at Coronado Beach Elementary School. Attendance grew and Father Tyrell Dear came on board to serve as a part-time Vicar for St. Peter’s beach side chapel. With continued growth, the communicants petitioned the Diocese and in January of 1987 St. Peter the Fisherman officially became a mission.
All Church Services at St. Peter the Fisherman
have been cancelled until further notice.
There will be a Communion Drive-Thru on Sunday morning from 9-11 AM, and on Wednesday morning from 10-10:30 AM. There will also be a No-Touch Beach Communion Drive-Thru on Sunday evenings from 6-6:30 PM in the church parking lot that will function the same way. Individuals are to remain in their vehicles and attendants will be present to help guide you through the line. Please see the photo below of our parking lot, as cars will enter through the Parish House Exit and will exit through the Main Entrance of the Church parking lot. Fr. Jim will be administering Holy Communion individually by car, so please prepare any prayer requests and he will say a prayer with you. We are accepting offerings of donated canned vegetables and soup that can be dropped off on Sunday at the Communion Drive-Thru, or through the week during office hours at the main church doors.