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.
As we thank God for sparing the homes and churches of our family and friends here in Central Florida, our eyes turn to behold the disaster being experienced by those in the Bahamas. We have been spared so we can serve. If you feel you can contribute monetarily to the relief efforts, please make checks out to the “Diocese of Central Florida” and on the memo line write “Hurricane Relief.” Checks should be mailed to the Diocese of Central Florida – 1017 E. Robinson St., Orlando FL 32801. You may also drop off, to the church, any of the items listed on the “Abaco Relief Supply List” found here. Please note – bottled water, perishable foods, clothing & shoes (other than items listed) are not being accepted at this time. Thank you for your contributions. Fr. Jim is working closely on a more long-term solution for the relief workers and the inhabitants of the Bahamas. More info to come.