Welcome. No matter what phase of life you are in or what you have been through to get here, join us for an uplifting experience. Not an Episcopalian? No worries; whether a permanent resident, or summer and winter visitor, or anyone else seeking joy and shelter from life’s trials and tribulations. Check us out and let us tell you more about St. Peters.
St. Peter’s offers three distinct Sunday service options. All three follow the same worship structure, including a sermon and communion, but with different features. All three have the same dress code—casual. Two are in the sanctuary (8:30 and 10:30) in the morning and one at Bethune Beach on Sunday evening (5pm Winter/DST or 6pm Summer/EST). The unique features of each include:
We believe St. Peter’s is ‘where you belong.’ At St. Peter’s ‘Belonging’ refers to an affinity you have to be part of this community of faith. There is no test or cost to ‘belong’; just participate. Whether you come in person to the sanctuary, carry your chair to the Beach service, or watch the sermon online, you belong at St. Peter’s.
St. Peters services all follow a structure whereby there are readings from the Gospel, a sermon that is framed by the readings but anchored in real life, a common confession as a group where we admit and ask for forgiveness from mistakes made in the past, and then communion.
Services in the Sanctuary use readings from the Book of Common Prayer (black book). The reference is in the bulletin and announced during the service. At the 10:30 service, hymns are in the red book.
Communion represents the sacrifice of Jesus long ago so that we may make mistakes and be forgiven. Unlike some denominations, everyone is welcome to receive communion. No one checks your Christian credentials to see if you measure up.
At St. Peter’s consecrated wafers that have been infused with wine are offered to all who wish to receive. In the Sanctuary, we all go up to the altar while at the Beach the priest circulates among the crowd. If you aren’t ready for communion but would like a blessing instead, just cross your arms.
Not a problem to us. Many of our regulars come from other denominations and faiths. Everyone can belong here regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Some seasonal visitors even attend St. Peter’s when in the New Smyrna area and a different denomination when back home.
We offer services in our church and on the beach, and we also have a YouTube channel.
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The Rev. Canon Ernest Bennett currently resides in Ormond Beach with his wife Roslyn (Roz) and they have two sons and two grandsons. A graduate of Virginia Seminary, he was ordained in 1968 in the Diocese of South Florida where he served as an Assistant at Trinity-by-the-Cove in Naples in 1968. In 1971, he became the Vicar and later Rector of St. Andrew’s, Spring Hill and in 1985 became the Rector at St. Andrew’s, Fort Pierce. In 1993 he was called to be Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Howe and continued to serve Bishop Brewer until 2014 when he retired. As a licensed supply priest since retirement, he has served as Interim Priest in Charge at St. James in Ormond Beach, All Saints in Winter Park, St. Thomas in Eustis and now the Priest in Charge for St. Peter the Fisherman.
He provides vision and oversight for the work of all participants in worship and is available to parishioners for spiritual counsel and guidance through regular office hours and as needed in times of urgency. He oversees the life of the church in consultation with the Vestry. Ernie is also very committed to ministry and supports all endeavors of the lay members. He can be contacted at (386) 428-7383 or email@example.com.
Jonnette serves St. Peter’s as a newly ordained deacon, assisting the Rector with worship, pastoral care, visiting communion and wherever help is needed. She is a licensed Eucharist lay and visiting minister, and serves as the parish Cursillo contact person and chaplain for Daughters of the King. A former educator, Jonnette is dedicated to providing this parish with assistance, programs and materials for enriching our Christian walk. Jonnette may be reached at (386)428–7383 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our services are held in a few different locations. Discover your options:
SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II, At St Peter’s at 4220 Saxon Rd.
SUNDAY SCHOOL, At St Peter’s at 4220 Saxon Rd.
SUNDAY BEACHFRONT, At Bethune Beach, on the beach near the north end of parking.
WEDNESDAY HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II, At St Peter’s at 4220 Saxon Rd.
BIBLE STUDY, At St Peter’s at 4220 Saxon Rd.