11 White Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Hours: Services held on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 AM (10:00 AM in Summer)
Welcome to St. Peter’s , seeking to serve God’s mission of restoring all people to unity with the Creator. The doors open wide: In the name of Jesus Christ.
St. Peter’s has been a presence in Midcoast Maine for over 150 years. In that time it has evolved from a bastion of traditional Anglo-Catholic Episcopalianism into a proudly inclusive Episcopal parish. In 2000 the members of St. Peter’s undertook a serious study of who we were and what we saw as our ministry. The decision to continue investing our energies at our historic downtown location says much about who we are and how we see ourselves: a spiritual community with a sense of service to the people around us. All of these activities occur in our spaces that were expanded and upgraded in 2002. A commercial kitchen was created to address the need for a serious outreach feeding ministry. This ministry known as Loaves & Fishes serves a meal on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. It is a collaborative effort with teams from St. Peter’s, other local churches & the local synagogue and several community groups. The parish hall, with its labyrinth-patterned floor is a versatile meeting and activity space. Our parlor is a welcoming venue for forums and study groups, and it serves as a nursery during church services. On the second floor, offices, a vestry room and quiet library area are the new heart of activities that keep us vital. St. Peter’s is surrounded by the Rockland Recreation Center and public playground, the Rockland Public Library, the Knox Center for Long Term Care, and the Knox County Courthouse; and all this is one block away from Main Street and the Rockland Harbor. Over the exit from the nave is a banner parishioners see as they go in peace to love and serve the Lord. It says, “Welcome to the Mission Field.” We believe that worship is the center of life at St. Peter’s. We know this is what makes everything else we try to do happen. We pray well together and our services have a casual dignity in an environment of safety and warmth. Our care for each other and our community starts with loving God and our neighbors. We need to hear the Good News constantly and in ways that give us energy for our work in the world.
At St. Peter's, we have two Sunday morning services. The 8:00 a.m. service (no music) uses the Rite I during seasons of Lent and Advent and Rite II at other times of the year. The 10:30 a.m. service (10:00 a.m. in the summer) uses Rite II and includes music, with a highly dedicated and talented choir performing on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month throughout the year. Anthems for the Rite II are varied and include the works of Anglican composers such as Henry Purcell, Sir John Stainer and Samuel Sebastian Wesley, as well as contemporary composers such as Healey Willan and John Rutter.
We are open to Eucharistic settings of other Christian communities. Our 7:00 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist combines Taizé chants with liturgies developed by the Iona community. We love our festival seasons and go all out for Christmas and Easter, but we also enjoy the quiet seasons and the richness they offer.