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St. Peter's
A History of Welcome and Service

Founded in Essex Fells in 1893 to serve the wider community of West Essex, St. Peter's has always been a destination church, drawing people from Verona, Cedar Grove, West Orange, Wayne, Livingston, and farther beyond.

People find their way to Saint Peter's from many different religious traditions. We welcome families, singles, LGBT couples, spiritual seekers and people of all races.

We don't expect people to leave their minds at the church door. As Anglicans, we prize scripture, tradition and reason. Our worship is a modern expression of deep tradition, grounded in Word and Sacrament.

Our ministry to families with children include a 9 AM "Wee Believers" service for toddlers, a large and vibrant Sunday school and youth program for Junior and Senior high school kids. Both adult and children's choirs enhance our worship, and special concerts welcome the wider community. Forums and workshops on life-oriented topics apply faith to today's world.

From the first services in the old Essex Fells train station in 1893, to the building of the simple English-style church, which now serves as a Chapel, to the large Gothic-style church of 1956, St. Peter's has seen itself as a community church.

We put our faith into action to support Habitat for Humanity builds, Christine's Kitchen for the homeless, and the North Porch ministry to women. Our in-reach to the parish includes Angel Food meals to those in times of grief or sickness, and an extensive lay Pastoral Ministry to take Communion the hospitalized, sick and shut-in. Our facilities not are used for our worship services and youth activities, but our Nursery School, OpShop, Youth activities, and groups like AA. Events like the annual Street Fair welcome hundreds to our grounds for relaxing, tech-free, old-fashioned community fun.

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Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
271 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Phone: 973.226.6500
Fax: 973.226.5477