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Worship and Faith

The faith of the people of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church is grounded in the desire to follow the call and the teachings of Jesus Christ. As a church we affirm the centrality of scripture and tradition as expressed in the Creeds (statements of faith) of the early church and our God-given reason. An introduction to Christianity and the Church as understood by the Episcopal Church may be found here. An important part of our Episcopal tradition is its comprehensiveness that is expressed in a diversity of interpretations of Christianity and styles of worship.

Worship is extremely important to our Episcopal tradition and Saint Peter's. It is through worship that we express the unity that embraces our diversity. Worship is the foundational act as a church — the gathered community. Saint Peter's worship is grounded in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church and its supplements. The Holy Eucharist — also called Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord's Supper — is our principal service of worship, and communion is open to all who feel called to partake. We offer a variety of worship styles. Our 5 PM Saturday service is an abbreviated and informal service of worship. The 8 AM is a traditional said service. Our 9 AM Wee Believers Service is designed for families with young children (six and under). Our 10 AM service is a choral service of Holy Communion with hymns and music by the choirs of Saint Peter's. Please explore this section, the information for newcomers and the music pages for additional information on our worship.

If you have any questions about our faith or worship, please e-mail the Interim Rector, Father Barrie Bates at 973-226-6500.

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