Welcome to St. Peter's Episcopal, Port Royal

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1. Newcomers - Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter's Sunday News

4. December , 2016 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (Dec, 2016) , Supplemental Dec. newsletter

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. What's new on the website . Dec. 4, 2016

9. Latest Photo Galleries 

10. Latest Bulletin (Dec. 4, 2016) 11am  and Sermon (Dec. 4, 2016)

Dec. 4, 2016 

11. Recent Services:

Pentecost 26 Sunday, Nov. 13

Photos from Pentecost 26

Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 20

Photos from Christ the King

Advent 1, Nov. 27

Photos from Advent 1

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 15, Aug. 28, 2016 - "Brethren, We Have Met Together"   

We have a repository of favorite book titles and authors. More information..

Submit your favorite book(s) to our growing repository.

Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting


Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online, since 1999

"We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance."

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week, Dec 4 - 11

John of Damascus, Priest, c. 760
Clement of Alexandria, Priest, c. 210
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397
[Richard Baxter, Pastor and Writer, 1691]
[Thomas Merton, Contemplative and Writer, 1968]

Dec. 7 -10:00am - Ecumenical Bible Study

Dec. 7 - 5:00pm - Village Dinner

Dec. 8 - 6:45pm - Peumansend Jail Ministry

Dec. 9 - 5:30pm - Port Royal Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 10 - 10:30am - Choir retreat at Brad's house

Dec. 11 -10:00am - Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade)

Dec. 11 -10:00am - "God's Kids" (3rd grade and up)

Dec. 11 -10:00am - Matthew's Infancy Stories, Parish House

Dec. 11-11:00am, Holy Eucharist- Advent 3 

Dec. 11 -5:30pm, Everett's Christmas

Photos from Sunday, Dec. 4 

Last Sunday Advent 2, Dec. 4, 2016)    

Sunday Readings and Servers, Advent 3, Dec. 11, 2016   

A Christmas Village Harvest, Dec. 21

This month, on Wednesday, December 21st, we’ll be serving a simple supper to all who come to the food distribution. The plan is to prepare bean soup for people to enjoy eating and to provide supplies so that they can make jars of bean soup mix to give as a gift or to make at home again later.

You can help by volunteering to cook soup, to help serve soup or to help people prepare their own jars of bean soup mix.

Lots of dried beans will be needed—red beans great northern beans split peas pintos and black beans. Also needed—quart jars. This is a great opportunity to get all of those quart jars you’ve been saving out of your pantries, attics and basements.

You can always make a monetary donation with a check to St Peter’s with "Village Harvest" in the memo line.

Advent 1

Advent 1 links

Advent 2

Advent 2 links

St Nicholas Day is December 6. 

St. Nicholas

Here is a presentation that provides the background of this saint who has had a colorful and varied history over 1800 years. 


Additional Meditations:   

Suzanne Guthrie - "A Way in the Wilderness" (2014)

Daniel Berrigan - "Advent Credo" (2004)

Catherine Adler - "Advent Hands" 


From the Presiding Bishop- Advent Messages 2012-2014 - "What are you waiting for?" 

From the Episcopal and Lutheran churches - Advent devotions for each Sunday in Advent


From the Archibishop of Canterbury - An Advent course "Getting More Out of the Bible"


From the Diocese of  Virginia -

Learning the Art of Waiting in Advent  (2012)
Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

Be Awake, Alert, Aware, Alive, Part 1 (2013)
Be Awake, Alert, Aware, Alive, Part 2 (2013)
Rt. Rev. Susan Goff

Liturgical Layers - Advent
Bishop Shannon Johnston

Christmas Flowers
Linda Hemming, Aquia Church

Advent Waiting in Hope
Jeff Borden

The surprising origins of the Twelve  Days of Christmas


 Make Ready the Feast highlights one scripture citation and one recipe during Advent

Advent 3  

Advent 3

Explore Advent, Part 3 - Over the Sundays in Advent there will be a presentation each week focusing on that week's scriptures, art and commentary and how they demonstrate the themes of advent. Let's continue with Advent 3.

A. Voices for Advent 3

"In Advent the church emphasizes these ways of continual change: Repentance. Conversion of life. Self-examination. Awakening. Deepening.  "

- Suzanne Guthrie 

B. "You Don't Want to Be a Prophet (Isaiah, Luke)



"Christmas without Anglicans?" - Anglican contributions to Advent and Christmas carols. 

Port Royal Christmas Celebration, Dec. 9, 2016, 5:30pm

Here is last year'a event: 

Over 100 children participated in the annual Port Royal Tree lighting, starting with a pizza dinner on Friday Dec. 11, 2015. Five groups collaborated for this event - Town of Port Royal, Parks and Rec, Caroline's Promise, St. Peter's Episcopal, and Memorial Baptist. After a dinner of pizza and vegetables, the outside tree was decorated, lit and carols sung. The children were then led to the side of the firehouse. Santa soon showed up in a Port Royal fire engine ready to meet all the children inside the firehouse. Each child received a gift and picture with Santa. In addition other presents were distributed in a game like musical chairs. Finally two cakes were consumed rounding off the evening.

The best part of the evening was watching the children having a great time in the spirit of the season.


More pictures


Choir Retreat, Dec. 10, 10:30am

Sat's choir retreat has been an annual event for several years. It is a combination of a separate practice away from the demands of Sunday to concentrate on the Christmas music as well as an opportunity to prepare a meal and enjoy each other's company.

This year's retreat will be held again at Brad's home in Stafford :

54 Woodbourne Lane
Stafford VA 22554
Home 540-659-8568
Cell 540-223-0127

Christmas at the Everett's, Dec. 11, 5:30pm

Last year's event and Last year's pictures

The Everetts, Cherry and Woody have for the past several years planned an open house for St. Peter's to get us all in the holiday spirit. With their miniature Christmas village, their "second house" with another set of Christmas deocorations, it is truly a spectacle and the food is bountiful. This year it is on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5:30pm.

Their home is at 17186 Cherwood Pond Ln, King George just across the Rappahannock and to the right 

This Christmas season...

Link to all the events.   

Christmas Deadlines  

1. Poinsettias for  Christmas Eve and Christmas  - If you like to donate a poinsettia for Christmas, the cost is $10. Please complete the order form and include a separate check to St. Peter’s with poinsettia in the memo line. Deadline Sunday, Dec. 11th.

2. Donation to the Endowment Fund.  By Dec. 18

3. The Christmas pageant will be Dec. 18, 2016 as part of the 11am service. If you would to participate, please let Catherine know.


St. Peter's Church 823 Water Street  P. O. Box 399 Port Royal, Virginia 22535  804-742-5908.  Reverend Catherine D. Hicks, Priest-in-Charge, stpetersrev@gmail.com;    Site Map