Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church

July 18, 2021

9:00am     Holy Eucharist Rite II with the Baptism of Niko Josh Mastriano

Break for Refreshments and Conversation

11:00am     Funeral Service for Josh Kovner

Masks Required Inside for both services**
Rev. Bob Presiding
Lector and Intercessor- Pam Newell

Service Bulletin

For this special service, bulletins will be available at the church
**  G&SP is following the "2 of 3 levels of protection rule" for safety from Covid 19, as recommended by our Bishops.  Details on these levels of protection can be found here 

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A New Program!

On Tuesday, July 10, the Faith Study Group finished the final chapter of “Manna and Mercy,” bringing an end to our leisurely journey through that book, which has lasted more than a year.  All those who were at the meeting expressed their appreciation for the approachable and insightful way that the author and illustrator (Lutheran pastor Daniel Erlander) presents the whole story of scripture, “God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Whole Universe.”

So now, what next?  We will be returning to Bible study involving the actual text of the scripture, with a focus on the gospel story and Jesus’s call to us, especially as we are hearing it more clearly through “Manna and Mercy” and the parish’s ongoing exploration of Jesus’s Kingship of Kinship.  It seems a good idea to pick a program that will last perhaps three or four months, to get us partway through the fall and end before Advent. 

So we have chosen the Kerygma series on the parables.  All are welcome to join.  If you would like to be on the Faith Study email list for reminders of meetings, please contact Gretchen Pritchard at 203-624-2520 or  The group is always open to anyone who would like to take part. 

This Bible study program calls for every participant to have a copy of its “resource book.”  If you would like to order your own copy from the web site, please do so.  Gretchen will buy the leader kit and also order extra copies of the resource book so there will be some on hand for people who may join the conversation along the way. 

The next Faith Study Group meeting is Tuesday, July 27, at Jessica Kott’s house, 44 Knoll Drive, Hamden (just short of the Hamden/Cheshire town line).  Again and as always, all are welcome!

Convocation of Prayer for the 80th General Convention

On Saturday, July 17, at 2 p.m., bishops, deputies and alternate deputies of The Episcopal Church will gather online for a convocation of prayer to prepare for the 80th General Convention, which will take place in July 2022. The service will be open to everyone at

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Peacebuilding Online Project

EPF will host a series of online 1-hr presentations the first Sunday of each month starting in August on different aspects of and approaches to peacebuilding, both with others and within ourselves. We will meet via Eventbrite/Zoom at 4 pm Eastern Time. Please plan to attend as many of our programs as you can, bring a friend, and ask your congregation and diocese to publicize our programs each month. Hear inspiring voices. Learn. Discover resources for going deeper.  Learn more here

New for the Sanctuary!

Thanks to Laura Richling and Reverend Bob, our sanctuary will now be home to a baby grand piano.  The piano arrives on Monday.  Enjoy!



  •  FREE program hosted at Albertus Magnus College July 19 - August 13
  • 80 spots available for Rising 1st through 4th grade students 
  • All day program from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm  breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided 
  • Focus on academics, enrichment, play, arts, and culture- program materials provided

Horizons is offering an incredible, FREE opportunity for New Haven public school students to join four weeks of academics, art, play, and field trips! Horizons at Albertus Magnus College is an award-winning summer learning program for 80 students in rising 1st through 4th grade who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. After a difficult year of school due to COVID, NOW is the time for parents to take advantage of summer learning programs to accelerate recovery.

 Registration fee is $25 and can be waived based on financial circumstances. The program runs daily from 8:30am-3pm, Monday-Friday on the campus of Albertus Magnus College. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided, along with all program materials, and a t-shirt.  Preference of enrollment will be given to students eligible for free and reduced lunch.  There are 80 spots available, and participants are asked to attend all program dates in full. 

With some students facing up to a year’s worth of learning loss, summer learning programs like Horizons are more important than ever to help students recover academically, mentally, and emotionally. Horizons students join a joyful learning community dedicated to helping them succeed and discover their passions, and return each summer until 8th grade, forming long-term relationships with their teachers and peers. Horizons classrooms are grounded in best practices in youth development, and teachers create their curriculum based on the needs and interests of their students. Horizons students consistently gain 8-12 weeks of reading and math skills over the typical 6-week summer session, and show more positive attitudes toward learning, themselves, and their peers.

Horizons at Albertus Magnus College is an affiliate of Horizons National, whose mission is to advance educational equity by building long-term partnerships with students, families, communities, and schools to create experiences outside of school that inspire the joy of learning.

Click here to complete an application

 Watch Found
A watch was left in the upstairs bathroom at the church.  Contact Kim in the office if you believe it may be yours:  203-248-4338 or


We pray for our ministries at Arden House and Whitney Manor.  We pray for our Friday night dinner ministry.  We pray for the ministry of Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the families they serve.  We pray for our own parish of Grace and St. Peter's.

We pray for those in need of healing:
Earl, Owen, Fran, Fiona, Marion, Cassie, Ed, Debbie, Elsie, Chukky, Alicia and Onyii.  We pray for those who mourn, and have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble. 

Joining the Episcopal Church of Connecticut in the cycle of prayer, we pray for our own church of Grace and St. Peter’s; Christ Church, Redding; St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield; St. Paul’s, Riverside; and St. Andrew the Apostle, Rocky Hill.  We pray for wardens, treasurers, clerks, and all vestry members; elected delegates; annual parish meetings, committees, staff, and volunteers who oversee and maintain buildings and grounds.
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