Formation is a great endeavor that involves education for the mind and conversion of the heart. Ongoing Catholic education is necessary to grow in our lives as Stewards. The Church of St. Peter offers many educational programs for all ages to grow as Stewards of Christ.
FOUND Youth Group (7th-9th Grade)
FOUND (a backwards acronym for Discovering New Understandings Of Faith) gives our youth the opportunity to participate in fellowship, prayer, and service. Volunteers (parishioners from ages 16 and older) lead upbeat activities that are tied into forming and discovering faith. FOUND usually meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sunday nights twice a month during the school year and once a month during the summer. Volunteers are always needed to help organize events, chaperone, and drive.
Ladies Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Ladies of all ages gather Tuesday mornings from 8:45-10:45 a.m. during the school year to study a book from the Bible or a topic of interest using Scripture. The sessions are usually guided by a well-known Catholic theologian via DVD or through a book they have authored. A lady from the parish facilitates the group and sets the schedule. Childcare is provided for a nominal fee. Women from all parishes are invited and non-Catholics are welcome to join as well. Please watch the bulletin for details.
Ladies Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Come join us for a women’s bible study! This group meets in the fall and spring on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the Martha Jane Room. Bible studies are usually 8-10 week sessions. This is a great opportunity to grow closer to God and other women in the church. See the church bulletin for more details.
Please contact Jen Deters at 217-430-0298 to join or find out more information.
The ministry prepares engaged couples either through a Pre-Cana Weekend experience or evenings for the engaged. The experience is designed to prepare a couple for a lifelong Christian marriage.
Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Parish School of Religion provides religion education for children in grades one through eight who do not attend a Catholic school. Teachers, classroom assistants, special events assistants, and office assistants are needed.
Please contact Gina Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or find out more information.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process by which non-Catholic adults become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church, receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. RCIA begins in September and continues to Pentecost (50 days after Easter). Team leaders (who plan and lead weekly RCIA classes) and sponsors (who help catechumens — those who have never been baptized) and candidates (those who have been baptized but are converting to Catholicism) are needed. RCIA meets on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m.
Saints Alive Youth Group
Saints Alive is a youth group for fourth through sixth graders of our parish and their friends. Participants meet once a month, usually in the school gym. Meetings include games centered on a theme that teaches a particular moral truth of our Catholic Faith. The Saints’ examples are used as motivation and to emphasize the reality that our goal in life is to get to heaven and take as many people with us as we can! The group also participates in a service project during the school year. Ultimately, the kids have fun while learning about people they can look up to every day (the saints) while living out their Faith (they can be Saints Alive!) Parent volunteers are always needed to assist at meetings and supply snacks or drinks.
St. Peter’s Men’s Group
St. Peter’s Men’s Group is an interactive, multimedia program focused on the development of authentic male leadership. Over the course of five years, the men’s group has successively brought men to better understand their relationship with God, their spouse, and their children. The program content covers a wide breadth of topics including current events, historical views of the church, prayer, and personal development. St. Peter’s Men’s Group has been successful at attracting large numbers of men in our community, including younger men still actively parenting, and helping them transform their spiritual lives.
Sunday School and Childcare
Leaders and assistants provide a Sunday School lesson for preschool age children during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Childcare is available for those too young to participate. We offer services for children ages 1-5. Volunteers are always needed to either work in the childcare or teach Sunday School lessons. You do not have to have a child in the program to participate.
Totus Tuus is a dynamic and truly Catholic summer vacation program for grade school and high school students. Day camp is offered for kids in grades one through six and a Junior and Senior High Faith Experience for students in grades seven through 12.
St. Peter School
Established in 1861, St. Peter Parish School is our faith community’s largest ministry. The school is home to over 400 students in preschool through the eighth grade, and is facilitated by nearly 50 faculty and staff. Catholic values are incorporated into every lesson and activity.
Fine Arts Committee
Are you artistic or aspire to be? If so, the Fine Arts committee at St. Peter school would love your help. Our committee plans and organizes fine art opportunities for our students throughout the school year.
Grade School Association (GSA)
St. Peter Grade School Association (GSA) plays a key role in supporting our school in one main way: manpower through volunteers. We provide support directly to the school in the form of volunteers who serve on lunch duty, help with school events and dances, book fair, donate baked goods for teacher luncheons, family fun activities and much more.
School Advisory Board
The St. Peter School Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis to advise on policies, goals and programs for St. Peter. Nine board members, in conjunction with the Pastor and Principal, are active in implementing the goals of the current Long Range Plan. Additionally, the Board promotes Catholic School education in the community while following the mission of the school. Subcommittees are currently in the process of being developed to enlist further roles for the school advisory board members. These include Marketing and Communication, Leadership and Development, Building and Infrastructure and Faith Foundation.
Outside Community Ministries
QUEST is a fast-paced, 24-hour faith experience for 8th grade students, High School Freshmen and Sophomores. It’s a time to come together to find out about our God, friendships and self. Adult assistance is always needed.
More info at https://www.greatrivertec.org/quest
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC)
TEC is a three-day retreat for high school juniors, seniors and college students. It’s an opportunity to experience being part of a vibrant, loving, and supportive faith community in which the friendship of Jesus Christ becomes a real possibility. Adults are invited to participate as observers on the the weekend.
More info at www.greatrivertec.org