Where should I park if I drive to St. Peter's?
Free attended parking is available at Park One, located at 3157 N. Broadway, about half a block from the church. Bring in your ticket for validation. Street parking is often available as well, and is now free on Sundays! Get driving directions.
Is the church close to public transportation?
St. Peter's is close to several CTA bus lines and the Belmont L stop for the Brown, Purple, and Red Lines. Click here to map your transit trip with Google maps. The church's address is 621 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.
How do I participate in the service if I come to St. Peter's?
You are encouraged to take part in any way that is comfortable for you. St. Peter's uses the Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP) and the Hymnal 1982, which you will find waiting for you in the pew. You will also receive a worship bulletin that lists page numbers for hymns and also reproduces parts of the service from the BCP. There will be sung congregational responses, anglican chant, and hymnody during the service, and you are encouraged to add your voice to all of these.
May I take communion, and if so, how do I do it?
All baptized persons of whatever Christian denomination are welcome to participate in Holy Communion. If you are not comfortable receiving communion, you are also welcome to come forward for a blessing, which you indicate by crossing your arms over your chest in an X pattern. To receive communion, hold out your hands and the priest will place the host in your palms. You may respond by saying "Amen." When the chalice comes, guide it to your lips and take a sip of the wine. Again, it is appropriate to say "Amen."
How do I address the clergy?
The people of the church — clergy and laity — are all ministers. Most of us refer to each other by first names, including members of the clergy. Please feel free to call the Priest-in-Charge by his first name, Steve. If you are uncomfortable addressing him without a title, Father Steve or Father Danzey works just fine. Father Steve is his preferred title with children.
How do I become a member of St. Peter's?
Membership begins with regular attendance and participation in the life of the parish. If you have decided that you would like to become a member, please contact the Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey, at email@example.com or call him at 773-525-0844.
If you were a member of another church (Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, Non-Denominational, Roman Catholic, et cetera) before attending St. Peter's, you will fill out a form that includes basic information such as name and address, as well as information on the church where you were previously attending, baptized, and/or confirmed. St. Peter's will submit a request to your former church. You will be encouraged to attend the Inquirer's Class, which meets several times each year.
I want to become a member, but I'm not baptized. Now what? If you were not a part of a Christian community before attending St. Peter's the process looks slightly different. There will still be some forms to fill out with basic information. Then the fun part begins -- the discussion of baptism! If you have never received baptism, you will be asked to attend an Inquirer's Class discussing the Church, faith, history, and the like. After the Inquirer's Class you and the rector will schedule the date for your baptism. (Traditional days for Baptism are Easter Vigil, Pentecost, All Saint's Day in early November, Baptism of Our Lord in early January, or any time the bishop comes to visit -- but other dates can be figured out)
What is expected of members of St. Peter's?
Members are expected to attend worship on a regular basis, participate at least once a year in some kind of Christian formation program, and to give of their time, talent, and treasure.
What is the Episcopal Church like and what do Episcopalians believe?
The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion of Churches throughout the world. The Anglican tradition is a rich and diverse one, dating back almost 500 years. What we believe, or give our lives to, is best summed up in the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed. We encourage you to explore some of the many links to Episcopal web sites to learn more about the Episcopal Church. The site of our Diocese, the National Church, and Anglicans Online are good places to start.