- Welcome to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine -
We are a diverse group of Christian believers, each of us on a faith journey and all at different places on that journey. We welcome all people – your questions, your ideas, your passions, your stories, and your experiences – all those things that make you the unique person God created you to be.
As a parish within the Episcopal Church, we are also a member of the World-wide Anglican Communion. As Anglicans our theology, worship, and organizational structures embody aspects of both Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, which makes us attractive to people from many different religious backgrounds who are seeking a new church home.
We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. (10:00 a.m. during the summer). You may also join us for worship for an alternative contemplative Eucharist in the chapel on Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. You can find a description of the different services on our Worship page. The church is handicapped accessible.
If you are looking for a place to call your spiritual home, in the words of Jesus, “Come and see” if St. Peter’s Church is for you.
- Announcements -
A schedule of Holy Week Services is available here
- Clergy and Staff -
Lael Sorensen is an Episcopal priest and began as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine in 2015.
Prior to St. Peter’s, Lael served as Assistant Rector at Grace Church, Silver Spring, MD and as chaplain at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware.
A native Californian, Lael was raised in New Jersey and attended schools in Massachusetts and Michigan but underwent her most important spiritual formation here in Maine, where she was sponsored for ordination.
She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Diploma in Anglican Studies from The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She is especially interested in practical theology for daily living, Ignatian spirituality, liturgy and music, and has a lifelong commitment to social justice.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Telephone: 207- 594-8191
Jane Chatfield grew up in the Boston area, and has lived in New Hampshire, Illinois, New York City, Connecticut, Idaho, Alberta, Canada, New York, and now Maine.
She grew up a Unitarian, and became an Episcopalian through singing sacred music in choirs and marrying an Episcopalian. While living in New York, raising her children, she had a garden design business. Jane's three children are happy to be living in cities (Brooklyn & Washington D.C.), while she & husband John enjoy country life. She was ordained to the Diaconate in June 2013 and was sponsored by St. Peter’s for this ministry.
Her primary diaconal ministry is that of a Spiritual Care Volunteer to the hospitalized at Pen Bay Medical Center, visiting patients twice a week.
She is still discovering ministries outside her church walls. Her hobbies are tennis, skiing, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Dear Ones at St Peters: Greetings from your new Deacon. As most of you know, on June 14 I was ordained to transitional diaconate and assigned to St Peter’s by Bishop Stephen Lane for this part of my formation for priesthood. It was a most glorious ceremony at St Luke’s Cathedral, since that time I have been duly “rev-ed.” I want to say thank you for the long years of support and encouragement in this part of my life journey. And thank you for the generous gift of money for “tippet and other haberdashery.” I am investigating tippets. I have acquired a festive stole and clergy shirts so far; through your gift I will be able to get what I need as need arises.
During this transitional time I am learning about the service and role as deacon in liturgy, being coached and taught by everyone. Thank you all for your experience and patience.
For the past few months my heart has been breaking as I listen to news after news after news about how us humans are treating our children: in war zones, on our own national boarders, in our own neighborhoods. It feels so overwhelming, what can one person do in the face of such magnitude? As part of my ministry as deacon, I have been given an exciting project by the vestry that is about improving futures of our own neighborhood children. The Toy Library has asked for a different relationship with us at St Peter’s. This little project is a response to this request: how will St Peter’s respond to this request? This is a wonderful opportunity to practice discernment of God’s call and sending us in mission with our dear and near neighbors. Discernment in this situation needs prayer of all of you and active participation by 5 or 10 people. Here is some joyful work to be done, going out and talking with our neighbors and a little internet research, to help the vestry and the Toy Library in deciding and discerning the way forward for the sake of our local children, and our stated mission of loving God and loving neighbor.
Another “little” project I am about during this time is job hunting!! Currently I must write a new style resume...rather different from how I was taught a few years ago!
I give thanks to God for you and this time of continuing among you. You have taught me much about living in and as community and about faithfulness over time.
Scott Dyer is a native of Grove City, PA and a 1984 graduate of Westminster College with a degree in music education. During his summer breaks at college, he was a pianist and director of a theater program at a private camp in Kents Hill, ME and decided to make Maine his permanent home.
With 30 years of teaching general music, he has a wide variety of experiences on which to draw, including writing his own curriculum-based operettas, developing in-school residencies that integrate science, social studies with music performance as well as curriculum development that aligns itself with new national standards, known as the "Common Core."
Although he has no formal training as an organist, he has been called over the past 30 years to serve in that capacity in several denominations. His recent appointment as part-time organist/choirmaster at St. Peter's is of great interest to Scott as he attempts to draw on the diverse backgrounds of those who attend choir rehearsals. Using a collaborative approach to decision making, the group has become a strong community of musicians who want to give their time and talents to love and service of Christ.
Kate Jones has served as the Parish Secretary of St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Rockland since June, 2010.
With over 25 years of administrative experience, as well as 10 years of experience in healthcare compliance, Kate is very comfortable in the parish office.
She is also the author of Medical Coding Evaluation and Management, which outlines the intricacies of any physician-patient healthcare visit.
She and her husband Seth, a Congregational minister, have been married for 22 years, and are the proud parents of a 16 year old daughter college freshman.
- 2014 Vestry -
11 White Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
Services held on Sundays
at 8:00 and 10:30 AM
(10:00 AM in the Summer)
Our Calendar of Events
is published every month
in The Rock.
Archives are here
11 White Street
Rockland ME 04841
Rev. Lael Sorensen
The Newsletter of St. Peter's
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The Episcopal Church, USA
Episcopal Relief and Development
Forward Day by Day
The Daily Office
Episcopal News Service
Province One (New England)