The Gift of Newcomers

rencherBy the grace of God, life at St. Peter’s is going strong since its organization in 1834 and recognition as a parish of the Diocese of North Carolina in 1844. We give thanks for the innumerable, faithful, and resilient members who have brought us to this time and place and who make up our current membership. Equally, we give thanks for newcomers. The gift of the many newcomers among us — from far and near — enriches our church family immensely. Each, in one way or another, brings significant life stories, questions, gifts, and a willingness to become a part of this thriving community of faith.

 

The summertime offering of a Newcomers’ Café at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, June 5, July 20, and August 3 is one way to welcome and incorporate those who are new among us into the fuller life of the church family. Hosted by clergy and lay leaders, each café provides intentional space for fellow newcomers to get acquainted, meet members and staff, and learn about the worship and ministries of St. Peter’s; each session ends with a brief tour of our building and grounds. If you have been here for a while and observe unfamiliar faces, it is quite possible that they are the faces of newcomers. (They may also be members who participate in parish life at times different from your schedule.)

 

Our baptismal call invites us to deepen connections and holy relationships throughout the body of Christ. Expect an increased focus on this call in the coming months and please take a moment to introduce yourself to those who may be new to you. St. Peter’s vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place of radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. Members and newcomers alike are invited to explore how we might fulfill this vision to the glory of God.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector