Retreats, Work Days, Bible Studies and Meals
While many of our activities are for both men and women, this page highlights a few activities that St. Peter's men have connected with.
Men’s Retreat For several years, a group of men at St. Peter's has gathered during the fall at Camp Palaowopec in beautiful Brown County, Indiana. In addition to the fun and fellowship of being outdoors, men have a chance to explore how they would like their core beliefs as individuals to make a difference in the world. Please contact the Spiritual Life Team for more information.
Men’s Monthly Breakfast On the third Thursday of each month, St. Peter’s men gather for breakfast and conversation beginning at 8:00 a.m. Breakfasts are often held at Michael’s Restaurant, located on the northwest corner of Guilford and Main Street in Carmel, IN. If you'd like to attend, contact the office to confirm the restaurant choice for that month.
Wednesday and Thursday Evening Classes On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, men and women gather in the parlor to explore aspects of faith, spirituality and life. The groups begin at 6:30 (with many gathering at 6:00 to share a BYO brown bag dinner) and conclude at 8:00. Childcare is provided. Senior Pastor Larry Kleiman and Associate Pastor Lori Bievenour lead the discussions.
Spring and Fall Work Days Ahh ... it's a great day to get dirty and become "one with the earth." If you're an able-bodied person who enjoys the satisfaction of a nice-looking landscape, St. Peter's wants you! Twice a year, we have a "work day" where we get the grounds ready for spring/summer and fall/winter. It only takes a few hours in the morning, but after we're done, things look great! We pull weeds, rake leaves, spread mulch and talk trash. Questions? Contact the Building and Grounds Team.
Health and Fitness
Yoga – On Monday evenings, St. Peter’s hosts gentle yoga. This all-levels class develops strength and flexibility, and reduces stress. A gentle group warm-up is followed by basic yoga postures for every body, and ends with deep relaxation. This pay-as-you-go class is designed for all ages and abilities. Join us Monday evenings, 5:30-6:45, in Fellowship Hall.
Walking Groups – From time-to-time, St. Peter’s hosts group walking activities. We’ve enjoyed “Walk to School” (where we walked to a nearby elementary school after Sunday Services) and a “Dog Walk.” We’ve also distributed pedometers to members to promote walking 10,000 steps per day. Walking is a lot more fun when you’re laughing and talking with friends!
Compassion Circle Compassion Circle is a small group of men and women committed to being centered individuals who spread compassion in our world. They meet weekly on Saturday mornings at 8:30-10:30 in the parlor, and enjoy breakfast and conversation. Their discussions focus on the challenges they face, methods used to find peace, and the opportunities to increase kindness and compassion in their lives and the lives of others. They close their sessions with prayer and meditation. If you’re looking for a group where you can be known and supported, please join us! For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Team.
Special Workshops Throughout the year, our pastors and/or outside speakers hold special workshops on issues important to members. Recent sessions: When your Parent Needs You and Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life.
Peace Garden We had land. We had gardeners. So a couple of years ago, some enthusiastic members created our very first “Peace Garden” right in the front yard of the church. It’s a wonderful way to participate in creation, by preparing the soil, planting seeds, pulling weeds and harvesting lots of cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, squash and green beans. Most of the bounty is donated to area food banks in the Indianapolis area.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Four times a year (rotating with other area congregations), St. Peter’s hosts a group of families facing homelessness. Our goal is to keep families together during this challenging time (often, families are forced to split up). During weeks that we host families, about fifty St. Peter’s folk volunteer for a variety of service tasks: setting up bedrooms, preparing breakfast and dinner, driving to and from the day center, coordinating activities for the children, staying overnight as a host to the families, and laundering the bedding at the end of the week. IHN is a great ministry opportunity for all ages! For more information, contact the Missions Team.
Dine with Nine Dine with Nine has long been a tradition of our congregation. Typically, groups of nine people have been coordinated to share meals and/or an activity together, usually once a month for six months. This provides a unique way to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and share in fellowship with other St. Peter’s friends.