The Groups that Make St. Peter's Tick
Some churches have committees, deacons and elders. We have teams, and each is headed by a team leader. St. Peter's is intentionally structured to give each team the autonomy and authority to make decisions and implement ideas and programs they feel will enrich the life and spirit of St. Peter's.
In fact, all members and friends of St. Peter's are encouraged to bring ideas to team leaders and/or pastors. We love to encourage new ministries! Here are just a few of the ideas brought forth in the past that are now an important part of the church:
- St. Peter's special friendship with the Rural Health Center (located on Rural St. in Indianapolis)
- Our (at least) twice-a-year trips to Washington United Church of Christ in Cincinnati
- Our Native Habitat and our continuing education about being responsible stewards of the earth
- Interfaith dinners, where we've learned about Judaism and Islam
Missions The Missions Team could be described as the "heart of the heart" of St. Peter's, responsible for a staggering number of caring ministries: Family Promise, annual service trips to Cincinnati and Cuba, Rural Health holiday celebrations, undergarments for children, emergency assistance for area families, Giving Tree gift program, monetary offerings to the United Church of Christ's Wider Mission, and various walks supporting ministries in the Indianapolis area and beyond. The Missions Team also supports St. Peter's Native Habitat.
Hospitality At St. Peter’s, the fellowship among members is vibrant and connected! With the opportunities for getting together as varied and diverse as the congregation is, St. Peter's fellowship is ongoing, spiritual, athletic, serious and just for fun!
The mission of the Hospitality Team is to connect with existing members, new members, friends and visitors with a welcoming spirit and generous heart on behalf of our congregation. Some of the team's ministries include: Fellowship Hour, Fellowship Lunches, Flower Ministry, meals for newborns, funeral meals, Hanging of the Greens, newcomer cookies, college student care packages, greeting cards, and Health and Wholeness, including fitness walks and pedometer challenges.
Education Responsible for a variety of activities at St. Peter’s. Among them: children’s programming for all ages, camp opportunities for the young and the young-at-heart as well as special Advent and Lenten programs.
This group watches over our Education Hour classes every Sunday morning (preschool age - adult), plus oversees Children’s Worship, the Nursery, any special worship services offered at St. Peter’s. The Education Team meets frequently and holds informal meetings with those interested.
Spiritual Life The purpose of the Spiritual Life Team is to provide programs and opportunities that enrich the spiritual life of the church and the lives of churchgoers. This has included a wide variety of programs, including art exhibits in our front entry, men's and women's retreats, interfaith dinners, and special programs to nurture those going through grief or loss.
Music With choirs at our 11:00am services, special music by instrumentalists and the handbell choir, St. Peter's music program is strong and vibrant. Lead by Director of Music Cheryl Keckler, there are a variety of ways music lovers can get involved. You can sit back and listen, join in a singing circle, ring handbells, or – if you’re a child – participate in the Children's Choir and/or Chime Time.
Generosity The purpose of the Generosity Team is to encourage members and friends to give of their "time, treasures, and talents" in support of the growth and spiritual life of St. Peter's. The Generosity Team believes that God created, and God continues to create. It is their hope that they may help the congregation reflect on the abundant life that God creates in our relationships and our actions. Your support will help us sustain our many ministries and missions. Donations small and large are greatly appreciated. To give online please go to our Giving Page.
Pastor Support Our Associate Pastor Support and Senior Pastor Support Teams Provide professional guidance and serve as a sounding board and liaison between the pastors and the congregation. Each team has four members.
Preschool This four-member team supports St. Peter's community preschool, which currently enrolls about 100 students. The Preschool Team plans marketing efforts and hosts fundraisers and social events. The team also offers support for the preschool staff. Learn more about St. Peter's Preschool.
Staff Support The Staff Support Team serves as a support system for addressing any work-related issues of non-pastoral staff, and develops policies and procedures relating to employment practices. The Team's mission statement is "to develop a workplace that exemplifies a healthy work environment through the development of hiring policies, procedures and employment practices."
Technology Team This team is responsible for everything we see hear and feel at the church. The Technology Team oversees all sound and video systems, website development and maintenance, computer equipment, HVAC software, and network maintenance.
Building and Grounds Oversees the maintenance of inside and outside the church, including heating and cooling, roofing, painting, parking lot, light fixtures, repairs and remodeling. Organizes twice-a-year grounds clean-up.
If you'd like to learn more about how St. Peter's is organized, please click here for a copy of our Constitution and Bylaws.