St. Peter’s is following the CDC guidelines for social distancing to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. We are not holding public worship at this time and our events scheduled for March and April will be rescheduled as soon as we are able to gather in public again.
We invite us all to daily pray:
O Most mighty and merciful God, in this time of serious sickness, we flee to you for comfort and relief. Deliver us, we implore you, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper and guide those seeking to discover a cure; and grant that, recognizing how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts to that heavenly wisdom which leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect “In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality” adapted from the 1928 BCP by Father Jeff Ross,
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2020 Flags For Heroes
St. Peter’s invites you to consider sponsoring a Flag(s) for a week around Memorial Day, 2020 in Honor of a Hero — past or present — who have made a positive impact on your life or on the world.
Flags are 3 x 5 feet, will be mounted on a ten-foot pole on the south front section of historic St. Peter’s Cemetery on N. Main Street Ext., Smyrna; across from the George C. Wright Jr. Memorial Park.
It’s possible Anglican services were held as early as 1706 in our area. The initial records for St. Peter’s were contained in the parish records of Christ Episcopal Church in Dover, which were destroyed in a fire in the early nineteenth-century. We do know in 1740 Mr. Thomas Green donated one acre of land in Duck Creek for a church and graveyard. A small wooden chapel was completed in 1744. The chapel needed to be replaced with a larger brick church 20 years later. At the time, we were sharing the Rev. Charles Inglis with Christ Church, Dover and he named the new brick church St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1764.
Our Historic Cemetery
On May 17, 1740, one acre of land, located between Green’s Branch and the Duck Creek Crossroads, was donated by Mr. Thomas Green for the purpose of a church and graveyard. The original wooden chapel finished in 1744 as well as the larger brick church built in 1764 were located on this site. When the Vestry decided to move the church building closer to the center of town in 1827, the brick church was razed. This property was then used solely as a cemetery. Initially, the main road was called King’s Highway and today, this road is an extension of North Main Street.