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Our Ministries

At St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, there is an activity for almost every interest that connects us to one another, the greater community and to Christ. Have you got an idea for a ministry we don’t cover? Feel free to start a new group with the support of staff and fellow members.

We believe a church must be
in mission to seek and serve
all people in the name of Jesus Christ.

These are opportunities for parishioners to participate in serving the congregation during worship, thus engaging in Christ’s call to servant ministry.

Altar Guild
Members of the Altar Guild are primarily responsible for preparing the table for the celebration of Holy Eucharist. These parishioners work behind the scenes setting up for communion and taking care of the linens, the vessels, and all the other things used during our worship services.

Flower Guild
Working in teams, members of the Flower Guild prepare the beautiful arrangements each week and other special services during the year.

Lectors are members of the congregation who participate in the reading of the lessons at the Sunday morning services and at other special services. 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
More commonly referred to as “Chalice Bearers”, are laypersons authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Confirmed communicants 18 years and older and in good standing may be licensed by the diocese to serve as Eucharistic ministers. In addition, they participate in bearing the Gospel and assisting at the altar. The Eucharistic ministers work closely with the acolytes and clergy to ensure that all parts of each service run smoothly. They serve at the Sunday morning services and at other special services during the year.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Licensed by the diocese, these lay people take communion directly from the service to parishioners who are shut in at home or are hospitalized, and who are unable to attend church. 

Acolytes work in concert with Father Patrick and the Eucharistic Ministers in a variety of ways: bearing torches, carrying a processional cross, carrying the Gospel and assisting during communion.Whether participating in the  Sunday worship services or in special festival services, our acolytes are always ready to serve with enthusiasm and dedication. Acolyting is open anyone in fifth grade or up. 

Ushers and Greeters
Welcoming all who attend services and handing out service programs and announcements. Offering assistance with the offertory, managing communion lines, and bearing the oblations for communion. All ages are welcome to serve.

Our talented choirs, directed by JT Anglin and Donna Hutchings, lead our 10:30 Sunday congregations in song through hymns and service music including those appropriate for the different times of the liturgical year.

Choir practices immediately after the 10:30 service (around 11:45 am)

Bell Choir practices Wednesday evenings at 6 pm and plays on the second Sunday of each month.

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea has a long history of active participation in our community. As a downtown church who understands the nature of Christ’s command to be in this world, we support a number of local ministries that help feed, clothe and minister to those in need. You will find our parishioners serving on boards, helping deliver meals and building homes. We believe the church must exist outside her walls.

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea supports many outreach endeavors to help those in need in our community and beyond.

Locally, volunteer teams prepare sack lunches several Sundays every month to hand out to folks in need and our Biscuit Brigade prepares bagged breakfast every Saturday morning and mornings were temperatures dip near freezing and cold weather shelters open.

We support Rebecca’s House, a transitional shelter for families, collect food for the pantry at Gulf Coast Community ministries and provide new 6x girls clothing once a quarter for the Harrison County Children’s Shelter.

Our Angel Tree program provides Christmas presents for those referred to us through the Women’s Center for Non-violence Shelter.

Globally, we raise funds for Episcopal Relief and Development, and support the Honduras Medical Mission helping folks around the world.

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea maintains a trailer filled with tools and work equipment used for disaster response and recovery.


The Episcopal Church Women are of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds who hold a variety of views. However, the common denominator of our members is love of God and the wish to do His work.
Our Mission, centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.
Our Vision,  for all women of the Episcopal Church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the Church. We aspire to be a Godspark – shining and sharing the love of Christ.
Learn more about ECW.

Men’s Grilling Group
St. Peter’s Men’s Grillin’ Group meet on the same evening as the Episcopal Ladies Night Out.

MORE: Book Club,  Knitting Guild, Artists’ Guild

EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
Sunday School
Children’s Church
Vacation Bible School

Pastoral Care
Building and Operations

If you are interested in participating in any of these ministries please contact our office at 228-863-2611.

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Phone: 228-863-2611
Address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, MS  39501