We process carrying crosses, torches and/or flags and banners.  We serve at the altar during the worship services performing various duties.  We may process during the reading of the gospel, one holding the gospel book for the deacon/priest and two carrying torches.  We give the alms basins to the ushers for collection and receive them back from the ushers once the collection has been made. We may receive the bread and wine from the oblationers and assist in the preparation of the table for the Eucharist.  One may ring the Sanctus Bell and one may refill the wine chalices during the Eucharist.  We also light the altar and lectern candles before the service and extinguish them after the service.  We assist in any way requested by the priests, deacon, vergers or Eucharistic ministers.

Contact:             Joanie Andrews

Ken Esteb

Adult Education & Christian Formation

For 2017-18 special topics will be announced throughout the year. We will offer a monthly Tuesday night five-part series on Restoring Respect, A Community Conversation, running from fall through spring which will feature special panel guests on different aspects of restoring respect. On specified Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. we will offer special presentations, such as Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Presenters may be both lay and clergy, from within the Cathedral and outside. Several times during the year we will share fellowship and food at Community Brunch after the 10:15 a.m. service.

 Contact: The Dean     

 Altar Guild

The liturgy of the Episcopal Church is what makes it so remarkable.  At our cathedral alone, we celebrate nearly 500 Eucharists a year and these are made possible by your Altar Guild members.  This is one of the most significant ministries in the church and it is open to anyone who finds their spiritual home in the preparation of the Lord's Table.  We prepare every aspect of the Eucharist and assist also at weddings, funerals, baptisms and ordinations.  We work with beautiful silver, brass, linens and vestments.  The candles and torches and incense enrich our worship, too.  "Our ministry is open to both women and men and we always welcome more members. Please contact us for a behind the scenes tour and a chance to ask questions."

 Contact:             Sarah Hill

            Susan Regan


Burns’ Movie Night (Friday Night Movie)

The Burns’ Movie Night group presents a free full-length film on Fridays at 7 pm along with popcorn and coffee.  We hope to see movies that are entertaining, morally uplifting, historic, and within bounds of propriety for a general audience.  We look for worthy films that may not have hadwide general circulation.  These are often foreign films. We solicit movie suggestions from those who attend.  Everyone is welcome, and we hope that in some small way this program will interest a broad range of people in St. Peter's and its ministries.

Contact:             Susan Regan

Children at the Cathedral

We are committed to including children and youth in worship, education and service at the Cathedral and in the wider community. Our plans for 2017-18 include these offerings: 

Professional child care is offered in the Cathedral nursery for children up to age 4 during the 10:15 a.m. service. Child Care is also offered at select Cathedral events.

Children's Chapel offers worship during the 10:15 a.m. service for children ages 4-9. Participants learn about God's love through Biblical and Episcopal resources, led by Cathedral staff and volunteers. The children join their families in the sanctuary for the celebration of Holy Eucharist, except for the second Sunday of every month where they stay in Children’s Chapel for Children’s Eucharist.

Messy Church is our monthly intergenerational family gathering involving worship, crafts, music, storytelling, and a shared supper at 5:45 p.m., usually on the second Thursday of each month, September through April. This is a relaxed, noisy, messy evening of informal praise and worship for all ages. Contact: Betsy Adams


Contact: Emily Walker     


Annual Children & Youth Events to Watch For:

· September: Baseball with the Bishop, Diocesan Acolyte Festival

· October: A child- and youth-centered stewardship event: collaborative time, talent and treasure

· December: Christmas Pageant

· February-March: Lenten activities and the 44th annual Way of the Cross on Good Friday through downtown streets

· May: Youth summer send-off

· June-July: Summer camp at DaySpring, our diocesan camp and conference center

· August: Blessing of the Backpacks as another school year begins


Choir and Music

The Music Ministry at the Cathedral exists for many reasonsIts chief purpose is to glorify God, and to assist, encourage and inspire the congregation who has gathered to do the same.  We do this through the hymns, service music and anthems we sing, the way we respond and participate in the liturgy, and the way we share our time and talents with others and with our Creator. The Cathedral Choir is comprised of volunteers and professionals who sing during the academic year, leading congregational singing and offering works drawn from the vast repertoire of sacred choral music. All of our choir members are nurtured in musical growth while preparing for their liturgical role as leaders of worship. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7-9pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir sings monthly Choral Evensong at 5pm on the fourth Sunday of the month from September through April, excluding December. Following the rich tradition that has flourished for five centuries of closing the day with serenity and the beauty of music and prayer, we offer some of the finest examples of choral works performed by a smaller, highly skilled chamber choir of experienced male and female singers. Audition required for openings as they appear. The St. Petersburg Festival Chorus is a large oratorio choir of singers from all over the Tampa Bay area that performs with an orchestra or instrumentals. This prestigious group sings choral masterworks, such as Requiem (Faure), Gloria (Poulenc), and Noye’s Fludde (Britten). Rehearsals are as announced. The church also supports musical endeavors of members of the local community and international artists through the Cathedral Arts’ Series.  This outreach is supported by the Friends of Music, individuals who contribute financially in making this series a reality.

The current pipe organ at St. Peter’s was built in 1965 by the Austin Organ Company, containing 61 ranks of pipes distributed over six divisions. The pipes range in size from 16 feet long (laid horizontally beneath the Great organ), to pipes smaller than a pencil. In 1997, a four-manual Rodgers organ console was installed to replace the original Austin console and digital organ ranks were added to enhance the tonal capabilities of the original instrument.  In the summer of 2016, a new Antiphonal organ was installed by the Patrick J. Murphy & Associates Organbuilders, who also made tonal and aesthetic refinements of instrument.  The Cathedral also acquired through the generosity of the Carol Phillips’ Music Endowment, a Steinway Model B grand piano built in 1917, which was completely refurbished in 2014.

Contact:            Dwight Thomas, Director of Music & Organist



Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King is a 130-year-old religious order for women. The mission of the Order is be the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism. Each Daughter wears a cross with an inscription in Latin, which means, “With heart, mind, and spirit, uphold and bear the cross." We meet on the third Saturday of the month, 3:15 p.m. at St. Bede's Library.

 Contact:            Kathy Kelly, President

            Carol Ellis, Secretary   


Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. ERD’s programs provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and help communities rebuild after disasters, such as after hurricanes. ERD enables people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food, security, and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria. The Gifts for Life Catalogs are available around Christmas and other special occasions. Many folks around the Diocese also use the ERD Lenten Meditations booklets.

Contact:            Jerry Buchert, Diocesan liaison for ERD

Eucharistic Ministers Guild

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized and licensed by the Bishop to administer the Consecrated Elements at a celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Contact:             Tony Gecan


Eucharistic Visitors (EV)

Eucharistic Visitors take Holy Communion to those people who are unable to attend church, providing them with the opportunity to share in our corporate worship. Eucharistic Visitors also bring them conversation and contact with the church by bringing copies of the Crosstown and Forward Day by Day. Eucharistic Visitors are approved by the Dean, licensed by the Bishop, and provided training by experienced Eucharistic Visitors and through other information. We are required to take Safe Guarding All God’s Children and may be subject to a background check. Visit reports are sent to the Coordinators for EVs so the church is kept up-to-date on how the parishioner is doing. Please contact the Cathedral office if you are aware of anyone who would like a Eucharistic Visitor to come see them.

Contact:            Karen Amundrud


Family Promise (Outreach ministry)

The mission of Family Promise of Pinellas County is to help homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence. This is accomplished through the use of Congregational facilities. We currently have fourteen Host Congregations that house the families on a weekly rotation until they achieve their goals. The Host Congregations are assisted by Support Congregations. St. Peter’s is a Support Congregation for Palm Lake Christian Church. The Host Congregations provide a safe place for guests to sleep, food, and companionship. St. Peter’s assists by providing meals and volunteers. During the day, the families go to the Day Center located at 6201 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. The Day Center is their address from which the children go to school, where they do their laundry, and where they look for jobs and other needed social services. They are assisted by the Executive Director and the Case Manager as well as a multitude of volunteers. The volunteers come from churches and synagogues throughout the city. Volunteer training sessions are held monthly. Please consider becoming a volunteer for Family Promise.

Contact: Charles Jaynes            


Fellowship & Festivities Committee

We are an upbeat, fun committee with emphasis on fellowship events. If you enjoyed the Pentecost Picnic and the Pasta Mix-up and Trivia Night then this is the group for you or if you are new, ask about them. This is a church-wide committee.  We welcome newcomers, longtime members, youth, those who would like to get involved or get involved again.  Please consider joining in the fun by volunteering or helping if you’re asked. We’re always looking for new ways to have fun, so please share your ideas with us.


Contact:             Sandy Powers

Shar Nudelman

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild arranges the flowers in the Cathedral every week and for every liturgical event. We work in teams of three to four and are on duty once every four to five weeks. New members are welcome! An apprentice will work with an existing team until they feel comfortable enough to work on their own.  The schedule is made in advance, and we first consult with each person to find your availability.  A love of flowers and a creative spirit are all that is required. Please join a wonderful group of women and men who enjoy being part of this ministry.

Contact:             Carolyn Randall

Ron Gallucci

 Weddings & Funerals

Contact:             Suzanne Earle

Ron Gallucci

Foyer Groups

Foyer groups are dinner groups of eight to ten people who meet over a meal to get to know each other better. The agenda? There isn’t one. Groups meet the third Thursday of the month at 5:45pm, from September through May. The Foyer Group Committee forms the groups from those who sign up. Anyone is welcome: newcomers, long time members, and those in between. Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex.

Contact:             Marion Fleming

Friends of St. Aelred

The Friends of St. Aelred is a group of LGBT persons and supporters that strive for social justice, fellowship, and service to the community. Our mission is to love and serve each other, respecting all persons as diverse creatures of God. The Friends of St. Aelred are involved in outreach, evangelism, and hospitality. The ministry regularly participates in outreach efforts with Resurrection House and AIDS Association of Pinellas, coordinating the annual Giving Tree, AIDS Walk, and Brighter Seasons for Children. The Friends engage in evangelism to the LGBT community, leading the Cathedral’s annual participation in St. Pete Pride. Additionally, the Friends of St. Aelred host regular hospitality events, including brunches, holiday events, and socials. The Friends of St. Aelred meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Cathedral. Everybody is welcome to share in this vibrant ministry.

Contact:             Wilfred Laroche

Godly Dance

Come and open the eyes and body to the Godly within ballet and contemporary dance works. Enhance your appreciation of the power of the human condition as expressed in the works of master choreographers. Explore the choreography of dance-works in safe, movement experiences. Experience a spectrum of dance masterworks. Topics will also include: Somatic Movement; the history of dance in Christian worship; Praise Dance; American Modern Dance; Balanchine and Contemporary Ballet. We meet most Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in Harvard Hall.

Contact:             Jack Clark

 Gospel Reflections Group

This group meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. for one hour in the Chapter Room to study the Gospel for the comingSunday.  We read the passage several times, pick out significant words or phrases, discuss their meaning and talk about how we'll applythe week's Gospel to our lives.  If time permits, we read and discuss the other lessons for the coming Sunday. No homework, no preparation necessary.  We open with the Collect and close with prayer requests and the Lord's Prayer. 

Contact:             Judy Stark  

Hospitality Guild

Hospitality Guild members welcome newcomers to the church in many ways. They meet people at the Newcomers Table to answer questions and provide information before and after the 10:15 service, as well as stand near the clergy person at the door.  As an urban cathedral congregation, we are blessed with visitors all through the year. It’s the beginning of our new effort of more intentionally greeting our visitors, offering them information about St. Peter’s, and making a first personal contact.

Contact:            Rick MacAulay  

            Gail MacAulay

            Rev. Canon Tallman        (Nov. –May)

Lazarus Guild

The Lazarus Guild is an extension of the Cathedral’s bereavement ministry. Guild members assist families with funerals and memorial services. Assistance takes two forms: Ministry of Presence and Ministry of Hospitality. Two guild members make themselves available (present) and attend to
the needs of bereaved family members before and during the funeral or memorial service. Two additional guild members assist the family with arrangements for the reception (hospitality). Guild members meet on the first Monday of the month at 5:30pm. We invite and welcome new members.

Contact:             Rosanne Blass

Lectors Guild

A Lector is a person trained in the reading of the Word and appointed by the Dean to read lessons or lead the Prayers of the People.

Contact:             Jean Beshears

Neal Ward

LIGHT Dinners (Outreach ministry)

L.I.G.H.T. is an acronym for Living In God’s Hands Today.  It is an ecumenical dinner for those infected or affected by AIDS/HIV.  The dinner is on the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Harvard Hall.  Volunteers prepare and serve the meal then share dinner and time with attendees.  Help is always welcome.

 Contact:             Andi Gorton

Lunchtime Book Talks (Second Tuesday of the month, 12 - 1 p.m.)

From October through March (with the exception of December), we offer five book talks by local authors, critics and community figures.  Now in its sixth year, this series invites speakers to discuss a book of their choice, typically from a wide range of contemporary literature. There’s always lively discussion.  Lunch is available for $5, or bring your own.

Contact:             Judy Stark

 Men’s Bible Study

The Cathedral Men's Bible Study meets in the Narthex on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. for an hour, October through May.  No advance preparation is required. Men may attend as they are able and do not necessarily need to make a weekly commitment. We read through a book of the Bible systematically, discussing its meaning and application for our daily lives. This is an excellent opportunity for men to get to know each other better and to grow in Christ.

Contact             Frank Casorio

Mourners Path

Walking the Mourner's Path is designed to help faith communities to reach out to those affected by grief, "transforming grief into joyful living".  The program was created in 1995 by The Rev. Danielle Morris, who asked the question "where is Christ in my pain?" In eight weekly workshops participants explore the uncharted territory of their grief with others in similar situations, guided by trained facilitators. The workshops provide tools for learning and healing from their grief.  Christians from other churches are welcomed to join.  Participants learn:  while their pain is unique, they are not alone on their journey; their awareness of the need to allow Christ to be part of their pain and healing increases; and, they find ways to honor their loved one and how to find joy again. At the end of the journey, participants along with the facilitators and their Prayer Partners celebrate a Holy Communion and a reception.  A participant said, "I found people who would listen to my story, share their story and support me when I needed it. I found Peace in the group." Participants will be invited to a get-acquainted meeting with clergy and facilitators before the group starts.  Please contact us should you feel the need to be included in the next group to be scheduled.

Contact:            Anita Pernell-Arnold   

            Jerry Buchert                

Office Volunteers

The office volunteers are the face of the Cathedral, being the first point of contact for visitors during the weekdays.  They have a variety of duties, such as answering phones, greeting visitors and helping with mailings. Shifts are usually 3 ½ hours, once a week.  We also need volunteers who can substitute for the regularly scheduled volunteers when needed.


Contact Marilyn Hobbs

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at St. Peter’s is a series of ministries where laypeople assist clergy in reaching out to provide care and support for all parishioners, especially those in need.  New members are always welcome, please contact us.

Contact:            Rev. Canon Tallman     (Nov. –May)

Project 33701

How do we live into the Great Commission given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew to “Go and make disciples of all nations?” if statistically, people are more likely to go to brunch on Sunday than church? Project 33701 is our chance to do as Jesus commanded, by going out into our community and exploring new ways of being “the church” to our neighbors. This will look different from day to day and will be both a fun and scary adventure. We will dream big, reach for the stars, and perhaps fall along the way. As we transform our community by “bringing the love of Jesus to downtown St. Petersburg” we in turn will be transformed.

Contact:            Canon Katie Churchwell

Reader’s Theater

Our new fall activity lets you share the experiences and emotions that great dramatic works evoke while you investigate the theatrical experience and develop a performance ensemble. We will explore how to speak, how to breathe, how to move, improve presentation and acting skills. We meet most Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Contact:             Richard Sias & Jack Clark


Resurrection House (Outreach ministry)

Helping Families Help Themselves. Resurrection House is a community, faith-based, transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for motivated families with minor children who are homeless or at risk of beinghomeless.

Contact:             Al Phillips

St Peter's Book Club

The SPCBookClub is open to anyone who likes to read and talk about books. The members suggest books and the club selects which ones they would like to read and discuss in the upcoming months. The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.


Contact:            Roberta Poellein

St. Veronica’s Needlework Guild

The guild welcomes all who have a project (knitting, crocheting, beading, weaving, sewing, etc.) to join us for an hour or more of informal work time and fellowship. Needlepointers needed, or anyone willing to learn! We have several projects for the church that are ready to be started. Men and women welcome. Also during the guild time, some needleworkers knit prayer shawls that are given to others as a tangible form of comfort, support or celebration and Chemo hats are distributed to chemo patients and baby hats taken to All Children’s Hospital. It is not necessary to be there every week—come whenever you can!  The guild meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m., in the Chapter Room.

Contact Louise Bennett   Knitting

Contact Carole Cowan     Needlepoint

Sunday Breakfast Crew

The Sunday Breakfast Crew is a ministry of cathedral cooks, who gather together to prepare breakfast on a variety of Sunday mornings. Greg and Joe Burnsed, Neal Ward, Jim Jeffries and David Hobbs et al are those who handle the cooking duties. We welcome any volunteers who are interested in helping with setup, serving, and cleanup. This is an activity that’s just right for anyone who is interested in getting to know new people, enjoys fellowship, likes lively conversation and doesn’t mind being at church early on those specific mornings. We hope you will join us for this casual and fun ministry. Bon Appetit!

Contact:            Neal Ward

Usher Teams

Ushers make all who enter welcome, distribute bulletins at worship services, take up the offering, assist during communion by handling the flow of parishioners from pews to the altar and afterward direct clergy to those needing to take communion where they are seated. Ushers are present at the 10:15 a.m. service, funerals, and other special services including Diocesan events. This is a wonderful way to meet new people! 

Contact:             Paul Bonneau

Jean Curtis

VBS in the Dominican Republic (Outreach ministry)

In support of our companion diocese in the Dominican Republic, we send a short-term mission team to assist with vacation bible school (and sometimes tackle work projects such as painting and cleaning) in the summer.  The team works in conjunction with their church parishioners (most of them teach in the church or public schools) to offer a week-long program to over 200 children ranging in age from 5 to 17.  There are daily bible stories with coordinated activities including memory verse, games, puzzles, coloring pictures and crafts.   Come share an amazing experience in the love of Christ with other Episcopalians in another country.  The short-term mission team takes VBS for a week in July.

Contact Andi Gorton

Verger Guild

The Gorton Guild of Vergers at the Cathedral was founded in 2004. The verger is the lay assistant to the clergy and serves like a stage manager for worship services and other special services like funerals, confirmation and ordinations.  The verger must be familiar with the layout of the church and, for any given Sunday, be able to organize the procession that takes place and keep track (and cue when necessary) lay persons involved with the service. A principal skill of the verger is to be able to fulfill any of the major service roles at a moments’ notice, including acolyte, usher, prayers of the people, scripture reading, or taking care of an altar need. The underlying principle of the role of the parish verger is to anticipate problems, and be ready to step into any role the service requires without hesitation or complaint.

Contact:             Phillip Paree

Women’s Bible Study

All women are invited to meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  We are studying the book of Acts.  Childcare is available upon request. Contact: Canon Katie Churchwell,

  Young Adult Ministry (20/40s)

If you identity as a young adult (ages 20ish to 40ish) and are looking for connection and community with people in similar life situations as you, please consider joining the young adult group at the Cathedral. There is a private Facebook group, where we communicate with each other, sharing ideas, questions, prayer requests, and of course, opportunities to get together.

Contact: Canon Katie Churchwell,

Youth at the Cathedral

We are committed to including children and youth in worship, education and service at the Cathedral and in the wider community. The Cathedral Youth are a vital piece to the ministry and mission of the Church. Our Youth plan and lead meaningful, consistent gatherings, both at the Cathedral and in the community. They serve as active leaders and participants in the Diocese of Southwest Florida at the Diocesan camp DaySpring, with the diocese Youth Leadership Team and with more local Deanery events and ministries. The Youth meet regularly for Bible & GO on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. These gatherings combine meaningful time for Youth led Bible lessons and discussions with community engagement--the GO part--to help the Youth grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord. Participation is encouraged for Cathedral Youth ages 11-18, their friends and our neighbors in the community. More information about the weekly Bible & GO and other upcoming events can be found on the Cathedral Youth page


Contact: Justin Walker  


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