St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s is a diverse family that knows the unconditional love of God and respects and welcomes all.
Our mission emerges from the Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every human being by welcoming, validating, and supporting all persons whatever their race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, health status, marital status, or stage of spiritual journeying.
Our goal is to nurture and encourage this spiritual journey through worship and community so that all may be ever free from the bonds of fear, mistrust, bigotry, and hatred in order to fulfill Jesus’ command to love one another and to follow his example of service.
MEET OUR PRIEST-IN-CHARGE:
The Reverend Dr. Joyce Penfield
Joyce Penfield has served as ¼ time Priest-in-Charge at St. Peter’s and St. Andrews’s since May, 2005 and ¾ time Chaplain in Women’s division and Men’s Minimum at the RI Department of Correction at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, RI since August, 2001. She also is co-founder and Executive Director of Blessing Way Ministries--one of the Outreach projects at the church. (see www.theblessingway.org)
Rev. Penfield brings with her a strong background in multiculturalism and missions. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology, has written several scholarly books in this field, is fluent in Spanish and has lived and taught teachers in southeastern Nigeria, Central America, and on the US/Mexican border. For over 20 years before she felt called to the priesthood, she applied her scholarly background to the practical task of training teachers to be more multicultural in their approach to students and content.
During the 1980s, Joyce became actively involved in human rights work with Central American refugees through the Episcopal Chaplaincy on the Rutgers University campus.
and its intensive human rights work with Central American refugees in the 1980s. This experience led her to begin taking courses in a mission-oriented seminary in New York and years later to follow a call to the priesthood. Her volunteer experiences at Sing Sing prison along the way presented a new dimension of mission “behind the walls”.
She fell in love with the diversity of the parish community of St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s and its neighborhood while visiting as a Supply Priest in 2004. The parish, the Prison Chaplaincy, and the outreach project of Blessing Way ministries provides her an opportunity to live out a theology of inclusion through multiculturalism, mission, and the Baptismal vow of “respecting the dignity of every human being”.
St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is the result of two congregations who joined together in 1972 to meet at St. Andrew’s after a fire destroyed the inner structure of St. Peter’s in Johnston. Today, St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s is one parish which worships in a small but gorgeous space which reflects two histories. The St.Peter’s side altar contains the beautiful stained glass windows, original altar, and devotionals which were rescued from the fire. St. Andrew’s side altar contains the tabernacle and blessed sacrament.
St. Peter’s History: - Johnston, RI
St. Peter’s was established as a mission in 1842 in Rockville—the Manton section of Johnston, RI. Its first stone building was consecrated in January 1857. In 1936, a fire destroyed the interior of the church and its furnishings, but within the year the building was restored with all its historical landmarks. By 1950 the parish had grown to some 150 families. Unfortunately, another fire in 1971 destroyed the church building and most of the inner sanctuary.
St. Andrew’s History – Providence, RI
In 1890, St. Andrew’s mission was established with 34 communicants and 50 children in Sunday school. The present building at 25 Pomona Avenue in Providence was constructed in 1892 and soon had 180 communicants and 206 in Sunday school.
St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a small parish located in the urban neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant between two major streets- Atwells and Chalkstone Avenues.
For more information about the neighborhood, click on http://www.provplan.org and then follow the link for Neighborhood Profiles.