ABOUT US

seeking to serve Christ and to make disciples to share his love.

St. Peter’s exists to love Christ, serve others, and enrich our community. We are a congregation of sinners bound by the unfailing love of Christ.  We seek to serve the hurting, love our neighbors, and spread the Gospel through community service and faithful worship.

SUNDAYS  AT  ST. PETER'S

311 W. 7th | Columbia, TN

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Facebook and YouTube LiveStream Service 

Sundays at 10:00 AM

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WEDNESDAYS  AT  ST. PETER'S

Our Wednesday Healing Service will resume

August, 26th at 10:30 am in the Main Chapel.

 

STAFF

Chris Bowhay began his service at St. Peter’s in April of 2015. He was ordained in Washington, D.C. in 1992, married to Sally in San Francisco in 1997 and, with their daughter Augusta, cheerfully followed Our Lord's call to Houston in 2000 and then Nashville in 2012. He loves to experience and then share connections between old books he reads, new movies he watches, music of all kinds, and the love of God.  He secretly wishes he could be a chef, write scripts for scary movies, or design and make fireworks—anything that delights and brings people together.

Walker Vining

Treasurer

Aaron Evans

Choir Director

Glenn Perry

Organist

Perry Terhune

Youth

Randolph Lockridge

Sexton

Lynn June

Nursery Director

Rev. Bonnie Lloyd-Downs

Deacon

Gary Prewitt

Parish Administrator

Ashley Maddux

Financial Secretary

The Rev. Christopher Bowhay

Rector

WHAT TO EXPECT

Where we are located


We are located in historic downtown Columbia at 311 W. 7th St., just west of the Polk Presidential Home.




Where to park


Our parking lot is located just south of the church. From W. 7th street, turn left onto Walker St; the first left is the entrance. The main entrance into the church is through the double doors on W. 7th St. However, you can enter through the parking lot up the stairs in the middle of the northern edge of the lot. Those with walkers or wheel chairs should turn left from W. 7th St. onto Frierson St. between the church and the James K. Polk Ancestral Home and Museum where you will find several handicap spaces. Follow the ramp to the side entrance of the church.




What to expect on Sundays


8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite I (a simply traditional service with Elizabethan language). While there is no choir at this service, the congregation sings several hymns accompanied by the organ. 9:00 AM - Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults 10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite II (a service in more contemporary language). During the school year, the choir leads congregational singing accompanied by the organ.




What to expect when you get inside


As you enter the church, An usher will greet you with a worship bulletin. The bulletin contains instructions on what to do during the service and the page numbers for the Book of Common Prayer (red book) and the hymnal (blue book). Both books are found in the pews. If you aren't sure what to do, please ask someone nearby. We are glad to help.




Where to sit


Please sit wherever you feel comfortable. If the church is crowded or if you arrive after the worship has started, the ushers will help you find a seat.




If you have children


Children are welcome at all Sunday services. Families may also bring their children (infants to young children) to the nursery. Please ask an usher to show you there. When the congregation begins to form a line to receive Communion, most parents collect their children from the nursery so that the whole family can be together at the Altar Rail. The nursery attendants can tell you when to do this.




How to take Communion


All baptized people are welcome to take Holy Communion at the Episcopal Church. Follow the other worshipers down the aisle and take your place at the Altar Rail. You may either kneel or stand. The priest will place the consecrated Wafer in your hands (or, if you prefer, directly on your tongue) which should be together palms up. A chalice-bearer will bring you the chalice with the consecrated Wine. You may choose to receive the Wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips, by intinction (dipping your Wafer into the Wine), or by leaving the Wafer in your hands so that the chalice-bearer can intinct it for you and place it on your tongue. If you choose not to receive the Wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you have received the Wafer. It is courteous to remain at your place at the Altar Rail until the person at your left is finished. Gluten-free Wafers are available; signal your intention by crossing one arm over your chest as the priest comes toward you. If you choose not to receive Holy Communion, please come forward to the rail for a blessing from the priest. Signal your intention by crossing both arms over your chest like an X.




Children receiving Communion


At their parents' discretion, baptized children may receive Holy Communion. If their parents prefer, they can receive a blessing from the priest if they cross their arms over their chest in the form of an X.





TAKE A TOUR

We would love for you to come inside and become familiar with our facility. Take a 3d tour then come and see us in person. We can't wait to meet you.

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VESTRY

Tracy Moore

2018-2021

Jan McKenzie

2018-2021

Peter Moon

2018-2021

 Tom Dake

2018-2021

Mary Kennedy

2019-2022

Travis R. Groth

 

2020-2023

 John Olson

2020-2023

Gail Lewis

2020-2023

Neil Clark

2019-2022

Matthew "Sonny" Scoggins

2019-2022

Patti Amorello

 

2020-2023

Louis Davis

 

2020-2023

Pam Williams

Senior Warden

2019-2022

Rick Bolton

Junior Warden

2019-2022

Sarah Robert

Clerk

 

2018-2021

ST. JOHN'S ASHWOOD

St. John’s is an Episcopal Church located in the community of Ashwood 6 miles south of Columbia, Tennessee. St. John’s was constructed on the Polk Plantation under the direction of Leonidas Polk who later became Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. Construction requiring 3 years was completed in 1842. St. John’s was an active church in the Diocese of Tennessee until 1915. During the Civil War, St. John’s was used as a hospital by the Confederate Army. Today, St. John’s is used by St. Peter’s for an annual Spring and Autumn pilgrimage.

 
311 w. 7th
Columbia, TN 38401
931-388-3331
in historic downtown Columbia

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