St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is a small, welcoming congregation located in West Lawn, one of the suburbs of Reading, in Berks County, PA. Our church life is modeled after Jesus’ commandment: “love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
At 10 am, our church family gathers for worship. The cross, located above the altar in the center of the sanctuary, is our focus. We gather around it to take communion, and our children, the heart of every service, bring their generous donations there–including food for the Wilson Food Pantry–and sit to hear the children’s sermon. They enjoy Sunday School every week, and during the summer they love the fresh outdoors at Camp St. Peter’s. Our special tradition at the end of each service is to hold hands around the outside of the sanctuary to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Following service we delight in fellowship hour, where members take turns sharing delicious treats!
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we support Our Churches Wider Mission and all the Special Offerings. We also support missions at home. Our members volunteer at the Wilson Area Food Pantry and the Western Berks Shepherding Ministry and raise funds for charitable causes. We open our doors to the community through St. Peter’s Early Learning Center, Boy and Cub Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Miller-Keystone Blood Bank.
We’re there for each other seven days a week: as prayer partners and with weekly study groups, social events including an annual picnic, hot dog days, pancake breakfasts, advent dinner, to mention a few. We also look forward to activities with our partner church, St. John’s UCC in Reading, PA, who host community dinners.