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St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley

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St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and home to around 500 people from all walks of life and spiritual journeys.

At St. Peter’s, we seek to be a welcoming and inclusive place for all people, living into our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. Our hope is, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to nurture people of all ages in the knowledge and love of God in Jesus Christ, and to make him known in the wider community.

Everything we do is rooted in our worship of God, experienced corporately every Sunday during the year. From our praise and gratitude given to God, we are sent forth into the world to participate in God’s mission.

Worship times

8:00 am
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (traditional language) in the Historic Church
9:00 am
9:00 a.m. Family Holy Eucharist with choir, Rite II (contemporary language) in the Bank Barn. During the summer, this service and the 11:15 are combined into a 10:00 service. This may also be done at other times.
11:15 am
11:15 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II (contemporary language) in the Historic Church
Prior to the service is Adult Formation for all ages in Bank Barn 10:20 a.m.—11:05. During the summer months, no forums are typically held.

Volunteer opportunities

One time opportunities
Ongoing commitment opportunities

Volunteers are sought throughout almost all of the church functions. Monthly we volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, preparing and serving food at a kitchen in Phoenixville, and knitting with the Needlework group. Weekly we have a grounds-keeping team that mows, plants, chops wood, weeds, cleans and installs necessary items.


The Clinic of Phoenixville

Aging, Health and Wellbeing

The Clinic was co-founded by a physician and parishoner of St. Peters to provide medical assistance to serve those who are uninsured or underinsured. Depending on the year, parishoners volunteer at the clinic. Yearly we provide funding and coordinate a collection of food and basic necessities for sharing with patients.

Church Housing Corporation

Shelter and Housing

Led by current parishoners, Church Housing provides low-income housing to the elderly and those with special needs in Chester and Delaware counties. CHC. provides residences for seniors over the age of sixty-two who meet the income limits and are able to live with limited support. They also have facilities for individuals who are homeless and who have mental, illness, as well as for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Our parishioners provide Christmas gifts, books for the lending library, serve on the Board, provide prayer shawls, and volunteer to help with special needs.

St. Peter's Food Ministry

Meal Programs

The Food Ministry is the most active of the six key ministries supported by the Outreach Commission. Parishioners participate in a number of local food efforts. For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact

St. Peter’s Ecumenical Monday Dinners is sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Phoenixville. Volunteers from our church assemble in teams, to prepare and serve a nutritious meal each month. Two shifts are available for each evening meal: one from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (prep and cook) and one from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (serve and cleanup).

Darby Dinners  involves preparing and serving meals for over 100 in Darby Borough at the Darby Recreation Center. Affiliated with Episcopal Community Services, this outreach opportunity seeks to alleviate systemic hunger that stems from societal poverty. Parishoners also gather the ingredients for many families to have a special Easter meal.

During Lent, we prepare and distribute containers of soup to the families served by the Free Church of St. John in Philadelphia.

We have also worked with The Church Farm school to pack food supplies for international distribution.


Can Do Crew

Shelter and Housing

The Can Do Crew  For over two decades, volunteers from St. Peter’s have gathered monthly to extend the love of Jesus Christ to low-income families by making their homes safer and more comfortable. Construction and repairs help all who are involved to develop deeper personal relationships and to learn or improve handy-work skills. in 2020 we have formed a partnership with the Chester County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, helping with construction of a new home in Coatesville. On-the-job training will be provided for those who wish to learn new skills, from dry-walling to painting and carpentry. Although volunteers must be 16 or older, other opportunities are available for younger teens.

Chester Children's Chorus

Children and Youth Ministries

The Chester Children’s Chorus offers talented children from Chester, PA the opportunity to develop their musical gifts, expand their intellectual horizons, and strengthen their life skills. Children are invited to join the chorus on the basis of musical potential, enthusiasm, and family support. The music staff conducts annual auditions in second-grade classrooms in every public, charter, and religious school in Chester, and a new group of second-graders enters the chorus every summer. Families pay a modest annual fee for chorus participation. St. Peter’s supports the chorus by hosting concerts and providing financial assistance.
St. Peter's provides funding and hosts a concert with the chorus on alternate years.

The St. James School

Children and Youth Ministries

The St. James School is an Episcopal middle school in the Allegheny West neighborhood of North Philadelphia, educating traditionally under-resourced children in fourth to eighth grades and supporting them through high school and beyond.

St. Peter’s supports the school by giving funding, backpacks with supplies, tutoring students,  knitting scarves and hats in school colors for students, donating Christmas gifts for the families of students and by caring for the school property.

Green Stewards

Creation Care/Community Gardens

The Green Stewards was formed in response to the climate crisis to educate ourselves and others and to encourage more sustainable actions within our parish and community.  We host a yearly Creation Care day featuring activities, displays and a walk in a nearby nature preserve. Environmental themes have been featured in our adult forums.

Related activities include outdoor worship in area parks and blessing of the animals, as well as Labyrinth walks. Our  historic 16 acres features a butterfly garden, native plants, bee hives and a labyrinth.

Brenda Grove

Lay Coordinator

Sacred Ground Race Dialogue Circles

Racial Reconciliation
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race, racism, and whiteness while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is a resource coming out of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people, while being open to all racial/ethnic groups. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

International Relationships

Salal + Cedar, Watershed Discipleship


Over the past decade, St. Peter's has supported mission trips by parishoners to other countries. In 2019, a parishoner advised a group of college students who traveled to B.C. to learn about indigeneous rights, the environment and social justice. Similarly, two previous grants supported trips to Belize to build homes through Hand in Hand ministry.

Frequently, our Outreach Commission provides funds to help with international disaster relief efforts.

Contact person
Rev. Laurel Dykstra

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St. Peter's Church and the St. James School
St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, Malvern, PA

St. Peter's and the St. James School

Video on Facebook highlighting the relationship with the St. James School.


2475 Saint Peters Rd
Malvern, PA 19355-8791
United States



The Rev. Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt


The Rev. Chris Exley

Assistant Rector

Organized groups

Adult faith formation
Habitat for Humanity
Youth faith formation/Sunday school
Young adult group
Men's group
Lay pastoral care (e.g. Stephen Ministry, Community of Hope)
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors
Bible study
Youth group

Other community groups

St. James School
Chester Children's Chorus
Darby Mission
Church Housing, Inc. (Phoenixville)
Chester County Hospital
Alianzas de Phoenixville
St. Peters Church in Phoenixville