St. Peter’s in Old Ellicott City invites you to encounter Jesus Christ in an intimate, welcoming and affirming parish.
Founded in 1842 as a traditional “Anglo-Catholic” parish, we originally shared a lot with St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (yeah, St. Peter and St. Paul together again!). St. Peter’s was the “in town” church of the mill workers and shopkeepers in Old Ellicott City. Our clergy served not only St. Peter’s but also as chaplains to the Patapsco Female Institute, a boarding “finishing” school for girls which is now an historic site.
In April 1939, St. Peter’s received a generous donation of the land at the corner of Rogers Avenue and Frederick Road/Main Street and six month’s later, the original church burned down. While there had be rumors of the fire being intentionally set, it was a result of embers from the coal fired furnace catching the roof on fire and a lack of water pressure to assist firefighters in extinguishing the blaze. St. Peter’s received diocesan permission to relocate and rebuild and in 1940, using the bricks recovered and cleaned from the fire, the new church was built at its present location. If you take a close look at the bricks, many of them still retain the blackening from the 1939 fire.
As traditional “Prayer Book Catholics”, we celebrate the riches of Anglican spirituality while taking Christ into the world in mission. We support the work of the Route 1 Day Resource Center in Jessup with our “First Monday Meal” program – providing a hot meal to their clients on the first Monday of each month. In 2016, when a devastating flood swept through Old Ellicott City destroying many businesses and residences, St. Peter’s became the center of relief efforts by the county, state and federal agencies as the parish buildings sit on high ground and were unaffected by the floodwaters. St. Peter’s is the home of the St. Peter’s Preschool offering high quality preschool programs to prepare children for school and to help them grow in their love for Jesus Christ. St. Peter’s has many parish events adding to the social life of Old Ellicott City, including our annual crab feast, and it’s been said that sometimes the “P is silent in St. (P)eters.”
Our Sunday worship from September – May is at 8 am (spoken Mass) and 10:15 am (sung Mass) with regular observances of Holy Days throughout the year. Summer worship from June – August is at 9:00 am (sung Mass).
Our community takes safety seriously. Recently Governor Hogan signed an executive order requiring masks in public places where social distancing cannot occur. Masks are required in all our store fronts. Please respect the safety of our businesses and staff. If you don't care to wear a mask, we suggest you frequent our businesses’ many online shopping opportunities. Thank you for your continued support of our beloved OEC.