The Cathedral has an abundance of small groups that allow people to join with others in something that they are passionate about. From the theater and arts to movie nights to Foyers Dinners, it’s easy to gather around common interests and experience the gift of community and shared life.

 

Theater and the Arts

Readers Theater | Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

This activity lets you share the experiences and emotions that great dramatic works evoke. While performing excerpts from dramatic literature we will explore how to speak, how to breathe, how to move, improve presentation and acting skills while developing a performance ensemble. We meet most Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Contact: Richard Sias & Jack Clark (jackaclark@hotmail.com)


Burns’ Movie Night| Friday nights

The Burns’ Movie Night group presents a free full-length film on Fridays at 7 pm along with popcorn and coffee.  We look for worthy films that may not have had wide general circulation.  These are often foreign films. We solicit movie suggestions from those who attend.  Everyone is welcome, and we hope that in some small way this program will interest a broad range of people in St. Peter's and its ministries. For the most current movie night schedule, check the Cathedral events page.
Contact: Susan Regan (sfrcpa23@gmail.com)

History of Dance in Hollywood Musicals | Date TBD
Stay tuned for details about this new class in late January!


St. Veronica’s Needlework Guild | Wednesdays at 10:00 am

The guild welcomes all who have a project (knitting, crocheting, beading, weaving, sewing, etc.) to join us for an hour or more of informal work time and fellowship. Needlepointers needed, or anyone willing to learn! We have several projects for the church that are ready to be started. Men and women welcome. Also during the guild time, some needleworkers knit prayer shawls that are given to others as a tangible form of comfort, support or celebration and chemo hats are distributed to patients and baby hats are taken to All Children’s Hospital. It is not necessary to be there every week—come whenever you can!  The guild meets Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Chapter Room.
Contact: Louise Bennett (knitting group)
Contact: Carole Cowan (needlepoint group)


Book clubs + Book talks

SPC Book Club | Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

The SPC Book Club is open to anyone who likes to read and talk about books. The members suggest books and the club selects which ones they would like to read and discuss in the upcoming months. The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Library.
Contact: Roberta Poellein (rpoellein37@gmail.com)
2018-2019 Book Selections:
December 18: Rules of Civility by Betsy Corbin | January 22: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks | February 26: Lincoln’s Past Trial by Dan Abrams and David Fisher | March 26: The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper | April 23: Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring | May 28: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland boys and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

Cathedral Book Talks

For the eigth year, our popular series of free lunchtime book talks hosts local authors and critics. These free literary conversations — from noon to 1:00 pm, with lunch available ($5) — attract downtown workers, book clubs and readers from the wider community.

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January 8 | Colette Bancroft, book critic at the Tampa Bay Times
Bancroft will speak on Lauren Groff’s Florida, a collection of 11 finely crafted short stories about the underside of the Sunshine State. This Florida is a place of snakes and hurricanes, rundown fishing camps and abandoned children, and people on the run. “Paradise is no paradise without peril,” Bancroft said in a review, “so every garden must have its snake — especially in Florida.”

February 12 | Ray Arsenault, author Arthur Ashe: A Life
Ray Arsenault, the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at USF, will speak on his new book, Arthur Ashe: A Life, the first comprehensive biography of the pioneering tennis star. After breaking the color barrier, Ashe went on to become an influential civil rights advocate, philanthropist, public intellectual and AIDS activist.

March 19 | Jeff Klinkenberg, author Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life
Jeff Klinkenberg has spent a lifetime exploring Florida’s back roads, meeting the colorful people and exploring the unique places that are fast disappearing. The former St. Petersburg Times columnist will speak on his latest book, Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life, combining columns written for various publications with personal stories about growing up in Miami.


Gatherings

Daughters of the King | Third Saturdays, 3:15 pm

The Order of the Daughters of the King is a 130-year-old religious order for women. The mission of the Order is be the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism. Each Daughter wears a cross with an inscription in Latin, which means, “With heart, mind, and spirit, uphold and bear the cross." We meet on the third Saturday of the month, at 3:15 pm in the Library at St. Bede's Episcopal Church (2500 16th St )
Contact: Kathy Kelly, President  kathykellyrd@aol.com

Foyer Groups | Third Thursdays (September-May)

Foyer groups are dinner groups of eight to ten people who meet over a meal to get to know each other better. The agenda? There isn’t one. Groups meet the third Thursday of the month at 5:45pm, from September through May. The Foyer Group Committee forms the groups from those who sign up. Anyone is welcome: newcomers, long time members, and those in between. Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex.
Contact: Marion Fleming (mimideeda@gmail.com)

Friends of St. Aelred | Second Wednesday, 7:00 pm

The Friends of St. Aelred is an organization of LGBTQ Episcopalians and their friends and supporters that strive for social justice, fellowship, and service to the community. Our mission is to love and serve each other, respecting all persons as diverse creatures of God. St. Aelred’s collects gifts each Christmas for children through the Giving Tree project; delivers poinsettias and lilies to shut-ins at Christmas and Easter; and supports Resurrection House through Easter dinner baskets and other activities. Each January they host a brunch to honor St. Aelred, a 12th-century abbot, author, and major figure in English church life who taught that friendship is a gift from God. They host the Spiritual Pride dinner and participate in the St. Pete Pride parade and street fair. Everybody is welcome to share in this vibrant ministry.
Contact: Natalie de Sousa staelreds@compusolutions.com    

Mourner’s Path

Walking the Mourner’s Path is designed to help faith communities reach out to those affected by grief, “transforming grief into joyful living”. In eight weekly workshops participants explore the uncharted territory of their grief with others in similar situations, guided by trained facilitators. Participants learn while their pain is unique, they are not alone on their journey. A participant said, “I found people who would listen to my story, share their story and support me when I needed it. I found peace in the group.”
Contact: Anita Pernell-Arnold (727) 865-1388 and Jerry Buchert (727) 346-5286