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

Reader’s 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 (

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 (

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)

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For more information about this discussion series and for a link to the podcast episodes, visit
This small group will meet Mondays, October 7-November 18 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Cathedral.

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Professional director and choreographer Jack Clark will use videos and scripts to look at relevant developments in the diverse characteristics of theater and its performance. This free class will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Harvard Hall. No need to register; just come to any or all. Questions? jackaclark@

  • October 3: The Birth of Tragedy: Ancient Greek Theater: Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles; The Trojan Women, by Euripides.

  • October 10: The Development of Comedy: Ancient Greek political comedy — Lysistrata, by Aristophanes; Ancient Roman sitcom — Miles Gloriosus (The Braggart Soldier), by Plautus; French 17th-century satire — Tartuffe, by Moliere.

  • October 17: 17th-Century Villains: the man — Iago in Othello, by William Shakespeare; the woman — BeatriceJoanna in The Changeling, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley.

  • October 24: Female Victims and Feminists in the 19th Century: Miss Julie, by August Strindberg; A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen.

  • October 31: The American Tragic Hero: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams; comparing Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman to August Wilson’s Fences.

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 (
2019 Book Selections:
June 25: Glittering Images by Susan Howatch | July 23: Woman of God by, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro | August 27: The Lost Painting, by Jonathan Harr | September 24: A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, by Robert M. Sapolsky | October 22: The Paragon Hotel, by Lyndsay Faye

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.

October 8, 2019 | Janet Keeler, food journalist, podcaster and coordinator of the Graduate Food Writing and Photography Certificate Program at USF St. Petersburg
Janet looks at current cookbooks, including “The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes That Make American Great,” and talks about how the food we eat reflects both headlines and history.

November 12, 2019 | Ben Montgomery, author of “The Man Who Walked Backward”
Ben Montgomery will speak on his new book about a Depression-era Texas who walked around the world backward.

January 14, 2020 | Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times book editor
Colette Bancroft will discuss Colson Whitehead’s new novel “The Nickel Boys” based on the notorious Dozier School for Boys.

February 11, 2020 | Craig Pittman, author “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther”
Craig Pittman has explored Florida’s quirks and exotic orchid trade and will discuss his new book about efforts to save the Florida panther.

March 10, 2020 | Erica Dawson, director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Tampa
Erica Dawson will speak on Chanelle Benz’s “The Gone Dead”: A young woman returns to the Mississippi Delta to learn the secrets of her father’s mysterious death and unpack her own past.


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

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 (

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    

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