Members of the St. Peter's community are generous in sharing their time, talent, and treasures with the larger community around us. We are always looking for opportunities where St. Peter’s can make a difference.
Community Partnership Team
The Community Partnership Team coordinates social outreach activities for St. Peter’s Church. It also handles the distribution of money from the Designated Outreach Bequest Fund, as well as half of the proceeds from the twice-a-year Rummage Sales and on-line Rummage Sale. Some activities take place at specific times of the year. Other efforts are ongoing.
Some outreach activities (such as Rummage Sales and the Guatemala Partnership) are coordinated by dedicated groups separate from the Community Partnerships Team. Other outreach activities are coordinated by members of the Team.
Read about and support our newest partnership, Beds for Kids, below.
Beds for Kids (One House at a Time)
One House at a Time (OHAAT) focuses on helping families who are currently lacking resources to establish (or reestablish) a self-sufficient life by providing them with the necessities of a functional home environment. OHAAT's Beds for Kids program focuses on ending issues surrounding children without beds to improve overall health and wellbeing. Beds For Kids support households whose income is below the Federal Poverty Threshold. In 2022, the program delivered 1,910 beds. For more information about the Beds for Kids program see OHAAT.org.
St. Peter's has joined Kid View and Rooted Tree in collecting items for the Beds for Kids Dream Big Campaign. There is a box located in the parish hall to collect donations: new blankets, new pillows, toothbrushes, and new twin sheets. We will be accepting donations until the end of March, but this program is on-going, so feel free to give as much as you'd like!
Episcopal Community Services (ECS)
Episcopal Community Services empowers individuals and families to
determine and follow their own paths. It’s the best way to transform
communities. Every year we have an ESC Sunday where we take up a special collection.
United Thank Offering (UTO)
The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Through the UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving thanks to God for their many daily blessings. Prayers of thanksgiving lead to generosity. Many people keep a UTO box at home and put thank offerings into the box regularly in gratitude for God’s gifts in their lives. Congregations are encouraged to hold in-gatherings where people bring their thank offerings to be collected and joined with others’ offerings, boxes, envelopes, or checks. Each year, UTO awards grants to fund significant projects that make a real difference in people’s lives both in the U.S. and abroad. St. Peter’s holds our annual In-gathering in the spring. Sincere gratitude for our lives and gifts, and concern for hers motivates our response on UTO Sunday.
To learn more about UTO, click here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering.
St. James School
We support the school and the nearby underserved community by committing to a monthly collection of toothpaste. At Christmas, the congregation donates gift cards and toys.
Layette Sunday takes place each year on Mother’s Day. Our members donate new and nearly-new baby clothes, blankets, small toys—some hand-made, some purchased. Some of our knitters help by making something for a child.
St. Peter’s gives these items to the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Pennsylvania. NFP helps low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, NFP Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children – and themselves.
Our backpack drive helps Delta Family Services in Glenside provide foster and low-income children with backpacks and school supplies so they can start the school year with confidence. One Sunday in mid-August, we celebrate the Blessing of Backpacks.
Loving and creative God, bless these backpacks and learning materials so that all who use them will come to know more of the rich and wonderful world you have created. Bless all educators who freely share their knowledge and understanding. Most of all, bless the children who will receive them. Protect them and make them confident that they are your beloved children, valued and loved in the communities where they live, grow and learn. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.