Social Concerns Team
The Social Concerns Team helps to plan and focus outreach activities throughout the year. The vestry has voted to tithe any bequests received by St. Peter’s and has directed that the tithe be used for outreach. The Social Concerns Team administers those amounts.
Some outreach activities (such as Rummage Sales, Thrift & Gift Shop, and Guatemala) are coordinated by dedicated groups separate from the Social Concerns Team. Other outreach activities are coordinated by members of the Team. We are always looking for opportunities where St. Peter’s can make a difference.
Our backpack drive helps Aldersgate 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.
CVAC Christmas Toy Drive
We support the annual Christmas toy drive at Carson Valley Children’s Aid (CVCA). CVCA, located in Flourtown, provides a variety of services and support to children in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Through the generosity of our members and a variety of friends and coworkers, we’ve provided Christmas gifts to hundreds of kids over the years.
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
In the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany we decorate a tree with mittens, hats, gloves and scarves, both handmade and store bought. They are delivered to ECS and Maddie Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler and given to our neighbors who need help to keep warm in the wintertime.
During the season of Lent, St. Peter’s chooses one organization or non-profit to donate a special offering. In recent years we have given to the Heifer Project, St. James Episcopal School in Philadelphia, Interfaith Housing, and On Gracie’s Wings.
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.
Many of our brothers & sisters in the area go to bed without enough food for the next day. Admitting that you need assistance to get by can be an embarrassing experience. As part of our continuing effort to extend St Peter’s relationship with our community, we have placed a food cupboard at one of our entrances to the parish hall. Anyone is welcome to walk in and help themselves without needing to ask at the office. On the third Sunday of each month our food collection will help stock the cupboard.
Layette Sunday takes place each year on Mother’s Day in May. 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.
Thanks to the generosity of Panera’s Bakery in Willow Grove, which donates all baked goods left over at the end of each day to non-profits, St. Peter’s is able to offer Panera’s bread on the first Sunday of each month. Our members take home delicious baked goods for a free-will donation. We use these donations for outreach. Over the years our proceeds have benefited the ministries of Episcopal Relief and Development, Red Cross flood relief, Habitat for Humanity, and The Alzheimers’ Foundation.