Many hands are involved in the outreach ministries of St. Peter’s Church. Our efforts are coordinated by our Outreach Committee. This year, we are focused on making a positive difference to people living in local communities.
In 2015, our fundraising for outreach, through events such as Cabaret, the Woman’s Guild Garden Walk and Party, and the November Estate Sale, is dedicated to the benefit of four ministries:
Beyond Housing aims to develop all the factors that make up a thriving community – education, housing, health, employment readiness and access, and economic development for families in need. This is accomplished through collaborative efforts with a variety of local, regional and national partners. For more information, visit www.beyondhousing.org.
ECM provides support, hope, and healing to children in detention through chaplains serving in the St. Louis City and County Detention Centers and the Lakeside Residential Center. To learn more, please visit www.ecitymission.org.
The Haven of Grace
The Haven of Grace began as a ministry of St. Peter’s Church over 25 years ago. It provides a home to young women who are pregnant and homeless, giving residents a chance to redefine their lives. In a caring residential environment, young mothers can heal and bond with their children. There is a rigorous educational program and support system for these women designed to empower them to set their lives on a positive, new course. Visit www.havenofgracestl.org to learn more.
Magdalene St. Louis
A seedling of the original Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Magdalene St. Louis is a two-year residential program for women recovering from prostitution, sex trafficking, abuse, and addiction. Magdalene offers housing, food, medical care, therapy, education, and job training at no cost to help its residents recover and rebuild their lives. Contact Angela Mullins at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more, or visit www.magdalenestl.org.
Food that we collect on the 1st Sunday of each month is delivered to the food pantry operated by Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.
Four times a year, volunteers cook and serve at Trinity Episcopal CWE’s Sunday Hot Lunch, as well as the Saturday Peace Meal at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tower Grove.
Sunday Sandwich Makers
Our younger parishioners and their families gather in the parish kitchen to assemble sandwiches and cookies, which in turn is delivered to Sunshine Ministries in downtown St. Louis. This enables Sunshine Ministries to provide lunch to homeless men seeking shelter and support.
St. Peter’s participates in two special outreach efforts during the season of Advent:
Each Advent, the tree in our narthex is decorated, not with ornaments, but with Christmas wishes from children and youth in the St. Louis area. In 2015, parishioners are making wishes come true for families at the Haven of Grace and Beyond Housing, as well as youth in detention through the auspices of Episcopal City Mission.
Christmas on the River
As part of the Ministry on the River program operated by The Seamen’s Church Institute, parishioners pack Christmas boxes for the crews of the barges and tugs operating on local waterways. Hand-knitted scarves arrive from across the country, packed with homemade items from St. Peter’s Evening’s Women Association and other holiday items donated by parishioners.