The members of St. Peter’s put their faith into action through a variety of community outreach and service projects in the immediate greater Washington area as well as around the world on mission trips. Some programs provide for very intimate, one-to-one experiences with while others allow a volunteer to serve as part of a larger group. Listed below are ongoing programs that provide anyone with a servant’s heart the opportunity to find a service program that speaks to their talents and time availability.
These, along with many other programs, are just a few examples of the types of activities our parish members regularly participate in or take turns leading in our community. If you want to share your time with any of these programs in service to others or have questions, please click the activity interest form button. This is only a partial listing of the many St. Peter’s partnerships that offer opportunities for meaningful service to our neighbors and greater community.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
Once a month an individual or family transports all food donated by parishioners to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Arlington Interfaith Council CROP Walk
In October we participate in the Church World Service’s annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk through the Arlington Interfaith Counsel, donating $50 for each congregant who takes part.
A-SPAN and EWS
From November to March. Once a week, a family or individual cooks and transports an evening meal for 45 to 50 diners at the Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS) located near Courthouse Plaza; the church reimburses expenses.
Christmas Toy Drive/(AHC)
In late November and early December congregants select names of families in need (as identified by Arlington County and other social service organizations), and purchase Christmas gifts from their wish lists; the church reimburses a set amount toward these gifts.
Annual Christmas Trees Sales
Every year St. Peter’s provides the parish and community an opportunity to purchase fresh cut Fraser fir trees, garlands, and wreaths from Cline Church nursery in Fleetwood, North Carolina. In a typical year they arrive the first weekend in December for pick up.
Orders are needed early to schedule delivery. Trees of various sizes have been pre-ordered and the order are finalized in late November. The nursery is a small operation; order forms are available each year beginning in late October/early November via our website.
Dominican Republic Mission
Through the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic missioners from St. Peter’s have helped build the Nino Jesus school, in Montellano and and lead Vacation Bible School in both Montellano and Mosovi in partnership with the parishes, Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen and Divina Gracia.
Read the summer 2015 Mission Blog here and the first 2012 Mission Blog here.
Love Quilt Project
St. Peter’s needs volunteers to produce the Love Quilts. The quilters are given the St. Peter’s Love Quilt pattern, 20 completed art squares to be used in the center of each quilt square, and fire retardant batting. You are free to provide the fabric and backing for the quilt. Once the quilt is complete it will be collected and given to an orphaned child. We know from the experience of our mission trip that the quilt will be deeply appreciated by the recipient. We greatly appreciate any help with this project. If you can contribute a quilt, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals On Wheels
On the second and fifth Friday of each month, from 11 AM to 1 PM volunteers deliver meals (provided by Arlington County) to homebound recipients in Arlington.
Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April
In late April parishioners participate in Rebuilding Together (formerly known as Christmas in April) by assisting with repair projects for a needy (and usually elderly) Arlington homeowner recommended by Arlington County social workers.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW)
In May and June (tied to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) we collect food and toiletries for clients of SMGW (Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington).
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
On the first Thursday of every month, a group of volunteers brings ingredients (1300 eggs, four cases of bananas, and two cases of grits–purchased beforehand by volunteer shoppers) and cooks breakfast from 6 to 8 a.m. at the SOME shelter located several blocks north of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Participants meet first at the church to load supplies and form carpools to drive downtown.
South Africa Mission
St. Peter’s is helping build and manage two homes for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Western Cape of South Africa. The first home is located in the informal settlement of Masiphumelele and was developed in partnership with the nonprofit St. Francis Outreach Trust in Simon’s Town, South Africa. A second home is planned in a location close to the first home in Masi. A mission reconnaissance team from St. Peter’s visited the Masiphumelele site in August 2009 and met with the various mission partners in South Africa. St. Peter’s helped raise over $50,000 towards the cost of building the first home and in 2011 sent a group of 27 parishioners to work with the children living there. St. Peter’s sent a second mission team in August 2014 to work on the old home and the new home. The church will continue its fundraising to support both these efforts.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
In early November we start collecting food for approximately 40 Thanksgiving meals for homeless and needy people, usually clients of the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) or other identified community group; the church provides funds for 40 grocery gift cards that can be used to purchase turkeys, while parishioners donate the other elements of the meals (including stuffing mix, vegetables, and ingredients to make pie).