St. Peter’s mission and outreach work to serve the Lord through our service and support to various local, national, and international projects.
Some examples of our local works include our ongoing collection of nonperishable food, which goes monthly to support the town of South Windsor’s Food and Fuel Bank.
We also have a second food collection box which is given to support the work of Isaiah 58. The Isaiah 58 ministry works to feed the homeless and working poor in New Britain. On the third Saturday of each month a few volunteers go to New Britain to bring the monthly food collected and to also help out serving at Isaiah 58. This help can be serving the food provided at the truck’s soup kitchen, bagging groceries to hand out to each person, or just talking or praying with the people there.
During the season of Advent through Epiphany, we have our Christmas for Others project. During this time we raise money to give to the Food and Fuel Bank.
Nationally, we financially support the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA.
Some of our ongoing international work includes the establishment and continuing work to grow the Africa Education Partnership (AEP). The AEP works to build and maintain partnerships with communities in the USA and in Africa through education for all qualified applicants regardless of religious beliefs, origin, or gender. Its initial focus is in Northern Nigeria.
Since 2005, when Sudan Sunrise was founded, we have supported this organization financially. Through local education and community building in South Sudan, Sudan Sunrise works with individuals from diverse religious backgrounds and identities to facilitate reconciliation efforts to ensure lasting peace in Sudan and South Sudan. The schools and services they build are open to all regardless of religious beliefs, origin, or gender. We also had a special project to raise money in order to have a water well built in the village of Gor Ayen, South Sudan.
Each summer we have a special summer project. This year, we are raising money to purchase school supplies for children in need in the town of South Windsor. We have hung pictures of pencils on the walls around the church. For each “pencil” you take down, we ask that you donate $1 toward our goal.
In past years, we raised money to help the people in Flint, MI after the water crisis they suffered, and helped children and families get mosquito netting in Sub-Saharan African countries.
We also have special fund-raising projects to help when natural disasters hit various areas of the world or other special needs. This year, we gave money to another area Episcopal church to help them with the resettlement costs for Syrian refugees coming to CT.
Biennially, we hold Our Gift to the Community tag sale. This is set up as a tag sale but all items are given away for free. This is in thanksgiving for all the blessings that we have.
Out newest mission project is called Helping Hands. This project helps members of our St. Peter’s church family. This is an opportunity for parishioners to submit requests for household assistance for such things as help with moving, assistance necessary due to unexpected illness, surgery, or other such circumstances.
For several years, we have financially supported many diverse organizations that work locally, nationally, and internationally. These include Cornerstone (a local community agency that has food and clothing banks, a soup kitchen, and shelter assistance), Living Water International, Latin American Missionary and Bible Institute (LAMB), and Freedom Firm (this works to rescue and work with young girls victimized by sex trafficking in India).
We are always looking for new ways that we can continue to grow our faith in action.