Serve

God’s love transforms us and empowers us to transform the lives of others through service to our neighbors and our world. You are invited to get involved—whether you can give an hour here and there, or make an ongoing commitment—there is a place for you.

St. Peter’s Food Cupboard:

St. Peter’s Food Cupboard has provided food for local families in need since 1987. We distribute food (including meats, fresh fruits and vegetables) by an open-choice system, feeding an average of 180 families each week. Volunteers are needed Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Learn more about the Food Cupboard and how you can get involved.

Refugee Resettlement:

St. Peter’s supports refugees through their resettlement process and their acclimation to life in the United States. In 2017, St. Peter’s was matched with a mother and daughter from Bhutan who arrived in Philadelphia in December after living in a refugee camp in Nepal. We provide English tutoring, transportation, and friendship.

Eco Committee:

This group of volunteers work to make St. Peter’s a more eco-friendly congregation. They identify how St. Peter’s can implement more environmentally conscious practices and become a better steward of God’s Creation.

Anti-Racism Work:

It takes all of us to dismantle racism. St. Peter’s is a community committed to confronting racism in our past, in ourselves, and in our world. St. Peter’s occasionally offers anti-racism workshops and training. Learn more about St. Peter’s anti-racism efforts. 

International Partnership:

From 2005 through 2016, St. Peter’s had a partnership with The Canterbury School in Guatemala City. Each year we sent a group down to the school, to continue our friendship with the children and teachers and to complete a project to improve the school. St. Peter’s is now in the process of finding a new partner community and are looking forward to forging our next international partnership.

After-School Tutoring:

St. Peter’s partners with an after-school program associated with Nebinger Elementary School. Currently, several St. Peter’s parishioners are tutoring on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:30 p.m. The children with whom we are working are eager learners, are very receptive to adult help, and are a whole lot of fun! The program is based at Courtyard (a predominantly African-American subsidized housing community), located near the intersection of 4th and Washington. We often carpool and would love for more parishioners to come tutor with us! Email Rev. Sean at [email protected] if you’d like to join us.

POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild):

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is a member of POWER, an interfaith organization committed to implementing systemic change for the betterment of Pennsylvania communities. POWER works to bring people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood—lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. We are people of faith committed to the work of bringing about justice here and now, in our city and our region.

Episcopal Community Services:

Episcopal Community Services is a Philadelphia-based social service agency that empowers vulnerable individuals and families by affirming human dignity and promoting social justice. St. Peter’s participates in several service projects each year with ECS, including a “Fill the Bus” backpack drive for students, a cleaning product collection for a women’s mission, and a Christmas gift drive.