Serving Our Church
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Community Emergency Shelter Project
The Community Emergency Shelter Project (CESP) is a community based effort using local church congregations on a rotating basis to provide safe, temporary, emergency, overnight shelter and hospitality to homeless adult males in the Salisbury area during the cold weather months of January through March. St. Peter’s is one of the original host sites and founding organizations.
St. Peter’s is a strong supporter of Salisbury’s Community Emergency Shelter Program (CESP) to provide a warm place for homeless men to stay overnight during the winter months.
This year, due to the pandemic, the shelter is being housed in a central location, the Langler Building in back of Wicomico Presbyterian Church off North Division Street in Salisbury..
There are three ways you can help participate in this ministry:
- Volunteer St. Peter’s week of volunteering was January 16 through 22. But you can still volunteer individually or with your group to cook or serve a meal, check people in, stay in evening or overnight. To find out what is available for volunteering go to the sign up sheet http://www.tinyurl.com/
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- Donate to St. Peter’s CESP Fund. All donations will go to support the work of CESP and help with critical supplies and needs. Write your check to St.;Peter’s Church and put CESP in the memo line. Mail to St. Peters, 115 St. Peters St., Salisbury, MD 21801. Or give online through Give Plus — choose CESP. Click on the Give Page and then click the Give Online button…
- Donate Clothes or Supplies to the Shelter. There is a drop off box at church inside the Parish Office doors. Access is limited to Sunday mornings. Or drop items off directly at the Langler building from 4pm-7pm while the shelter is open. Click here for a list of clothes and supplies needed.
CESP was originally coordinated in 2005 by Salisbury University’s Center for Family and Community Life. The sisters of Joseph House had taken emergency action to help Salisbury’s homeless population, but they saw a greater need that they were unable to fill long term. So, CESP fills a need in the coldest parts of the year.
Partnership with Wi-Middle School
St. Peter’s has partnered with the school down the street, Wicomico Middle School, to help those students in need and to show appreciation to the teachers and staff who serve the children of our community. Before the school season begins, St. Peter’s hosts Christmas in August to help provide clothing and supplies for those students in need. In December, St Peter’s provides gift cards to enable teachers and staff to shop for items to give needy families some presents and resources for Christmas.
St. Peter’s has an Environmental Stewardship Team that participates in activities in our ministry to care for creation. Click here for more information.
Feeding Our Community
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. Matt.25:35
St. Peter’s is encouraging parishioners to remember those in need of food in our community. Current economic realities mean that more people in the Salisbury area are finding it hard to afford basic nutrition and all households are encouraged to donate food directly to three local shelters this month: Christian Shelter, Joseph House and HALO. See below for details.
Parishioner Linda Abbott shares her thoughts about the importance of this ministry: Food-Assistance-Testimonial-Abbott
Outreach Ministry of the Month
St. Peter’s Outreach Committee each month highlights an outreach ministry and encourages the congregation to learn more, and support that ministry. They could be ministries of the Episcopal Church, the diocese, the parish, or of our local community.
St. Peter’s participates regularly in downtown Salisbury’s 3rd Fridays. Sometimes we have a concert or tours of the church. Other times, we are outside fundraising or enjoying fellowship where Main Street meets St. Peter’s Street. And of course we are often cooking and serving food and drinks in our courtyard. See you there!
Opportunities for Caring
10am every Monday morning, via zoom
Comforters Group prays for those in need, and then members participate in a study of Scriptures or an inspirational writing. Newcomers welcome.
Contact Trudy Day for information: email@example.com
St. Peter’s Caring Team
As the needs arise
This is a “virtual team” of parishioners who have put their email addresses on a list as part of the Caring Team and are notified when a fellow parishioner is in need of assistance. Caring Team members can then volunteer to help by responding to that email. To join the Caring Team, parishioners may send an email asking to be put on the Caring Team list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph House Kitchen
Fourth Tuesday each month
St. Peter’s Kitchen 9am
Joseph House 10:30am
For many years volunteers from St. Peter’s have been taking a turn each month at preparing and serving the lunch meal at Joseph House in Salisbury, a place where those in need can receive a free hot meal. This ministry was suspended during the pandemic, but a scaled down program will resume in the fall. Contact Jean Richmond for more information.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE
There is a need for volunteers for the following ministries: Altar Guild, Eucharistic Minister, Ushers, Hymn Boards setter, bulletin folders. Contact the Parish Office if you are able and willing to help.