Ways We Care for the Community
How we Care for the Community;
At the Last Supper, Jesus gave a New Commandment to love one another as He loved us. In striving to emulate Christ’s perfect example of love, we:
- Use our God-given gifts to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical assistance to those in need;
- Minister to the members of our own parish family at St. Peter’s and our neighbors in the city of Milford, our nation, and the world as we are called by God.
What we are doing;
St. Peter's reaches out locally and throughout the world through many ministries. Our Purpose Statement was designed around the mission work that is done at St. Peter’s. Caring for the community is very important because by doing so we end up sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in turn we prepare disciples. Some of the work we do is listed below with links that describe each of the ministries.
Mission trips to Ciudad Juarez Mexico.
Juarez Mission Trip: For the past 9 years St. Peter's, with help from the Episcopal Diocese, have send teams to the border town of Juarez, Mexico. While there the members not only build a reliable house for a deserving family but share meals with members of the community. This great opportunity allows us to be the hands and feet of God.
Monthly Outreach Dinners: The second Thursday of each month members of St. Peter’s provide sumptuous, wholesome meals for anyone in need, giving them dignity and showing them that they are God’s children. There are currently four teams each serving meals 3 times a year.
Youth Group Participates in several community outreach programs such as the Beth El Shelter Trick or Trot fundraiser, serving at the local soup kitchen and working with Christian Community Action in New Haven to prepare and pack boxes and bags of Thanksgiving meal ingredients for the needy in the community.
Tagless Tag Sale: The Tagless Tag Sale is a wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to those experiencing financial hardship, to relieve the stress that can come with Christmas, so they can truly celebrate the birth of Jesus and be able to give gifts that they have chosen for loved ones.
Carol’s Giving Tree: The Giving Tree was named in honor of Carol Hopnik. Every year several needy families are selected to be recipients of the Giving Tree. Gift tags are hung from the tree and parishioners can select a gift to purchase for the family. These gifts make their Christmas a true blessing
The Salvation Army: Parishioners supply backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need in Milford.
Souper Bowl Sunday: Millions Americans tune in to the Super Bowl. There will be parties with abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, there will be people worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal. St. Peter’s joins people around the United States, including many churches in Milford, to demonstrate God's love by loving their neighbors through the Souper Bowl of Caring. The “Souper Bowl” is passed around and people are encouraged to drop what ever they can afford in the to support Beth-El Center for the Homeless and Soup Kitchen. Those who need help may not know that you cared, but God will.
Heifer International: Heifer International enables families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity not by giving them a handout, but by providing the family with animals that are not only a source of food but also a source of income. So far St. Peter’s have raised the funds to “float” 12 arks. For more information go to http://www.heifer.org