St. Peter’s Episcopal supports our community and our neighbors.
Animals in Need
On October 3, we gave thanks at the Blessing of the Animals for the ways in which our lives are enriched by our animal friends. From now until Sunday November 21, we are invited to bring donations for local animal shelters, which are dealing with unusually high caseloads of animals in need of shelter and homes.
There are information sheets at church providing details on the need and specific items that can be donated, such as towels, dog and cat food, and animals toys, and the same information is provided here:Animals-In-NeedDownload
Project Feed is supported by parishioners who donate loose change each Sunday (while in person) and is sent to this non profit organization. Non-perishable food is also collected and donated each month. Project Feed was started by a group of local clergy and lay people, who were concerned with the number of Portland residents that were without a reliable source of food.
Wayside Food Programs
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church provided community meals for eleven years. Several volunteers from our parish served as cooks, servers, dishwashers, and hosts to provide 15-20 meals every Thursday night. When Covid pandemic happened in March 2020, the meal site was closed due to restrictions. We still provide cash donations and do a food drive once a year to support this organization.
Friends of Payson Park
Friends of Payson Park is a collection of park neighbors and other fans who have come together as a group to advocate for and help preserve the beautiful 48 acres of open space. This 48 acre park sits along the shores of Back Cove and Fall Brook and is home to baseball and softball fields, playground, basketball and tennis courts, the Longfellow Arboretum, and a community garden. In the summer months, it is home to dozens of walk-a-thons and running races that take place along Back Cove. In the winter months, it transforms into a winter recreation paradise with a skating pond, sledding hills and a ski and snowboard terrain park.
Mount Herman Ministries
The mission of Mount Hermon Ministries is the restoration of the foundation and values of the believer, while obeying the supreme order of all nations. St. Peter’s Episcopal provides a meeting place in the Undercroft (hall) for this group to have their services.
Saint Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center (Essentials Pantry)
St. Elizabeth’s began in 2001 and recognized as a Jubilee Center, the pantry is a joint effort of public schools, the Diocese of Maine and eight area Episcopal churches. The program provides and distributes non-food essentials with include hygiene products, laundry detergent, and basic household items. The center provides these items free of charge to about 200 people each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. We provide hats, mittens, scarves and collect coats that are donated.
Greater Portland Family Promise
Greater Portland Family Promise, and affiliate of the national Family Promise program, aims to address the needs of families facing homelessness in the Greater Portland, Maine area. Through an interfaith network and connections with existing community resources, Family Promise provides housing, meals, case management and community for children and their families experiencing homelessness. We have several members of our parish who support Greater Portland Family Promise.
Preble Street Resource Center
Many of our parish members provide donations of money, coats, socks, and underwear to the center to support the members of our community in need or who are homeless.
Partners for World Health
This organization collects medical supplies that would go to waste and ships tons of such supplies to impoverished Third World nations around the world, and sends teams of medical experts to teach the people how to use what has been sent. We have several parishioners volunteer at the center where goods are collected and a nurse from our parish volunteered to visit a Third World country and volunteer for three weeks to aid in medical treatments.