Working together, we at St. Peter’s seek and serve Christ while striving for justice and peace among all people. Our ministry reaches out to others in the local, national, and world communities through the following:
- The congregation shares our physical plant with St. Peter’s Child Care Center, Inc.. The Center has provided secure, nurturing care for children from local families for more than 30 years.
- The monthly Community Meal program. As part of the wider community meal program in Lakewood, we provide a free, hot, nutritious meal to all-comers on the second Tuesday evening of each month. We also often distribute food, toiletries, and sundries.
- Monthly Outreach Partners. Each month, we designate a local, national, or international ministry as our “Outreach Focus.” Usually, one or more of our parishioners are already involved with each ministry. We educate ourselves about what the ministry does, distribute its literature, and invite a representative to speak to the congregation. During the month, ALL loose cash and coin placed in the alms basins is contributed directly to the Outreach Partner.
- We have had a close relationship with Watterson-Lake Elementary School, on West 69th Street in Cleveland, for nearly twenty years. Several parishioners volunteer to be individual tutors for young children struggling to keep up with grade-level work. Every year, in our “Share the Blessings” project, parish families/individuals are paired with particularly needy Watterson-Lake kids on the recommendation of their teachers. Each individual/family provides a “blessing bag” to their child which contains a new winter coat, a new school outfit, a gift card for shoes, a toy, and some school supplies. We touch the lives of some 50 kids and their families this way.
- We are covenant parters with The Lakewood Christian Service Center, which provides food, clothing, housing, and other critical services for those in need.
- We make our building available to all manner of community groups and activities.
- For the last several years, a parishioners have gone on annual overseas mission trips to the Dominican Republic under the auspices of “Unto, International.” The missioners spend a week working in barrio Los Al Carrizos, usually building homes or school facilities. Prior to the trip, the congregation collects sundry items and financial contributions to be carried to the D.R. by the missioners.
- We enthusiastically support the mission work of the Diocese of Ohio, the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, and the worldwide Anglican Communion.
- Our Rector is also the contact person in North American for Saint George’s College in Jerusalem, an Anglican pilgrimage center in the Holy Land.