Outreach Ministries

 

Why we volunteer . . .

 

Our faith is not a spectator sport. You have to be in it to win it. And that means a lot more than holding down a front row seat on Sunday morning. Scripture tells us: …what good is it if you have faith but do not have works. That does not mean that we volunteer as a quid pro quo deal with God. It does mean that service to our neighbor is inseparable from our faith in God. The motto we have adopted for our parish is Praising God and Serving Neighbor. That’s our faith in a nutshell. C.S. Lewis tells us that these are equal parts of a whole. Christ fused love of God together with love of neighbor in his great commandment. So for a Christian service isn’t an extra chore, it is our life in Christ.

 

Sandwich Program

The Sunday Sandwich program was established to feed the hungry in our community on Sundays when most soup kitchens are closed. The number of bags distributed each Sunday has grown from 20 to a recent high of 55. This is due to the growth of awareness among the people for whom the program was started, and the recent cutbacks in Federal and State funds devoted to their needs.

Those served range in age from two years to over sixty-five. Those parishioners who distribute the lunches have come to know, like and respect many of the sandwich bag recipients. They, in turn, have told us how much they look forward to seeing us every Sunday, not just for the food but for the opportunity of talking with and getting to know people who care and are interested in them.

NB: The Sandwich program has been on hold since the start of the Covid Pandemic. Our Food Closet is very active and available to all those in need. Please contact the church office.

 

 

Cursillo

Long Island Episcopal Cursillo, a personal renewal experience and a short course in Christian leadership, is an important part of the lives of many St. Peter's parishioners. Members of St. Peter's were an integral part of the formation of Long Island Episcopal Cursillo many years ago, served as team members on the first weekend and were members of the first Cursillo Secretariat (governing board). Cursillo remains an important ministry to many at St. Peter's, as our parishioners continue the tradition of serving on Cursillo teams and serving on the Cursillo Secretariat.


 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other Agencies

Our two long-standing AA groups meet on Monday and Friday evenings. We also have an Al-Anon meeting on Friday mornings at 10am and another on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. There is a support group for heroin addiction which meets on Sunday evenings. Please contact Megan via the hotline: 631-210-6297 or www. halongisland.org if interested in joining the HA group. Call the parish office if interested in attending the AA or Al-Anon groups for contact information.

 

 






 




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