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.

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.

St. Peter’s will be hosting again in February 2015. We will be asking for volunteer help to staff throughout the nights, make meals, and donations for bedding materials. Please check back for specifics.

Lunch for Joseph House

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, St. Peter’s volunteers prepare lunch in the parish kitchen in the morning and volunteers take what they have made to Joseph House to serve to those in need.  To help cook or serve, contact Jean Richmond.

Joseph House Kitchen Schedule

Food Pantry

We collect food on a weekly basis for the local Salisbury community in need. Non perishables, canned goods, and more are given and blessed during the services.

Red Wagon Ministry

This ministry focuses on collecting donations for area families in need. Donations change based on the season and needs of the families we help. This ministry was created as a way for our children to learn about collecting and caring for those in need. In the past we have collected for newborns, warm coats and outerwear for the winter, and school supplies during back to school time. During our family service on Sundays, the children pull the wagon to the altar during the offering time.

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.  The ministry is written about in the parish’s monthly newsletter, the Keynoter.

Annual Pet Blessing

St. Peter’s holds an annual pet blessing in early October. All pets (and their owners!) are welcome to attend. Our pet blessing made the news! Enjoy watching here. (Click here to watch.)

3rd Fridays

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. See you there!