Through our Outreach work,
we engage the world with the love of God in Christ. We are the hands of
God in this world and we strive to be agents of peace, love and
reconciliation in a world that so desperately needs it. By giving back
the life and hope so generously bestowed upon each of us, we hope to
further that joy and hope for others, particularly children and the
These and other ministries
are the means by which we live into our Christian faith, express our
core values and work toward fulfillment of our mission: to invite all
people into an ever-deepening relationship with God in Jesus Christ.
Our commitment to Outreach
is strong. We support international projects, food ministries, programs
to aid at-risk children, and many local and diocesan organizations with
both funds and personal time commitment. You will find a complete list
If you would like your
organization to be considered for funds, you may apply in the early fall.
You are welcome to view our letter about the purpose of the
David St. George Outreach Endowment Fund, along with the application, which are
available for download. Please note that the deadline is October 1.
Shepherd Home in Bamenda, Cameroon
Founded by Sr. Jane Mankaa and the Benedictine
Sisters of Bethany, the Good Shepherd Home is dedicated to educating and
caring for children of the streets in Cameroon. Many of these children
have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic. The Home provides a safe
environment for them to grow into healthy young men and women. We are
actively fundraising to support the children and to raise money for
building a new school. Since our initial sponsorship of the orphanage,
Sr. Jane has been able to expand and is breaking ground on building the
school. People are invited to support individual orphans through monthly
sponsorship, and to work to promote the financial well being of the
Saint Peter's supports five food ministries on a
regular basis throughout the year:
Apostle's House, located in Newark, provides
shelter for homeless families and services for at-risk families and
children. Each year Saint Peter's provides back packs and school supplies
for children whose families are served by Apostle?s House.
year the congregation of Saint Peter's helps make Christmas a little
brighter for approximately one hundred children in foster care or group
Connection) and children of parents who are incarcerated (PATCH) by purchasing gifts for them from
personalized tags taken from the Angel Tree. The Angel Tree is displayed
in the back of Church beginning the first Sunday in Advent.
Members of Saint Peter's Youth organize a drive in
November and deliver baskets of food containing all of the components
needed to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. As many as fifteen
Thanksgiving baskets provided by Saint Peter's are distributed to needy
families by Caldwell Human Services.
YCS Therapeutic Learning Center
Located in East Orange, TLC is New Jersey's only
mental health preschool program. Each Christmas eve, the children of our
congregation bring gifts which are given to the children of TLC on their
birthdays. Additionally, parishioners provide Easter Baskets each year
for these children.
The North Porch Women and Infants'
Centers provide seven-day emergency supplies of formula, baby food,
diapers and clothing for needy mothers and infants in the Newark,
Paterson and Dover areas. Saint Peter's collects emergency supplies as
well as gently-used clothing and new clothing twice yearly in
cooperation with the families of Saint Peter's Nursery School.
Prison Ministries Camperships
Children whose parents are incarcerated enjoy a
summer camp experience sponsored by the Diocese of Newark. Parishioners
donate the clothing, camping equipment and toiletries needed for the
children to attend camp.
Cross Road Scholarships
The Episcopal Church Women group funds scholarships
to the Cross Road Camp and Retreat Center, the
Diocesan "sleep away" camp for youth and families.
Afghans, shawls, baby blankets and hats are knitted
by the women of our church and distributed to homeless shelters, rehab
centers, area hospitals and given to other people in need.
David St. George Outreach Endowment
Initiated by a previous
rector, David St. George, the
David St. George Outreach Endowment Fund provides financial support to
various local and diocesan charities active in outreach ministries. The
grant money allocated by the David St. George Outreach Committee comes
from the interest accrued by the Fund and a sizable donation from the
Saint Peter's OpShop.
In early fall, we send
grant applications to a number of organizations and post the application
on our web site. Information about an organization's mission, financial
reports showing income and expenses, a budget for the coming year, and
details of how a grant would be used are all part of the application.
A committee of
parishioners reviews the grant requests in December, and makes
recommendations to the Vestry about allocation of available funds.
It is a thoughtful, intelligent, caring and respectful
group that gives their time to prayerfully and graciously review and discuss
each of the many applications.
Dana Leach is the Chair for the DSG Outreach Endowment Fund. You may
contact Dana to learn more
about the Fund or if you are interested in participating in this
Funds are distributed with the following in mind:
"The David St. George Outreach Endowment Committee is an outreach committee
of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Essex Fells, NJ. Its purpose is to
distribute funds to organizations or groups, within the communities of Saint
Peter's and the Diocese of Newark, who seek to assist struggling individuals
with food, shelter, education and/or support in hopes that they may one day
be able to support and care for themselves. The distributed funds will be
given in response to grant requests, submitted by these organizations, after
prayerful consideration, discussion and investigation by the committee members.
The aim of the committee is to not only assist individuals in need, but to focus
on smaller organizations or projects for whom our limited resources would have
the most impact."
2016 David St. George Outreach Endowment Grants totaling
$33,540 were distributed to the following organizations:
St. Peter's Youth Mission Trip
Each year St. Peter's Youth (ages 14 - 18) and a
few adults undertake a mission trip to demonstrate the love of God in
Christ through hands-on activities to rebuild or rehabilitate housing.
In recent years, SPY has worked in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania,
and North Carolina.