The Mission and Outreach ministry at St. Peter’s in the Woods is a vibrant group that supports
organizations on a local, regional, national, and international level. Whether it’s gathering food to support local school children who risk hunger on the weekend, providing shelter for our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the year, going on mission to Appalachia, or supporting at risk youth In Guatemala, our Mission & Outreach ministry is committed to living out Jesus’ command to serve others.
For more information or to get involved, contact Mark DeVoll. Mission and Outreach is always open to new opportunities, currently we support the following:
“It’s hard to teach hungry kids.” With that sentence, our Mobile Food Pantry was born. Once a month, a team from SPW shops, sorts, packs and delivers sustenance for 40+ food insecure families whose kids attend our nearby public school. Meal bags include green beans, potatoes, rice, cereal, many other non-perishables along with eggs, milk and frozen ground beef. Our recent partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank has greatly expanded our ability to serve our neighbors. To learn more and support this impactful ministry, contact Mark DeVoll
FACETS provides comprehensive programs and services to men, women, and children who are experiencing homelessness or are otherwise precariously housed in Fairfax County. We partner with FACETS and nearby churches to offer hypothermia prevention shelters each winter and provide direct financial support to FACETS
Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) is a volunteer, non-profit ecumenical outreach organization founded in 1967, that provides funds and volunteers to assist the needy and elderly in and surrounding Fairfax. Members of SPW answer help-line phones, provide food, transportation, medicine, and direct financial support.
ARISE is a Christian ministry at George Mason University that encourages students to explore faith and discover grace through worship, mission projects, social events and small groups. We help support the program with an annual donation and a cadre of volunteers.
Grace House on the Mountain offers youth and families an opportunity to provide hands-on assistance through home repair projects to those in need in Southwest, VA. In addition to the home project work, SPW provides the local elementary school with school supplies for those in need.
Guatemala Youth Initiative works to reduce unplanned pregnancy and promote early childhood development in extremely marginalized communities. SPW provides direct financial support to GYI.
St. Peter’s established a partnership with Halley Elementary to support both the school staff and the families experiencing financial hardship who make up 45% of the elementary school. The support includes a reading program (Reading Buddies), assistance for parents in need of transportation (UBER), and snack packs.
Each winter SPW participates in the FACETS Hypothermia Shelter program. The purpose is to provide adults in our community currently experiencing homelessness a warm place to sleep, nutritious meals, and hospitality for one week. This is an annual church-wide mission event, which relies on the active participation of many members to ensure its success.
The Jean Wilfrid Albert Humanitarian Foundation based in Haiti, is an organization whose mission is to work for the autonomy of rural women through continuing training, education for young girls and entrepreneurship. We provide direct financial support to the Foundation.
Founded in 1992, the Lamb Center’s mission is to serve those less fortunate or experiencing homelessness, transform lives, and share God’s love by providing hospitality, referrals and assistance, prayer, meals, clothing, financial assistance, showers, laundry, and more. SPW provides direct financial support.
The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) seeks to provide low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families residing in Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington and other portions of southeast Fairfax County with access to basic needs and the opportunity to empower themselves. LCAC strives to connect people with other programs in the area that will have a positive impact on a family’s long-term “health”.
We partner with local agencies to provide Christmas presents and groceries to nearby service members’ families who need financial support around the holidays.
Serving with the Saints
We gather as a parish for a potluck dinner and the chance to serve others with hands-on projects, such as making blankets for the elderly, sending bandanas and greeting cards to deployed service members, or stuffing trail mix snack bags for the homeless.