Serving our Neighbors
The promises we make at our baptism include vows to
“seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves,” and to
“work for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
We welcome volunteers from the wider community to join us in any of the many ways we reach out to our neighbors.
ALLISON BATSON RECEIVES “GAME CHANGER” AWARD FROM UNITED WAY OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
January 2020: Founder of Grace & St Peter’s Dinner for a Dollar honored
Our very own Allison is the first honoree ever for this new award from the United Way! The photo shows her with her proud daughter Whitney.
HUNGER IN HAMDEN podcast series features Dinner for a Dollar
Three episodes of a “Hunger in Hamden” podcast have recently been released by the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Allison and Rev Bob were interviewed, and Dinner for a Dollar highlighted, in Episode 2.
To access the podcast series, click on the link below!
DINNER FOR A DOLLAR
We serve a delicious, wholesome, home-cooked meal
every Friday night 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
All are welcome. Suggested donation is $1,
but no one is turned away.
This ministry fills an important place in many people’s lives.
Some come for the delicious food.
Some come for the companionship.
Some come to volunteer.
All those who come, for whatever reason, are helping to build community.
Click on the link below for the latest updates on the Dinner for a Dollar Facebook page!
PARTNERING WITH COLUMBUS HOUSE
Grace & St Peter's provides help to Columbus House in its service to people in the area who are homeless.
As a host site for the Abraham's Tent program,
each winter we provide overnight shelter, meals, and fellowship for 12 men for one week.
In partnership with town officials and service providers, we have also been a site for Columbus House's seasonal warming center in Hamden, staffed by Columbus House employees to accept walk-ins throughout the night.
Several times a year, members of Grace & St Peter's also take our turn cooking and serving a meal at Columbus House itself, where we add to the warmth and fellowship by singing with the guests.
GRACE & ST PETER’S AGAIN SERVES AS HAMDEN OVERNIGHT WARMING CENTER
The town of Hamden’s seasonal “overnight warming center” for the homeless, in partnership with Columbus House, is making use of the undercroft (church basement) at Grace & St Peter’s, for the second year. This year the center is operating nightly, in contrast to last year when it originally opened only during exceptionally cold weather.
Read a detailed article on last year's warming center.
It will continue at Grace & St Peter’s until the last week in February, when the church will take its turn hosting the more intensive Abraham's Tent shelter program, also in partnership with Columbus House.
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES
Grace & St Peter's is privileged to be part of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut's actions in literally turning weapons of violence into tools for growing food.
Under the leadership of retired Bishop Jim Curry, a small portable blacksmith forge travels to local communities, where people are invited to observe and participate in melting down gun parts and forging garden tools, which are given to community gardens.
The forge is stored in the garage at Grace & St Peter's, and our Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Bob Bergner, often travels with it to the local events. In July, Bishop Curry visited Grace & St Peter's to do a demonstration.
Click on the link below to learn more about Swords into Plowshares!