local outreach

Local Outreach seeks to support local individuals and families in crises who need assistance. St. Peter’s Annual Art Show in July is the principal fundraiser for Local Outreach support. For the safety of our artists and guests we will be holding this event while following local and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Click here to read more about the Art Show.

2021 Art Show Registration is now live! Click Here for Registration information and forms


Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of Every Other Month, 10 a.m., Parish Hall

The ECW is an organization of women of all ages and backgrounds that work together to enrich the lives of its participants as well as the life of the parish and it's ministries. Our mission at St. Peter's for our chapter involves spiritual support for one another, fellowship, fundraising for multiple outreach ministries within our parish as well as in the greater community and opportunities to express our hospitality to many.  

Two of our major events are:                                                                                                                                                                                                    

           Soup Luncheon that takes place on the first Saturday of December and coincides with the Lewes Holiday House Tour; and

           Luncheon at Saint Peter's Annual Art Show on the first Saturday in July. 

Both events raise much needed funds for worthy mission projects as well as provide an opportunity for many hands to help and have fun together.  Brief business is conducted and fellowship shared at meetings in the parish hall every other month We also meet for social evenings in member's home and all women are invited. 

ECW is a fantastic way to get involved in the rich life of Saint Peter's! 

Donations have been made to:    Crisis House, Gull House, Home of the Brave, Jusst Souup LaCasita, Food Bank,

                                                          Meals on Wheels, Read Aloud DE, Primeros Pasos, Way Home, and Westcoat Scholarship.

A letter from The Reverend Deacon Chris Miller-Marcin

Dear friends,

As I transition to another church, I cherish the time I have spent, the people I have met, and the memories I have created here at St. Peter's Episcopal Church since 2011. The Heart and Soul Ministry began in small ways: a Little Cupboard was conceived, discussed, and built. The cupboard continues to serve the needs of our larger community daily. It is through the dedication of our volunteers that our ministries thrive. We have been tested, especially during this ongoing pandemic, but our volunteers have continued to dedicate time, effort, talent, and donations in a steady flow that have enabled us to maintain our needed services. The generosity of our parish family, and our larger community organizations have kept needed items and money flowing in the direction of service.

Our dedicated volunteers and organizations, like the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club, and Chuck Ward and George Jarvis, have enabled the Little Cupboard to stay stocked; providing food, drink, and other life necessities to our neighboring community families.

As I move on to new ventures in service, I know Darlene Rooney will continue as Director of The Little Cupboard; in charge of staffing and maintaining it. The volunteers for The Little Cupboard are: Darlene & Jay Rooney, Mary Shea, Carol Kless, Carol & Rob Blye, Mary Beth and Andy Krytzer, Richard Pittaccio, Terri Klopp, Juanita Wilson, John & Bonny Mears, and Sadie & Chris Kerr.

Sadie and Chris Kerr have volunteered to organize and maintain both the Coat Drive and the Angel Tree ministry, in coordination with Primeros Pasos.

Harvey Holthaus and Michael Seifert will continue Heart and Soul Ministry's Pasta with a Purpose, and they will also deliver food, coats, and other items to the Community Resource Center and Primeros Pasos. Harvey and Michael are also willing to perform many other needed service activities for our church community.

To all the volunteers for the children's program who were with me from day one: I am grateful for all your dedication and for continuing to serve in that ministry.

Primeros Pasos will continue the Backpack Program, collecting books and school supplies. The mobile food pantry with Casey Christopher will continue in coordination with the Delaware Food Bank, providing 100 pounds of food to each of 50 families bi-monthly.

Daughters of the King - Bread of Life Chapter will continue with the following volunteers:

Anne Canan will move from Secretary to President

Debby Gensch: Vice President

Jeanne Rogers will continue as Treasurer

Pam Gallamore: Secretary

There have been many outreach programs that have been developed through Heart and Soul Ministry in addition to the above:

  • Community Book Mobile, Rehoboth and Lewes - Ed Chamberlain, Director, and I partnered with the Department of Education's summer food program to coordinate books with meals to provide food to children in four underserved communities in the Lewes-Rehoboth area.
  • Beekeeping and Gardening - Provided learning and educational tools for children; the proceeds were used to help benefit those in need.
  • Camp Arrowhead Scholarships - Our local summer camp gave our children the opportunity to explore nature, faith, and friendships.
  • This November we created Soup for the Sick - Our volunteer cooks created a delicious beef and vegetable soup for those in our community who are ill. Soups were delivered, along with fresh bread. The message: may this soup nourish your body and let you know that you are loved.

And there are so many more facets to this ministry! We often connected with nearby churches and communities. We have worked together as a team toward a common goal, whether it was connecting to share ideas, develop new ministries, or support existing programs and activities. There has been a web of cooperation, respect, support, and encouragement for all the good that is being done.

It is with a sense of adventure, mixed with a sense of loss, that I move forward in this path of service to a larger purpose. But I take the love, friendship, and memories with me as I go, keeping you all in my Heart and Soul.


The Reverend Deacon Chris Miller-Marcin

Feed the Children Heart and Soul Ministry, a sustainable feeding program for children, 

has affected more than a thousand people in need since 2012. 

Hunger and poverty in our communities must be addressed each and every day.

They have partnered with St. Peter's Episcopal Church and St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church

in Lewes and Ecclesia Worship Center in Dover, as well as many community organizations. 

The Reverend Deacon Christine Miller‐Marcin, formed Heart and Soul Ministry in 2012.

The ministry’s first  volunteers came from St. Peter’s.

Since then the team of volunteers continues to grow and work on many outreach projects with the goal to feed the hungry.

With so much outreach help still needed, volunteers are welcome to this worthwhile ministry!

For more information about this ministry call (302) 645-8479 or email us at office@stpeterslewes.org

Visit Feed the Children Heart and Soul ministry's website at  StPetersHeartandSoul.org.

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"If you can't feed one hundred people, then feed just one." - Mother Teresa

CRC is a mission of the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches [LRAC] to which St. Peter's belongs. Initially organized as Lend-A-Hand, CRC's mission is to provide services to those in need within the Cape Henlopen School District. Services include financial help, counseling, and referrals to area agencies. CRC welcomes more volunteers!

Fall Ministries

The Fall is a busy time for St. Peter's. We have many ministries that benefit the community and help to make welcome all who need a bit of aid. 

  • angel tree

    The Angel Tree is a gift drive for families in need by Heart and Soul Ministries outreach. Families are found  through Primeros Pasos, the Community Resource Center, and the Family Outreach Church.   Please pick-up an angel tag from the tree to help those in need during this holiday season.  Instructions will be on the tags.  Please return the gifts with the tags attached on the outside of the package and The gifts will be distributed through the program's listed.

    Please return all packages, with angels attached, by Friday, Dec. 3rd. 

    Angel Tree Update
    Thank you to everyone who helped make the Angel Tree a success. We were able to brighten the faces of 130 children through the compassion and dedication of all of our volunteers and donors.

  • blessing bags

    Donations are being collected in the Parish Hall Hallway on Mulberry St. starting Oct. 1st.

    Donations may include: $5 Wawa Gift Cards, Gallon Zip top Bags, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Soap, or any other necessary small Toiletries.                    

    The donations will be collected by Nov 6th and packed by St. Peter’s Youth to be presented at the Iona Service for blessing. The donations will be distributed by Heart and Soul Ministries.

    For more information email Deacon Chris Miller-Marcin at chris@stpeterslewes.org

  • coat drive

    It is time for our annual coat drive

    Autumn Coat Drive:  The cold weather is soon approaching.  Heart and Soul is again collecting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for the Community Resource Center, the Family Outreach Church and Primeros Pasos.  Look for boxes in the Parish Hall marked accordingly.  Please drop off all donations between October 24th and November 14th.  Thank You!

Primeros Pasos, Inc is a multicultural early care and education center for children of families living and working in the Sussex County.  It is a place where children are encouraged to become confident, capable citizens of a global society.  St. Peter's has supported their feeding program for students and families and a portion of the proceeds of our Annual Art Show goes towards supporting the School.  Several of our members serve on the board of the school.  The Episcopal Church in Delaware also supports the school.  To find out more, please visit www.http://www.primerospasosde.org/


Prayer Shawl Ministry is a ministry in many ways. People, young and old, gather to knit or crochet while offering prayers for their work, each other and for recipients of the shawls; in this way they are forming a small group in the community of faith.  

The shawls go out to those who are in need of healing, to celebrate special events in their lives and to console the grieving. When the recipient wears the shawl, the love, prayers and good wishes of the group are wrapped around him or her. 

We think of this ministry as an example of our labyrinth here at St Peters: 

it is intricate, it is visible, it can be used in many ways, it carries different benefits for different people and the center brings us to a point where we can meet God and each other.  More

global  outreach

Global Outreach responds to natural disasters around the world.

The global mission team is committed to engaging lay leadership in "hands on" action as well as supporting communities in need through funding. Our engagement this year in interfaith conversations and training of lay leadership in new forms of mission action are examples of continuing efforts to live into this commitment. We are trying to send the caring spirit of our St. Peter's community out into the world to relieve suffering and promote justice. In addition to thoughtfully allocating parish funds for world crisis we strive to inform ourselves and the parish of world events and act on behalf of those in need. We are pursuing interfaith dialogue about the Syrian refugee crisis. We hope to aid Central American Asylum Seekers in Georgetown. We have an ongoing relationship with an Episcopal community in Haiti, led by Pere Yvan. We have funded training in Asset-Based Community Development in preparation for a St. Peter's mission trip to Haiti in 2017. We welcome everyone whose heart is moved by those in need due to poverty, disaster, disease and warfare to join us on the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room at 7 pm.

- Hannah Hannon & Ingrid Miller, Global Mission Co-Chairs

  • Food PANTRY

    St. Peter's is a member of LRAC [Lewes-Rehoboth Area Churches] and collects food for CRC's Food Pantry. The food basket is located in the Narthex.


    Habitat for Humanity's vision:


    Their vision is a world where everyone has a place to live.

    Habitat for Humanity provides housing for those in need. 

    St. Peter's High School Youth [SPY] worked with Habitat for Humanity

    in building this home.