Middleham and St. Peter's Episcopal Parish is blessed with many ministries and dedicated volunteers.
Middleham and St. Peter's Parish is committed to making a difference in the lives of people in Calvert and St. Mary's County, as well as in the lives of our fellow human beings in general. In the list you will find programs that our parish either is directly involved with or indirectly, both locally and in other areas. In Calvert County there is the Calvert Interfaith Council (CIC), which through communications allows us to support each other in our outreach efforts. The outreach committee meets quarterly to assist and facilitate our outreach programs. As you will note reading about our Parish Health Ministry, there is a close connection with these two ministries, as well as others.
The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center
The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center is an ecumenical ministry serving crews of commercial ships docked in the Port of Baltimore. It was founded in 1993 by an Episcopal deacon, The Rev. Ed Munro and his wife Barbara Munro. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland continues to provide leadership and support to the Center. The International Seafarers' Center and its volunteers assist the seafarers with Center hospitality, clerical tasks and other help; some volunteers visit the ships to offer phone cards, cell phones, newspapers in several languages, Bibles, transportation to stores or the center, or sometimes just a listening ear.
To support the seafarers here at Middleham and St. Peter's Parish, we collect Christmas-at-Sea Boxes. Christmas shoe boxes for Seafarers on ships in the Baltimore harbor during the Christmas season can help lift the spirits of crews of all nationalities and faiths during what can be a lonely, stressful time. Included in each box: paperback Bibles or New Testaments in a modern translation (readers first language is typically not English); toiletries, sealed (please remember that almost all seafarers are male); a warm hat or a warm scarf; also some of the following: pens & pads, warm socks or gloves,playing cards, post cards of Baltimore.
Feel free to support this effort every October. Save shoe boxes, extras are located in the Great Hall. Visit The Program On Facebook
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
Episcopal Relief and Development provides emergency assistance in times of disaster; rebuilds devastated communities and offers long-term program development solutions to fight poverty.
Food Drop and Distribution
Middleham and St. Peter's Parish volunteered to provide the location and labor for the Maryland Food Bank to distribute food for families and individuals in need. This was first done in August 2014 and proved to be a help to over 100 families and individuals. All 6,000 lbs of fresh produce was distributed within the first hour. Distribution is on a first come, first served basis at no cost, no identification and no preregistration required. This has continued to be a monthly project.
We now serve the entire community in need of food. The MD food bank delivers approximately 10,000 lbs. of food to the Great Hall. That is a lot of potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, canned goods, mac-n-cheese and even frozen meat! Mark and Kristen our dedicated coordinators do not mess around. They go for the gold when there is a chance to feed hungry people. If you would like to join this effort, just show up at 2:30 on the given day and you can bag family portions of food and help with the distribution. Our own Scout Troop 1684 provides help to clients who need assistance getting food to their cars.
The "Helpful Harvest Garden" is in full action behind the Great Hall, throughout the growing season. It supplies SMILE "garden to pantry" fresh produce, and our parishioners with thousands of pounds of food year round. Installing the electric fence really deterred our wooded friends and increased the quantity of vegetables produced. If you are like many and just have to get your hands in the dirt each Spring, this is the place to be. Please feel free to show up on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, anytime after 8:00 AM and also prior to 10 AM during harvest season to cart produce over to SMILE. During the Fall Season we always need assistance harvesting the garden.
The Heart F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies)
The Heart F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) is a thriving Outreach program for Middleham and St Peters started in May 2015. Heart F.E.L.T. is a nationwide food distribution program targeting children who receive free and reduced lunches in elementary school who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends. To meet the needs of chronically hungry children, a back pack of non-perishable, easy to prepare food is packed weekly and taken to the school for distribution on Friday afternoon.
MSP has grown their Heart F.E.L.T program to 17 backpacks delivered weekly for elementary students and their siblings at Patuxent Elementary School. The program is powered by the generous donations of money, food, and time through volunteer hours to shop, pack, and transport backpacks. It is truly a team effort that I am thankful to be a part of!
Food and Financial contributions are always welcome. Collection bins are located at St Peter’s Chapel and the Great Hall. Look for requested food lists each week in the bulletin and weekly email.
If you want to join our team, please contact Elizabeth Broadus at .
JobSource Mobile Career Center
Looking for employment and job search assistance? The JobSource Mobile Career Center and staff are available to assist you the first Wednesday of Every Month, 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Middleham Campus parking lot next to SMILE Ecumenical Ministries.
The Center makes job-hunting tools available to everyone in our community. Center staff helps you plan job searches, apply for jobs on-line, create resumes and cover letters and answer career development questions. The 38’ mobile center features 12 computer workstations smart board instructional technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities; state-of-the-art workforce applications and connectivity for wireless mobile device access. Here you can search for local, state and national jobs, with professional assistance.
The Mobile Career Center is provided by The Southern Maryland Job Source with the support of Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish and SMILE Ecumenical Ministries.
Mission Trips in the past have included Katrina missions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Lakota mission trips to South Dakota, mission trips to La Resurrection School, Gros Morne, Haiti and Appalachian mission trips to The Highland Project, Welch, and West Virginia. In 2015 and 2016, our support became a joint alliance in the Mustard Seed Missions of Franklin, PA. Parishioners volunteer their time and talents for a week to make a difference. For more in depth information on the last two mission trips and pictures, view the Mission Trip Page.
Operation Christmas Child
A program directed by Samaritan's Purse, the following text is from their website. Dedicated volunteers work year-round to promote and pray for Operation Christmas Child. Teams of people are coming together around the country to serve in the specific areas of prayer, church relations, community relations, media relations, and shoe box collection. Opportunities are available to use your gifts in these areas. Because of the tremendous response from people like you, more than 8 million shoe box gifts were collected last year. These gifts have been distributed worldwide to share the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of Christmas with hurting boys and girls. Together with you and the more than 100,000 dedicated volunteers in the U.S., we know we can accomplish even more this year. There are several ways you can participate. Click on the blue link above to visit the site and find out what it is about, then join us at Middleham and St. Peter's on this wonderful project.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity
The Mission of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is to have a significant impact on our community by bringing people from all walks of life together in helping their neighbors in need to realize better lives by providing decent, affordable housing in both Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.
ECHO House is Calvert County’s homeless shelter. Located in Prince Frederick, it is a non-profit ecumenical organization supported by over 20 Calvert County churches.A nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to homeless people in our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ECHO offers a safe, sober place to stay overnight to homeless men, women, and children on a short-term basis.
Since 2003, Middleham and St. Peter's Parish has provided the evening meal on the fourth Monday of every month. Many parishioners, individually or in groups have fixed meals. Meals can be simple – a casserole or soup, or it can be a meat-starch-vegetable meal. What complicates the meal is that there typically are about 40 residents in the shelter. Some individual families do sign up to prepare a meal, but it is becoming common for two or three to get together for this. Our Youth Group also participates in this ministry. Thanks to a grant from the Endowment Fund, costs up to $60 can be reimbursed per month to someone making a meal.
Parish Health is involved in organizing many facets here at Middleham and St. Peter's Parish. Through periodic surveys, input from parishioners as to types of program offers are reviewed. The committee then organizes a series of Wednesday evening programs throughout the year. Some of these fantastic presentations with guest speakers from their field of expertise, are mentioned on the Parish Health Page. From hosting dental checks in the Great Hall to taking blood pressures for customers at SMILE, to loading food into bags for the monthly food distribution, you will find this busy ministry reaching out in all areas. No experience is needed in the health field area to participate on this committee.
This ministry is a specialized practice of professional medical personnel within the parish that facilitates holistic health in the church and responds to the needs of the church family. The committee focuses on the spiritual, emotional and physical dimensions of the parishioners. In conjunction with the clergy, Parish Nursing seeks to help the congregation re-discover and reclaim the Christian role in health and well-being.
An email-based prayer chain is maintained by the Parish Health Ministries. Names are kept on this prayer chain for 30 days or less.The Prayer Chain is a group of people within the parish who devote time each day to pray for those on our prayer list. Anyone who wishes to give a name of someone to be remembered in prayer should contact the parish office.
Prayer Shawl Group
Annual Health Fair
Presented by the Health Ministry Team Network and Calvert Memorial Hospital annually, is the Health Fair every September. This event is held in the Great Hall and on the grounds of the Middleham Campus.