Working Together to Change the World
"We are a church for and of Te Aro, focussed on the city, committed to reflecting and engaging with the diverse range of people and needs in our context. As part of this purpose we will remain open to all as a place of safety and peace."
St Peter's Vision Statement
Churches do programmes. They're sometimes quite good at it. Over more than a century and a half St Peter's has done many programmes which have gone on to be of huge benefit to the city. Today we still do some programmes, but mostly we look for partnerships, opportunities to join with others already active in our community to help them, and us, make a difference.
The Free Store
In the car park at St Peter's you will see a small building that looks like a converted shipping container - because it is! From this container operates the Free Store, an independent trust committed to ensuring food doesn't go to waste but rather to those who actually need it. Each weekday the Free Store collects leftover food from a variety of local cafes, bakeries and vendors, and distributes it free of charge to anyone who comes, no questions asked.
St Peter's has partnered with the Free Store since an approach in 2012 enquiring about using our car park. Today we have people volunteering regularly and the relationship continues to grow.
To find out more about the Free Store click here.
In 1969 St Peter's joined with two other inner city churches to form the Inner City Ministry (ICM) to deliver social services to local people. Over the years the name changed to Downtown Community Ministry and other faith communities got involved. Today it's simply DCM and a stand-alone incorporated society, with which St Peter's continues to work closely.
Today DCM has a special focus on ending homelessness in Wellington, alongside a variety of other projects. St Peter's people sit on DCM's Board, volunteer on collection days and at the annual Book Fair, and contribute food to the Food Bank every Sunday. St Peter's partnership with DCM goes back to its very beginnings and continues as a strong focus in the present day.
You can discover more about DCM here.
Living Wage Movement
Over the years St Peter's has taken a stand on human rights issues such as apartheid, homelessness, racism, sexism, and homosexual law reform. Today one of the great injustices facing Aotearoa-New Zealand is income inequality. St Peter's was a foundation member of Living Wage Movement Aotearoa and is actively involved in the Wellington movement.
The Living Wage Movement is uniquely made up of Unions, Community and Faith Groups. Working together towards a goal creates relationships across these sectors, meaning St Peter's today finds itself working alongside groups and people it would probably never have encountered otherwise.
You will find more information about the Living Wage Movement here.