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At St. Peter's our purpose is to engage community in addressing human need by bringing hope and tangible help to our local, U.S. and international communities with respect and love.  In Mission we serve:  the needy before us, with disciples beside us, for the God above us, from the Spirit within us.  St. Peter's has been known as a mission-focused church since it was originally founded in 1959.  Our congregation put in hundreds of hours each year reaching out and providing helping hands in our community and beyond. We serve as tutors, mentors and general support to 15th Street School in San Pedro, cook warm meals for the homeless through Neighbor to Neighbor and the families dealing with HIV/AIDS through Circle of Life, walk to end hunger at the CROP Hunger Walk, walk to beat cancer at our local Relay For Life annual event, sponsor families at Christmas time through Harbor Interfaith Services, help at the numerous food pantries, donate blood at our annual blood drive and helped paint a multipurpose room in Nicaragua last year. Over the years, St. Peter's has identified organizations and missionaries that need support on a regular basis. We support these organizations through hours of service. Please join us in helping serve:  Here, Near and Far.  



Serve Here

at St. Peter's


Serve Here

at St. Peter's

Congregational Care


Find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister. 

Contact:  Rev. Barbara Buck at barbara@spbts.org

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit or crochet shawls that are prayed over and given out to people in need in our congregation and community. 

Contact:  Rev. Barbara Buck at barbara@spbts.org

Deacon Ministry

At St. Peter's, Deacons operate through a flock system focusing on church member care.  Some of the services Deacons provide to the church are: setup for memorial service receptions, provide greeters for services, plan and volunteer at parish picnics and the Great Gathering, and take sanctuary flowers to shut-ins. Being a Deacon also affords an opportunity for personal growth in one's own Christian experience and commitment, while helping church members feel connected to as well as well as being an important part of the congregation of our church. 

Contact:  Rev. Barbara Buck at barbara@spbts.org

Children & Youth

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Assist the Director of Children & Family Ministries with children's ministry activities.

Contact:  Anna Sudeth, Director of Children & Family Ministries at anna@spbts.org

Youth Group Volunteer

Assist the Director of Youth & Family Ministries with youth group events. 

Contact:  Kevin Cox, Director of Youth & Family Ministries at kevin@spbts.org


Bless Others with your Music

Sing in one of our many choirs or learn to ring bells in our bell choir. If you already play an instrument or sing, why not try out for the praise band. There is also an opportunity to use your musical gifts in our contemplative music ensemble. 

Contact: Mark Bennett, Director of Music at mark@spbts.org

Click here for more information on music opportunities

Office and Building 

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Answer phones in the office or help with other office related tasks. Help with our monthly newsletter processing once per month, or help with the desktop publishing of our monthly newsletter at home, in the church office or remotely. 

Contact:  Karen Hatt, Office Manager at karen@spbts.org

Worship, Special Events, VBS, Concerts, & Memorial Services

Soundboard and Media

Help run the soundboard and/or the media that is projected at the 9:30am Worship Services on Sundays. Rotating schedule provided, so it would not be every Sunday. Help run the soundboard and slide shows for other Sanctuary events like community concerts, vacation bible school, weddings, and memorial services. Training available. 

Contact:  Dan Taylor at 310.940.1325 or dantaylor88@aol.com

Church Campus Beautification

Building Operations Help

Help beautify our campus by donating your time painting, assisting with basic handy-man repairs, or outdoor maintenance help. 

Contact:  Karen Hatt, Office Manager at karen@spbts.org


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Check for 2019 Build dates and location. Registration must be done prior to arrival on the site. Habitat will provide: Hard hats ,tools, water, gloves, and sun screen. NO construction experience needed only the willingness to help. What to wear: You must wear closed toe shoes and long pants (Sun glasses are highly recommended) or you cannot go into the site. Time: Meet at church at 8am..back no later than 4:30pm. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. For questions and more information contact: Bill Weisinger at weising3@aol.com

prayer shawl ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry creates beautifully crocheted or knitted handwork (shawl, lap robe, cap, or start) to people in need of a tangible demonstration of God's love. 

Meetings: First Thursdays of each month at 9:30AM in the Fireside Room at St. Peter's. 

Contact:  Rev. Barbara Buck at barbara@spbts.org

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Neighbor to Neighbor 

Help provide dinner service to the hungry, needy & homeless of the Southbay on the 5th Thursday of a month, whenever they occur.  Meal prep and service for about 75 at Journey South Bay Church in Redondo Beach. 5:00PM-8:00PM (Dinner served at 6:30PM Sharp). For the next dinner dates please contact Marie below OR ACCESS THE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR 2018 AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE. 

Contact: Marie Chura for additional information at mchura5678@aol.com

Support the students at 15th Street School

Help tutor and read to children.  For over 15 years volunteers at St. Peter's have donated their time working in classrooms at this school located at 15th and Mesa Street in San Pedro.  We also provide each child at the school a book at Christmastime. Each spring we read books by Dr. Seuss in each class for National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day). Contact Delia Gasco (former Principal there!) at 310.541.4685 or ddgasco@yahoo.com  or access the Mission Opportunities Calendar 2018 at the top of this page. 

Contact: Jan Philbin at janphilbin@live.com or Mary Austin at pvaustins@verizon.net

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Healthy Bag Volunteer opportunities: Donation pick-up on Wednesday nights in Gardena at 6pm (please call for more information). Weekly organizing Wednesday morning from 9am-12pm: You will be sorting and organizing the pantry for the volunteers on Thursday. Bagging every Thursday from 10am-12pm: you will package hundreds of bags for the volunteers to pick up on Friday. Delivery every Friday (time varies): You will be delivering the bags that we packaged to each school in your vehicle. Please contact Amy @ (310) 534-4040 ext. 301 if you are interested in helping out or for more information.

Community's Child is a nondenominational Christian program committed to providing homeless women with infants healthy alternatives to abuse, poverty, addictions, and hopelessness.
The program offers homeless women and their infants a safe, compassionate, yet structured living environments. At Community's Child, women acquire the education, skills training, employment opportunities and support services, necessary to break the patterns associated with homelessness.


Crop Hunger Walk

Ending hunger one step at a time at home and abroad! This 3-mile walk-a-thon raises funds for Church World Service (CWS), with 25% staying in the South Bay to help alleviate hunger.  Click Here for CROP Walk Website to find out more!  Please contact Nancy Wilcox below or access the Mission Opportunities Calendar 2018 at the top of this page. 

Contact Nancy Wilcox at nancywilcox777@gmail.com       

Angel's Gate high school

St. Peter’s Church outreach and mission extends beyond the church itself. One example is Angel’s Gate High School, the continuation school of San Pedro High School. There are approximately 100 students ranging in age from 16-18 years and are trying to finish their high school diplomas. Volunteers from St. Peter’s offer their time in the classrooms or in other projects.

Contact Mona Gifford at 310-377-7711


Martha Mary Circle

Women’s group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30AM.  All ladies are welcome to join us. The group discusses different ways to reach out to the community and address current needs.

Contact Barbara Supernaugh 310-377-5883

 Quilter’s Plus

Come sew simple quilts to give to new parents of preemie's in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Harbor UCLA Hospital. The quilts are placed over the top of the newborn’s bed or isolette to block the light from the baby. The quilts also help to brighten the NICU, making it a bit more cheery and more like home.  When the newborn is discharged, the quilt will go home with him or her.  The St. Peter's Quilters meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:00AM-3:00PM in Reeves Hall.  Bring a sack lunch, your portable sewing machine and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters/sewers.

 Circle of Life (AIDS Ministry)

Fellowship with AIDS patients and their families in Redondo Beach. Prepare and serve lunch on occasional Saturdays on a rotation. Contact Carla or Doug below for 2018 dates or access the Mission Opportunities Calendar 2018 at the top of this page. 

Contact Carla & Doug Smith 310-541-9369


Harbor View House    

Residence and services for chronically mentally ill adults. Landscaping the house is a need in early summer (2 day project, midweek)

Contact Margery Norris 310-514-3980


FISH Emergency Center of Harbor Interfaith Services    

Ministry to the hungry and homeless in San Pedro.  Preparation of staple foods for distribution, any weekday 9-11:30AM.  Service at reception desk any weekday 9-11:30AM or 1:30-4:30PM. 

Contact Ralph Porter 310-377-3119

Laundry Love Outreach

St. Peter’s has committed to serving on the third Wednesday of each month. A group of 5-7 volunteers from St. Peter’s usually carpool (due to limited parking) to the Laundromat on the corner of 1st and Bandini Street in San Pedro (when you drive by you will see the Laundry Love banner outside). We normally arrive around 6 PM. Some days there is a line of people waiting for us. We always start with a prayer - standing in a circle hand in hand with the people we are going to serve. Then the work begins

First – Laundry. Our brothers and sisters come from a variety of backgrounds – homeless, poor, in recovery, all ages ..but they all want to have clean clothes, sheets, towels and blankets...just like us. We provide money and soap, they provide dirty clothes. We fill the washers and dryers with coins, they put in their clothes. Second – Love (the best part of the evening). While the clothes are washing or drying...we have an opportunity to talk about...well whatever our brothers or sisters want to talk about. You do not have to go every month ...but we will warn you, after a couple months you will be hooked and want to make time every month. We would love to have you join us ...please contact either McNair Maxwell, home phone, 310-377-1205 or Debbie Veale – Elder, Missions, home phone, 310-544-8831


Please join us in helping to share God’s love with children around the world. If you haven’t participated in the past, it’s simple. Fill a shoebox with small items such as hats, gloves, scarves, stuffed animals, hygiene items such as toothbrushes, bar soap with washcloth, combs, toys, small games, clothing items, & school supplies, such as pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books, etc. (Items not to pack: chocolate, perishable foods, war related toys/items, used items, liquids like lotions, toothpaste, or breakable items like snow globes or glass containers; also no aerosols)

You may wrap your own shoebox in Christmas wrap, buy a clear plastic shoebox or pick up a box(es) from the church office. Fill a box for a boy or girl in age group: 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, or 10-14 years old. You then may add a personal note or photo along with a check for $9 per box. If you make the $9 donation per box online – your box can be tracked and you will be notified where your box was shipped. Some folks boxes went to the Philippines last year. One child said “I loved my stuffed dog; I was filled with exuberant joy!” Contact Valerie Ryan or Carla Smith for info or for boxes, valwryan@cox.net. St. Peter’s has been a drop off location for the South Bay area for the past two years! Look for 2019 dates this Fall and Winter. Thank-you for giving a child some extra love this Christmas! Children’s stories and ideas can be found at: www.operationchristmaschild.org “What goes in the box is fun, what comes out is eternal!”



Serve Far


Serve Far


Opportunities to Serve Far 

Nicaragua Partnership with CIEETS

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The St. Peter's Mission Committee began exploring the idea of having an international partner in mission. We sent our first small delegation to Managua in 2009 and have traveled there annually ever since. We now have a formal partnership with CIEETS which stands for, The Interchurch Center of Theological and Social Studies. Rather than undertaking the traditional mission work of immediately stepping in with structural improvement projects, this partnership is being developed in accordance with the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s approach of doing mission in partnership with those whom we seek to support in the spirit of mutuality and respect, spending time learning about each other's culture and sharing our faith journeys.  Visit the CIEETS website for more in-depth information. Please contact Jim Donahue below for the 2019 schedule for our Skype Bible Study with our CIEETS partners.

Contact Jim Donahue at ma.jim@verizon.net 

Providence Children's Home, Kenya, Africa

Providence Children's Home operates a home for orphaned vulnerable children, a K-12 school with almost 600 children and a health clinic that serves these children and the local community. Each mission team that travels to Providence Children's Home works with the leadership at the campus to create and develop their own mission projects. Please contact Rob Moore or Bill Corrette for more information about upcoming mission trips. 

Contact Rob Moore at 310-375-8000 or Bill Corrette at 909-973-0120

Building Homes in Mexico with Amor Ministries

St. Peter's has two opportunities to build houses in Mexico for people in need. Our annual Easter Project (EP) takes place during Spring Break when St. Peter's youth and staff head to Mexico with Amor Ministries to build houses. We also offer an adult trip to the same area in collaboration with Amor Ministries.  It is difficult to express the growth of the Tijuana area and the fact that the same needs still exist today as did years ago. We are so grateful to have been sent by this church to be representatives of Christ to people who pray, hope and desire something better for themselves. 

Contact Kevin Cox, Director of Youth & Family Ministries at kevin@spbts.org

Contact Scott Porter for Adult Trip with Amor Ministries at scott.porter@yahoo.com or 310.666.8893

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EASTER at St. Peter's by the Sea


Easter Sunday, April 21

Worship Services

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM-in the Sanctuary

We will gather to celebrate Christ’s resurrection! Reverend Paul Barrett will preach, and brass, choirs, bells, and our praise band will help us sing our praise! An Easter egg hunt for children up to 5th grade will be held on The Lawn after the second service. Easter coffee and hospitality on The Patio all morning. Invite you neighbors! All are Welcome. Childcare and Church School at both worship services.

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