The Breakfast Programme
Our breakfast programme is one of our keynote ministries on site and provides nourishment and fellowship to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in inner Melbourne. The programme is run by the Lazarus Centre.
The Lazarus Centre
The Lazarus Centre operates from St Peter's Eastern Hill, and provides nourishment and comfort to people sleeping rough. St Peter's Eastern Hill is committed to Social Justice and our call as Christians to reach out to those in need of both spiritual and temporal sustenance.
The Breakfast program is run under the auspices of Anglicare Victoria, and is co-ordinated daily by two paid staff members. However, the running of the program would not be possible without the volunteers who work each morning to help provide this ministry. Volunteers are drawn from within and outside the parish, and from a diversity of backgrounds and ages.
Breakfast generally consists of cereal, toast, tea and coffee. The service operates on a self-serve basis and people can eat as much or as little as they wish. Food is obtained for the breakfast and for food parcels through donations, purchases from a food warehouse, or purchases from supermarkets.
The service operates seven days a week between the hours of 7.30 and 9.00 am.
A cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and hash browns occurs twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays. We have extra help from corporate volunteers on those days.
On Fridays at 11.00 am a Health Time Barbecue is held in conjunction with Doutta Galla Community Health Services. During this time workers from legal, housing and health services are able to come alongside clients in a relaxed and friendly environment.
After breakfast, clients are encouraged to access further services at St Mark's Community Centre in Fitzroy, where there are a number of facilities, including showers, washing machines, dryers, substantial food parcels, meals and recreational activities.
Support our ministry
If you feel that you would like to participate or contribute to this valuable service, please contact the co-ordinator on 0458 750 031. The Centre is always keen to staff new volunteers, and all donations (especially non-perishable groceries and blankets) are graciously appreciated.
Lazarus Centre Chaplaincy Project
The Lazarus Centre runs out of St Peter's and also the Cathedral on Flinders Street. St Peter's involvement is through the Breakfast Program which provides breakfast to 60-80 homeless people every morning of the year.
To complement this service, which has been running for several years, a new initiative was undertaken in October 2012. This was for the St Peter's Foundation to fund a part-time chaplaincy to the homeless, operating in conjunction with the breakfast program for two days a week, usually on Fridays and Sundays.
The chaplain, Fr Phillip Gill, has been the chaplain to the Lazarus Centre since 2012 and is also a valued member of the St Peter’s ministry team.
St Peter's is known for the beauty of its Liturgy and music, but it also has a long tradition as a caring church community.
With a strong belief in inclusiveness, where each person is important and valued, the current Ministry team places an emphasis on the pastoral care and support of a parishioners. The sick are provided with sacramental ministry in hospital or at home and, whenever possible, those who, because of age or infirmity are no longer able to come to church, are visited and encouraged to still feel part of the parish community that, in many cases, has sustained them through much of their active life, and to which they may have contributed in many practical ways.
If someone is uncharacteristically absent from Sunday worship for a week or so, a phone call is always appreciated.
Parishioners, too, support and care for each other in many ways. The sick are prayed for daily, and all parishioners who have died since the church opened its doors in 1847 are remembered and prayed for on the anniversary of their death, and so pastoral care is provided through all stages of life and beyond.