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Come help us through our missions. Here are ways you can get involved — Parish Care, Family Promise, missions, Special Grants, Heifer fundraising


Sunday Worship Service
10:00 am Sept - June. 9:30 am July - Aug

Wednesday Communion 
6:30-7pm during Lent and Advent
Lenten Wednesday Night Services-- Lent begins on February 10th.  Please join us for our Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30pm. All through Lent we'll offer our quiet, Wednesday communion services from 6:30-7pm.  We will gather, hear a reflection from a congregant on a Spiritual Practice and break bread.  These quiet, prayerful services offer a bridge into the spirit of Lent. 
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Music at FCW 
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Family Promise – News Update

First, thank you to everyone who helped make our last host week a success!  There were a lot of moving parts to all of the dinners and activities.  Without all of the many ‘cast members’ it wouldn’t have been a success.  The stocking elves, cookie decorating, caroling, a visit from Santa and his ‘helpers,’ tree decorating and even a magic act - what a week!  Thank you everyone.

On January 17th, Family Promise sponsored Coffee Hour after the service as a thank you to all and also as a subtle promotion for another Cookie Sale planned for Wenham Day this summer.  Thank you to everyone who brought baked goods and helped make Coffee Hour a sweet success.

Our families return to First Church the week of February 7th.  It is is a quick return but we know many people were unable to help during Christmas week and would like to be active.  There may be a few slots left to fill – please contact us if you would like to help.

Family Promise volunteers don’t worry.  During the rebuilding of the upper and lower halls, we won’t be leaving the program.  Our plan is to staff our regular quarterly commitment at a local church (Hamilton, Danvers, Beverly area).  They will provide the space and we’ll provide the people.  With our creative and dedicated volunteers, we know it will be a success.

We have a new family of four who have just entered the program.  Mom, dad and two little ones recently moved to the area for medical treatment.  Our February 7th week will have a full house.

If you are interested in working with our guests, you’ll need to attend a short training session.  We’re very flexible about scheduling the classes.  Just let one of us know of your interest.

Again, thank you so much for your support of Family Promise at First Church.  Ending homelessness one family at a time.

Maureen Weihs - and Rick Woodland -


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Family Promise
Helping Homeless Families get housed

Missions, Peace & Justice
Changing ourselves and changing the world...

Parish Care 
Tending to our community and beyond

Youth Group
Our Youth make a difference



Giving Envelopes Now Available!  Please pick up your giving envelopes in the Narthex the next time you are in church!

Mission Muffins are Coming in February and March!
Our Church School Classes are making muffins for a good cause and selling them during coffee hour!

The classes listed below will bake muffins during church school and can be found selling muffins right after church in the Lower Hall.  We hope to see you!

February 21st-- 6th and 7th Grades

February 28th--2nd, 3rd,  4th, and 5th Grades

March 6-- Kindergarten and 1st Grade

March 13th-- Pre-K  Class

Items Needed!
Yarn wanted!  A devoted team of knitters create garments and animals for many organizations as well as making prayer shawls for congregants in difficult times.  If you have yarn you'd like to donate, please drop it off in the church office.  Every skein helps!

Breaking News: 2016 Mission Trip to Kayenta! 
In June, First Church will return to Kayenta!  In 2006 our Church had the opportunity to travel to Kayenta, part of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and forged a lasting relationship with the people in the community.  Kayenta is located about 25 miles south of Monument Valley in northeastern Arizona.  When the group returned they established a scholarship fund and each year before Christmas we send knitted goods to keep our friends warm through the winter.  The Mission Board is planning a return trip this year in June.  While we certainly will not need anything to keep us warm at that time of the year in Arizona, we hope that the timing will allow students to join the trip.  The size of the group will be limited, so if you are interested contact the Church Office.

Building for the Journey Ahead!
On November 1st the congregation approved the new building plans.  Please take a look!
View Project Plans PDF



Special Events

  • 02/09 Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30pm
  • 03/06 One Great Hour of Sharing during the service and Choir Recognition
  • 03/18 & 19 Confirmation Retreat

Weekly Events

  • Bible Study: 10am Tuesdays in the Upper Hall
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays 7-8:30pm in the Upper Hall
  • Women's Enrichment: 10 am Wednesdays in the Upper Hall (Except first Wednesday of the month)

  • Feb 10th Hearing 101 Cary Letien, a doctor of audiology for 35 years will be our guest to tell us about our hearing , hearing loss and hearing aids. Cary has his own business" Hearing healthcare Associates" on Cabot St in Beverly.(and is Carolyn’s audiologist). 
  •  Feb 17thGretchen Muschamp, an RN and member of our church, will join us to share information about elements in the Matter of Balance. Gretchen teaches a class about Balance at Leahy. 
  • Feb 24thOur own Anne Wood will do a program Music and Movement. Anne has taught music and it has been a big part of her life. 
  • March 9thBook Swap. Please bring books you would like to exchange and share names of books you have enjoyed recently. Since we are a group of readers, this is one of our favorite programs. 
  • March 16th---.Luda Modi began her journey with The Food Project in 2009 , continued on in youth programs for two years and then become a full time staff member. She is nowA Youth Development Specialist facilitating the Food Projects’s summer Seed crew and winter Dirt crew. Since she arrived from Freetown in Sierra Leone 15 years ago, Food Project has been a place for Luda to be part of a community in the US and connect with her agricultural ancestors .Come and meet Luda and learn about this project, which engages young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. 
  • March 23rd A Visit to Puerto Rico will be an opportunity to learn more about our US territory in the Caribbean ,as Carolyn tells you about her recent Road Scholar trip there. 
  • March 30th-- Susan Simmons will return to talk about Gardening focusing on perennials and how to have a garden that blooms all summer. We will also learn more about growing a lawn without a lot of water.

Monthly Events

  • Busy Needles - Second Friday of the month at 10am in the Upper Hall
  • Men's Forum - First Tuesday of the month at the NEW TIME of 8am in the Upper Hall (Except for February 2nd which will be at 7 A.M.)
    • March 1st, 8 A.M. - motivated by his travels there, our own Tom Ackerman, will talk about his impressions of Greece and Turkey today, including their role on the front line of the migration of more than a million people to Europe from the Middle East and Africa.

    • April 5th, 8 A.M. - aU.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Justin Mariano opened a chiropractic clinic in Micronesia prior to joining Franson Family Chiropractic in Beverly.  Aside from his passion for chiropractic, he is committed to helping families get well and reach their health goals in order to experience their full potential.  Drawing upon a series of lectures he has developed focused on improving lives by improving lifestyles, Dr. Mariano will help us to gain a deeper understanding of health and wellness and to feel better equipped to create a healthier environment for ourselves and our families.