Whenever we serve others, we realize we are really the ones being served. First Church has a heart for service, justice, and outreach and is involved with a number of programs and on-going service projects as well as one time outings.
First Church partners with North Shore Boston Family Promise to help homeless families get housed.
Family Promise is a partnership of congregations helping families who are facing homelessness.
As a host congregation, First Church in Wenham provides a place to stay, meals, and hospitality for families in need. First Church in Wenham hosts families four times a year for a week at a time. Each week requires over 50 volunteers – transforming classrooms into bedrooms, cooking a meal, playing with the children, sharing a conversation, providing a sense of structure, spending the night, and turning the bedrooms back into classrooms.
"Ending family homelessness on the North Shore, one family at a time."
For additional information on Family Promise North Shore Boston, please visit their website at familypromisensb.org.
Faith and Justice
This "faith-in-action" group explores how we can best live as Christians in this day and age. We address issues of Faith and Justice with action items, book groups, discussions, guest speakers and trips.
Join in a Fall book study of Hochschild's "Strangers in Their Own Land", a bestseller exploring the sociological conditions that led to the results of the 2016 election. This book study group will meet after regular service on Sunday, October 15.
This committee hosted Jim Antal, President of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, who preached Sept 17 on the importance of speaking out as a body of faith against climate change. Click here to read his sermon.
If you would like to be involved with this group, please email ____________________.
Our Missions Board supports numerous organizations each year as well as organizing mission trips for youth and adults.
The Special Grants Committee provides seed money through a grant process.
The Special Grants program was initiated by a vote of the congregation in 1996. A percentage of the unrestricted endowment income is allocated annually for a Special Grants program, to be administered by a grants committee reporting to the First Church Cabinet.
2017 SPECIAL GRANT Recipients
The First Church of Wenham’s Special Grants Committee is very pleased to announce that we have awarded grant money to the following applicants –
1. Healing Abuse Working for Change (“HAWC”) $800 in support of their Parent Child Trauma Recovery Program
2. Metta Partners $3,000 providing teacher training at schools in Myanmar (Burma) to prepare students for the National Exams. “Metta Geha” is a orphanage.
3. Soul Cove $2,000 supports a series of music workshops in local schools and community centers.
4. The Food Project$1,500 to aid in donations of fresh fruits and vegetables to soup kitchens and food pantries on the North Shore. Some of the food is grown in Wenham.
5. Sethule Orphans Trust $5,000 helping to purchase bicycles for school transportation forchildren in rural Zimbabwe.
6. Sharing Foundation $1,000 funding to construct a playground in Prek Char, a remote village in Cambodia
7. Saltonstall School $2,100 allows financial assistance to under- privileged children at the Saltonstall School in Salem, Mass to attend Nature’s Classroom in Ocean Park, Maine
8. Friends of Buker School $500 help in financing a new playground at the Buker Elementary School in Wenham
9. Cole Farnham $300 supporting Cole (FCW member) as he attends a Discipleship Training School in Denver, CO and an Outreach trip to Thailand
10. ACORD $1,000 will be used to purchase reusable food bags
for Food Pantry clients as well as purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables
11. “Amahl” $2,000 to defray costs related to the Christmas Cantata performed by members of FCW Choir and community members
Total awarded = $19,200
As a prequel to next years’ Special Grants application round, we will review the 2017 award recipients again for the congregation in a bit more depth beginning in October to spike interest in the round.
And we would like to remind everyone that we have set 10% of our 2017 budget aside for “ emergency” awards –please speak to any one of the Special Grants Committee.
Each Lent we raise money for Heifer International
Our church school classes bake muffins to sell during coffee hour and the whole church raises money to support an organization that addresses hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.