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.
Our Missions Board supports numerous organizations each year as well as organizing mission trips for youth and adults.
Peace and Justice
Join in a Fall book study of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow.
We address issues of Peace and Justice as they arise, with book groups, discussions, special speakers and trips. Check our newsletters for the latest!
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.
2016 SPECIAL GRANT Recipients
1. Northshore Community Health $1500
2. High Rock North Shore $2000
3. Glorious Orphanage $2000
4. Wenham Museum $1200
5. Seamen’s Widows and Orphans Assoc. $1000
6. Acord Food Pantry $800
7. Beverly Female Charitable Society $1000
8. Soul Cove CFA $2000
9. Sethule REACT $2000
10. Press Pass TV $1000
11. Wellspring House Homeless Pevention Program $1000
12. Campaign for Southern Equality $1000
13. Rev. Laura Gronberg $600
14 Emergency Grant $900
15. North Shore Young Life $500
We feel the mission of Special Grants is reflected in all of these awards.
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.