The fellowship and outreach of the First Congregational Church has been a steadfast anchor in the community for close to 300 years. For more than half a century our historic building has been home to more than a dozen non-profit local groups in the spirit of giving back to the community. This is in keeping with our focus on nearby missions that do not spend funds on mailings and telephone calls requesting donations. These organizations depend on hard-working volunteers, and assistance from groups and congregations, including our Church Family, who are committed to helping our neighbors in need in the Merrimack Valley. The assistance we provide is both financial and material aid.
Those Whom We Support
Click on each organization to visit their website.
The Community Giving Tree, based in West Boxford, is an organization focused on helping needy children in the Valley. They partner with local social workers to provide gently used children’s clothing, baby equipment, layettes, diapers, and school supplies.
Ruth’s Housein Haverhill is dedicated to providing basic necessities for disadvantaged families in our surrounding towns. They raise funds through a well-organized Thrift Shop, and are constantly on call when a family is in crisis.
Our Neighbors’ Table is an extensive Food Pantry, located in Amesbury, and serves twelve area towns, including Georgetown. This organization partners with the Boston Food Bank, and offers perishable and non-perishable food items to families with meal insecurities.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, located in Newburyport and Amesbury, is a mission that changes lives by helping victims of domestic violence through safety planning, legal assistance, counseling and a supportive community.
Although our focus is on our own neighboring missions, we have, for more than four decades been enthusiastically dedicated to two “away organizations”:
H.O.M.E. (Homemakers Organized for More Employment) located in northern Maine, one of the most poverty stricken areas in the USA. Through the years our congregation has purchased hundreds of animals for Heifer. These animals have given hope and income to people in our country, as well as in remote parts of the world. We embraced the Maine mission when we met Sr. Lucy, a Franciscan nun, who organized cottage industries into one entity to promote growth, and created innovative services for an impoverished community. We provide Christmas gifts for the children of H.O.M.E.
On a denominational level, our pledges support
Our Church’s Wider Mission through the United Church of Christ; funds are targeted toward worthy causes at home and abroad. Our congregation rises to the occasions when natural disasters have ravaged our country, and we have given to our denominational
Music has been part of worshiping God from the earliest chapters of the Bible. The Psalms, which are hymns, suggest we “enter his gates with singing” (Psalm 100); we “praise him with the trumpet, harp and lyre, with the timbrel, strings, pipes and cymbals” (Psalm 150) Music can touch our hearts and souls in ways words might not, and may give added understanding, inspiration, joy, solace or encouragement to any who listen.
Our music ministry’s primary intent is to allow any and all who have the desire to praise God through music, to do so regardless of musical experience, knowledge or ability. Then we strive to achieve musical perfection. (Someday we may get close!) We have multiple ways to share everyone’s talents.
Solo presentations (vocal or instrumental)
Small group presentations (vocal, instrumental or both)
World’s Most Dangerous Church Band
Ways to Join
Vocal Choir: Mixed voices singing together. For all ages. Ability to read music (or carry a tune) not required but helpful. Rehearsals on some Tuesday evenings.
Handbell Choir: Each person rings two or more handbells along with your fellow members. Suggested 6th grade and up. Ability to read music pretty much a necessity though we can figure something out if you’re willing to put in the time. Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings.
World’s Most Dangerous Church Band: Ensemble made up of musical instrument players. Suggested 6th grade and up. Ability to play an instrument and read music preferred but not entirely required. Rehearsals on some Tuesday evenings.
Anyone desiring to participate contact Emily, Organist or Bob Knapp, Music Director (email@example.com)
Tuesday Sept 6 - 6 PM Choir 6:30 Bells 7:30 Band
Tuesday Sept 13 - 6:30 Bells 7:30 Band
Tuesday Sept 20 - 6:30 Choir 7:30 Bells
Tuesday Sept 27 - 6:30 Bells 7:30 Band
The First Congregational Church Book Club meets monthly from September through June, generally on the last Wednesday of the month. Book Club reads from a variety of genres including fiction, classics, non-fiction, memoirs and biographies.
Members suggest and select titles in June for the following season.
Each month's session is on ZOOM but may be hosted by one or two members of the group, either in one's own home, in the Guild Room at church or at another site. Café Sarina and Camp Denison have been some favorite locations for the get-togethers. After a discussion of the book, everyone enjoys refreshments, provided
by the host(s). Book Club welcomes everyone in the church community to attend.
The Women's Guild meets monthly to share in fellowship and food. Frequently, we will then listen to and interact with a guest speaker or work on a special project, usually related to a mission cause supported by the guild or our congregation as a whole.
Men are always welcome!
All meetings are at the Church unless stated otherwise.
Tuesday, September 6 at noon.
Bring your own Sandwich
Our guest, Glenna Etheridge, serves the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center for greater Newburyport. They provide protection & preventive action where families are in abusive situations. Glenna, Daughter of Guild member Gloria Webster, also supports & accompanies women who are facing court hearings.
Martha Lucius & Joan Chatterton
It would be much appreciated if you will pay your $5 dues at either the September or October meeting.
Tuesday, October 4 at noon.
Bring your own Sandwich
The subject is a mystery! We're only too happy to hear her topic as she always wows us with a fun theme.
Sue Clay &
Guild Volunteers are asked to contribute PACKAGED & LABELED COOKIES to the Country Store for the Annual Fall Fair, October 21 & 22
Tuesday, November 1 at noon.
Bring your own Sandwich
Please bring socks of all sizes for Ruth's House!
Behind the Scenes at Ruth's House:
We welcome Amy Smith-Boden, Director of Ruth's House in Haverhill, which provides life saving supplies from their volunteer organzied Thrift Shop, and helps families in crisis situations. Amy will share information and answer questions about this mission which our congregation has supported for many years.
Nancy Aberman &
Tuesday, December 6 at 1 PM.
HOLLIDAY DESSERT SOCIAL
Church Fair Pies & Ice Cream followed by Advent entertainment.
**Christmas Story by Shirley Powell
** Strumming & Songs by Richard Aberman
**Carol Sing with
Mary Ann Nelson
The GUILD'S 100th
ANNIVERSARY GUEST TEA
Sunday, March 26
2 to 4 PM
Chris Comiskey presents
"The 1923 Woman"
the inside scoop on her life, traditions, occupations, style, church & family activities and place in history.
Guests from neighboring churches and orginizations are most welcome to join us and all are encouraged to dress up in Twenties Era outfits or wear a hat, headband or flower in their hair!
Help with this celebratory event from all willing hands will be most appreciated!
Tuesday, May 2 at noon.
Bring your own Sandwich
Our guest Amy Smith shares her journey to becoming a member of the Georgetown SelectBoard, only the fourth woman to be elected in many decades.
Why is it important to have a women's perspective in town decision making?
Let's ask her!
Sylvia Johnston & Mary Ann Nelson Devotions:
Tuesday, June 6 at 12:30.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON OUTING
At the ROMA in Bradford
Newly founded Men's Group. Join us for breakfast TBA at Café Sarina
We hope to learn more about each other in shared fellowship and put our talents to good use with community and church mission projects.