Welcome, Rejoice & Come In

Welcome to First Parish Church! Whether  a guest, friend or member, you are warmly invited to step into our freshly-painted historic building in the center of Beverly. You will find a congregation rejoicing in a diversity of personal spiritual journeys, an outstanding music program, and a nurturing environment for all lifestyles. We seek to lift each others’ spirits through a strong sense of community, caring fellowship, rich educational opportunities for all ages, as well as service outreach.  Come and see what First Parish has to offer. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


Member Congratulations!

Gabrielle Montevecchi
The Beverly Citizen reported that Gabrielle Montevecchi was selected to be the principal at Hannah Elementary School. Active in the past in Religious Education and Sunday School, her skills have been a great asset to the church. She is the mother of Lilliana and Josephina, and the spouse of Emanuel.

Tony Toledo
Storyteller Tony Toledo received the Brother Blue & Ruth Hill Award by the League for Advancement of New England Storytelling in recognition of the commitment to promote a broader understanding of the art of storytelling and to support storytellers in their art.  [On Wednesdays, Tony hosts a "Speak Up Spoken Word" open-mic at Walnut Street Coffee Cafe in Lynn.]

Steve Johnson & Michelle Moon
Well wishes and congratulations to Steve Johnson and Michelle Moon for their marriage and vows of commitment. Reverend Kelly Asprooth-Jackson served as their celebrant in Alton, New Hampshire.

Wayside Quotes

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Courage is grace under pressure.
- Ernest Hemingway

What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
- Ernest Hemingway


  • "O Captain! My Captain!"

    Sun Nov 2, 2014

    Our annual service for the remembrance of the dead falls on the first Sunday in November this year. All are invited to bring a photograph or other token of loved ones who have passed from life and whom you wish to honor. These mementos will be arranged on the altar prior to the service. Please join us to remember and celebrate the dear ones who live on in our hearts.

  • "Life During Wartime"

    Sun Nov 9, 2014

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. As we approach Veteran’s Day – which also commemorates the armistice that ended that conflict – our thoughts turn to those who have served, and still do serve, in the armed forces. In this service, Rev. Kelly will invite us to reflect with him on the spiritual geography of the battlefield, and the high cost asked of those who fight upon it.

  • "One Brick at a Time"

    Sun Nov 16, 2014

    In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater,” the titular character offers the following advice to a nursery-worth of infants: “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies, – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” Alright, but, what do we mean by kind, and how can we go about being it? Come and join us to explore the answers.

  • "What We Are Thankful For"

    Sun Nov 23, 2014

    Our annual Thanksgiving service is a multi-generational time for sharing in gratitude, as we offer our thanks for the many gifts of our lives. Our annual Harvest Communion will also be observed at this service. Please join us to share in the thanksgiving and celebration.

  • "After the Turkey"

    Sun Nov 30, 2014

    Guest Preacher Lisa Kirk.  Now that one holiday has passed how do we get ready for the next one? Come and hear how to make the next one as fulfilling and special as it can be. A brief history lesson and a call to mind our spirits during this busy season. With intention perhaps we can keep them closer to us this year.


We invite you to consider using our space

for meetings, lectures, musical performances, weddings, memorials and other occasions. Our sanctuary space with its outstanding accoustics, accommodating 300 comfortably, is especially well suited for music. The first floor is accessible with a ramp leading to the rear entrance and a restroom adjacent to it.
Downstairs, Hale Hall is an excellent place for coffee-house style music, lectures, workshops, showers and other receptions. There are tables and chairs, with comfortable seating in the 60-100 person range, movable partitions a full kitchen and restrooms.
Combined Rental Rules and Application
Wedding Letter, Fees & Application


First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


Office Hours: T-F, 9-1

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