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Community Involvement

Local Community

Love is the spirit of our church, and service our law. Beverly Bootstraps Community Services is our church-sponsored local community program. This and other programs are described below. To learn more about social action at First Parish or to volunteer your time, please contact Social Action Committee co-chairs Dunc Ballantyne at or Tony Constantino. We welcome your help, even if is only for a few hours.

World Community

ASAPROSAR in El Salvador is our church-sponsored international program. We support ASAPROSAR’s “Barefoot Angels” Urban Youth Program by conducting an annual Learn and Serve Volunteer Trip (described below) and through donations of money, clothing, toys, school supplies, and toiletries. To learn about the Learn and Serve Trip,  please and contact Carol Ballantyne or Nelda Quigley.

First Parish also supports the Guest At Your Table program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (see below).

Guest At Your Table

At a church service, usually before Thanksgiving, small collection boxes will be handed out and stories of courageous individuals will be shared as we join others promoting human rights around the world. These little boxes for your dining room table, symbolizing an unseen guest, are to collect small donations at each meal, which will contribute to the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

  • Disaster relief work (e.g., Haiti and Katrina)
  • Defending civil liberties and access to democratic processes through programs such as “STOP” torture
  • Advancing economic justice through programs like Fair Trade

For more information about the program, contact the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Governance

First Parish Church is governed by by-laws created by the congregation. Committees and Task Forces plan and oversee the operations, conduct fundraising and special events. A Parish Council comprised of leaders from each Committee and Task Force meet monthly to communicate and coordinate their efforts. A Nominating/Volunteer Involvement Committee both encourages participation and recruits team members for all Committees and Task Forces. If you would like to become more involved, contact Laura Knight, Chair of the NVI committee.

Who We Are

First Parish Church Unitarian -Universalist is a religiously liberal and welcoming spiritual community in the heart of Beverly, Massachusetts affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson

Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson was called by First Parish Church in June of 2010 to be our settled minister. He is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, a science fiction buff, and a vegan. Kelly summarized his calling to the ministry in an introductory letter to the congregation with these words:

“…I believe with a resolute faith in the power of religious community to save lives, grow souls, and heal the world. As a minister, I have chosen to devote my life to strengthening, leading, and transforming such communities, to help kindle the fires in our hearts that will draw us into and sustain us in the work of justice and peace.”

Kelly holds a B.A. from Bard College and a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. Before coming to First Parish, Kelly served as a hospital chaplain and part-time parish minister in Western New York. Kelly and his partner Sara were married in 2004 and welcomed their first child, Miriam, in 2008. Miriam, Sara and Kelly live in Beverly where, after many vagabond years, they are happy to finally be at home.

Other Outreach

Groups of First Parish members and friends participate in programs and fund-raisers sponsored by:

  • Beverly Affordable Housing Coalition. We support the annual Polar Plunge on Super Bowl Sunday. In 2009 we held a community Sing-A-Long, the proceeds of which went to support housing programs.
  • The Beverly CAN! Committee. In May 2010, First Parish members constructed a scale model of our church building using almost 400 food cans. This sculpture was on public display. The cans were then donated to the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry.
  • River House. We donate clothing to shelter residents and members donate to help combat homelessness.

Settling In

For several weeks now I’ve been settling in to my new life in Beverly, getting used to the church and to our new home here in town. There’s plenty of “new” to adjust to – a new library and new parks for my daughter to play in, new towns to learn the feel of and new roads to start memorizing. There have been plenty of adjustments, big and small that have to be made – adjustments in my self, to match the new location, and adjustments in the location, to match myself. The biggest of this second sort of adjustments have come to my office here at the church, which I am currently giving a makeover. (“Well,” I thought, “if the President can do it…”) Read More >>

Small Group Ministries

The Small Group Ministry Program is an intentionally structured way for people to deepen their spiritual life and to get to know other people on a more intimate level. The Small Group Ministry at First Parish grew out of a Mass Bay District conference held at First Parish in October 2000.

Since that time as many as eight groups have met, some at the church and some in people’s homes. Small Group Ministry generally meets once a month around a structured topic. During the first meeting a covenant is established and members commit to coming to the monthly meetings during the church year. The established group also does a group community service project during the church year. Read More >>

Small Group Ministries

The Small Group Ministry Program is an intentionally structured way for people to deepen their spiritual life and to get to know other people on a more intimate level. The Small Group Ministry at First Parish grew out of a Mass Bay District conference held at First Parish in October 2000.

Since that time as many as eight groups have met, some at the church and some in people’s homes. Small Group Ministry generally meets once a month around a structured topic. During the first meeting a covenant is established and members commit to coming to the monthly meetings during the church year. The established group also does a group community service project during the church year. Read More >>

Meditation

Meditation has been proven to calm the mind and increase patience, empathy and compassion. At FPC we combine breath and insight meditations to increase our selflessness and non re-activeness. The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm for one hour. The format is usually a half an hour of breath meditation followed by a brief break and another half an hour of insight meditation. The session is typically led by David Flynn who is a 200 hour certified Yoga instructor through Yoga Spirit studios in Hamilton.

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First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915

978-922-3968

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