Play & Work

Do you enjoy laughing and working together, often in an intergenerational setting? At First Parish, having fun and helping others is a priority.  The church social calendar usually starts off with our annual retreat at Ferrry Beach in Maine. There we kick back, play games, have stimulating conversations and get to know each other better away from everyday hustle and bustle.  Therfeafter, the year is filled with pot lucks, circle dinners (see below), game nights, sock hops, and movies. Events for children include  a Valentines Day Party and Mystery Friends (see below).  Work/fun events include Fall leaf raking and providing transportation to and from the airports (see  Heavenly Rides below). The year ends up with our Annual Auction. Come play and serve with us!

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Ferry Beach

The First Parish Church members and friends gather at Ferry Beach one weekend each October for fellowship, fun and relaxation.


Circle Dinners

Circle Dinners are opportunities to enjoy a potluck meal with up to eight other people in the home of a First Parish member or friend. Read More >>

Mystery Friends

Mystery Friends is an intergenerational activity which happens

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near Valentines Day. Adults who sign up are given the name of a child who has been enrolled by their parent. The adult sends cards, jokes, hints at their identity over a few weeks time to the child. On revealing day the pair meets over tea and cookies in Hale Hall.

Annual Auction

The First Parish Auction is not only a major fund raiser for the church; it is also a wonderful time of fun and fellowship. Usually held in late April or early May, the Auction is a highlight of the church year. Donated items include trips, Red Sox tickets, gourmet meals, sailing trips, weekends in beautiful places, exercise equipment, art work, toys and so much more. The silent auction begins early in the evening featuring smaller items followed by a live auction hosted by auctioneer Mark Boden. Mark is both witty and outrageous in his banter and bid seeking. You won’t want to miss a moment! Read More >>

Pot Luck Suppers

Several times a year, pot luck suppers are held in Hale Hall at First Parish Church. Many of our members are excellent cooks and all are excellent eaters. Announcements of dates for pot luck suppers are listed in the monthly Chalice and in the Sunday morning Orders of Service. All are welcome!

Heavenly Rides

Try our airport ride program. A volunteer from First Parish Church will take you or your friends to Logan, Manchester, or Portsmouth airports at any time of night or day and then pick you up when you return. We’ll be there to provide top-notch service and stimulating conversation. You then make a donation to First Parish; we will provide a business receipt if needed. That way, First Parish benefits from an expense you would have to incur anyway. Tell your friends and business associates. For more information or to arrange a ride please contact Dunc Ballantyne or (978) 998-9113.

Holiday Fair

The First Parish Holiday Fair is held each year to raise funds and to offer affordable and creative gifts for young and old alike. First Parish members staff the gift tables which include, among others, Attic Treasures, Almost

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New Items, Books and Records, Children’s Craft workshop and Luncheon. Limited space is available for outside vendors and a portion of their proceeds go to First Parish.

Everyone is enthusiastically welcome to help create items for sale, staff a table or workshop, assist in the kitchen. There is plenty to do and lots of holiday cheer to go around. Join us!


First Parish Church

225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


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